Shorts 5: Family Films

Guests Expected

Directors Dave Mullins, Aude Cuenod (April 12-15), and Jess Colquhoun, Chenglin Xie (April 14 and 15), David Eisenmann, Sara Diamond, and producer Dana Murray (Lou) and expected.


Total running time 65 min

The smallest members of your family, the young at heart, and everyone in between will find something to love in this exciting lineup of films. This eclectic collection has the power to connect us with storytellers in far-off destinations, from China and South Africa to our own backyard. Works from emerging filmmakers are placed alongside those by veteran artists, including Oscar-winner Patrick Osborne, Festival alum Julia Pott, and Pixar Animation Studios, here presenting its latest work. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Father and Daughter
Not many children who dream of a career in sports go on to find success. The rare few who do commit to a life of sacrifice and devotion. In this beautifully hand-drawn tale, a young girl dedicates her life to reach the top in the competitive world of gymnastics. Throughout all the trials and tribulations, her adoring father is always there by her side. (Xie Chenglin, China 2016, 5 min)
The Inspector and the Umbrella
Inspector Frigg is ready to tackle another day in the big city. With rain in the forecast, an umbrella will certainly be a required accessory. Unfortunately, no one informed the umbrella. (Maël Gourmelen, France 2016, 2 min)
The latest gem from Pixar tells the story of an overbearing young schoolboy who constantly pesters his classmates during recess. A hidden adversary to the playground nuisance lies patiently waiting in the bottom of the lost-and-found box, formulating a plan. (Dave Mullins, USA 2016, 7 min)
Recently nominated for an Academy Award, this musical road movie follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country, growing up, and chasing their dreams, all from their home inside the family car, a beat up hatchback. (Patrick Osborne, USA 2016, 6 min)
A reclusive old man lives a life of seclusion inside his submarine balanced precariously atop a mountain. A visit from an unwelcomed feathered visitor sends his carefully managed existence into a tailspin, allowing him to see things from a whole new perspective. (Liam Harris, UK 2016, 11 min)
Scrap Dolls
On the east side of Detroit, an 11-year-old boy grieves over the recent loss of his best friend. A chance encounter with a short-tempered folk artist, who makes sculptures out of abandoned objects, provides him with the inspiration to come up with a creative way to honor the memory of his pal. (Aude Cuenod, USA 2016, 14 min)
Summer Camp Island
At this summer camp, pajamas can talk, marshmallows can sing, and there are no parents, but all Oscar wants is to spend a normal night with Hedgehog, his friend and summertime crush.
(Julia Pott, USA 2016 9 min)
Valley of a Thousand Hills
Deep in the rural South African village of Isithumba, a group of Zulu boys growing up with a vastly different outlook on life from their elders, have been learning to skateboard through the Indogo Skate Camp enrichment program. (Jess Colquhoun, South Africa/UK 2016, 11 min)

—Keith Zwolfer
Film Details
  • Running time: 65

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