Philadelphia International Children’s Film Festival 2013

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013

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NEWS!

PHILADELPHIA FILM SOCIETY ADDS SPECIAL EVENTS, RAFFLES, AND GIVEAWAYS

THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND:
The Philadelphia Film Society will be selling RAFFLE TICKETS for donated gift basket items that will include movie fun packs, family 4-pack tickets to Beauty & the Beast at the Academy of Music, family 4-pack tickets to Potted Potter at the Prince Music Theater, a specialty gift basket from our partners at SPROUT, and more! Raffle sales will be contributed to the on-going renovations of the theater.
Raffle Tickets: $3 each; 4 tickets for $10. Purchase at the theater box office.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16:
3 lucky winners will recieve a special gift at the 3:00pm screening of Wolf Children!
Buy your tickets now!

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17:
PICFF will host a fun-filled afternoon of activities for kids of all ages from 3:00PM – 6:00PM, featuring a red carpet walk, stop motion workshop and caricature artists.

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Location:

PFS Theater at the Roxy
2021 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Ticket Prices*:

General Admission: $11.00

Child: $9.00

Student/Senior**: $9.00

Philadelphia Film Society Members: $7.00

*Earn Money for the ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships
When you purchase a ticket online, ASAP will receive a $1 donation for every ticket sold. ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships’ mission is to keep Philadelphia’s youth safe and active by facilitating supervised activities in the dangerous after school hours.

**Student/Senior Tickets are available at the box office only. Must show proper ID.

Tickets will be available online only beginning Tuesday, October 15.

Tickets will be available at the box office of PFS Theater at the Roxy from Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17.

 

FILM SCHEDULE +

Friday, November 15
6:00pm Zarafa (Opening Night!)

Saturday, November 16
11:00am Kid Flix Mix
11:30am Pinocchio
1:00pm Party Mix
2:00pm Kirikou
3:00pm Wolf Children
4:00pm Meet the Small Potatoes
5:30pm Welcome to the Space Show
6:30pm Starry Starry Night

Sunday, November 17
11:00am Kid Flix Mix
11:30am Kirikou
1:00pm Party Mix
1:30pm Meet the Small Potatoes
3:00pm Day of the Crows
5:30pm Welcome to the Space Show
6:00pm The Zig Zag Kid (Closing Night!)

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Opening Night Film of PICFF
FRI. November 15, 6:00pm

ZARAFA

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Directed by Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie
France, 81 minutes
In French with English Subtitles
Recommended Ages: 7 to adult

Opening night of the First Inaugural Children’s Film Festival brings to Philadelphia this stirring and gorgeously hand-animated film, based on the true story of the first giraffe to travel to France. After freeing himself from slavers and fleeing across the moonlit savannah, young Maki meets Hassan, a nomad, and Zarafa, an orphaned baby giraffe. When the Pasha of Egypt orders the giraffe to be taken as a gift to the King of France, the three board a hot air balloon and embark on an adventure-filled ride over North African skies, through the bustling port of Marseilles before landing in Paris. After the king accepts his gift with minimal enthusiasm, Maki becomes determined to get Zarafa back home to Africa.

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Shorts for Tots

SAT. November 16, 11:00am
SUN. November 17, 11:00am

KID FLIX MIX

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Short Film Program

Recommended Ages: 3-8

A compilation of engaging and exciting shorts from around the world.

Program Line Up +

THE LITTLE BIRD AND THE LEAF
Sweden, Animation, Lena von Döhren, 2011, 4 min

It’s winter. At the end of a branch hangs a single leaf. A little black bird comes along to water it – but just as the bird reaches the end of the branch, a swift winter wind carries the leaf away.

KEENAN AT SEA
USA, Animation, David Cowles/Jeremy Galante, 2010

This adorable tune from the girl group aptly named “The Girls” is the catchy theme song for the festival!

NOTEBOOK BABIES
USA, Animated, Tony Dusko, 2011, 3×1 min

From NYICFF alumnus Tony Dusko, a series of short, humorous meditations on life calibrated for the self-actualized preschooler.

GOAT HERDER AND HIS LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS OF GOATS
UK, Animation, Will Rose, 2012, 7 min

Beneath a fuchsia sky, a goat herder leads his flock of goats up and down the mountains of Spain. Inspired by the filmmaker’s daughter, this multi-award winning film uses a lovely muted color palette, beautiful design and subtle humor to excellent effect.

ELIA
France, Animation, Matthieu Gaillard, 2012, 4.5 min

In this stunning watercolor-come-to-life, a young girl is preparing for a trip to the beach with her dad – and decides that her pet goldfish should come along for the ride!

HOW CAN YOU SWALLOW SO MUCH SLEEP?
UK, Animation, Anna Ginsburg, 2012, 3.5 min

A little boy visits the moon as it exists in dreams – an iridescent orb surrounded by translucent jellyfish and cellophane streams. Based on an Italo Calvino short story.

ANIMAL BEATBOX
Australia, Animated, Damon Gameau, 2011, 3 min

Dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and…

BEHIND
Canada, Animation, Ga Young Back, 2011

After a trying and scary day, a little girl feels all alone – until she realizes that her best friend has been with her and taking care of her the whole time.

