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  2016 San Diego International Kids Film Festival  
 
Admission: General Pass
Locations:Schulman Auditorium (1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, Ca 92011)
Senior Center( 799 Pine Avenue Carlsbad, CA 92008)
SDPL Point Loma/Hervey Branch ( 3701 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA 92107
Screening schedule: http://sdkidsfilms.org/Films.html
 

 

Short Films

  A BRAVE BUNCH
Poland|30minShort|Documentary|War|Family
Director: Tomasz Stankiewicz
Producers: Monika Kowaleczko-Szumowska, ZofiaPręgowska
Writers:Monika Kowaleczko-Szumowska, Tomasz Stankiewicz
Synopsis:
When the Warsaw Uprising started in Poland in 1944 during WWII, thousands of children lived in the capital city. This documentary is about those who survived a complete destruction of the city and slaughter of its inhabitants.
  A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
USA|17minShort|Family|Comedy|Romance|Action
Director/Writer: Erik Carlson
Producers: Lily Marroquin, Robert Stronger
Cast: Kevin Mitchell, Krystal O'Connor, Matthew Faller, Sami Stumman, Chris Georgas
Synopsis:
A shy movie nerd must overcome his confidence issues when he and his crush, the theater concession stand girl, are pulled into a 1930s adventure film by its fiery heroine.
         
  A PERFECT DAY
USA|5minShort|Animation|Music
Director: Exceptional Minds
Producers: Exceptional Minds, Dr. Ben & Co.
Writer: Dr. Ben Meisel
Cast: Exceptional Minds Students
Synopsis:
No matter the season, every day is a reason to let the imaginationfly.
    A Small Stubbornness
Korea|7minShort|Drama|Family
Director/Producer: AnSik Shin
Synopsis:
Dukgu, returning home from his friend’s house, always puts his hands in his pocket in any situations.
         
  ACT ONE
Italy|15minShort|Drama
Directors: LudovivaGibelli, Marco Di Gerlando
Producer: Ass. ZuccherArte
Writer: Nicola Lucchi
Cast: Chiara Felicità, Chiara Meineri, AlessiaPallotta, Camillo Gibelli, Francesca Gobbi, Marianna Ligalupo
Synopsis:
For the IA class, it will be a memorable first day at school...
    BAD CHAIR DAY
USA|27minShort|Family|Adventure
Director: Jack Allred
Producer: Kelsey Landry
Writer: Jack Allred, Sage Turk
Synopsis:
A household chair becomes self-aware. It is compelled to understand who it is, where it came from, and what its purpose is. It seeks answers in the real world.
         
  BE-BE-BEARS
Russia|6minShort|Animation
Director: Alexey Mironov
Producers: Vadim Volya, Evgeniy Golovin, Anton Smetankin, Tatiana Tsyvareva
Writers: Vadim Volya, Evgeniy Golovin, Andrey Zaitsev
Synopsis:
The animated series deals with the adventures of two bear friends, the brown bear Kesha and the white bear Tuchka. Kesha loves gadgets and technology, while Tuchka is a child of nature.
  BILLY THE KID
UK|16minShort|Drama|Comedy
Director/Writer: Sam Johnson
Producers: Sam Johnson, David Wade, Simon West
Cast: John Bell, JohnyPalmiero
Synopsis:
Fitting in to a new school can be hard, particularly when you were bullied out of the last one for living your life as a cowboy. But then 15-year-old Billy is joining a place that, though it doesn’t know it yet, is in need of a hero - a lasso wielding, John Wayne quoting, bubblegum chewing hero.
         
  BLACKMAIL
USA|10minShort|Drama|Comedy
Director: Stephen Burhoe
Synopsis:
Siblings learn life lessons, as one tries to extort the others weekly allowance from him. When the prospective victim threatens to bring their police officer father into the fray, the tables are turned.
  BOOK BOX
Canada|7minShort|Drama|Experimental
Director/Producer/Writer: ApisTeicher
Cast: Aiden Cumming-Teicher, Karim Fahmy
Synopsis:
Two boys from very different backgrounds discover that they have more in common than they imagine, and strike up a friendship at the neighborhood bookbox.
         
  BUFFALO SONG
USA|4minShort|Animation|Music
Director: Cecilia Aranovich
Producers: Cecilia Aranovich, Ian Hamilton
Synopsis:
Out of the West where the prairie dogs dig, lives a friendly beast that’s woolly and big: the American buffalo, undisputed king of the prairie.
    CHANDLER'S ARK
USA|16minShort|Documentary
Director: Lance Dumais
Producers: Lance Dumais, Phil Ireland
Cast: Scott Chandler
Synopsis:
Professional surfer, shaper, and animal lover Scott Chandler sets out on a quest to break the world record for dog surfing. Chandler's Ark shows Scott's journey from constructing his massive fifteen foot board, to practice days at dog beach, all the way to his attempt for the world record in San Deigo, CA.
         
