Time for Shorts

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TIME FOR SHORTS: A CHILDISH FILMS SHORTS PROGRAM.
Recommended Ages: 5+.
A program of beautiful and amusing short films for kids: a good mixture of silliness and storytelling.

CARROT OF THE THEATRE
A claymated slapstick comedy in which a rabbit covets a Snowman’s carrot nose, and chases him onto the stage of a theatre. dir. Pärtel Tal, Nukufi lm OÜ, 2006, 6 min
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MIRIAM AND THE FLOOD
Another claymation from Estonia. When Miriam’s hen gets jealous of some waterfowl, she takes her pet to the bathtub. dir. Riho Unt, Nukufi lm OÜ, Estonia, 2006, 5 min

COOKIES FOR SALE
Winner of the Audience Award at the Seattle Children’s Film Festival, Cookies for Sale is a hilarious story starring a girl scout vs. her grumpy neighbor which ends in milky mayhem. dir. Wes Kim, USA, 2007, 4 min

BALUBA RUNA
Winner, Audience Award East Lansing Children’s Film Festival. Eight year old Runa is elected to student council just in time for a visit by the Prime Minister. Runa botches the offi cial visit, but fortunately the Prime Minister understands Runa’s problem. dir. Christian Lo, Norway, 17 min (In Norwegian w/ Eng. Subtitles)

FREE PARKING
A story about two siblings set in the 1970’s rural Northwest. An older sister dominates a game of monopoly, and when mom sends the kids out to pick blackberries the power play continues. After a struggle, perhaps it’s worth considering the most important issue may be the promise of a blackberry pie. dir. Laura Jean Cronin, USA, 2006, 9 min

MOONMAN
Winner, Best Children’s Film, Munich Filmfest . A dreamlike adventure based on Tomi Ungerer’s classic picture-book. A sad man living on the moon jumps a comet to earth, the place of his dreams. But the blue planet is not as peaceful as he imagined. The moonman is captured by a general, then rescued by an 8 year old inventor, Lucia, the only one who understands him and the only one who can save him. dir. Fritz Bohm, Toccata Film Germany, 2006, 29 min (In German w/ Eng. subtitles)

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