MUNGGE, NOT AGAIN!
Switzerland, Animated, Rothlin/ Walthert, 6 min

Sleepwalking can be very dangerous, especially in the mountains! In this delightful stop- motion movie, two marmots and a hedgehog attempt to rescue their somnambulant friend.

TWIST & SHOUT
Japan, Animation, Yosuke Kihara, 2010

Two cute-as-buttons Japanese puppets travel to Abbey Road to find inspiration and shoot the video for their ukulele cover version of “Twist and Shout.”

MACROPOLIS
UK, Animation, Joel Simon, 2012, 8 min

On a conveyer belt in a toy factory, a rejected rubber kitty is thrown into a trash bin. Outside, he meets up with a similarly rejected rubber dog – and together they set out on a journey to try to catch up with their comrades already packed up in the delivery van and on their way to the toy store.

BALLOON MOON
Portugal, Animation, Jose Miguel Ribeiro, 2010

With sumptuous colors and artful stop motion animation, a cardboard boy and his ladybug friend set sail into a deep blue moonlit sea and have a dream adventure.

ASTON’S PRESENTS
Sweden, Animation, Lotta and Uzi Geffenblad, 2012, 9 min

Impatient for his birthday, Aston whiles away the hours giftwrapping everything he can lay his hands on. When the big day arrives, he discovers that the “real” present is not always the best one.

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SAT. November 16, 11:30am

PINOCCHIO

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Directed by Enzo D’Alo,
Italy, 83 minutes
In English
Recommend Ages: 5-10

Enzo D’Alo’s colorful telling of this classic tale hews closer to the spirit and plot of Carlo Collodi’s original story, with Pinocchio remaining for most of the picture a rambunctious little scamp, who goes from one strange adventure into another in an Alice in Wonderland-like ride that never pauses. Though Geppetto, Cricket, and Blue Fairy point him on the right path, Pinocchio prefers to play hooky, and finds himself at the mercy of a host of outlandish characters. In the end, Pinocchio, in the belly of a giant shark, reunites with his papa and may finally have learned what it means to be good.

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SAT. November 16, 1:00pm
SUN. November 17, 1:00pm

PARTY MIX

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Short Film Program

Recommended Ages: 5 – 10

A fun-filled inventive and creative mix of international short films.

Program Line Up +

SNACK ATTACK
USA, Animation, Andrew Cadelago, 2012, 4.5 min

Waiting to board the train, an old lady just wants to eat her cookies in peace. But the young punk on the platform next to her seems intent on sharing her snack… or is something else going on here?

AT THE OPERA
Argentina , Animation, Juan Pablo Zaramella, 2011, 1 min

Juan Pablo Zaramella (creator of last year’s Luminaris) brings us his new film about a particularly moving night at the opera. Guaranteed to move you to tears!

THE VACUUM KID
USA, Documentary, Katharine Mahalic, 2011, 10 min

A charming 12-year old boy shares his unusual passion for vacuum cleaners.

SUBWAY TRAIN
USA, Animation, Garrett Davis, 2011, 4 min

Set to the funky beats of The Pop Ups, this music video features oddly morphing animals on their morning commute – and one epic pan-flute solo!

PAPER TOUCH
Taiwan, Animation, Hui-ching Tseng, 2011, 5 min

Paper cutouts and corrugated cardboard burst into origami action to create a hybrid pinball-pachinko machine in this gorgeous and highly imaginative stop-motion short.

LOLA
France, Animation, Franck Janin, 2011, 6 min

Two dolls in a toy store are separated when a customer decides to buy one of them. In search of his lost partner, the other embarks on an emotional journey around the world.

FRESH GUACAMOLE
USA, Animation, PES, 2012, 1.5 min

PES is back with this latest (and Oscar®-nominated!) take on the culinary arts. Pass the chips! From the creator of past NYICFF favorites Western Spaghetti, The Deep, and Game Over.

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Ireland, Animation, Chris O’Hara, 2011, 2 min

A visit from an alien life form results in a change of perspective – in more ways than one.

THE STORYTELLER
India/UK, Animation, Nandita Jain, 2011

Nirmala lives in a seaside village with her grandpa, who recites her favorite story about a fisher boy. Yet lately he’s been forgetting some of the details.

EXTINCTION OF THE SABER-TOOTH HOUSECAT
USA, Animation, Damon Wong, 2010

Though scientists have conjectured, none could truly say what caused the demise of the Sabertooth House Cat. But now this hard-hitting documentary reveals startling new evidence to detail the dramatic last moments of one of Earth’s littlest known creatures.

GULP
UK, Animation, Sumo Science, 2011

Aardman Animations and Sumo Science follow up last year’s wonderful diminutive Dot (which set the world record for smallest animated character) by notching it up a few orders of magnitude. Shot on an expansive seaside location, they set a new record for the world’s largest stop motion set, in this story of a fisherman who gets swallowed by a whale.

