The best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 5 to 10. 70 minutes. In English or with English subtitles.
A Town Called Panic: The Christmas Log by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (Belgium/France, 2014, 26 min.). Prepare for more zany, stop-motion mayhem as Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar follow-up their award-winning 2009 feature debut with this Yuletide sequel, detailing the misadventures of Indian and Cowboy, who become overexcited in anticipation of their Christmas gifts and have difficulty not being naughty.
The Centipede and the Toad by Anna Khmelevskaya (France, 2012, 10 min.). In a faraway forest, the gracious, lissome Centipede is admired by all the other creatures. Except for the old Toad, haughty and jealous, who hates him. Based on the 19th century poem “The Centipede’s Dilemma,” this deliciously devious animated fable illustrates how our unconscious actions can be disrupted by conscious reflection.
Dingi by Veit Helmer (Bangladesh/Germany, 2012, 6 min.). A group of rebellious children play a clever trick on the old boatmen who do not allow them to swim in the river Dhaka.
Borrowed Light by Olivia Huynh (2013, 4 min.). A boy in an abandoned observatory tries to show the city something incredible.
Sea Legs by Olesya Shchukina (France, 2012, 4 min.). A Russian sailor comes back to the city after a very long time away at sea and finds that solid land can be difficult to navigate.
The Mole at Sea by Anna Kadykova (Russia, 2012, 5 min.). Everyone’s off to the seaside – by car, truck and train. Not wanting to miss out, the mole starts digging.
The New Species by Katerina Karhánková (Czech Republic, 2013, 6 min.). Three friends discover a mysterious bone. With their imaginations running wild, they set out to discover the creature it belonged to.
Pohpyer by Hui-ching Tseng (Taiwan, 2012, 3 min.). In this inventive stop-motion film, the individual frames of animation are printed on t-shirts and an amusing variety of material, for a music video that blends and blurs imagination and reality.
Big Block Sing-Song: Hair by Warren Brown (Canada, 2012, 2 min.). From the people who brought us John the Leprechaun, a Kraftwerk-style electronic pop tune about the stuff that grows out of your head (and sometimes other places).