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Shorts Programs

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Dig Deep, Fly High

Prizewinning and Audience Favorite Animated Films for Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2018
73 minutes, for all ages

Dive into exciting adventures, vibrant colors and exquisite storytelling with this timeless collection of 11 animated films from 9 countries. Chase a kite into a mysterious cave, discover how to light up a dark forest, fill up a marvelous hole in the ground, soar with a flock of birds, discover the way to wake up a whole town, swim with a magnificent Orca, and discover all the things that make you special!

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Dream Catchers

Prizewinning and Audience Favorite Live Action Films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2018

72 minutes, ages 8+. 

Who says being a kid is easy? The young people in these films must overcome all kinds of challenges, big and small, to follow their dreams. Meet a non-gender-conforming kid who finds courage in a new friendship, a boy who discovers the healing power of art, a child who finds a wily way to lure a teacher to his town, a girl who overcomes her fear of strange food, and a boy and his father who form a bond over a simple Japanese dish. This program concludes with a documentary about a talented young Iraqi refugee, living in Lebanon, and a film from Puerto Rico that will urges youth to look up from their screens, and see the beautiful world around them. 

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Kid Flicks One
Kid Flicks One gives a warm welcome to all budding cinephiles with this lively international lineup of fun. Kick off the festivities with good hygiene and great dubstep in ​Party Mouth​ (USA), then let your hair—or, er fur—down and hang loose in ​I Want to Live in the Zoo​ (Russia). And, even if you get into a tangle, there will be someone to catch and cheer you on with the charming ​If You Fall​ (Canada).

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Kids Flicks Two

With a compelling range of styles and themes, Kid Flicks Two offers clever, thought-provoking films sure to inspire audiences ages 8+ to expand their horizons. In the Grand Prize award-winner ​Game​ (USA), AJ has the drive to excel but must push through obstacles to get there. Meanwhile, teamwork takes on different stripes when an odd couple of bears are forced to work together in the hilarious stop-motion short ​Poles Apart ​(UK). Plus, the CG-animated wonder ​Gokurōsama ​(France) bridges cultures and generations by showing us that even in an automated age, a little human touch can still work wonders.

International Shorts Program

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¡Viva Kid Flicks!

WICFF is proud to offer a new Spanish-language program of animated, documentary, and live action films full of warmth, wit, and the cultural richness of our friends and neighbors to the south: Mexico. Drawn from the Festival’s annual Friends and Neighbors program spotlighting a different country every year, this lineup is co-curated with Mexico’s Morelia International Film Festival. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles or no dialogue, perfect for Spanish learners, speakers, and all seekers of fun, artistic, and enriching cultural experiences, ages 7+.

International Retro Program

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Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas (1970)

Rated G (96 Minutes)

Little Swedish Pippi (Inger Nilsson) flies off with Tommy (Pär Sundberg) and Annika (Maria Persson) to rescue her sea-captain father from pirates.

 

Young Adult Program

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Hearts Beat Loud

PG-13 (for some drug references and brief language)

In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

 

Studio Ghibli Spotlight Feature

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Castle in the Sky (1989)

Castle in the Sky is a timeless story of courage and friendship, with stunning animation from acclaimed Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki.

 

Recent Classics Feature

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Revolting Rhymes

Based on the much-loved children’s book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes takes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack & the Beanstalk and Cinderella, then mixes them together and serves them with a mischievous twist.

The first film sees young Snow White and Red Riding Hood become lifelong friends as Snow White takes on the might of the wicked Queen, whilst Red is called home to deal with a pair of hungry wolves – one who’s eaten her grandma and then dressed in her clothes, while the other can’t help himself from eating some unsuspecting pigs. In the second film Jack grows up with his heart set on next-door neighbour Cindy. She has her eye turned by the eligible Prince at the ball, and Jack gets distracted by a giant beanstalk at the bottom of his garden. Will they find true love? Overarching both films, our narrator, a big bad wolf, has all the answers as well as a story of his own to tell.