These twelve short films—animated, live action & documentary—are brimming with fun and clever stories of growth and transformation. Originating from nine different countries (Australia, Colombia, France, Guatemala, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, UK & USA), young viewers will get a virtual trip around the world! If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script. Presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival.
Cosponsored by the Ithaca Youth Bureau. Recommended for ages 3–7.
Preschool Poets: Poem About All Different Things (USA)
Animation, Nancy Kangas & Josh Kun; 2018, 2 min, in English
Samuel serves up some poetic proclamations about life, as definitively drawn from the three-foot perspective.
6:1 (Russian Federation)
Animation, Sergei Ryabov; 2018, 3 min, in Russian, with English subtitles
Checkers may seem a game of child’s play, but can a losing cat nab a comeback?
Brooklyn Breeze (Colombia/USA)
Animation, Alex Budovsky; 2017, 4 min, no dialogue (pictured at top)
NYC’s biggest borough gets the Busby Berkeley treatment in this charmingly upbeat ode to industrial Brooklyn that will have you tapping your steel-capped toes!
Mi Abuelita (Guatemala)
Animation, Giselle Pérez; 2018, 2 min, no dialogue
Like everything Abuelita does, her tamales are filled with love, especially when her granddaughter gets to help out in the kitchen.
Raccoon and the Light (USA)
Animation, Hanna Kim; 2018, 4 min, in English
Nighttime is a breeze for a nocturnal creature, but a spotlight shines in more ways than one in this Student Academy Award-Winner.
Small Spark (France)
Animation, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin; 2019, 4 min, no dialogue
You’ve heard of night owls and bookworms? Well both perfectly describe this mouse, who must find a way to continue his exciting bedtime reading when it’s lights out.
Belly Flop (South Africa)
Animation, Jeremy Collins & Kelly Dillon; 2018, 5 min, no dialogue
One girl is determined to make a very big splash, but will she have the buoyant courage to pull it off?
Live Action, Florent Hill; 2018, 4 min, in French, with English subtitles
Grandma’s table manners drive one boy bananas until he devises a clever fix.
Animation, Hend Esmat & Lamiaa Diab; 2018, 5 min, no dialogue
Little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script.
Animation, Nils Hedinger; 2018, 8 min, no dialogue
If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP.
The Pig on the Hill (USA)
Animation, Jamy Wheless & John Helms; 2017, 6 min, in English
Pig may be up high, but his nimble new neighbor, Duck, shows how the most important spot of all is one next to friends.
The Pen Licence (Australia)
Documentary, Olivia Peniston-Bird; 2018, 9 min,in English
Brushing up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils.