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Films for children 7+

51’

The Red Thunder

USA, Spain 2015 / 7’

Danny asks Sarah out on a date. To make everything work, Sarah needs to borrow her mother’s car. But her mother, Dr. Thun, a podiatrist, is against the idea, saying that the city is too dangerous. When her mother is not paying attention, however, Sarah decides to take the car anyway. It turns out that Dr. Thun has something secretive hidden in the car. That evening, Sarah and Danny experience an extraordinary adventure.

director: Alvaro Ron
screenplay: Rafael Alvarez, Clara Viola, Alvaro Ron
cinematography: Patrick Rousseau
editing: Vicente Perez
music: Cesar Benito
cast: Allie Grant, Miles Heizer, Karen Strassman
producer: Alvaro Ron
production: Seariders Entertainment, El Capitan Pictures
sales: Network Ireland Television
language: English
colouration: colour

Robot and the Viking

United Kingdom 2015 / 13’

Fifty years ago, Robot was sent into space to investigate if there is life on Mars. By the time he returns, the world has changed so much that he is completely useless. Alone and resigned to his fate, he wanders around the planet. Until he meets a Viking—an aging, lonely warrior. In this tale about friendship, computer-generated animation is combined with drawings and live images to create an extraordinary, moving whole.

director: Simon Bishopp
screenplay: Simon Bishopp
animation: Simon Bishopp
cast: Simon Bishopp, Katja Frimberger (voices)
sales: Simon Bishopp
language: English
colouration: colour

Pawo

Germany 2015 / 8’

You just need to add boots to the feet, draw in a dress, a head, a ponytail, add a few strokes around the feet—and before you know it, you are skiing. What was a hole is turned into the gaping maw of a monster that expands so much that it bursts out of the frame. The touch of a magic wand transforms creatures into something else completely. A simple but extremely clever animation, the subject of which is drawing and how it can be used to create other worlds.

director: Antje Heyn
screenplay: Antje Heyn
music: Peer Kleinschmidt
animation: Alexander Isert, Antje Heyn, Caroline Hamann
production: Protoplanet Studio
sales: KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg
colouration: colour

About a Mother

Pro Mamu
Russia 2015 / 8’

An African mother and her three sons, who can count on her love and her help in any situation. She is their entire world, and she gives them the entire world. And when her boys grow up and she is left all alone, she remains ready to do anything for them. It may look like she has lost everything, but life goes on. A simple, moving animation about the ties that bind us, love, time, and the continuity of life.

director: Dina Velikovskaya
screenplay: Dina Velikovskaya
animation: Tatiana Yatsina, Khatuna Tatuashvili, Dina Velikovskaya
producer: Lyubov Gaidukova
production: SHAR School-Studio
sales: Studio Shar
colouration: b&w

1 Minute Nature: Jellyfish weather

1Minuutje Natuur: Kwallenweer
Netherlands 2015 / 2’

That was a particularly jellyfish kind of day, says Jesper’s father. There were an awful lot of them—purple and blue, changing into a variety of shapes—in the water close to the beach. But jellyfish dislike guests—they prefer to have the water all to themselves. With stunning imagery, this short film combines photography and animation to create an entirely new reality.

director: Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
editing: Katinka Baehr, Stefanie Visjager
sound: Bente Hamel
animation: Kris Kobes
production: radiomakers DESMET, NTR, Mediafonds
sales: Radiomakers Desmet, Stefanie Visjager
language: Dutch
colouration: colour

1 Minute Nature: My cat in me

1Minuutje Natuur: Kringloop
Netherlands 2015 / 2’

When Lieuwe’s beloved cat gets sick and dies, he buries her in a box in the garden, where she surely becomes food for worms, which attract flies, whose waste is eaten by cows that produce milk for Lieuwe to drink. Does this mean that the boy now has something of his black cat inside himself? This idea is, on the one hand, a bit odd and, on the other, somewhat pleasant.

director: Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
editing: Katinka Baehr, Stefanie Visjager
animation: Kris Kobes
production: radiomakers DESMET, NTR, Mediafonds
sales: Radiomakers Desmet, Stefanie Visjager
language: Dutch
colouration: colour

1 Minute Nature: Bones

1Minuutje Natuur: Bones
Netherlands 2015 / 2’

Sometimes Seya and her father take a boat out into the swamps to search for bones. Once, a really long time ago, dead cows were disposed of there, in deep ditches. The bones they find are really big. Seya and her father taken them home and arrange their findings in the garden in order to reconstruct an unusual skeleton. Nothing in nature is lost, and such discoveries are a wonderful adventure.

director: Stefanie Visjager, Katinka Baehr
editing: Katinka Baehr, Stefanie Visjager
sound: Bente Hamel
animation: Kris Kobes
production: radiomakers DESMET, NTR, Mediafonds
sales: Radiomakers Desmet, Stefanie Visjager
language: Dutch
colouration: colour

Toronto Alice

Canada 2015 / 6’

One day, Alice gets on a bus. A sleepy boy gets on after her, but in front of her is an odd creature that starts chatting with her in an aggressive way. Could this really have happened? Or was it just a product of her imagination? The dialogue is borrowed from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, but the director sets the scene in contemporary Toronto instead. The effect is hypnotizing.

director: Jennifer Linton
editing: Jennifer Linton
animation: Jennifer Linton
cast: Nicole Bauman, Matt Speirs (voices)
production: Papercut Pictures
sales: Papercut Pictures
language: English
colouration: colour

Co medvědi radi

The Bearytales
Czech Republic 2015 / 3’

Did you know that grizzly bears, which are known to be loners, actually really like people? Or that Kodiak bears get pleasure from gathering up leaves? And what about polar bears and their love of whipped cream? But only the real stuff, nothing from a spray can. A funny animation with sparing but expressive drawings that presents five extraordinary facts about bears.

director: Veronika Zacharová
screenplay: Veronika Zacharová
animation: Veronika Zacharová
production: UTB FMK
sales: Lukáš Gregor, Faculty of Multimedia Communications, Tomas Bata, University in Zlín
language: Czech
colouration: colour