2018 Festival Program

Morning: All ages Afternoon Shorts: Age 7+ Afternoon Feature: Age 8+
Friday Opening Night — February 23, 2018
Theater 1 – The Megadome
Evening 7:00 Opening Night Event – The Fantastic Films    
Saturday Sessions — February 24, 2018
Theater 1 – The Megadome Theater 2 – The Planetarium
Morning 10:00 Short Films all ages 10:15 Short Films all ages
11:00 Tales of Animal Tricksters : Shorts Films of Tall Tails from the NFB 11:15 Same as Theater One
Afternoon 1:00 How Did They Do That? 1:10 Children’s Choice : 10 Years of BAICFF Favorites
2:00 Kids With Global Impact : Sunrise Storyteller 2:00 Children’s Choice : 10 Years of BAICFF Favorites
3:15 Short Films for 7 + 3:20 Short Films for 7 + 
4:30 Workshop Films – Special Appearance by Mayor Libby Schaaf
5:00 Camp Reel Stories
6:00 FEATURE FILM PROGRAM – The Breadwinner
Sunday Sessions — February 25, 2018
Theater 1 – The Megadome Theater 2- The Planetarium
Morning 10:00 Shorts Films all ages 10:15 Short Films all ages
11:00 Kids With Global Impact : Anthems A Journey Around the World 11:30 Children’s Choice : 10 Years of BAICFF Favorites
12:00 Octopus News 12:00 Children’s Choice : 10 Years of BAICFF Favorites
Afternoon 12:30 Tales for the Harry Potter Fan  
1:00 Shorts Films for 7 + 1:00 Shorts Films for 7 +
2:10 FEATURE FILM : Meerkat Moonship  AGES 10 and Up 2:10 FEATURE FILM : A Film of Cinema  ALL AGES
3:45 Shelley and Jim’s Favorite Shorts : A Tenth Anniversary Celebration
 4:45 Workshop Films

http://vimeo.com/48698990 click on the little arrow by the film’s name to go to trailers, Facebook pages and other info on the film.

Friday Evening — February 23, 2017

OPENING NIGHT EVENT : 7 – 9 pm THEATER ONE  (all ages)

Come join us to kick off the 10th edition of the Bay Area International Children’s FIlm Festival with :


The Fantastic Films : Short Films and a discussion with BAICFF programmer and co-founder Jim Capobianco

What goes into making a great short film? How do you get your film into a festival? Can you make any money with a short film? In honor of our 10th anniversary, join us in a free ranging discussion with BAICFF programmer, co-founder and filmmaker Jim Capobianco. Jim will show some of the shorts he has made independently and at Pixar as well as  show and discuss what, in his opinion, makes a great short film. Fellow BAICFF co-founder, Shelley Trott, will also discuss with Jim his 25-year career in animation, and Jim will also answer all of your questions about the secrets of animation and the Universe. This is an event not to miss!

JimCapobiancoAbout Jim

Jim Capobianco received the 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Ratatouille. He went on to write and direct the short film, “Your Friend The Rat,” found on the Ratatouille DVD, winning the 2008 ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Award for short films. Jim followed YFtR up with directing the critically acclaimed end titles for Pixar’s 2008 release Wall•E. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Jim started in the story department at Walt Disney Feature Animation on The Lion King. After five years at Disney, Jim relocated to Pixar Animation Studios where he was influential on the stories of many of Pixar’s films of the past 19 years, including Toy Story 2, Finding Nemo, UP and Inside Out. In 2009, Jim finished  “Leonardo” his first independent film, now in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Jim co-created the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival now in its 10th year. Now with Aerial Contrivance Workshop, Jim is creating and producing in connection to Walt Disney Motion Pictures the new 2D animated sequence for Mary Poppins Returns.

The BAICFF Opening Night Event is a separate ticket price and tickets are limited –  So Get Your Ticket Today!

