The New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival presents a collection of hilarious, heartfelt and beautiful short films around the world, suitable for older kids ages 8 to 18, including festival award-winners and audience favorites.
**SHORT FILMS FOR AGES 8-18**
Documentary, Seth Stark, 2011, 11 min_
This uplifting true story about orphan Satish shows shades of Slumdog Millionaire. Beautiful village and pastoral scenery and quick-cut montages revel in the bustling colors, sounds, tastes, and textures of India, while Satish’s indomitable spirit and joyfulness prevail against all odds.
Animation, Jean-François Proulx, 2010, 1.5 min_
When a bump in the road causes an unexpected chain of events, a truck driver’s life flashes before his eyes.
Animation, Leo Verrier, 2010, 9 min_
A fantastic imagining of how Jackson Pollack came upon his “drip” and action-painting style: through devouring (literally) all the styles of the modern past.
**Extinction of the Sabertooth House Cat**
Animation, Damon Wong, 2010, 3.5 min_
Though scientists have conjectured, none could truly say what caused the demise of the Sabertooth House Cat. But now this hard-hitting documentary reveals startling new evidence to detail the dramatic last moments of one of Earth’s littlest known creatures.
**The Girl and the Fox**
Animation, Tyler J. Kupferer, 2011, 5.5 min_
An enemy becomes a friend as a young girl has a life-and-death encounter with a snow fox at dusk in the frozen forest.
**Hello, I Like You**
Experimental, Mixtape Clup, 2011, 2 min_
Created by Brooklyn’s Mixtape Club, this quick-cut musical montage plays with texture, shape, pattern, and movement – with rope, leaves, nuts and bolts, and eye hooks twisting, dancing and popping to a soothing electronica beat.
Animation, Juan Pablo Zaramella, 2010, 6.5 min_
From the director of past NYICFF favorites Lapsus and Journey to Mars comes a brilliantly executed, visually unique and immensely amusing stop motion short that took home the audience award at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival. In a world controlled and timed by light, one man has a plan that could change destiny.
Animation, Christopher Kezelos, 2010, 5 min_
In a dark room, a glass-eyed puppet is constructing a look-alike companion, while the sands drain away in hour glass and violin music plays in a minor key. He completes the puppet but she doesn't come alive. At last her eyes open and they share a few brief moments of togetherness before the sand runs out.
Live Action, Rolf Hellat, 2010, 5 min_
With inventive use of sound, including crackly original audio from the Apollo 13 space mission, Remo and his grandmother blast off from a rainy playground in Switzerland on a journey to the moon.
Animation, Nandita Jain, 2011, 10 min_
Nirmala lives in a seaside village with her grandpa, who recites her favorite story about a fisher boy. Yet lately he’s been forgetting some of the details.