  CLOSER THEN THEY APPEAR
Russia|38minShort|Drama|Comedy|Family
Director: NataliyaBelyauskene
Producer: Philipp Abryutin
Writer:IppolitaKupreyanova
Cast: Daniil Izotov, Timofey Tribuntsev
Synopsis:
Lyonya is a surgeon. Hungry and tired after a night shift he gets in his car and is about to drive to his dear girlfriend and buy her marzipans on the way. Somebody knocks at the window. It’s a six year old boy with a violin…
    COIN BOY
Taiwan|25minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Chuan-Yang Li
Producer:Hsin-YunTsai
Cast:FeiSieh, Liang-Tso Liu
Synopsis:
Tai is a fourth grade student whose family owns a claw machine business. One day, he brought the coins to pay for the camping fees but was rejected by the teacher for not changing them into bills...
         
  DANCE OF SHADOWS
Taiwan|5minShort|Animation|Fantasy
Director: Jox Xiao
Producer/Writer:Chiung-Fen Lin
Cast:Jui-Chin Wang, Huang-Dian Chen, Mei-Chun Chiu
Synopsis:
Waiting for his parents to come home, shadows in the corners transform into different shapes and accompany the little boy at night. They kick away the boy’s loneliness and turn the night into a wonderful journey of shadows.
  DREAMSCOPE
USA|7minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Anna Antonova
Cast:Viktoria Kantor
Synopsis:
Children with emotional inner world and huge imagination all over the world are connected with each other somehow. 2 worlds.2 cultures.2 little kids. What this experience could give them more?
         
  FABRIC COSMOS
Korea|12minShort|Animation|Fantasy
Director/Writer: Seung-hee Jung
Producer:TheQ Kwon
Cast:Seo-hyung Jung
Synopsis:
A curious little paper-boy and a bouncy chipmunk live on a small planet in a fabric cosmos. One day, the boy who wonders about the nature of the universe around him, sets off on a mysterious adventure as he pulls at a strange ribbon trying to find the chipmunk.
    FILIP
Sweden|12minShort|Drama|Family
Director/Writer: Nathalie ÁlvarezMesén
Producers: Nathalie ÁlvarezMesén, Sebastian Sheild
Cast: Josef Waldfogel, August Segerholm, Emma Swenninger, Simon Reithner
Synopsis:
Seven-year old Philip admires his older brother Sebastian most of all. They fool around, watch movies and play football together. One evening Filip happens to see something unexpected between Sebastian and his best friend and Filip doesn't know how to handle it.
         
  FIRST CHAIR
USA|14minShort|Family|Comedy|Musical
Director: Colleen Davie Janes
Producers: Howard Fass, Colleen Davie Janes, Robert Janes
Writer: Robert Janes
Cast: Alma Bitran, Joseph Burns, Frank Schuth
Synopsis:
This is an uplifting dramedy about artistic expression through music. It shouldn’t be hard for a talented, teenage cellist like Casey to express herself, but she secretly writes her own music, and when she tries to share it, she's thwarted by siblings, mother and music teacher!.
    FIRST LOVE
USA|6minShort|Romance|Fantasy|Comedy
Director/Writer: Nicolas Raganato
Producer: Jacob Fadley
Cast: Diego Delpiano, Rebecca Evans, Linda Weinrib
Synopsis:
Daniel, a ten-year-old student wants to give his valentine card to his girlfriend Sammy, but the evil teacher Ms. Ruth takes it away threatening the kids to tell their parents. Now it is upon to Daniel to get it back for the sake of their love.
         
  FLYING AWAY
USA|5minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Alexa McWhorter
Cast: Tasha Mena, Cady Mariano
Synopsis:
The protagonist, Isa, struggles everyday living in a world without her sister but by going back to this old and familiar picnic spot she is filled with joy and is able to recreate the memory of her sister, Eve.
    FOR OLD TIME'S SAKE
USA|20minShort|Comedy
Director: Tommy Garber
Producers: Samantha Harmon-Bergeron, Maggie Whitt
Writer: Sarah Levin
Cast: Robin Calvert, Vance Wells, Casey Piotrowski, Sean Ardalan, Alan Macchiarolo
Synopsis:
Three aging super villains attempt a dramatic escape from their detention facility/retirement home, and must overcome the odds when confronted with an intimidating new warden and their own powers going haywire.
         
FORCE-FULL IMAGINATION PART 2
USA|4minShort|Sci-Fi|Fantasy
Director/Writer: Jim Eimmerman
Producers: Jim Eimmerman, Jenifer Eimmerman, Felipe Ruiz Ricagni
Cast: Michelle Eimmerman, Hunter Fischer, Anna Herbert, Kurt Keller
Synopsis:
Trapped by the crossfire of war within the imaginary world of her apartment, Michelle must breach her way to safety despite her mom’s warnings and the traps set by her treacherous little brother!
  FOX TALE
Korea|3minShort|Animation
Director: Doosun Shin
Producer/Producer/Writer:Doosun Shin
Music: Zev Burrows
Synopsis:
Mr. Fox makes fun of a poor hare’s diminutive tail. However, he ultimately finds out that what goes around, comes around.
         
