The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Foundation (VTIFF) will host an exclusive Burlington area theatrical screening of animated short films for all ages from The New York City International Children’s Film Festival on Thursday, July 24 at 7pm at The Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake Street in Burlington.
The screening boasts a kaleidoscopic showcase of the best short film and animation from around the world, recommended for all ages. The program includes films from Sweden, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Australia, the UK, and the United States.
This screening of animated shorts is perfect for any age and is free for VTIFF members, $8 general admission, and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/764291. For more information visit www.mainstreetlanding.com, www.vtiff.org, or vtiff.org/bfs.
About the films:
“The Little Bird and the Leaf” Switzerland
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.
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!
“Notebook Babies” USA
Animation, Tony Dusko, 2011, 1 min x 3
From NYICFF alumnus Tony Dusko, a series of short, humorous meditations on life calibrated for the self-actualized preschooler. Selected titles include “Believe in Yourself”,” Moving Forward”, and “Sharing”.
“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.
“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.
“The Squeakiest Roar,” UK
Animation, Maggie Rogers, 2011, 4 min
The littlest lion in the family just can’t seem to find his big bad roar, but his little squeak might turn out to be his greatest asset.
“Animal Beatbox” Australia
Animation, 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…
“Munggee, Not Again” Switzerland
Animation, Rothlin/Walthert, 2011, 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.
“Apache (Danger Beach)” New Zealand
Animation, Ned Wenlock, 2011, 2.5 min
Neon paper cutouts create a continuously spiraling stage for an Apache guitarist and his Yeti band mate, as they perform a twangy throwback to 60’s surf-rock and spaghetti western soundtracks.
“The Day of the Dead,” USA
Animation, Gary McGivney, 2011, 8 min
With sugar skulls, sweet-smelling marigold petals, and joyful songs, a family welcomes back its ancestors in this spirited and colorful tribute to a unique holiday.
“Red Sand” France
Animation, Audrey Bussi, 2011, 2 min
A little boy picks up a shell on an empty, secluded beach. Putting it to his ear, he becomes lost in the sounds of the sea.
“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.