Conscious Cartoons for Radolescents (Ages 13+ Short Film Program)

Friday, March 6 – 7:00pm

Ages 13+

These animated films — a “best of” compilation from the Conscious Cartoons International Animation Festival — aim to open eyes, hearts and minds through the transcendent medium of animation. This collection of 10 award-winning films from nine countries explores themes including climate, child abuse, gender equality and identity and the joys and sorrow of the human condition.

71 min.

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Petits Trésors (Ages 6+ French Language Short Film Program)

Saturday, February 29 – 1:30pm

Ages 6+

Co-presented with Alliance Française de Seattle!

This all-French-language program is filled with vibrant jewels — stories of good friends, big bad wolves that aren’t so bad, brave bats, loving grannies and impossible journeys.

Ce programme, entièrement en français, est plein de joyaux vibrants – les contes de bons amis, les grands méchants loups qui ne sont pas trop méchant, les chauves-souris courageuses, les grand-mères affectueuses, et les voyages impossibles.

73 min.

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Caleidoscope (Ages 2+ Short Film Program)

Sunday, March 1 – 11:00am

Ages 2+

These animated films are bursting with colors, textures, music and life. You’ll run through a rainbow with a pack of dogs, swim with tadpoles, fly with a flock of bright birds, race through a forest with critters of all kinds and even see the colorful insides of a dinosaur’s belly! Along the way, there are gentle lessons about how to stay true to yourself and your friends and embrace the ways you are special and different.

69 min.

** Filmmaker Jorge Alberto Vega Rivera, Producer Angela Maria Castro Revelo (“The Cubicbird”) in attendance! **

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Beyond the Rainbow (Shorts Program)

Saturday, February 2 – 5:30pm
Saturday, February 16 – 11:30am

(Feb. 9 screening has been rescheduled to Feb. 16 due to inclement weather)

Ages 7+

Enter a beautifully animated wonderland of timeless tales, fables and fantastic yarns. You’ll meet a kitten who masters the briny deep, creatures who live a world made of wool, two lemurs who take a voyage to the beyond, a jungle where animals and humans coexist in peace, a place in the woods where friendly monsters live, and a cyclist who keeps the world spinning round.

Content advisory: Fairy tales and fables sometimes explore fears and dangers, but all these films have happy endings! In Land Without Evil, a boy bleeds very briefly in a non-graphic way after being bitten by a non-graphic snake, then quickly heals completely. In Dark, Dark Woods, monsters seem a little scary for a few seconds but really, they are friendly. In The Theory of Sunset, the figure of Death makes an appearance in a non-frightening way. In Two Balloons, friends have an adventure that seems fraught with danger at times. Pepita and Max has content involving Christian mythology.

71 min.

 


 

Short Films in this Program:

Woolworld

(Joanna Polak, Poland, animation, 2018, 10 min, English) Washington State premiere!

Mr. Wooly likes is a world made of wool, and he is the only person who knows how to keep the place from unraveling. He is, however, old and tired and he wants his life to change. Unfortunately… his wish gets granted.

Trailer >


Out Fishing

(Uzi Geffenblad, Sweden, animation, 2018, 9 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

A kitten is hungry, and can’t catch anything tasty when she goes out fishing. But in a moment of illumination, she finds a creative solution, and a helper.


Pepita & Max: An Alpine Blessing for Monsieur Raf

(Rahel Ilona Eisenring & Stephanie Knöbl, Switzerland, animation, 6 min, Swiss German with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!

When little Max loses his giraffe Monsier Raf, his smart cousin Pepita knows just how to help him with a marvelous alpine blessing, an ancient Swiss tradition.


Two Balloons

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

Two travelers have an adventurous journey to a place crossed by stars and clouds where love is at the beginning of everything.

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Land Without Evil

(Katalin Egely, Hungary & Argentina, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal, with unsubtitled song in Guarani) Seattle premiere!

Based on Guaraní mythology, this film asks, what if the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?

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Little Red Riding Hood

(Martina Holcová, Czech Republic, animation, 2017, 4 min, English) North American premiere!

It’s a brave new world: Little Red and Grandma aren’t afraid of the wolf at all.

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Dark, Dark Woods

(Emile Gignoux, Denmark, animation, 2017, 6 min, nonverbal)

Fed up by an endless routine of duties and lessons, princess Maria escapes to the dark, dark woods full of friendly monsters.


The Theory of Sunset

(Roman Sokolov, Russia, animation, 2017, 9 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

Deep in the night, a dedicated cyclist traverses the wintry forest. The challenge: make sure the new day gets off to a fresh and timely start.

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Perfectly Naughty Kids

(Tatiana Kiseleva, Russia, animation, 2018, 14 min, Russian with English subtitles) North American premiere!

A mischievous gnome helps save horribly obedient children from excessive mannerliness.

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Feathery and Furry Fun (Shorts Program)

Saturday, January 26 – 11:00am
Wednesday, January 30 – 10:30am

Ages 2+

Meet a menagerie full of new friends in this all-animated program, filled with creatures great and small. This program is filled with roly-poly adventures, vibrant colors, yummy treats and happy endings!

