16th KIDSFILMFEST

KidsFilmFest is an initiative of the Brooklyn Film Festival. This year KidsFilmFest presents two programs of films tailored for two groups of young viewers: 3 to 7  &  8 to 12.


KidsFilmFest 2020

The 16th KFF film programs will be staged completely online via the BFF website…right on this page! All the films will be available around the clock from May 29 through June 7.
KFF aims to discover and promote children’s filmmakers as well as expose filmmakers of all ages who make films for younger crowds. All films are rated “G”. Both programs consist of several animated shorts, live-action films, and documentaries.


KidsFilmFestival

Program #1: Ages 3-7


Om Nom Nom…

Director: Minato Matsuda, Haruna Ueno, Tomoko Taiga

Japan, 2019, 3 min

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Synopsis

One day, a hungry dinosaur came across a weird jumping egg in the forest. He swallowed it, and then felt some strange rumblings in his tummy. Well, well, well…

This stop-motion animation is essentially a funny short story for kids, but its fanciful visual images may also attract adults. The unique imagery of the dinosaur’s internal organs and nature have been created with a multi-plane camera, by combining fluffy flat puppets (a boy, a dinosaur, and other creatures) with carefully composed pastel drawings.

 


Space Bears:
The Rainbow Space Gem

World Premiere

Director: Mike Schleif

United States, 2019, 15 min

 

 

Synopsis

Poppi and the Poofypuffs are ready for their annual color parade but a broken Rainbow Space Gem has caused all of the color on the planet to vanish! It’s up to Becca and Zoe to help Poppi and the Poofypuffs return color to their planet and save the parade. Introducing a new Space Bear friend, Josie and Robot Computer Friend E.R.I.C.A.!

 


Go Go!

World Premiere

Director: Patradol Kitcharoen

United States, 2019, 5 min

 

Synopsis

Aaron the alligator, who lives his entire life in a tank in an animal theme park, is fascinated by the fireworks that are displayed in the park every night. He has a dream to see the fireworks up close. One day, he accidentally gets loose and makes his way into the park looking for the fireworks. It is up to Sue, the zoo keeper and Harvey the park mascot to get him back into his cage before he gets taken down by the animal control officer.


Hugo & Holger

US Premiere

Director: Teddy Halkier Kristiansen

Denmark, 2019, 14 mins

 

 

Synopsis

The boy Hugo’s biggest wish is to own a dog. Hugo has very poor eyesight. One day his wish comes true, when he finally meets Holger. Holger is in fact a baby elephant, but all Hugo sees is a big lovely puppy dog. It’s all about the eyes that see! A lovely friendship – only being possible by the presence of vast amounts of empathy between the two. Together, that’s how they meet the world – and what the world meet.

 


The Magical Forest and The Things

World Premiere

Director: Dave Russo

United States, 2020, 4 min

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Synopsis

6 year old narrator teams up with illustrator during Covid19 to tell a hand drawn animated story about human consumption and the social reinforcements that effect it.

 


Wear Your Beautiful Life

World Premiere

Director: Nicolas Lesaffre

Hong Kong, 2018, 4 min

 

 


Synopsis

A magic character appears after a young woman ignored several of her dad’s phone calls.
An innovative time machine will make them experience the changes in Hong Kong over the past 30 years and somehow remind us how family is key in our lives.

 


The Amazing Adventures of Awesome

NY Premiere

Director: Allison Brownmoore

United Kingdom, 2019, 6 min

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Synopsis

The Amazing Adventures of Awesome is a hand illustrated animated film about a young autistic girl at the heart of a quiet revolution.

 


Mimi Meets Books

East Coast Premiere

Director: Yih-Fen Chou

Taiwan, 2019, 6 min

 

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Synopsis

Warmly presents how Mimi meets and falls in love with books.

 


Little Thinks

World Premiere

Director: Step Chueng

Hong Kong, 2019, 5 min

 

Synopsis

We can see things differently when we see things from different angles.


Program #2: Ages 8-15


The Butterfly Affect

Director: Stephanie Blakey

Canada, 2019, 5 min

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Synopsis

Growing up, Jesse didn’t think she was any different from her friends- until “The Change”. This is a heartfelt story of insecurity, growth, and self-acceptance told through the eyes of a young worm trying to find her place in a butterfly’s world.

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The Statue

East Coast Premiere

Director: Becca Wolff

United States, 2019, 11 min

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Synopsis

A recently immigrated 2nd grader struggles with his new life that only becomes more challenging when his dance teacher casts him in the class play.

 


Daisy

World Premiere

Director: Tom Weston

United States, 2020, 10 min

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Synopsis

George uses magic to help a young child named Daisy become the most popular girl in school.

 


Olympian

World Premiere

Director: Cleo Handler

United States, 2019, 6 min

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Synopsis

Middle school sucks, but math will never leave you.

 


The Lunch Bunch

World Premiere

Director: Toni Dersch

United States, 2019, 12 min

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Synopsis

Someone or something has been stealing the lunches of the students of Harding Middle School. Three students set out to find out who or what, and why. The answer is a lesson in compassion.

 


Curls

World Premiere

Director: Sharon Contillo

United States, 2019, 11 min

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Synopsis

Synopsis

A vulnerable little girl believes that her curly hair makes her ugly and that straight hair is ultimate beauty, must summon the courage to embrace her natural locks and accept her true self in order to be happy.

 


Code Ruth

East Coast Premiere

Director: Caroline Voagen Nelson

United States, 2018, 4 min

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Synopsis

A true love story about a Morse code instructor finding her path during WWII. Code Ruth blends stop motion techniques and archival materials to share a family’s history of connecting through technology.

 


Cramming

World Premiere

Director: Dan Perlman

United States, 2020, 14.5 min

 

 

Synopsis

Close friends Alex and Yan Bo, eighth graders, cram for a test in a prestigious prep school. Once they’re accused of cheating off of one another, their friendship is threatened.