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Kids + Families

Part of SFFILM Festival

Shorts 5: Family Films

18 Apr
Sat, Apr 18, 2020 at 10:00 am
Castro Theatre
Castro Theatre 429 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114 United States


Things are not always what they seem in this exciting collection of films from around the world. At first glance, a puddle is simply water accumulated on a sidewalk after an afternoon shower. A jumbled sequence of letters is surely just a child’s spelling error. One can easily jump to conclusions, but a closer look yields surprising and satisfying revelations. Works range from recent student films to award-winning independent filmmakers, along with stories told by emerging voices at established animation studios like Disney and Pixar. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Total running time 66 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 own identity as she prepares for her bat mitzvah and adulthood.
(Rachel Harrison, USA, 2020 10 min)

Día de la Madre
A mariachi band made up of juveniles with a secret heartwarming agenda partakes in a 24-hour spree breaking into houses and causing a ruckus.
(Ashley Brandon, Dennis Höhne, USA, 2019 6 min)

Elephant in the Room*
A young boy forms a special bond with a lost baby elephant.
(Brian R. Scott, USA 2019, 3 min)

For Estefani
A poet receives a card with a cryptic message from a third grader, uncovering a perfect little moment of beauty.
(Jordan Bruner, USA 2019, 3 min)

The Fox & the Pigeon
A cunning fox grabs hold of destiny and rewrites the narrative to save his ice cream from a pigeon with a sweet tooth and a narrator with a wild imagination.
(Michelle Chua, Aileen Dewhurst, Canada 2019, 6 min)

Grab My Hand: A Letter To My Dad
A filmmaker’s gift to his grieving father provides a message to all to cherish every second you have with the ones you love.
(Camrus Johnson, Pedro Piccinini, USA 2019, 5 min)

Two kids at canoe camp find themselves adrift on a lake, unable to move forward until they find a new way to connect.
(Erica Milsom, USA 2020, 8 min)
This is a Cinema by the Bay film.

The Magic of Chess
A group of children competing at the 2019 Elementary Chess Championships share their uninhibited insights about the benefits of the game.
(Jenny Schweitzer Bell, USA 2019, 5 min)

A young boy is interviewed about his hopes and fears while playing with his colorful matchsticks.
(Géza M. Tóth, Hungary 2019, 12 min)

A modern tale about parenthood and the differences between generations, based on the ancient Chinese creation myth.
(Shaofu Zhang, USA/China 2020, 6 min)

An adventurous boy discovers that puddles can be portals to a fantastical world.
(Zack Parrish, USA 2019, 2 min)

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