FREE ~  Telescope Viewing after – weather permitting

Saturday Morning — February 24, 2018


StillImage_TeamworkFoodieCats : Teamwork by Gil Banducci/Studio X, Students of Academy of Art University, 1’21”, USA, 2015-2017http://vimeo.com/48698990 In this episode the Foodiecats learn when working together, they can conquer unexpected obstacles.
frame03The Embroiderers by Julia Vellutini, 2’59”, Brazil, 2017http://vimeo.com/48698990 While waiting for a bus in the backwoods, three embroiderers play with their magical powers. 
Photo 1 Scribble01Scribble by Margaret Orr, 2’28”, USA, 2016http://yvetteedery.com First graders at a Chicago Public School scribble onto clear, plastic film to create this avant-garde celebration of pure creativity.
Photo 1 tree-2Slant the Sapling by Guo jun-ming , 4’39”, Taiwan, 2016linkIn the forest, a sapling named Slant sprouts up from the ground. She wants to grow tall and straight, like those big trees around her.
Photo 8 sh023_backtotown_00000Stars by Han Zhang, 10’50”, USA, 2016http://theshammies.com/ Grandpa and grandson street sellers sell stars in a town near the shore. One night, they run out of the stars…
Photo 6 QQ20160801090639The Old Man and the Pears  by Jing Sun, 5′, USA, 2016Kataklismos / The FloodA little boy bravely steps forward and spends his last coin to buy a pear for the old man.
Photo 4 final.00_02_06_19.Still004Shokolat by Mehdi Heydari, 14’02”,  Iran, 2017aradhanamodi.com Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds. ~ Victor Hugo
JodiPuppy Trials  by Thomas Nicol, 4’02”,  USA, 2017aradhanamodi.com Written by 3rd grader Claire Hartman, an old abandoned German Shepherd teaches a group of puppies how to behave, so they can get adopted.
imageBri-ka-brok  by Davy Durand, 2’20”,  France, 2015aradhanamodi.comPercussion and water sounds move colors in our eyes! A synesthesian experience!

StillImage_TeamworkFoodieCats : Health by Gil Banducci/Studio X, Students of Academy of Art University, 1’03”, USA, 2015-2017aradhanamodi.com It’s time to get out and play! The Foodiecats learn the healthy benefits of playing outside.

Program runs approximately 50 minutes 

TALES OF ANIMAL TRICKSTERS : Short Films of Tall Tails from the NFB : 11:00 am THEATER ONE (all ages)

 NFB-logo   http:// The NFB , or less known as the National Film Board of Canada, is recognized the world over as one of the great cultural laboratories for innovation. Its artists and artisans continue to lead the way with creative advances in documentary and interactive media and to pioneer developments in digital and stereoscopic animation. Since the NFB’s founding in 1939, it has created over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 17 Webbys, 18 Canadian Screen Awards, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. Over 3,000 NFB productions can be streamed online at NFB.ca. For 10 years BAICFF has shown at least one NFB short in its programing without any demands or fees from the NFB. They have always been a pleasure to collaborate with and we are honored to continue the partnership in years to come. Enjoy this block of shorts including two BAY AREA PREMIERES! and one BAICFF favorite!

anansiThe Magic of Anansi by Jamie Mason, 6′, Canada, 2001aradhanamodi.com Anansi the spider is tired of being looked down on by all the jungle animals–just because his webs don’t catch bugs.
MOS_2_The_AbductionThe Mountain of SGaana by Christopher Auchter, 10’02, Canada, 2017aradhanamodi.com A magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter’s dream-like gem brilliantly entwines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art.
34983_5How Dinosaurs Learned to Fly *BAICFF Children’s Choice Winner 2013* by Munro Ferguson, 5′ 58, Canada, 1995aradhanamodi.com The dinosaurs were headed for trouble. They ate nothing but junk food. They never brushed their teeth. They stayed up all night long. And although they loved to jump off cliffs, they didn’t like landing. The early mammals tried to warn them, “You’ll all be extinct if you keep that up!”
1.-Sc02_000_03_X1_0175Hedgehog’s Home by Eva Cvijanovic, 10′, Canada, 2017aradhanamodi.com In a lush and lively forest lives a hedgehog. He is at once admired, respected and envied by the other animals. However, Hedgehog’s unwavering devotion to his home annoys and mystifies a quartet of insatiable beasts: a cunning fox, an angry wolf, a gluttonous bear and a muddy boar.
* Following “Hedgehog’s Home” we will show two short making-of videos
 Program runs approximately 40 minutes 
 BAICFF THE LITTLE THEATERTHE LITTLE THEATER – Across from the  Cafe : starting at 11 am then running continuously Join us in the LITTLE THEATER  across from the Cafe for films for our littlest film fans. Films will play on a continuous basis so pop by and enjoy some wonderful shorts from some of our favorite filmmakers.