  HEY DEER!
Hungary|7minShort|Animation|Family
Director/Writer: ÖrsBárczy
Cast:EnikőKívés, ZsoltMárton, ZoltánBogdán, Dávid Lantos, BeátaUjj, HajnalkaTóth
Synopsis:
An adorable, cocoa-drinking deeris eager to tidy and shoveling in front of his house every day. However, there is a suspicious earthquake all night which causes the mess day by day and make unbearable our fella’s life. Between two cups of cocoa the amazing truth comes out which change the deer’s life forever… 
   I AM NOT A MOUSE
UK|2minShort|Animation|Comedy|Family
Director/Producer/Writer: EvgeniaGolubeva
Synopsis:
Every time Lucy is called 'Mouse' by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! What is Lucy going to do?
         
INSIDE A BUNDLE
Korea|16minShort|Drama|Family|Adventure
Director: Minjae Kang
Producer: Heung-Jong Joo
Cast: Ji-Sook Kwak,Kyu-Sung Lee, Sang-Hoon Song, Seung-Tae Park
Synopsis:
An elderly woman hopefully searches for her long lost daughter to assure her of her mother’s love and desire to care for her. Disoriented, a kind police officer assists her on her quest.
   INVENTING A LAUGH
USA|15minShort|Comedy|Family
Director/Writer: Carolina Mejia Lartilleux
Producer: Mariana Robles Thome
Cast: Chris Gross, Ryan Karloff, Kaiden Chapman, Julie Cardia
Synopsis:
Felix is a failed inventor, when his brother-in-law threatens to kick him out of his house, it's Felix's last chance to build a machine that will finally bring his brother-in-law and nephew closer together, and hopefully keep him with a roof on top of his head.
         
  INVITATION
Korea|23minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Bo-seung Kang
Synopsis:
Dong Min, who just moved from Gang Nam, which is one of the richest towns in Korea, must prove his wealth to his new school mates to make them as his friends. 
   ITIME TRAVEL
USA|12minShort|Sci-Fi
Director: Leslie Bloom
Producers: Leslie Bloom, Bruce Moore, Stephen Naylor
Writers: Leslie Bloom, Bruce Moore
Cast: Teddy van Ee, Corey Brunish
Synopsis:
Young Jake finds a time travel app conveniently placed for his use, he can't resist the urge to press the button. He finds himself 30 years from now wondering how he got so messed up.
         
  JAMMIES, TEETH, PRAYERS & BED
USA|8minShort|Animation
Director: T. Greg Merrion
Synopsis:
This short, animated film is about the trials a dad experiences trying to put his four kids to bed one evening.
    JIBI
USA|7minShort|Animation|Sci-Fi|Fantasy|Adventure
Director/Producer/Animator: Gregory Chen
Music: Asuka Ito
Synopsis:
A little boy and his dog get ready to play as the sun starts to set. The dog is eager to play normally, but the boy's idea of having fun is revealed as he pranks his dog by spraying him with a hose…
         
  KIDS FROM PLANET EARTH
USA|19minShort|Comedy|Adventure
Directors: Lyndsay Dawkins, Kenny Ballentine
Producers/Writers: Jeff Falyn, Lyndsay Dawkins
Synopsis:
A trio of clever teenagers team up with Mother Nature to take down the buffoonish villains with a dash of magic, bad fashion, and disco music.
  KILLER RECIPE
USA |4minShort|Animation|Comedy
Director/Writer/Animator: Chadwick Whitehead
Producer:YuLingKoh Hsu
Cast: Alex Decaneas, Marc Adam Smith, Mike Jansson
Synopsis:
An avocado, who is a scientist, inadvertently invents tortilla chips that want to eat him. His tomato friend helps him destroy and dispose of the menace. But his creation proves to be resilient... and hungry.
         
KITTY CAT COMES TO TOWN
USA|3minShort|Fantasy|Music|Adventure
Directors/Producers: Carla Young, Dana Rose
Writer: Carla Young
Synopsis:
A town populated by cats and dogs comes alive in anticipation of the arrival of a Diva Kitty Cat. From her appearance in a fanciful coach pulled by bounding dogs, to her parade down Main Street, to her captivating live stage performances Kitty shows off her ultra-feline flair.
  KLAAZOR
USA|6minShort|Sci-Fi|Adventure
Director/Writer: Julio GarcíaEscames
Producers: Carla Roda, Julio GarcíaEscames, SherandoFerril Cupid
Cast: Arthur Roberts, Austyn David Calvin, Ronda Suder
Synopsis:
Tommy, a 5-years-old kid, and his grandfather have to team up to face an alien invasion in their home.
         
