Dance for Life (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 5:00pm
Sunday, January 27 – 7:00pm

Ages 8+

Enjoy these short films that celebrate the magic of movement around the world! See how birds swarm in a beautiful symphony in the sky, marvel at a dancing Yeti that storms Paris, and join a blind man as he grooves to the deep vibrations of music. The program also spotlights two young people who turn the streets and playgrounds of Los Angeles into their dance floor, and gives an in-depth peek into the lives of two young dancers who are rising stars in the school of the Royal Danish Ballet.

We are excited to welcome Ulrik Birkkjaer, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, former Royal Danish Ballet, to introduce Dance For Life at 7 pm on Sunday, Jan. 27. Ulrik will tell us more about When I Dance, the film that anchors this program — the story of pre-teens Ella and Sylvester, two of the Royal Danish Ballet School’s rising stars. Join us for a soaring program!

72 min.

Content advisory: 199 Little Heroes: Nevo, Israel includes a very brief scene where two friends are discussing dead terrorists through the lens of their cultural biases.


 

Short Films in this Program:

Just Breathe

(Julie Bayer Salzman, US, live action, 2014, 4 min, English) Washington State premiere!

Kids and parents alike can learn from these elementary school students, who talk about anger, the brain, and how they use mindful breathing techniques to calm down.


Am I Paris?

(Yohann Ancele, France, live-action, 2 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A Yeti-like creature takes the City of Light by storm.


Step by Step

(Charline Arnoux, Mylène Gapp, Léa Rubinstayn, Florian Heilig & Mélissa Roux, France, animation, 2016, 5 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

A young blind man dances through color fields that represent sound and brain waves.

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Pooling

(Dawn Westlake, Spain & US, animation & live action, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) World premiere!

A breakdancer breaks, thanks to movie magic, and then puts himself back together to swim and soar in midair.

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#88

(Lilian Manansala, US, live action, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Two friends with distinct personalities approach life differently; one is the calm, patient lake to the other’s swirling storm. Dance is the medium that brings them balance.


The Art of Flying

(Jan van Ijken, The Netherlands, live action, 2015, 2 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Witness magical “murmurations”: the mysterious and spectacular flights of the common starling.

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199 Little Heroes: Nevo, Israel

(Sigrid Klausmann-Sittler, Germany, live action documentary, 2018, 15 min, Hebrew with English subtitles) North American premiere!

A boy in Israel loves ballet and finds friends and family who support him.


When I Dance

(Signe Roderik, Denmark, live action, 2018, 35 min, Danish with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

Through the eyes of pre-teens Ella and Sylvester, two of the Royal Danish Ballet School’s rising stars, we get an inside look at the world of ballet from a child’s perspective.

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Made in My Image (Shorts Program)

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Saturday, January 26 – 3:30pm

Age 8+

Here are stories of family bonds around the world, sometimes poignant and sometimes funny, showing the ever-shifting dance that brings us closer to the people who love us most.

75 min.

Content advisory: In To Remember Me By and Dear Henri young people find affirmative ways to hold onto the memories of family members who have died. The Rocket Ship deals very gently with the issue of a parent in emotional distress.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Jiffy

 
 

(Roberto Valle, Spain, animation, 2016, 1 min, Spanish with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

Its 10 o’clock, dinner time in Spain. But the smallest member of the family is too busy running around to sit down at the table!


Dear Henri

 
 

(Matthew Sandager, US, live-action, 2017, 13 min, English)

Nine-year-old Henri recently lost her beloved namesake and pen pal, Grandpa Henry. She misses him deeply – but then she thinks of a way to continue their correspondence.

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Aidan and Albert Sykes

 
 

(Richard O’Connor, US, 2017, animation, 3 min, English)

9-year-old Aidan Sykes, of Jackson, Mississippi, asks his father, Albert, a few important questions.


If You Fall

 
 

(Tisha Deb Pillai, Canada, animation, 2018, 6 min, English)

Lila, age 8, learns that she can ride a bike, and her parents can overcome their challenges too.

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Threads

 

(Toril Kove, Canada, animation, 2017, 9 min, English)

In her latest animated short, Academy Award®-winning director Torill Kove explores the beauty and complexity of parental love, the bonds that we form over time, and the ways in which they stretch and shape us.

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The Websters: Hero Daddy

 
 

(Katarína Kerekesová, Slovakia/Poland, animation, 2017, 11 min, Slovak with English subtitles) US premiere!

Daddy, who is loved by is spider family, is no action hero, but he always saves the day.

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The Rocket Ship

 
 

(Taishon S. Black, US, live-action, 2018, 8 min, English, with some English sign language, subtitled) North American premiere!

A small girl sees her mother deal with sadness, and decides to create a special place where they can both be happy.


Do You See Me?

 
 

(Luz Rapoport, Argentina, live-action, 2017, 9 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Lara and Lautaro are twins who would like their parents to pay more attention to them. They finally find a way to make it happen.


To Remember Me By

 
 

(Rahoul Daswani, India, live-action, 2018, 15 min, Hindi and English, with English subtitles) North American premiere!

