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Rochester International Children’s Film Festival

APRIL 12-MAY 9, 2021 - ONLINE & FREE!



Films & Filmmakers 2019 Season

Appropriate for young children and those young at heart!

(For suggested post-film activities & discussion, see our Program Guide!)


Germany, 2018, 2D/ToonBoom, 3:37 minutes

Directed by Julia Ocker

The ants are working together perfectly, thanks to their rather strict team leader with a whistle. But when one ant decides to have a little fun, things get a little crazy!

Featured in over 100 festivals around the world.

Land without Evil

Hungary/Argentina, 2017, Stop motion/Cut-out/Mixed technique, 3:50 minutes

Directed by Katalin Egely

Based on Guaraní mythology (Tierra sin mal), this beautiful film set to world music shows a vision of paradise on earth where all creatures live in harmony and unity.

Featured in over 100 festivals around the world.


  • Best Short Film, Festival Internacional Cine de la Yungas (Argentina)
  • Grand Prize, Femme Filmmakers Festival
  • Best Animated Short Film, Mi Primer International Festival for Kids (Peru)
  • Ishiya Award, New Chitose International Animation Festival (Japan)
  • Best Music Video, Open World Animation Festival (US)

Learning through Play and "The Making of..."

US, 2019, Stop Motion, 4 minutes

Directed by Dave Puls, Animatus Studio.
Instructors: Fredrick Armstrong, Mike Boas, Nkiru Sewell.
Animated by K’Mya Copeland, Janiyla Dates, Ja’Nylia Diaz, Ko’Zier Ellison, Cynthia Francis, Tyrese Henry, Norma Higgins, Sun’Nari Patterson, Arieanna Watson.
Produced by the Rochester International Children’s Film Festival

In this charming animated short made by children from Rochester’s School #8/Maplewood YMCA Afterschool Program, kids share why play is so important. Followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

The Pig on the Hill

US/Serbia, 2018, 3D Computer, 5:53 minutes

Directed by Jamy Wheless & John Helms

Based on the book "The Pig on the Hill" by John Kelly

Narrated by Pierce Brosnan

Pig lives a quiet, orderly life alone on a hill, until one day a free-spirited and energetic Duck decides to move in next door. Will Pig find a way to get rid of Duck, or will Duck turn out to be the friend he’s always needed?

“One of the best shorts in the London Film Festival program for younger viewers” ~ Holland Focus

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Sam's Dream

France, 2018, 2D computer/TV Paint, 7:18 minutes

Directed by Nölwenn Roberts

One spring morning, Sam the Mouse decides to make his dream come true, despite the rules of gravity and the disbelief of the other animals of the forest.

Our festival is the 2nd US Festival to show this beautiful new film!


  • Winner, Liberté d’Expression Nouvelle Aquitaine

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Two Balloons

US, 2017, Stop Motion, 9:08 minutes

Directed by Mark Smith

In this dreamy adventure, two lemurs spot each other while navigating their handmade dirigibles up in the clouds. When they try to make contact, a terrible storm intervenes. Will they find a way to save themselves, and each other?


  • Official selection at 27 Academy qualifying festivals including Tribeca, SITGES and Clermont-Ferrand
  • Winner, 20+ international awards, including Jury Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival/Kids, Animation Zagreb and Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival

Two Trams

Russia, 2017, Puppet Animation, 9:23 minutes

Directed by Svetlana Andrianova

Each day, the young tram makes its rounds with the older tram along the network of streets. But one day his old teacher is missing – and the young tram searches feverishly around the whole city. Will they get to enjoy a last ride together?


  • Featured in over 135 festivals around the world
  • Golden Slipper, Best Animated Film for Children, Zlin International Film Festival for Children & Youth
  • Special Prize, Suzdal Film Festival
  • Audience & Jury Award, Reggio Film Festival
  • Gryphon Award, Best Short Film, Giffoni Film Festival
  • Best Children’s Film, New Horizons Film Festival
  • Golden Eagle Award, Russia
  • Best Animated Film, Moscow Film Festival
  • Best Animated Short, Reel Shorts Film Festival
  • Best Animated Short, Singapore International Children’s Film Festival
  • Best Children’s Film, World Festival of Animated Film, Varna
  • and many more…

Tyrannosaurus Funk

US, 2017, 3D Animation, 4:10 minutes

Directed by Sandra Boynton
Sung by Samuel L. Jackson

A group of T. Rex dinosaurs sing and stomp their way through this delightful, must-get-up-and-dance short by the well-known children’s author/illustrator Sandra Boynton.


Grand Prize Winner, Best Children’s Animation (short), Rhode Island International Film Festival

Water Path for a Fish

France/Spain/Columbia, 2016, 2D Animation, 8:23 minutes

Directed by Mercedes Marro

During a warm, summer night in Latin America, Oscar awakes to see a little goldfish gasping for air out in the courtyard fountain. Will he be able to save him when the streets fill with people running for water?

Shown in over 40 festivals around the world.


  • Audience Award, Cordoba Film Festival (Columbia)
  • Jury Special Mention, TIFF Kids, Toronto
  • Honourable Mention, Brazilian Kids Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro


Also showing, a collection of one-minute abstract shorts, by John Morena!

Bars & Tone


String of Sound




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