  LE MACHINO
France|3minShort|Animation
Director/Writer: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Producer/Cast: Julie Rembauville
Synopsis:
In the corner of a street, a man of scrap, dressed in a patched suit turns the crank of an old barrel organ. People, cars, dogs, everything walks past him without noticing it even. The more he turns the crank and the more the city becomes crazy around him.
  LIGHT DRIFTER
USA|3minShort|Animation|Fantasy
Director/Writer/Animator: Yu-Ting Cheng
Synopsis:
This is a visual narrative of the filmmaker’s dreams realized in a surreal world populated by monsters, birds, fish and magical creatures.
         
  LITTLE FOLK OF THE ARCTIC
Canada|4minShort|Animation
Director/Writer: Neil Christopher
Producers: Neil Christopher, Louise Flaherty
Cast:Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Andrew Morrison
Synopsis:
Inuit always try to avoid human encounters, but over the years Inuit hunters and shaman have gathered stories and experiences to help us understand these small inhabitants. 
     LITTLE PIG
USA|5minShort|Animation
Director/Writer: Thong Nguyen
Producer: University of Saint Francis, School of Creative Arts
Synopsis:
In this lovely animated story, a little pig finally sees the importance of family and his mother.
         
  LITTLE SHIMAJIRO
Japan|9minShort|Animation
Director/Writer: Isamu Hirabayashi
Producers:Yuichiro Tanaka, Hiroki Fujiwara, Madoka Katsumata
Cast: Omi Minami
Synopsis:
Shimajiro is a little tiger boy living in a quiet forest. His mischievousness gets him into trouble with some bees, which chase him all over the forest…
    LOST IN SPRING
UK|13minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Fred Leao Prado Wall
Producer: Liz Vick
Cast: Ava Roberts
Synopsis:
A confidence stricken seven year old, embarks upon a journey to self-belief.
         
  LOVE SONG OF THE DRONE
USA|3minShort|Animation|Music
Director: Brian J. Larson
Synopsis:
This is an animated music video about the life (and love) cycles of a drone bee.
  MAARTIN
Finland|21minShort|Action|Comedy
Director: Joel Rahkonen
Producer: Sonia Stenius
Writers: Joel Rahkonen, Sonia Stenius
Cast: Simon Häger, Edith Holmström, Robert Kock, Timo-PekkaLuoma, Peik Stenberg, Dennis Nylund
Synopsis:
This is an action-comedy about a kind-hearted bicycle police who has high ambitions of becoming a detective. When the Norwegian bicyclemafia kidnaps Pierre, the son of Maartin ́s sweetheart, Maartin gets an opportunity to show what he’s made of.
         
  MAGIC LANTERN
Russia|6minShort|Animation
Director: Roman
Synopsis:
The "Magic Lantern" is the projector that Katya uses to show her brother Mitya slides. In each episode Katya tells a new story using elements from famous works of literature. Our main characters can look forward to Gulliver's travels, the Three Musketeers' scrapes, hunting for treasure, and other intriguing journeys
    MAISA, THE CHAMORU GIRL WHO SAVE GUAHAN
USA|36minShort|Animation|Fantasy|Adventure
Director: Michael Q. Ceballos
Producers/Writers: Michael Q. Ceballos, Jimmy S. Teria, Rufina F. Mendiola, Ronald T. Laguaña
Cast:Kihya Martinez, Maria TaitanoCalvo, Therese “Ewy” Taitano, Vance G.C. Camacho, Zachariah TaitanoCalvo, Zina San Nicolas Ruiz
Synopsis:
Based on a beloved classic Legend from the island of Guam, this film tells the story of how a young Chamoru girl finds the strength, wisdom, and courage to lead the women of Guam into battle against a giant creature from the Marianastrench that is devouring their island home.
         
  MARS 3752
France|2minShort|Sci-Fi
Director/Writer: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Producer: Julie Rembauville
Cast: Samuel Rozenbaum
Synopsis:
On a bright night, a young boy lies down in the grass, staring at the Milky Way. Just like a shooting star, the helmet of a cosmonaut falls right through the sky. From that very moment, the boy's destiny is sealed: he'll have to travel to space when he's older.
   MERMAIDS ON MARS
USA|25minShort|Animation|Family
Director: Jon V Peters
Producers: Kat Alioshin, Nancy Guettier, Jon V. Peters
Writers: Jarrett Galante, Nancy Guettier
Cast: Nathan Caywood, Jessica Lowe, Mario Fong, Susan Zelinsky
Synopsis:
Water on Mars is big news these days, but a young boy discovered that water existed there long ago. Follow Julian on his adventure through outer space where he meets the wondrous mermaids of Mars.
         
