still from "Pig", dir. Jorn Leeuwerink

Films for Children and Young Adults Competition 12+

For children
Short films
Competition screenings
09.00 AM
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Harvey, Janice Nadeau, Canada, 2023, 9’04’’

A still from an animated film. A woman in a blue dress and dark hair tied up high and a boy wearing glasses and headphones are walking side by side. They are followed by a smaller boy wearing a cap and a yellow jacket

Harvey takes place during the first few days of spring, that time of year when kids are eager to see the snow melt and to cast off their winter coats, which suddenly seem way too warm. For ur eponymous protagonist, though, this spring will mark him forever - because this is the spring when his father passes away.

Echo, Sang Joon Kim, Republic of Korea, 2022, 17’15’’

A still from an animated film. Three boys are standing on a hill surrounded by a dense, green forest. They look down at the beach with a small house in the middle

Echo is a story about young brothers, living in an apartment in a newly developed city near Seoul, Korea in the 90’s. The brothers’ every morning starts to get disrupted by a strange man across the apartment yelling “yaho”. They start their own little investigation to find out the motifs of the man, after hearing the rumor that this strange man is a cannibal.

Crab, Piotr Chmielewski, Poland, 2022, 8’42’’

A still from an animated film. A brown crab wrapped in blue string lies on a gray table. There are fragments of objects around it, including a colander and green pea balls.

In this film we are taking a perspective of the crab and through his eyes and ears we are able to discover worlds that he lives in. Animals are our silent companions; they have witnessed the greatest achievements and most horrible failures of humankind. They live their lives parallel to ours – they are our food, our tools or, in the best case, we just don’t notice them. What will happen if we try to take their perspective? How events that we all know from history lessons may look like through the eyes of the animals who witnessed it?

Aaaah !, Osman Cerfon, France, 2022, 4’40’’

A still from an animated film. The boy is holding a black, oblong object in his hand. Its mouth is open and next to it there is a black inscription "AAAAh!". Green background.

Aaaah! is a cry of pain, surprise, fear, joy, songs, grumbling, laughter, anger… Aaaah! is the expression with which children, these primary and innocent beings, experience life in a community, framed by the whistles of adults.

The sleeplessness of Jutka, Maria Görlich-Opyd, Poland, 2023, 17’20’’

A still from an animated film. Sketch. An older man holds a little girl in his arms. The girl holds in her hands a yellow skein of wool, the unrolled part of which lies around their feet.

Jutka is a rebelious seven-year-old whose world fell apart when she was closed in the Łódz ghetto. Now she wants to get her childhood back. When a monstrous Minotaur begins hunting children in her neighbourhood, she must follow the advice of her grandfather in order to escape.

Shackle, Ainslie Henderson, United Kingdom, 2022, 9’54’’

A still from an animated film. Two white hairy creatures with brown beaks are standing in the middle of a green forest.

Three archetypal woodland spirits explore the conflicting human drives of creativity, possessiveness and our desire for status.

Pig, Jorn Leeuwerink, Netherlands, 2022, 8’16’’

A still from an animated film. A brown sheep and a pink pig stand facing each other on the green grass. The sheep brings the plug with the cable towards the pig.

A big group of animals makes itself dependent on a power grid, hooked onto the socket-shaped snout of a single sleeping pig... How long will that last?