Enjoy a colorful collection of animated short films from around the world, hand-picked as audience and jury favorites from the 2012 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Program includes films from Italy, Portugal, Japan, Sweden, Canada, the UK, and the United States. Shown with the wonderfully interactive and animated The Shout It Out Alphabet by Lynn Smith (11 min). Recommended for ages 4+
Director: Jacopo Martinoni, Italy, 2010, black & white, 2.5 min
A quirky, black and white paper cut-out animation about a car race—in which a rogue black driver who runs others off the track gets his comeuppance. Homemade sound effects add to the lo-fi fun. Vroooom.
Director: Jose Miguel Ribeiro, Portugal, 2010, 5 min
With sumptuous colors and artful stop motion animation, a cardboard boy and his ladybug friend set sail into a deep blue moonlit sea and have a dream adventure.
Director: Ga Young Back, Canada, 2011, 3 min
After a trying and scary day, a little girl feels all alone—until she realizes that her best friend has been with her and taking care of her the whole time.
Director: Anthony Dusko, USA, 2010, 1 min
This instructive cartoon teaches important lessons of life, like how to do the happy dance.
Director: Corinne Ladeinde, UK, 2011, 7 min
Seven-year-old Ernesto feels left out when he realizes he's the only kid in school who hasn’t lost any baby teeth. Ernesto resorts to drastic measures to get rid of them; his teeth however, have other plans...
The Gruffalo's Child
Directors: Johannes Weiland, Uwe Heidschotter, UK, 2011, 26 min
One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. This follow-up to the Oscar-nominated original is adapted from the enormously popular Gruffalo picture books by British author Julia Donaldson.
Director: Sumo Science, UK, 2011, 2 min
Aardman Animations and Sumo Science follow up last year’s wonderful diminutive Dot (which set the world record for smallest animated character) by notching it up a few orders of magnitude. Shot on an expansive seaside location, they set a new record for the world’s largest stop motion set, in this story of a fisherman who gets swallowed by a whale.
Keenan at Sea
Directors: David Cowles, Jeremy Galante, UK, 2010, 2 min
This adorable, hummable tune from NY acoustic pop group The Girls is the theme song for the 2012 festival! “A salty sea and a boat for three as we sail past the coral reef… we wave goodbye to the sandy beach far away… la la la la!”
Director: Jake Wyatt, USA, 2011, 5 min
A young girl chases a mysterious fox through a secret door and into a subterranean wonderland to retrieve her stolen train ticket.
Twist & Shout
Director: Yosuke Kihara, Japan, 2010, 3 min
Two cute-as-buttons Japanese puppets travel to Abbey Road to find inspiration and shoot the video for their ukulele cover version of “Twist and Shout.”
Who is Not Sleeping?
Director: Jessica Lauren, Sweden, 2010, 4 min
Rabbit is sleeping over at Teddy Pig's house. It's going to be lots of fun! They are playing and drinking hot chocolate, but when the lights go out something doesn't feel quite right.