NYICFF Short Films Two

Sunday, April 13 - Monday, April 21, 2014

Recommended Ages: 8 to 14

SHORT FILMS FOR AGES 8 to 14 – The best short film and animation from around the world, for ages 8 to 14.

Program includes:

Tome of the Unknown (USA – EAST COAST PREMIERE) Animation, Patrick McHale, 2013, 8 min: A slightly twisted tale from Adventure Time creative director Patrick McHale and featuring the vocal talents of Elijah Wood. Two brothers and their smart-mouthed bird find themselves lost in a mysterious place called The Unknown. Tired of walking, they decide to borrow a car from a rustic country singer made of vegetables, and head off to the big city.

Carpark (UK – WORLD PREMIERE) Animation, Ant Blades, 2013, 1.5 min: A simple shopping trip goes horribly wrong.

Rabbit and Deer (Hungary – NY PREMIERE) Animation, Péter Vácz, 2013, 16 min: Best friends Rabbit and Deer share everything, including a love of hot chocolate with marshmallows, but their friendship is challenged by the discovery of a third dimension.

Live Bait (Italy) Animation, Susanna Nicchiarelli, 2012, 6.5 min: A humorous contemplation of truth and mortality as a fast-talking fish tries to talk his way out of being eaten by a bigger fish.

Wind (Germany – EAST COAST PREMIERE) Animation, Robert Löbel, 2013, 3.5 min: A film about how people adapt to even the most extreme environments, Wind depicts the daily routines of settlers in an exceptionally windswept world. Created as his graduation project, Robert Löbel’s clever and breezy animated short has won more than 20 international festival awards.

Mr. Hublot (Luxembourg) Animation, Laurent Witz, 2013, 12 min: This 2014 Oscar® nominated short tells the story of Mr. Hublot, a withdrawn and idiosyncratic character whose neat and tidy world is changed forever when he adopts a robotic pet.

The Dam Keeper (USA – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) Animation, Dice Tsutsumi/Robert Kondo, 2013, 18 min: In a desolate future, a small town’s survival depends on a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates, the dam’s young operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. But when a new student joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.

The Big House (Yemen – NY PREMIERE) Live Action, Musa Sayeed, 2013, 5 min: When a poor Yemeni boy finds the keys to the empty mansion down the street, he lets himself – and his imagination – run wild in the big house. This official Sundance selection intercuts TV images of rebellion and unrest to create a powerful allegory.

The Sun (UK – US PREMIERE) Animation, Paul Hill, 2013, 1.5 min: The Sun has come out to play. Run for your lives!

Unlocking the Truth (USA) Documentary, Luke Meyer, 2013, 3.5 min: Watch out, America: these sixth-grade metalheads from Flatbush, Brooklyn are on a mission to rock your socks off.

Leaving (France – NY PREMIERE) Animation/Live Action, Joanna Lurie, 2012, 2.5 min: The lives of two characters unfolds, on and beyond city walls.

  • Rating NR
  • Running Time 80 minutes

IFC Center does not generally provide advisories about subject matter or potentially triggering content in films, as sensitivities vary from person to person. In addition to the synopses, trailers and other links on our website, further information about content and age-appropriateness for specific films can be found on Common Sense Media, IMDb and DoesTheDogDie.com as well as through general internet searches.