MILVIO
USA|13minShort|Drama|Comedy
Director: Thales Correêa
Producer: Sunny Vachher
Cast: Reid Miller, Isabella Bazler
Synopsis:
Milvio is an outgoing kid who enlists the help of a robot to attend school in his place while he remains confined in his bedroom due to a serious illness. 
     MINOULE
France|4minShort|Animation
Director/Writer: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Producer/Cast: Julie Rembauville
Synopsis:
Minoule is a roguish cat spending the whole day on the edge of his windowsill under roofs. Far off, the song of a small canary in his cage works him up an appetite. But the way to catch the prey is full of pitfalls.
         
  MISSION SUNDAY
India|22minShort|Drama|Family
Director/Writer: RukshanaTabassum
Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed
Writers: RukshanaTabassum, AseemShaan
Cast:Adney Cardoza, Kabeer Khosla, ShefaliBhushan, Sanjay Roy
Synopsis:
It's just another regular Sunday till 15 year old Saqib finds himself trapped in a time loop. The day keeps repeating. He's just not able to break out of it. Will Saqib be able to figure out this game and get back to his old life?
    MONKEY KING HERO IS BACK
China|40minShort|Drama
Director: Ziyue Du
Producer:Xun Hong
Writer: Qi Zhan
Cast:JunhaoLan, Lixuan Han, Yuanwei Wan, Mingxuan Li
Synopsis:
In order to seek the truth of the fact that his father saves a person in the river, a boy dresses up as the hero in his heart and tries to figure things out. 
         
  MOOCH
India|19minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Soumil Shetty
Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed
Cast:Azaan Khan, Elena Kazan, Ramakrishnan Hariharan, Kushank Thakkar, Bhoomika Sharma
Synopsis:
Young Ashay wakes up one morning to discover the beginnings of a moustache! The upheaval that the tiny follicle of hair causes in his life is unprecedented. Ashay experiences his newfound ‘manhood’ and finally understands what growing up is all about.
    MY PET SHISA
USA|5minShort|Animation|Comedy
Director/Writer: Elise Walters
Animators: Elise Walters, Lillianna Craighead, A David Anweiler, Alondra Araujo, Liz Kramer, Autumn Shultz, Ellen Cornwell, Corey Gardner
Synopsis:
A young man has to find a way to deal with and understand his mysterious new pet!
         
  MYNA & ASTERIX
India|20minShort|Drama|Adventure
Director/Writer: Kenny Basumatary
Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed
Cast:Shruti Hussain, DanianBasumatary, Suraj Vyas, Rukmini Sen
Synopsis:
While on a trip to her ancestral village in North Eastern India, Myna and her cousin Dani decide to make Asterix's magic potion and become 'super strong'! While the potion doesn’t seem to work on Dani, Myna comes under the spell and learns an important lesson of life.
    NIETA
Argentina|6minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Nicolas Villarreal
Producers: Nicolas Villarreal, Alessandro Squitti, Pedro E. Villarreal
Synopsis:
An incoming storm helps to transform a young girl's perspective of the world.
         
  NOTORIOUS CORN
France|2minShort|Animation|Comedy
Director/Producer/Writer: Mallory Grolleau
Synopsis:
It's the story of a small grain of corn that dreamed about glory. He's going to succeed. Unfortunately...
    OGRESS OF THE GRAVELBANK
Canada|3minShort|Animation
Director/Writer: Neil Christopher
Producers: Neil Christopher, Louise Flaherty
Cast:Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Igimaq Williamson Bathory,Akutaq Williamson Bathory
Synopsis:
Inuit oral history is filled with strange beings and supernatural creatures. One of these feared land spirits is the Ogress of the Gravelbank. This cruel being was known to lure children into her lair and trap them there. All that perish in that cave remain there as spirits and animated corpses.
         
  OUR WORLD THE FIGHT WITH POLLUTION
India|5minShort|Documentary
Director: Tanmaysrivastava
Synopsis:
This is about the condition of earth, the hotness and the coldness of the climate, and also about global warming.
    PAPAVERI E PAPERE
Italy|25minShort|Drama
Director: Adelaide Dante De Fino
Producer: Boogie Production di De Fino Luciana
Writer: Nicholas Di Valerio
Cast: Michela Di Cuia, Dino Paradiso, Grazia Leone, Anna Rita Del Piano
Synopsis:
1952, De Gasperi visits Sassi di Matera, the ancient part of Matera city. The town is bubbling with energy. Two rival families are getting ready for the most important singing competition of the year. All the adults’ recent and passed contradictions and oddities are shown up through the eyes of little girl Chico.
         
PAPER MATES
Russia|6minShort|Animation
Director: Alexey
Synopsis:
This series is about adventures of two cardboard friends – the elk Aristotle and the woodpecker Tyuk-Tyuk. They live in a world where everything is made of paper, cardboard and stationery.
 