Saturday Afternoon — February 24, 2018


Photo 1 StillA View From the Window by Christian Filippone, 7’37, USA, 2017http://www.headpictures.com/#/Film/Stephen%20Lance/ An immersive glimpse of a school day through the eyes of deaf children.
negativespace_still01Negative Space by Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, 5’30, France, 2017http://nunorocha.net/ My dad taught me how to pack.
Photo 4 mdm_sala_tvDoctor of Monster by Gustavo Teixeira, 11’00”, Brazil, 2017http://www.cleoandanouk.pennyfarthingpictures.com/ Dudu has already chosen his future profession, now will have to face his fears to become a doctor of monsters.
Photo 9 Mbali_Wessel_FlowersSawubona by Lungelo Kuzwayo, 10’18”, South Africa, 2015http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861 Mbali, a charming and adventurous 7 year-old South African, defies the norm by making a new friend; thus sparking a journey of transformation.
Fingerprints 10Fingerprints by Don Hardy, 25’00 , USA/Haiti, 2017http://vimeo.com/ornana  The story of two music programs for kids – one in Haiti and one in California – that come together, virtually, to record two songs. Along the way, the kids learn that even though their lives are very different, their spirit, ambition, and love of life is strikingly similar…and music is a universal language that connects us all.
Program runs approximately 60 minutes   

Saturday Afternoon Special Programing

HOW DID THEY DO THAT? : Art and Character Design in Games!  :  1:00 pm  THEATER ONE  (all ages)

Join this year’s guests artists as they discuss the fun and challenging world of developing art and character designs for games.

EmilyB_lumiHanna and Emily_Portrait

Hanna Abi-Hannahttp://vimeo.com/ornana and Emily Barrerahttp://vimeo.com/ornana are husband and wife animators based in Oakland, CA. Since 2010, they have collaborated on various animation, design and video game projects while also working independently in different fields of the industry. Emily Barrera is an independent designer and animator, she has helped bring to life several educational apps and games for kids including MindSnacks, Lumikids, and Osmo’s Pizza Kitchen. Hanna Abi-Hanna is currently an animator at Duncan Studio, and has worked independently for various film, television, and video game companies including Studio MDHR, Areal Contrivance Workshop, Titmouse, Disney Tv, Ghostbot, and Nike.


Headshot PhotoEd_Platform_event088 This year we received two great docs from Canada about two great young women who are out there making a difference. Saturday and Sunday come see how these young people are traveling the world to bring the world together.

Poster sunrisestoryteller_march_9The Sunrise Storyteller by Kasha Sequoia Slavner, 1:04:25, Canada, 2016http://vimeo.com/ornana The Sunrise Storyteller follows the hero’s journey of teenage filmmaker & social justice advocate, Kasha Sequoia Slavner, as she sets out for six months on her 16th birthday across the world in search of stories of hope and resilience that shine a light on what it means to be a global citizen and how we can all make a difference.

CHILDREN CHOICE : 10 Years of BAICFF Favorites  :  1:10 pm THEATER TWO

kids_2018 For almost as long as the festival has been around, we have awarded the Children’s Choice Award to the films deemed deserving by the children in our audience. At a few points throughout the day in Theater Two : The Planetarium we will be showing these shorts again. So pop in and see some really wonderful, great shorts and you can be the judge if these shorts absolutely deserve the coveted Children’s Choice Award. We think you will!  * Please check your program since the Children’s Choice Films won’t be screening during the Morning and Afternoon Shorts screenings or during the Feature Films.