A teenage boy sets out on a journey to salvage the truth of his family, jammed inside an old 8mm camera.

 


 

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Finding Myself, Finding a Friend (Shorts Program)

Sunday, January 27 – 3:30pm
Wednesday, January 30 – 1:00pm

Ages 8+

These live-action and animation films cross continents, generations, and even species to tell stories of connection, adventure, new beginnings, and happy endings. Friendship truly does make the world go around.

Director Khenrab Palden (Lucy & Tenzin) in attendance with actors Bridget Donnelly and Tenzin Losei!

70 min.

Content advisory: In Two Balloons, a pair of friends experience danger mid-air, while flying in balloons, but there is a happy ending.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Two Balloons

 
 

(Mark C. Smith, US, animation, 2017, 9 min, nonverbal)

Two travelers find and save each other in a place crossed by stars and clouds.

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Sherbert Rozencrantz, You’re Beautiful

 
 

(Natalie van den Dungen, Australia, live action, 2018, 10 min, English)

Milly’s world revolves around her pet guinea pig, until her mother orchestrates an attempt to find her a “real” friend.

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Gelato – Seven Summers of Ice Cream

 
 

(Daniela Opp, Germany, animation, 2017, 12 min, German with English subtitles) West coast premiere!

Almost 80 years separate Rosa and Molly, however a shared love for ice cream magically connects the two.

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Noel

 
 

(Kike Arroyo, Spain, live action, 2018, 12 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Noel, who is about to have his 8th birthday, dresses up in an obscure costume in the hope of finding a kindred spirit.

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Spelliasmous

 
 

(Ben Garfield, Cuba/UK, live action, 2017, 4 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Three friends reveal what the Harry Potter stories mean to then, transforming their sleepy Cuban town into a world of wizards, witches and monsters.


Avocado

 
 

(Jasmine Castaneda, US & Puerto Rico, live action, 2016, 12 min, Spanish with English subtitles) West coast premiere!

Andrés sells avocados around the neighborhood to save up money for a gift for a girl, but during his journey he learns that life takes unexpected turns.

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Kitten Witch

 
 

(James Cunningham, New Zealand, live action & animation, 2016, 6 min, English) Northwest premiere!

A precocious kitten wants to be a witch’s helper, but first she must pass a test.

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Lucy & Tenzin

 
 

(Khenrab Palden, US, live action, 2018, 6 min)

When Lucy arrives at her friend Tenzin’s house, she witnesses a most unique ritual in the Tibetan culture.


Pops & Branwell

 
 

(Aleks Sennwald & Pete Toms, US, animation, 2018, 8 min, English) World premiere!

Pops and Branwell, two kid detectives, suspect a traitor in their squad as they chase a soup-robbing thief.


 

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Para Picar: Historias Cortas en Español (Shorts Program)

Wednesday, January 30 – 1:30pm
Saturday, February 2 – 3:30pm

Ages 8+

These short animated and live-action films from Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain and Puerto Rico will introduce you to a world of boys and girls who aren’t afraid to take chances and reach out to new friends.

Estos cortometrajes animados y de acción en vivo de Chile, Colombia, Cuba, México, España y los EE. UU. te presentarán un mundo en lo que niños y niñas no temen correr riesgos y buscar nuevos amigos.

59 min.

 

** Thanks to our community partner the Seattle Latino Film Festival for their support of this screening! **


 

Short Films in this Program:

Annie & Carola – My Best Friend

 
 

(Myriam Ballesteros, Spain, animation, 4 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Carola decides to build a robot friend. But by accident, she ends up with Annie, a sparky and affectionate android who makes sure Carola has the craziest and most fun-filled birthday of her life.


Villa Clo

 
 

(Esteban Gomez, Chile, animation, 4 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Two friends want to take a shortcut through a neglected alleyway — but they’ve heard stories there are monsters there. But one friend’s bravery is contagious.


Avocado

 
 

(Jasmine Castaneda, US & Puerto Rico, live action, 2016, 12 min, Spanish with English subtitles) West coast premiere!

Andrés sells avocados around the neighborhood to save up money for a gift for a girl. But during his journey he learns that life takes unexpected turns.

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3feet

 
 

(Giselle Geney, Colombia, live action, 2018, 14 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere! Giselle Geney (director) and Andrés Montaña (producer and sound design) will be in attendance!

Gonzalo is an imaginative and tenacious 10-year old facing the most difficult task of his life: get to school with clean shoes.

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Noel

 
 

(Kike Arroyo, Spain, live action, 2018, 12 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Noel, who is about to have his 8th birthday, dresses up in an obscure costume in the hope of finding a kindred spirit.

Trailer >


Fish

 
 

(Javier Quintas, Spain, live action, 2017, 9 min, Spanish with English subtitles) West coast premiere!

Dani and Martina worry that their mother isn’t getting enough to eat, so they find a way to bring her dinner every night.


Spelliasmous

 
 

(Ben Garfield, Cuba & UK, live action, 2017, 4 min, Spanish with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Three friends reveal what the Harry Potter stories mean to then, transforming their sleepy Cuban town into a world of wizards, witches and monsters.

 


 

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