PERI & JIN
Germany|10minShort|Animation|Family
Director/Producer/Writer/Animator: AyseRomey
Synopsis:
Peri and Jin are inseparable twins. They spend this summer with their grandparents at the sea. It is a very hot day and instead of taking their afternoon nap, the two sneak out...

         
  PICKED
USA|9minShort|Drama|Family
Director/Writer: Kelsey Snelling
Producers: Kelsey Snelling, JenellManzi, Brandon Taylor
Cast:JenellManzi
Synopsis:
A young girl's quest for the perfect pumpkin ostracizes her from her peers.
  POLKA DOTT
USA|7minShort|Comedy|Adventure
Director/Animator: Kelly C. Day
Producer: Melinda Darlington-Bach
Synopsis:
Dott has a wild and wonderful imagination. She likes to be silly and she enjoys a good homonym.
         
  REAL STRENGTH
Denmark|12minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: SvendColding
Producer: Caroline Steenberg Dam
Cast: Celine Overgaard Mortensen, Zaki Nobel Mehabil
Synopsis:
Karla is a five-year-old girl dealing with her first crisis – her older brother does not want to play with her, claiming that she is tiny and weak. Karla is therefore seeking advice from the kindergarten teaching assistant Amir, who starts to work out with her.
  ROLANDO LOCOMOTOV, HE'S THE MASTER!
Russia|6minShort|Animation
Director: Evgeny
Writer: Vadim
Synopsis:
Jerry and Mary get themselves into situations so outrageous, and outrageously dangerous that only a superhero could save them…And YES, Roland Locomotov just happens to be flying by, saves the day.
         
  SAFIYAH FLIES ACROSS THE OCEAN
UK|14minShort|Drama
Director: Samuel de Ceccatty
Producer:Manon L. Ardisson
Writer: Mei Leng Yew
Cast: Olivia Anson, Rebecca Herod, Lewis Fernee, Sarah Durham, Robert Chambers
Synopsis:
Safiyah wants to know when her father will come home. As her mother refuses to contact him, Safiyah decides to take things into her own hands: with the help of her neighbor and his toy helicopter.She embarks on an adventure to find Egypt and fly the letter there herself...
    SINGULARITY
UK|18minShort|Sci-Fi|Fantasy
Director: Chris Upson
Producers: Jaz Blair-Edmund, Peter Hort
Writer: Jack Lewis
Cast:BenedicteWestbye, Joseph Onder, Dominic Baker
Synopsis:
After the mysterious disappearance of the Internet, a lonely boy finds a rogue artificial intelligence program on his computer.
         
  SOMEONE GOOD WILL FIND YOU
USA|9minShort|Drama|Family
Director: LeelilaStrogov
Producer: Jessica Kingdon
Writers:LeelilaStrogov, Jessica Kingdon
Synopsis:
A well-intentioned Chinese immigrant father raising his inquisitive son in New York City tries to school him on a lesson of saving and restraint and how to make it in this country. He shares the biblical story of Moses down the Nile.
    SPAGHETTI
Ausstralia|13minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Peter Nizic
Producers: Peter Nizic, Matthew Pearson, Shannon Wong-Nizic
Cast:GytonGrantley, Noah Wiseman, Eloise Joo, Jordan-Leigh Estepahn, Beth Aubrey
Synopsis:
It tells a fantastical tale of an 8 year old boy's explosive reaction to meeting a new girl at school.
         
  SPEAKING OF FAIRIES
USA|15minShort|Family
Director: Deborah Hiestand
Producers: Deborah Hiestand, Laura Graves, Heather Domko
Writers: Deborah Hiestand, Laura Graves, Heather Domko
Cast: Hawley Penfold, Eli Freyre, Constance Elmore, B.J. Eaton
Synopsis:
A young girl's love is challenged when her brother is stolen by fairies.
    SPILL
Australia|10minShort|Adventure
Director: Aaron Ellis
Producer: Lester Ellis Jr
Cast: Lester Ellis Jr, Grace Rosebirch
Synopsis:
It is 1999 at West Meadows Primary School and the marble craze has hit an all-time high. Maxy, through his good sense of judgement and likability has scored himself a decent marble collection and has become a force in the sandpit.
         
  STAR TAXI
Slovakia|15minShort|Animation|Sci-Fi|Adventure
Director/Producer: JurajKrumpolec
Writers:Igor Derevenec, JurajKrumpolec, Gianni Rodari, Anton Sulík
Cast: Richard Stanke
Synopsis:
This film is about the adventures of a little boy Hugo and a taxi driver Peppino on their journey through dangerous universe. One meter faster than light they flee from the furious monsters of Aldebaran.
    STINKY FEET: THE SHORT
USA|12minShort|Comedy|Romance|Music
Director: Michele Seidman
Producers: Michele Seidman, Adam Quintanilla, Don King, Mike Houston
Writer: Josh Cohen
Cast: Josh Cohen, Nicholas Tocci, Doris Tocci, Drew Shugart, Elle Graham
Synopsis:
Follow the life of a friendly sock from the time he is a cotton seed, to the time he is born in a sock factory, on to the time where he meets his pair, to when a little boy receives socks as a present from his grandma.
         