ERNESTO
UK, Animation, Corinne Ladeinde, 2011

Seven-year-old Ernesto feels left out when he realizes he’s the only kid in school who hasn’t lost any baby teeth. Ernesto resorts to drastic measures to get rid of them; his teeth however, have other plans…

LUMINARIS
Argentina, Animation, Juan Pablo Zaramella, 2010

Winner of the audience award at the prestigious Annecy Animation Festival! In a world controlled and timed by light, one man has a plan that could change destiny.


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SAT. November 16, 2:00pm
SUN. November 17, 11:30am

KIRIKOU AND THE MEN AND THE WOMEN

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Directed by Michael Ocelot
France, 87 minutes
In French with English Subtitles
Recommended Ages: 7 to adult

In the third film in the Kirikou trilogy, director Michel Ocelot mixes fables and mythology and has our young hero saving his village from supernatural and human threats alike. Kirikou does so with the eagerness and naiveté of a child, making him an incredibly endearing character. Ocelot’s blend of Malian, Togolese, and French music and his stunning use of color create an engaging and enchanting film for the whole family.

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SAT. November 16, 3:00pm

WOLF CHILDREN

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Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Japan, 117 minutes
In Japanese with English Subtitles
Recommended Ages: 9 to adult

From acclaimed filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda, Wolf Children is about Hana, a young woman whose whirlwind romance takes an unexpected turn when she learns her boyfriend is part-wolf. Nonetheless, the two grow closer and soon add two half-wolf children to their family. When the children’s father is suddenly taken from them, Hana must deal with the challenges that come when her begin growing fur and tearing up the furniture. Brimming with Hosoda’s trademark visual splendor, Wolf Children is his most emotionally resonant film to date – a beautiful story about acceptance and growing up.

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SAT. November 16, 4:00pm
SUN. November 17, 1:30pm

MEET THE SMALL POTATOES

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Directed by John Selig
USA, 60 minutes
In English
Recommended Ages: 3-6

Fans of This is Spinal Tap will love this mockumentary about a band of singing potatoes. The “Small Potatoes” have humble beginnings on an Idaho potato farm, but soon rocket to stardom in the music biz – but it isn’t long before the band must deal with diva mentalities and other perils of fame. This faux rockumentary features interviews with fans, commentary form former managers, and musical interludes to complete the inside look at a rock band of singing spuds.

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SAT. November 16, 5:30pm
SUN. November 17, 5:30pm

WELCOME TO THE SPACE SHOW

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Directed by Koji Masunari
Japan, 136 minutes
In English
Recommended Ages: 7 to adult

It seems like a boring summer day in the Japanese countryside for Amane and her cousin Natsuki when they come across a stray dog in the woods. They take the dog back to their cabin only to find that he is actually an alien scientist doing research on Earth. Soon, the children are whisked away to the dark side of the moon, where they encounter an interstellar melting pot of humorous aliens, spaceships, and a host of other surprises.

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Starry Starry Night

SAT. November 16, 6:00pm

STARRY STARRY NIGHT

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Directed by Tom Shu-yu Lin
Taiwan, 98 minutes
In Mandarin with English subtitles
Recommended Ages: 9 to adult

Starry Starry Night is the whimsical and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story of Mei. To escape her parents’ bickering, Mei immerses herself in a fantasy world, populated by over-sized origami animals and shadowy beasts. Meanwhile, troubled newcomer Jay becomes an instant target for schoolmates’ taunting. Brought together by mutual loneliness, Mei and Jay sneak away to Mei’s grandfather’s cottage in the countryside. Based on the graphic novel by Taiwanese writer Jimmy Liao, Starry Starry Night is a charming portrayal of life-changing events that can happen when finding your place in the world.

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SUN. November 17, 3:00pm

THE DAY OF THE CROWS

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Directed by Jean-Cristophe Dessaint
Canada/France, 95 minutes
French with English Subtitles
Recommended Ages: 7 to adult

Deep in the woods, Pumpkin, an ogre-like man, lives with his son and teaches him to live off the land, forbidding him from leaving the forest. But when Pumpkin is injured, his son must leave the comfort of the woods and his spirit friends to venture into a nearby village for help. There, he experiences the comfort of human companionship and discovers things about his family that he had never before known. From the lushly animated forests to the bustling village, The Day of the Crows unfolds a story of courage, exploration and acceptance.

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Closing Night Film of PICFF
SUN. November 17, 6:00pm

THE ZIGZAG KID

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Directed by Vincent Bal
Belgium, 90 minutes
In English, Dutch, and French with English Subtitles
Recommended Ages: 8 to adult

Closing Philadelphia Children’s Film Festival, The Zigzag Kid is a whimsical and stylish detective caper that received extraordinary reviews in Berlin and Toronto. The son of a world-renowned police inspector, young Nono is well trained in the art of sleuthing. When Nono comes face-to-face with Felix Glick, his father’s archenemy, a trip with his boring Uncle Shmuel turns into a rip-roaring, mystery-solving adventure reminiscent of The Pink Panther.

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Special thanks to our promotional partners:
World Cafe Live
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
Penn Museum
Friends of Rittenhouse
Fleisher Art Memorial
Free Library of Philadelphia
The Painted Bride
Center City District
InLiquid
Kids Corrner / WXPN FM

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