Saturday, February 2 – 5:30pm
Saturday, February 9 – 11:30am
Enter a beautifully animated wonderland of timeless tales, fables and fantastic yarns. You’ll meet a kitten who masters the briny deep, creatures who live a world made of wool, two lemurs who take a voyage to the beyond, a jungle where animals and humans coexist in peace, a place in the woods where friendly monsters live, and a cyclist who keeps the world spinning round.
Content advisory: Fairy tales and fables sometimes explore fears and dangers, but all these films have happy endings! In Land Without Evil, a boy bleeds very briefly in a non-graphic way after being bitten by a non-graphic snake, then quickly heals completely. In Dark, Dark Woods, monsters seem a little scary for a few seconds but really, they are friendly. In The Theory of Sunset, the figure of Death makes an appearance in a non-frightening way. In Two Balloons, friends have an adventure that seems fraught with danger at times. Pepita and Max has content involving Christian mythology.
Short Films in this Program:
(Joanna Polak, Poland, animation, 2018, 10 min, English) Washington State premiere!
Mr. Wooly likes is a world made of wool, and he is the only person who knows how to keep the place from unraveling. He is, however, old and tired and he wants his life to change. Unfortunately… his wish gets granted.
(Uzi Geffenblad, Sweden, animation, 2018, 9 min, nonverbal) North American premiere!
A kitten is hungry, and can’t catch anything tasty when she goes out fishing. But in a moment of illumination, she finds a creative solution, and a helper.
Pepita & Max: An Alpine Blessing for Monsieur Raf
(Rahel Ilona Eisenring & Stephanie Knöbl, Switzerland, animation, 6 min, Swiss German with English subtitles) West Coast premiere!
When little Max loses his giraffe Monsier Raf, his smart cousin Pepita knows just how to help him with a marvelous alpine blessing, an ancient Swiss tradition.
(Mark C. Smith, US, animation, 2017, 9 min, nonverbal)
Two travelers have an adventurous journey to a place crossed by stars and clouds where love is at the beginning of everything.
Land Without Evil
(Katalin Egely, Hungary & Argentina, animation, 2017, 4 min, nonverbal, with unsubtitled song in Guarani) Seattle premiere!
Based on Guaraní mythology, this film asks, what if the real paradise is inside us and lies in the harmony and unity of everything alive?
Little Red Riding Hood
(Martina Holcová, Czech Republic, animation, 2017, 4 min, English) North American premiere!
It’s a brave new world: Little Red and Grandma aren’t afraid of the wolf at all.
Dark, Dark Woods
(Emile Gignoux, Denmark, animation, 2017, 6 min, nonverbal)
Fed up by an endless routine of duties and lessons, princess Maria escapes to the dark, dark woods full of friendly monsters.
The Theory of Sunset
(Roman Sokolov, Russia, animation, 2017, 9 min, nonverbal) Seattle premiere!
Deep in the night, a dedicated cyclist traverses the wintry forest. The challenge: make sure the new day gets off to a fresh and timely start.
Perfectly Naughty Kids
(Tatiana Kiseleva, Russia, animation, 2018, 14 min, Russian with English subtitles) North American premiere!
A mischievous gnome helps save horribly obedient children from excessive mannerliness.