Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

March 19 – 27, 2016

All over the world, filmmakers are crafting works of exhilarating imagination and creativity – just for kids! Pickford Film Center presents the 2016 Bellingham Children’s Film Festival, showcasing innovative and fun films from around the globe PLUS sing-alongs, an ice-cream social, and interactive art projects in the lobby.

 

Opening Day: $7 for kids / $10 for PFC members / $12 for general admission
All prices: $5 for kids / $7.50 for PFC members / $10.75 general admission

PLUS: Special school screenings throughout the week! Programs include All the Time in the World, Cuddly Creatures (for kids 2+) and, exclusively for classrooms: Indigenous Showcase 78m, Grades 4-8.
Talk to your kids’ teachers! Book today. Contact Grace Schrater, Education Outreach Coordinator for more info: grace@pickfordfilmcenter.org

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Opening Day Celebrations – Saturday, March 19

With proceeds to benefit Lydia Place, every family deserves a home

3:00 – The Okee Dokee Brothers Through the Woods: An Appalachian Adventure
featuring an in-theatre performance and sing along of Campfire Songs and Children’s Favorites with Spencer Willows

75m, Ages 4+ | The grammy award winning Okee Dokee Brothers embarked on a month-long trek on the Appalachian Trail to hike, camp, meet mountain musicians, play and wrote the songs that make up their 2nd adventure album. | With proceeds to benefit Lydia Place

4:30 – 5:30 – Ice Cream Social

Sponsored by Mallards Ice Cream

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Saturday, March 19

1:00 – Animated Shorts

60m, Ages 4+ | It’s the Best of the Fest from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, curated by Liz Shepard. This diverse collection of colorful characters will delight the whole family.

+See the detailed lineup of animated shorts...

SEE THE WORLD, FEED YOUR MIND: ANIMATED SHORTS
from Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2016
66 minutes

Zip around the world with this baker’s dozen of high-energy, high-imagination animated shorts. You’ll be dazzled by the light, color and storytelling in this vibrant celebration of creativity. Meet the world’s tidiest mouse, see sushi come to life, fly high in the sky with a flock of birds, watch out for trouble in a wacky barnyard, make music with a jazzy octopus, and see how kindness can change the day.

Konigirikun – A Small Rice Ball
Winner! Audience favorite short animation, CFFS 2016!
(Mari Miyazawa, Japan, 2015, 5 min) Nonverbal.
Sushi animation brings to life the adventures of a rice ball kid and his pet broccoli.

* Pik-Pik-Pik
(Dmitry Vysotskiy, Russia, 2014, 3:40 min) Nonverbal.
Ants and birds learn how to work together to save a tree that they all live in.

* Very Lonely Cock
Winner! Children’s Jury Prize for best short animation, CFFS 20016!
(Leonid Shmelkov, Russia, animation, 2015, 6 min) Mostly nonverbal, with some Russian with English subtitles.
A day starts out like any other for a hen, but soon, things begin to go haywire in the barnyard.

* PAWO
(Antje Heyn, Germany, animation, 2015, 7:39 min) Nonverbal.
This film, named for the Tibetan word for “being brave,” takes us on a girl’s adventure to a world, where she becomes aware of her strength and skills.

Granddaughter
(Nicolas P. Villarreal, Argentina, 2014, 5:10 min) Nonverbal.
A girl experiences contact with her grandmother as a shower of light and color.

Perfect Houseguest — West Coast premiere
(Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, USA, 2015, 1:35 min) Nonverbal.
A tiny mouse just can’t resist tidying everything up when he pays a visit to a house.

Noir
(Soyeon Kim, US/Korea, 2015, 3:20 min) Nonverbal.
A black crow searches for its identity, trying to escape the perception that it is something other than a beautiful and intelligent bird.

* Schwammerlbert
(Pia Auteried, Germany, 2014, 4:26 min) Nonverbal.
A mushroom awakens one morning, missing his cap! What’s a little fungus to do?

Abstract Painting
(Tatiana Skorlupkina, Russia, animation, 2015, 6:34 min) In English.
Different animals try to describe a painting, but they all see different things! Based on Daniil Kharms’ children’s story, “The Boobooboo Dog.”

Looks
(Susann Hoffmann, Germany, animation, 2014, 3:14 min) Nonverbal.
A little forest creature looks different from the others and longs to blend into the crowd. But soon, he meets friends who love him the way he is.

Amicus
(Raúl Robin Morales Reyes, Mexico, 2014, animation, 5 min) In Spanish with English subtitles.
A street kid and a cat form an unbreakable bond of friendship, and rescue each other from all kinds of trouble.

* Out From the Deep
(Katrin Novakovic, Croatia, 2013, 6:50 min) Nonverbal.
Emerging from the depths of the sea, a good old swing octopus brings joy to some jaded city souls.

Papa Cloudy’s Restaurant
(Akiko McQuerrey, USA, animation, 2015, 11:40 min) Nonverbal.
After getting an emergency call from polar bears, Papa Cloudy, a gentle cloud, gathers animals to form an orchestra to raise awareness of environmental issues.

For all ages. Two films have very brief foreign language segments, with subtitles. (Spanish and Russian).

 

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Sunday, March 20

11:30 am – Cuddly Critters

56m, Non-verbal animated shorts for children 2+ | This sweet, bright package features a variety of non-verbal shorts appropriate for young children. Also available for school screenings!

3:00 – Moomins on the Riviera

80m, Ages 6+ | In this hand drawn animation feature celebrating Tove Jansson’s original comic strips, The Moomins set sail for the Riviera along with Little My and Snorkmaiden on a sea journey that after storms and desert island dangers takes their unity to the test.

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Saturday, March 26

1:00 – Live Action Short Films

60m, Ages 4+ | Stories from around the globe! Another fabulous collection from Liz Shepard and the Best of the Fest from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle.

3:00 – Moomins on the Riviera

80m, Ages 6+ | In this hand drawn animation feature celebrating Tove Jansson’s original comic strips, The Moomins set sail for the Riviera along with Little My and Snorkmaiden on a sea journey that after storms and desert island dangers takes their unity to the test.

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Sunday, March 27

1:00 – Animated Shorts

60m, Ages 4+ | It’s the Best of the Fest from the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, curated by Liz Shepard. This diverse collection of colorful characters will delight the whole family.

3:00 – All the Time in the World

89m, Grades 4-8 | Suzanne Crocker leaves her daily life behind in search of a simpler life with her family in the Yukon for nine months. See what the world would be like without technology. Fascinating!

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