Screening of TODAY’S Workshop Shorts! (all ages) : 4:30 pm http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861THEATER ONE

Special Appearance by Mayor Libby Schaaf

workshop_filmsOur workshop shorts screening is a highlight of the festival and one of the events that makes BAICFF unique. During the day, all the tiny films being shot by our young filmmakers in the Pixilation and Clay Animation workshops are edited together with sound and music by Berkeley City College Film students to create an assembly of the day’s films for our filmmakers (and their parents) to see on the big screen. Come see the films and applaud our young filmmakers as they take their bow! Sign up for a workshop today! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861 

CAMP REEL STORIES :  5:00pm THEATER ONE CampReelStories_TL 2017-4

CRS_NewLogo copyCamp Reel Stories by various filmmakers, 45′, USA, 2017  Camp Reel Stories believes that when women and girls are better represented behind the scenes in the media, they will be better reflected on the screen. Camp Reel Stories is a non-profit organization that empowers middle school and high school young women with the skills to create their own media, to view current media critically and thoughtfully, and to aspire to leadership in their field. At Camp Reel Stories, girls get to work in small, collaborative groups, to write, shoot, edit and broadcast their own short films. Camp Reel Stories is the only media program led by professionals in the Media Industry. Join us once again as BAICFF showcases the new stories being told by this year’s camp graduates and learn a little about the program.  




THE BREADWINNER by Nora Towmey , 93′, Ireland, 2017http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861 We are excited to present to you a truly beautiful, timely and important animated film from our good friends at Cartoon Saloon! The critically acclaimed THE BREADWINNER!

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells ( BAICFF ’10) and Song of the Sea (BAICFF ’14), comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis’ best- selling novel. The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, an 11-year-old girl growing up under the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. When her father is wrongfully arrested, Parvana disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family. With dauntless perseverance, Parvana draws strength from the stories her father told her, and ultimately risks her life to discover if he is still alive. Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is a timely and inspiring tale about the transcendent power of stories, and their potential to unite and heal us all. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861  Common Sense Media’s review
IMG_20180117_102700_093_resizedMaking of presentation and Q & A following the film with Breadwinner’s Assistant Director – Stuart Shankly! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861 

Preceding the Feature presentation we will show a short film by another friend of the festival Marjolaine Perreten :

VDF_still01A Festive Wind by Marjolaine Perreten, 9’50, Switzerland, 2017. Early in the morning, a great celebration is being prepared in a small Swiss village. The volunteers are bustling about and the first musicians arrive.

FREE ~  Telescope Viewing following the screening – weather permitting

Sunday Morning — February 25, 2018


StillImage_TeamworkFoodiecats – Confidence by Gil Banducci/Studio X, Students of Academy of Art University, 1’17, USA, 2015-2017http:// The Foodiecats learn when facing obstacles that make you afraid, you often find that they aren’t as scary as you imagined.
Photo 2 NT_02New Toy by Rogério Boechat, 6’30”, Brazil, 2017http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861 On a boring day, a baby gets a teddy bear from his mom. The new toy becomes his best friend. Over time, it turns into a tedious object.
3583191The Klumz by Neshama Ryman,* 4’35”, USA, 2016http://vimeo.com/groups/shortanimation/videos/44788390  10-year-old Neshama Ryman brings her favorite imaginary characters, the Klumz, to life. In the Ryman household, accidents, messes, and unforeseen instances of chaos are always attributed to fictional creatures created by Neshama called the Klumz. *kid made film
Photo 1 The_Chatter_Group_of_Moms_and_Grandmas_StillsChatter Group of Moms and Grandmas by Kid’s Director Project, 7’43, Taiwan, 2016http://www.balancefilm.de/References/Animationsfilm/Animationsfilm.html  What’s the magic of the spring fountain that attracts the moms and grandmas all year round?
StillImage_Teamwork Foodiecats – Education  by Gil Banducci/Studio X, Students of Academy of Art University, 1’25”, USA, 2015-2017http://vimeo.com/ Broccoli Cat learns the consequences of not following instructions properly when programming robots.
Photo 3 A_priori_still2A priori by Maïté Schmitt, 5’40, France, 2017http://www.nfb.ca/film/how_dinosaurs_learned_to_fly  To protect his books, Albert, the young librarian, must put his prejudice aside and make friends with a bat.
Photo 1 shot5_00000Painted by Olivia Derie, 3’51, Belgium, 2017http://IrmgardWalthert.net/ A little Cambodian girl gets bullied by her richer classmates a school. Her pet water buffalo, who brings her to school daily, isn’t too happy about this.
VDF_still01A Festive Wind by Marjolaine Perreten, 9’50, Switzerland, 2016http://  Early in the morning, a great celebration is being prepared in a small Swiss village. The volunteers are bustling about and the first musicians arrive.
StillImage_TeamworkFoodiecats – Integrity  by Gil Banducci/Studio X, Students of Academy of Art University, 1’45”, USA, 2015-2017http://vimeo.com/  The Foodiecats learn that when you forgive and let go, it will set a chain of positive reactions on the move.
Program runs approximately 44 minutes   

