Childish Films Festival Shorts

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Childish Films
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Doors open at 10 am for seating, snacks, and hands-on activities.
Live pre-show performances begin at 10:30 am

On Saturday, meet a real-live filmmaker at Childish Films.  Katie Maren will be demonstrating a hands-on animation project.  If you want to check out some of her films before the show, you can check out her Vimeo page or I really enjoyed, Airport Goodbye off her Tumblr page.  It’s kind of a nod to Simon and the Land of Chalk Drawings.  She also did a great music video for Still Pacific‘s song, Mine for the Time.  I watched it with the kids.  You may want to preview it and decide for yourself.  It has some cartoon-grade violence and nose picking.

Afterwards, you can enjoy some outstanding short films from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, specifically chosen for kids. Quite a few cities offer Children’s Film Festivals, but I haven’t come across any others that our free.  We have a pretty amazing library system.  Childish Films, not only offers the same great films as the other festivals this month, but they do it consistently throughout the year.  That is something to really be thankful for here in the Twin Cities.

I’ve come to rely on Childish Films to do an excellent job of previewing films, but I still like to go into a family outing with some idea of what we will see.  If you feel the same way or if your kids like to watch their favorite videos over and over and over.  You can find them here. We enjoy most of these short films enough that sometimes, we hook our computer up to the TV and have short film nights at home.

The Tadpole (Guillaume Delaunay, France, 2 min).

Papa Cloudy: Heartfelt Stories of a Gentle Cloud (Akiko McQuerrey, USA, 5 min).  If you like this, there are several more Papa Cloudy videos on Vimeo, too.

How Shammies Guessed (Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, 2 min).

Jillian Dillon (Yvette Edery, USA, 4 min) – I’ve shared this one before, but its worth a repeat.  It’s a sweet story about loving yourself for who you are.  “Jillian Dillon” copyright Yvette Edery, Director/Producer “The Foretoken Collection” from Yvette Edery on Vimeo.

The Town Musicians of Bremen (Masataka Hiroyasu, Japan, 4 minutes) I loved this folktale when I was a kid.  Sorry, I couldn’t find this one.  We will all have to wait until Saturday.

How Shammies Teeter-Tottered (Edmunds Jansons, Latvia, 2 min) (How Shammies teeter-tottered from Atom Art on Vimeo.)

Into Spring (Udo Prinsen, Netherlands, 5 min) – We really need this film around here this week.  Here is the trailer. (Moving Han: Into Spring from Moving Han on Vimeo.)

Aston’s Presents (Uzi and Lotta Geffenblad, Sweden, 9 min) –It’s fun to watch foreign children’s films and realize you don’t need subtitles.  Children are just universal.  Here is a short excerpt (Aston’s Presents – excerpt from Zigzag Animation on Vimeo.):



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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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