Get your first taste of films from around the world (and your Festival Passport stamped), with these short films featuring some talking meatballs from Sweden, a couple of Russian moles, a little girl in Poland who finds peace among the leaves on a tree, and a swarm of bees. Gorgeous animation and a lot of laughs in this lively selection.
It’s rare to see a cat and a dog working together to save each other’s skin, but that’s the case in this tale of two toys that have been discarded from a factory production line. In order to reunite with their friends they go on an adventure in a big, unfamiliar city.
UK • 2012 • ANIMATION • DIRECTOR: JOEL SIMON
Krot na More/The Mole at the Sea
The seaside is where everybody is heading, except a mole. Desperate to get a glimpse of it all, the mole begins to dig and doesn’t stop until he reaches his destination. Though at first life at the seaside is peaceful, there isn’t any room left for the mole when the crowds get bigger and bigger. Will the mole get to enjoy himself at any point on his trip?
RUSSIA • 2012 • ANIMATION • DIRECTOR: ANNA KADYKOVA
Just outside a little girl’s house in a small quiet town stands a huge tree. The girl’s imagination runs freely as she leaves her room to find peace and an inner space among the mass of green leaves.
POLAND • 2011 • ANIMATION • DIRECTOR: AGNIESZKA BOROWA
Ever wondered what it would be like if animals were sitting where humans are in today? This short depicts what we could expect if that were the case.
UK • 2012 • ANIMATION • DIRECTOR: SCOTT COELLO
The Meatballs and Sorry Bullies
Three nasty mince-boys pick on a little mince-girl in the playground and steal her colourful ribbon.
SWEDEN • 2012 • ANIMATION • DIRECTOR: JOHAN HAGELBACK
On The Wing
Why can’t chickens fly? This is a story about a very curious little chicken who loves flying and wonders why she can’t. After much searching she eventually finds a way.
RUSSIA • 2012 • ANIMATION • ENGLISH SUBTITLES • DIRECTOR: VERA MYAKISHEVA
Hedgehogs and the City
One spring morning, the animals awake from their winter slumber and find themselves in a city that has been built where their forest once was. The hedgehog figures out a money-making scheme to help them survive. But what does that entail? The hedgehog and other animals decide to get their forest back…
LATVIA • 2013 • ANIMATION • DIRECTOR: EVALDS LACIS
These films are screening as part of the IFI Family Festival 2013 (July 11th – 14th).