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SFFILM Festival

Shorts 6: Family Films

Ticket buyers and pass holders to this event will have access to stream the film within the indicated window of time. Views must be completed within 24 hours of starting. Viewing of the film is restricted geographically to the US only. The Q&A with cast and crew will play following the film credits. Visit our FAQ for more info.


Film Available to Stream

Fri, Apr 9 at 12:01 am – Sun, Apr 18 at 11:59 pm PST


This diverse collection of stories is sure to please the smallest members of your family, along with the young at heart and everyone in-between. Featuring a deeply moving documentary exploring race in America, a delicately animated adaption of a Hans Christian Anderson classic, and a vertically-challenged dinosaur longing to give his best friend a comforting embrace. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Total running time 77 min
Titles are listed alphabetically rather than in order of play. All films are in competition except where noted by *.
Broken Bird
Birdie, a biracial girl pulled between separated parents, searches for her identity as she prepares for her Bat Mitzvah and adulthood.
(Rachel Harrison, USA 2020, 10 min)
A Concerto is a Conversation
Acclaimed pianist and film composer Kris Bowers uncovers his family history, connecting his grandfather’s journey from Jim Crow Florida to his own musical premiere at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The conversation plays like a beautiful melody, revealing how the struggles of one generation pave the way for the next generation’s successes.
(Ben Proudfoot, Kris Bowers, USA 2020, 13 min)
Closed captioning will be available for this film.
Trapped in the clutches of lockdown, a quiet and empty London awakens to a beautiful spring day. Nature opens the door, providing soft, dappled sunlight and sweet birdsong that inspires a moment of collective human solidarity.
(Simon de Glanville, Alice Jones, and Freddie Claire, UK 2020, 4 min)
Brought to life with lush animation and narrated through an ancient Hawaiian dialect, a tale unfolds of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach, their healing powers, and the male and female spirits living within them.
(Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, USA 2020, 8 min)
The Magical Forest And The Things
A delightful fable illustrating the importance of personal responsibility in a world in which overconsumption runs rampant. Full of magical apple and chocolate trees, giants, and one parent who really just wants to get dinner made.
(Dave Russo, USA 2020, 4 min)
Tiny T. Rex And The Impossible Hug
Tiny. T. Rex is concerned his tiny tyrannosaurus arms won’t be enough to comfort a good friend who is feeling down. After some deep thinking paired with rigorous physical training, he realizes big hugs come from big hearts.
(Galen Fott, USA 2021, 9 min)
To: Gerard
A spontaneous sleight-of-hand performance provides an unassuming mailman with a moment to instill wonder in a delighted young audience member. A moving story of how true magic can come from inspiring someone to follow their dreams, even when one hasn’t been given the chance to achieve their own.
(Taylor Meacham, USA 2020, 8 min)
Delightful stop-motion animation fills the screen with a menagerie of needle-felted garden creatures in this adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale Thumbelina. We follow Tulip, a child born from a flower, as she ventures into the lush wildlife outside her home in search of where she belongs.
(Andrea Love, Phoebe Wahl, USA 2020, 9 min)
Closed captioning will be available for this film.
Us Again*
An elderly man and his young-at-heart wife rekindle their zest for life through dance on the rainy streets of New York City. This latest Disney short incorporates a vibrant funky score and the choreography of award-winning dance duo Keone and Mari Madrid.
(Zach Parrish, USA 2021, 7 min)
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