  SUNNY DAY
China|1minShort|Animation|Family|Comedy
Director: Chenxin Yang
Synopsis:
This is a 2D animation depicting a sweet moment of the old lady use magic comforting the sad little boy.
    SUPER GIRL
India|17minShort|Drama|Adventure
Directors: Vaani Arora, Hemant Gaba
Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed
Writer:Vaani Arora
Cast: Tara Mathur, PihuJha, Madhu K. Rajesh, Andrew Hoffland
Synopsis:
Ten year old Nadia is all set to conquer the world. She loves superheroes and believes she can be one! As she goes about to achieve this through science experiments with the aid of her grandfather, she discovers the most important quality of a superhero – the superpower of kindness!
         
  THE ART OF WAGGERY
USA|5minShort|Family|Comedy
Director/Writer: Patricia Viayra
Producers: Patricia Viayra, R. Michael Viayra, Jr
Cast: Lily Pick, Jackson Pick, Noah Magilton, Cailyn Linen, Caiden Linen
Synopsis:
A young brother and sister go out alone looking for their missing dog and employ the help of their neighborhood friends to find him. Things go awry when they encounter the "Bullies".
    THE AUTUMN OF ZAO
France|19minShort|Drama|Fantasy
Director: Nikolaus Roche-Kresse
Producers:Nikolaus Roche-Kresse, MélanieCouraud, José Monplet, François-Xavier Marchi, MatthieuChoquette, Pierre-Claude Gaumerd
Writers:HuguesFléchard, Nathanael Godart, Alain Richard
Cast: Caterina Murino, Elia Blanc, MorganeHocde, Claudine Bertin
Synopsis:
Zao is a little boy with an incurable disease, in a house beside a lake. A little girl, Cloe, leads through the forest and tells him the legend of the lake monster. Beyond the pain, death and time, this film is a hymn to dream, life and childhood.
         
THE CHIMNEY SWEEP
France|2minShort|Drama|Drama|Drama|Drama|Drama
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    THE CIRCUS PRINCESS
Russia|14minShort|Comedy
Director: Tatiana Ponomareva
Synopsis:
This film shows how the process of choosing a name for a new-born girl in a family of circus performers turns into a series of exciting and magical events.
         
  THE GIFT
USA|30minShort|Drama|Family
Director: Lisa Belcher
Producers: Lisa Belcher, Harry Oram
Writers: Lisa Belcher, Harry Oram, Ines Laimins
Cast: Luke Seybold, Sebastian Long, Matt Totty
Synopsis:
This is an emotional journey of a 12-year-old boy who is forced to choose between the acceptance of his new friends, and a treasured gift given to him by his father.
    THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF MANEL AND THE MAGIC TOOTHPICKS
Spain|14minShort|Adventure
Director/Writer: Xavier Pijuan
Producers: Xavier Pijuan, CarlesIsern
Cast:Unai Mayo, Maia Fornas, HéctorMartínez, José Ángel Rico, Silvia Kamats
Synopsis:
Manel, a spoiled kid, receives a miserable toothpick box for his birthday instead of his expected PS4. However, this apparently stupid present will end up being the best present he has ever received.
         
  THE HYDROGEN SONG
USA|3minShort|Animation|Family|Music
Director/Animator: Brandon Ray
Producers: Paul Bernhard, Reid Sharpless
Cast: Dylan Hutcherson
Synopsis:
This is a musical animated journey examining the green energy potential of Hydrogen.
    THE LOTTERY
USA|14minShort|Drama|Musical|Family
Director: Han Rui Wang
Producer:Leiqi Lin
Writer:Raiza Centeno
Cast:Tonyboy Marin, Rebecca Kostolny, Don Hardwick
Synopsis:
Billy, a starving orphan, steals a winning lottery ticket from the town drunkard only to later question and doubt his own morality.
         
  THE MONKEY KING IS IN TOWN
China|9minShort|Drama
Director/Writer: Ce Liang
Producer:ShamolaKharkar
Cast: Max Page, Perry Chen Norman, Jo'ell Jackson, Landon Klotz, Michelle Lukiman
Synopsis:
9-year-old Chinese American Alex struggles to find a Chinese superhero costume to attend a Halloween party. Later, he obtains courage through making his own Monkey King costume and decides to fight against a school bully for his friends.
    THE ONE WHO TAMED THE CLOUDS
France|5minShort|Fantasy
Director/Writer: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Producer/Cast: Julie Rembauville
Synopsis:
At the top of a canyon the old Indian Flying Shadow teaches the young Nayati the ancient art of smoke signals. This is the meeting of two opposite characters. The boy’s hyperactivity upsets the calm of the old shaman soon causing disaster.
         