Special Programing


ANTHEMS_03Anthems : A Journey Around the World by Stephanie Dieter, 39’55, Canada, 2017http://vimeo.com/ornana 10-year old Canadian singer and Guinness World Record-holder Capri Everitt embarks on a unique journey with her family to 80 countries where she sings the national anthem of each country in the national language in an effort to raise money and awareness for orphaned and abandoned children around the world
Proceeding the film will be the short
MOS_2_The_AbductionThe Mountain of SGaana by Christopher Auchter, 10’02, Canada, 2017aradhanamodi.com A magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter’s dream-like gem brilliantly entwines traditional animation with formal elements of Haida art.
Program runs approximately 50 minutes 

OCTOPUS NEWS ! : Journalism by Kids from Taiwan 30′  :  12:00pm THEATER ONE  (all ages)

Poster school_lunch-coverLast year we introduced a new effort to bring empowerment and media literacy to our young audience. This year, along with the awesome docs made by young filmmakers in the previous program, we once again bring you another episode of intrepid reporting all the way  from the news desks of the inquiring children journalists at Octopus News. Although about Taiwan, it is not all that different from a news story here in the Bay Area or the U.S.A.  So, settle in with your notepad, microphone and FACT-BASED investigative journalist brain and enjoy OCTOPUS NEWS!

Photo 3 school_lunch-3OCTOPUS NEWS: School Lunch in Japan, Yammy? by Chen Kuan Yu, 29’10, Taiwan, 2016 Many kids in Taiwan don’t like their school lunch. In our capital Taipei alone, there are on average up to 10 tonnes of leftovers every day. However, in our neighboring country Japan, with their more than 100 years of school meal history, what can we learn from them? Two of our child reporters from “Octopus News” went to Tokyo, Japan, eating school lunch in three grade schools and watching how they make their meals. We showed the audience everything about school lunch from the children’s point of view. They asked questions about what they’d like to know and shared with us how they felt about school lunch. We’ve made four episodes on the Japanese school lunch, and this is the first one. In order to improve our own school lunch, we made this trip to Japan, which led us to think more about the relationships of the grownups and children, and of the humans and their meals.


Poster 6da9bafc1c-posterPoster Wizards_Banner_2017_ Two shorts to satisfy your inner wizard. Using special effects and good old fashioned storytelling these shorts rise above your average independent short film. Plus they’re just fun.

Photo 1 Wizards_2_BoysThe Last Wizards on Earth by Mirka Kettunen, 10’10, Czech Republic, 2017http:// Two teenage boys still play wizards, until one day when they bump into two girls. Now they have to either chose either to go for fake wizardry – or the real Magic of Love.
Photo 5 A007C005_161008M2_mxf_FFIntrepid  by Alexa Tuttle, 16’39, USA, 2017http:// In an effort to make her senior trials unforgettable, a brilliant and overly ambitious witch named Hazel attempts to steal the ancient book of Merlin from her magical school’s enchanted library!

