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Films & Filmmakers 2018 Season

Program One: For Younger Children (and those young at heart)

Funny Fish

France/Switzerland, 2018, 2D Computer, 6:21 minutes
Directed by Krishna Nair

In the middle of the ocean, a group of fish and a whale gather to rescue a fish bobbing strangely on the surface of the water. But is it a balloon fish, or just a balloon?!

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Croatia, 2017, nonverbal, 2:05 minutes
Made by children under the direction of Nikolic & Nika Bozic, Foto Kino Video Club Zaprešić

A beautiful red bird is released from her cage so she can deliver a very special message.


  • Best Film Award, 2017 FOCUS Children's International Film Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • Best Film, Young Filmmakers, 17th International Short Film Festival, Estonia
  • 2nd Prize for Animated Film, Croatian Children's Film Creation, Sisak

Miriam's Hen’s Dream

Estonia, 2017, Stop Motion, Puppets, nonverbal, 5 minutes
Directed by Andres Tenusaar, Nukufilm Studios

From one of the oldest and largest stop motion studios in Northern Europe, comes this tale of a plucky chicken looking to join the geese flying south for the winter

Nukufilm projects have won more than 150 awards from international festivals

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My Haagan Dream

US, 2016, Live Action, 8:16 minutes
Produced and Directed by Laura & Rob Sams, Stephani Gordon

On the island of Saipan, a young girl's mysterious dream about a haggan, or green sea turtle, leads her to investigate the sea turtles that live around her home

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Pioneers of the Universe

Russia, 2017, nonverbal, 5:21 minutes

Who says an elevator operator can’t end up in space?!

Pocket Man

France/Switzerland/Georgia, 2017, Non-Verbal, 7:30 minutes
Directed by Ana Chubinidze

Being little in a world full of big people has its challenges.

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The Snowflake

Russia, nonverbal, 5:43 minutes
Directed by Natalia Chernysheva

An African boy and his animal friends wake up to find a winter wonderland thanks to a mysterious gift.


Russia, 2017, nonverbal, 4:05 minutes
Directed by Natalia Chernysheva

A spider becomes inspired by the intricate lace patterns he finds in a book.


  • Winner, RTS Kids Prize, Black Movie Film Festival
  • Winner, Audience Award Short Films, NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival

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The Teacher & the Kids Fun Song plus The Making of

US, 2018
Made by children in the School #8 Afterschool Program at the YMCA, under the direction of Dave Puls, Fred Armstrong & Mike Boas
Hosted by the Rochester Int’l Children’s Film Festival

Tiniest Man: The Sweater

France/Argentina, 2017, Stop Motion/Live Action, nonverbal, 1:10 minutes
Directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella

When you are 15 cm tall, it’s hard to find a sweater that fits just right.


  • Winner, IASS Golden Kuker
  • Best Animation, Festival International Chilemonos
Tiniest Man

Totems: The Family Song

US, 1:50 minutes
Directed by Mark Taylor, Sesame Studios

The Totems celebrate families of all shapes and sizes!



Belgium, 2017, 1:51 minutes
Made by children aged 7-9 at the mobile animation film studio Kidscam, with the help of audiovisual artists

A variety of musical instruments celebrate with vibrant music.






US, 2016, 4:08 minutes

  Directed by Street Cred/Apollonia Thomaier, DigiPen Institute of Technology

A young girl from the Bronx turns to graffiti art to cope with her troubled life at home.


  • Winner, CINE Golden Eagle Award, Student & Youth Media
  • Best Animation, International Family Film Festival
  • Over 30 festival selections and awards

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Hallo Papa

Germany, 2016, nonverbal, 4:54 minutes
Directed by Dan Franke

A young girl uses the power of art to enlighten her dark world and reconnect with her grieving father.


  • Special Jury Award, Chicago Int’l Children’s Film Festival


Switzerland, 2016, 2:14 minutes
Directed by Marcel Barelli

A snail demonstrates the many different homes that people live in.


  • Mr. Barelli’s films have received over 55 prizes and appeared in over 500 festivals


Czech Republic, 2016, nonverbal, 5:27 minutes
Directed by Veronika Zacharova, Tomas Bata University in Zlin

A family abandons its suburban house for a shiny new automated home in the big city, only to find the latest technology is not always the answer.

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Little Match Girl

France/Switzerland, 2016, nonverbal, 10 minutes
Directed by Anne Baillod & Jean Faravel

Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale of a young girl trying to survive on a bitter New Year’s Eve.


  • Best Art Award, Neum Animated Film Festival
  • Over 20 international festivals

Negative Space

US, 2017, stop-motion, 5 minutes
Directed by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata

A father and son bond over the shared ritual of suitcase packing for his frequent business trips.


  • Nomination, Best Animated Short, 2018 Academy Awards
  • Over 50 awards throughout 137 festivals

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US, 2016, Live Action, 13:24 minutes
Written & Directed by Aude Cuenod

On the east side of Detroit an 11-year-old boy, grieving over the loss of his best friend, encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects.


  • Children’s Jury Award, Chicago Int’l Children’s Film Festival
  • Award, Cinetopia Film Festival
  • Award, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival

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Story Corps: Who We Are: Bonnie & Myra Brown

US, 2017, 2:39 minutes
Directed by Richard O’Connor

A teen interviews her intellectually disabled mother.


Canada, 2017, nonverbal, 8:49 minutes
Directed by Torrill Kove, National Film Board of Canada

An exploration of the beauty and complexity of parental love, the bonds that we form over time, and the ways in which they stretch and shape us.


  • Torrill Kove has won an Academy Award for her animation, as well as a nomination for her previous work

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