  THE ROSES
USA|4minShort|Animation
Director: Lillianna Craighead
Producer: University of Saint Francis
Writer: Elise Walters
Synopsis:
A sun-drop fairy falls out from the sun, and finds herself in a polluted city. She discovers a flower box with wilted roses inside, and she tries to bring them back to life.
    THE TOP SECRET FINDINGS OF ETHEL P. CLEARWATER
Australia|15minShort|Family|Adventure
Director: Maeve McKenna
Synopsis:
It’s 1997 and a major missing persons’ case has rocked the world. Well, Ethel Clearwater’s world, at least. When she was just four years old, her mother left the house to buy some groceries and never came back. Now ten years old, Ethel is an aspiring detective who has taken it upon herself to solve the mysterious case.
         
  THE WALK
USA|5minShort|Drama|Family
Director/Writer: Asalm Basheer
Producer: Andrea Alibrandi
Cast: Jackson Tessmer, Stephen Rochet
Synopsis:
A young boy dreams of getting the classic Christmas gift.But when he realizes the depth of the love that he has for an elder brother, he devises a plan to sacrifice a heart’s desire for THE WALK.
    THE WORD DETECTIVE: REALLY, REALLY OLD
USA|12minShort|Mystery|Comedy
Director/Writer: James Rossi
Producers:Vanelle Lyn, James Rossi
Cast: Rachel E. Wilson, Abigail Brundrett, Adam Wilson, Bertica Lopez, Beth Felice, Caleb Leon
Synopsis:
Our intrepid detective is back. This time her client, a popular girl, is looking for a word for 'really, really old' for a school project. Lea Smith is on the case, this time with her little brother by her side. Can Vinny the hot dog vendor, Chester the mime, or old Mrs. Levering help?
         
  TOUR DE FORCE
Netherlands|30minShort|Comedy
Director: Fedde Hoekstra
Producers:Fedde Hoekstra,DrewesWildeman
Writers:Fedde Hoekstra, MarlaisOlijrhook
Cast: Rohan Sukhraj, ManoukPluis, Martin van Waardenburg
Synopsis:
A restless bike-designer crashes his electric lowrider during a test drive which was carried out too quickly. His demanding mentor, with whom the boy has worked on the bike for weeks, drops him. In a high tech garage for trucks, with the help of two friends, he attempts to create a new design in order to shine on an 'e-bike event.
    TRIPBOOK
France|3minShort|Animtion
Director/Writer: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin
Producer/Cast: Julie Rembauville
Synopsis:
A pirate escaped from a flipbook is pursued by his creator. On the drawing board or in the city, the pursuit is wild.
         
  UNMASKED
USA|5minShort|Animation|Mystery|Adventure
Directors/Writers: Alice Gavish, Christina Faraj
Producer: John McIntosh
Synopsis:
This is an animated short film encompassing an emotional story that revolves a young boy who embarks on a journey after the sudden loss of his father.
    VAM-PIE-HER
USA|8minShort|Animation|Family|Fantasy
Director/Writer: Samantha McEachin-Ifill
Story: Emma Walton Hamilton
Cast: Brooke Lynne Ifill, FeliceSkye Hutchinson, Hazel McEachin
Synopsis:
A lonely 7 1/2 year-old little vampire sets out on a journey of self-discovery and learns that 'standing out' is way cooler than trying to 'fit in'. An animated narrative filled with fun, friendship, self-acceptance and plenty of pie!
         
  WATER WE DO
USA|42minShort|Animation
Director: Jason Kuykendall
Producer: Amy Larson
Writer: Bruce Forman
Synopsis:
This film teaches children to use water only when they need it, various practices for conservation inside their homes and in their yards, and how water conservation is important to the survival of wildlife.
    WUSSYWAT THE CLUMSY CAT - GLUE
UK|5minShort|Animation|Comedy
Director: Tom Edgar
Producer: Simon Quinn
Writer: Simon Rolph
Synopsis:
Wussyat fixes a scooter so he can play races with Jinja but he doesn’t let the glue dry so it all gets a bit icky-sticky. He decides to make a super-scooter so everyone can join in without getting icky-sticky-stuck!
         
ZOO STORY
India|20minShort|Drama|Family
Director: Rohit Philip
Producer: Syed Sultan Ahmed
Writer: Sandeep Modi
Cast:Yashna Sharma, Sumeet Kumar, DilshadEdibamKhurana, Vipul Bhatt
Synopsis:
For 14 year old Sheryl, her oddball family is not the Pintos but the Pinto Zoo! Unable to join her friends on a trip to Dubai, Sheryl is forced to go on an annual pilgrimage with her family that turns into a coming of age road trip, not just for her, but also her family.
     
         
 

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