50 min.

 

Short Films in this Program:

Sheep

(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

A little lamb hops from one adventure to the next. The flock would never take those chances!


Like an Elephant in a China Shop

(Louise Chevrier, Luka Fischer, Rodolphe Groshens, Marie Guillon, Estelle Martinez, Benoit Paillard & Lisa Rasasombat, France, animation, 2017, 5 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

A shopkeeper becomes extremely nervous when an elephant shows up at his door.


The Box

(Eliott Belrose, Carole Favier, Loïcia Lagillier, Aloïs Mathé, Juliette Perrey & Joran Rivet, France, animation, 2017, 7 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!

An old man winds up taming a mouse, instead of trapping it.


Mogu and Perol

(Tsuneo Goda, Japan, animation, 2018, 9 min, Japanese with English subtitles)

Two forest creatures love to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner together. When they have a disagreement, it’s food that brings them back together again!


Funny Fish

(Krishna Chandran A. Nair, France & Switzerland, animation, 2017, 6 min, English) Seattle premiere!

In the middle of the ocean, a school of fish comes to the rescue of a funny red fish floating on the surface of the water.


Kippkopp in the Grass

(Szilvia Fabók & Tama Mikori, Hungary, animation, 2017, 7 min, Hungarian with English subtitles) North American premiere!

Kippkopp, a chestnut child, is walking in the meadow, looking for a playmate. Can he convince a ladybug to be his friend?

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Coco’s Day

(Tatiana Moshkova, Russia, animation, 2017, 4 min, Russian with English subtitles) Seattle premiere!

Meet Coco, a little crocodile who hides from blizzards, explores underwater worlds and even turns into Godzilla – and all inside her own house!


Blueberry Hunt

(Alexandra Hetmerová Májová & Kateřina Karhánková, Czech Republic, animation, 2017, 6 min, English with French subtitles) US premiere!

Two hungry bears who set out to pick berries in the forest after they get a craving for blueberry dumplings.


Fly

(Julia Ocker, Germany, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!

Three frogs are fighting over a tasty fly. But there is something the fly can teach them.


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Mr. Moll and the Chocolate Factory

Sunday, January 27 – 3:00pm

Manuel Flurin Hendry, Switzerland, 2017, 1h 36m
Ages 6+
(live action, Swiss-German and English subtitles)

Papa Moll is home alone with his kids over the weekend, and mayhem ensues! And while he works overtime at the chocolate factory, the kids get into a feud with the boys next door, a fight about cotton candy, homework and the most famous circus dog in the world.

** Thanks to our community partner the Seattle Area German American School for their support of this screening! **

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Trésors Cachés (CFFS 2018)

Saturday, Feb 10, 2018  @ 3 PM

All-Ages. 60 min.

Co-presented with Agence consulaire de France à Seattle and Alliance Française de Seattle!

Indulge your love of the French language and vibrant animation in this jewel box filled with animation. These films from France, Belgium and Switzerland are filled with tall tales, vibrant colors, magnificent animals, and words that will sound like music to your ears.

 

 

Short Films in this Program:

The Penguin
Seattle premiere! A penguin thinks his home is too icy, so he takes off for the tropics. Watch the trailer >

(Pascale Hecquet, France/Belgium, animation, 2016, 5:19 min, French, with English subtitles)

A Bit Lost
US premiere! Little Owl has fallen from his nest, but with the help of a furry friend, he can still find his Mummy!

(Helene Ducrocq, France, animation, 2017, 5 min, French, with English subtitles)

The Roundy Belly Wolf
US premiere! A round-bellied wolf is always hungry, until he finds a smart new way to finally fill his stomach.

(Marion Jamault, Belgium, animation, 2016, 3:46 min, French, with English subtitles)

The Unicorn
West Coast premiere! One day, a little king was walking in the forest of his little kingdom and spied an extraordinary creature, white as snow and fast as the wind… Watch the trailer >

(Remi Durin, France/Belgium, animation, 2016, 13 min, French, with English subtitles)

The Wind in the Reeds
West Coast premiere!  Eliette, lives in a country where music has been banned by the king, makes friends with a minstrel who has had his instruments confiscated. Together they lead a rebellion against tyranny. Watch the trailer >

(Nicolas Liguori and Arnaud Demuynck, France/Belgium/Switzerland, animation, 2016, 26 min, French, with English subtitles)

The Aviator
Seattle Premiere! Jacqueline Auriol, a famed French pilot, remembers one of the most exhilarating days of her long life. Watch the trailer >

(Perrine Renard, Laura Viver Canal, Gaël Chauvet, Jacques Leyreloup and Victor Tolila, France, animation, 2016, 7 min, French, with English subtitles)

Content advisory: the English subtitles of “The Roundy Belly Wolf”  contain one mildly coarse word. “The Aviator” contains a short dream sequence of a plane falling which might be too intense for some sensitive viewers. It is purposefully put last in the program so that those who wish to leave after the film, “The Wind in the Reeds,” may do so.