PG-13. The themes tackled in this year’s Animated program are quite heavy – the death of a parent, Alzheimer’s, China’s one child policy, and more. The program overall is rather melancholy, and while there’s nothing especially objectionable within, most of these shorts will not appeal to children under 12, at all. The films are all very good, but adult audiences will appreciate them much more than kids.
Dcera (Daughter) – Daria Kashcheeva, Czech Republic, 15 min.
Link recruits explorer Sir Lionel Frost to help find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, this trio of explorers travel the world to help their new friend. An elderly woman drifts back through her memories.
Hair Love – Matthew A. Cherry, USA, 7 min.
A man tries to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.
Kitbull – Rosana Sullivan, USA, 9 min.
An unlikely connection sparks between two creatures: a fiercely independent stray kitten and a pit bull. Together, they experience friendship for the first time
Memorable – Bruno Collet, France, 12 min.
Strange events plague a painter and his wife.
Sister – Siqi Song, China/USA, 8 min.
A man reminisces about his childhood with his sister.