THE LITTLE THEATER : starting at 11 am then continuous  – Across from the  Cafe

BAICFF THE LITTLE THEATERJoin us in the LITTLE THEATER  across from the Cafe for films for our littlest film fans. Films will play on a continuous basis so pop by and enjoy some wonderful shorts from some of our favorite filmmakers.

Sunday Afternoon — February 25, 2018


Jason_and_Flora_bikes copyScrap Dolls by Aude Cuenod, 13’20, USA, 2016http://www.flightofthefantasy.com On the east side of Detroit an 11-year-old boy, grieving over the loss of his best friend, encounters an artist who makes art out of abandoned objects.
IMG_2083Thea by Halvor Nitteberg, 13’31, Norway, 2016link Thea is 12 years old. She likes to play football and to be with her friends. But why does she want to grow up to be an air ambulance pilot?
Photo 1 NOOU_Still_2Not One of Us by Bill Jarcho, 9′, USA, 2017 http://www.rtofilms/in-a-heatbeat An ominous warning about the perils of building walls in the name of greed, hegemony, and xenophobia.
Photo 7 MRZ_0721Are You Volleyball?! by Mohammad Bakhshi, 14’35, Iran, 2017http://www.thelostthing.com/ A group of Arabian spoken asylum seekers arrive to an English spoken country border and can’t keep going.
35435_4My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts by Torill Kove, 10’05, Canada, 1999http://www.nfb.ca/film/dimanche/ This Oscar®-nominated animated film comes from Oscar®-winning filmmaker Torill Kove (The Danish Poet). It’s a tall tale about her grandmother’s life in Oslo, Norway, during World War II.
    Program runs approximately 60 minutes

Sunday Afternoon Special Programming

Afternoon Features

Now you’ll have to choose! Two very different feature films to pick from.  Both really good and impossible to see in the US of A.

Meerkat Moonship. :  2:10 pm THEATER ONE (ages 10 & up) *heavy subject matter*

Poster ba5e693245-posterMeerkat Moonship by Hanneke Schutte, 1:36’00, South Africa, 2017http://vimeo.com/ornana   After her father’s sudden death, Gideonette de la Rey, a fearful young hypochondriac with an overactive imagination, descends into darkness as she realises that she’s the only one left with a cursed family name. With the help of her new friend Bhubesi and his make-shift Meerkat Moonship, she’ll have to find the inner strength to face her fears in order to break the curse.  > In Afrikaans with English Subtitles  < 

A Film of Cinema. :  2:10 pm THEATER TWO  (all ages)

CARTAZ_UMFILMEDECINEMAA Film of Cinema by Thiago B. Mendonça, 1:30’00, Brazil, 2017http://vimeo.com/ornana Is about the simple question, “Papa, what’s cinema?“ The perfect question for BAICFF and our young audiences as we follow a group of children create their own film. Touching on classic moments from films of the past by Charlie Chaplin, Georges Melies, Buster Keaton and other greats. > In Portuguese with English Subtitles<

Shelley and Jim’s Favorite Shorts : A 10th Anniversary Celebration : 3:45 pm THEATER ONE

Join the co-founders and directors of BAICFF, Shelley Trott and Jim Capobianco as they share with you some of their favorite moments and short films from 10 years of the festival.

Followed by the screening of TODAY’S Workshop Shorts! (all ages) : 4:45 pm THEATER ONE http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861

works_shop_films03Our workshop shorts screening is a highlight of the festival and one of the events that makes BAICFF unique. During the day, all the tiny films being shot by our young filmmakers in the Pixilation and Found Object workshops are edited together with sound and music by Berkeley City College Film students to create an assembly of the day’s films for our filmmakers (and their parents) to see on the big screen. Come see the films and applaud our young filmmakers as they take their bow! Sign up for a workshop today!http://www.facebook.com/pages/Il-dieci-The-number-ten/336035436437861