Recommended ages 8+
A program of international films that are sure to please.
12 min. | 2017 | United Kingdom | Not Rated
Directed by Paloma Baeza
In a harsh Arctic landscape, a hungry and solitary polar bear has to decide if a naïve Canadian grizzly bear is her food or her friend.
15 min. | 2016 | United Kingdom | Not Rated
Directed by Peter Stanley-Ward
Helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, a young inventor and a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and forge an unexpected friendship.
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL
La Petite Marchande d’Allumettes
10 min. | 2016 | France/Switzerland | No dialogue
Directed by Anne Baillod and Jean Faravel
Adapted from the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this film chronicles the hopes and dreams of a young girl trying to sell matches on the street on a freezing cold New Year’s Eve. The brutal cold is too much, and she resorts to burning the matches to stay warm. When she runs out of matches, she begins having happy visions, culminating with an appearance.
13 min. | 2017 | U.S.A. | Not Rated
Directed by Aude Cuenod
On Detroit’s east side, an 11-year-old boy, grieving over the loss of his best friend, encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects.
SWIMMING IN THE DESERT
18 min. | 2016 | U.S.A. | Not Rated
Directed by Alavaro Ron
In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce in the California High Desert, a 10-year-old girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy plan and bring the water back to the dry riverbed.
Content advisory: death of a friend, death of a main character, and bullying.