REDCAT International Children's Film Festival: Abracadabra

Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum

The world is full of magic in the most surprising places. Discover a drawing that comes to life, a ring that tells you the truth about anything you see, a comb that will make your hair grow like wild vines, and a toy car that finds its way home to its original owner.



Cartoon Away
(Augusto Bicalho Roque, Brazil, animation, 2013, 3:40 min) Nonverbal.
Can a cartoon character escape the page he’s drawn on? Not if his creator has anything to say about it!

(Allison Coon-Come, Canada, live action and animation, 2014, 4:01 min) Nonverbal.
A boy’s favorite toy car takes a special journey across time to meet him.

Kalle Kran
(Johan Hagelbäck, Sweden, animation, 2014, 6 min) Nonverbal.
Kalle operates a big crane, and he can fix any problem, big or small.

(Maarten Koopman, Netherlands, animation, 2013, 2:29 min) Nonverbal.
Imagine that the movie screen is a big trampoline. Can you see a family of ducks walking across it? How about people? Or a cow?

Mr. Toti and Magic Comb
(G. Handzlik and J. Baran, Poland, animation, 2014, 8 min) In English.
Bald Mr. Toti finds a magic comb, and now his hair just won’t stop growing!

Film Muffler: Thinking of the Moon
(Miho Yata, Japan, animation, 2014, 3:11) Nonverbal.
Through the magic of animation, a knitted scarf comes alive with story.

Traditional Healing
(Raymond Caplin, Canada, animation, 2014, 2:24 min) Nonverbal.
A young woman dances in a devastated forest. Then a miracle occurs.

(Stefanie Maier, Germany, live action, 2014, 5:59 min) Nonverbal.
A boy with a boundless imagination solves everyday problems. Now he has broken his favorite toy. How will he fix it?

One Man, Eight Cameras
(Naren Wilks, England, live action, 2014, 2:24 min) Nonverbal.
A man explores a magic room where new versions of himself keep appearing.

Secret Decoder Ring
(Eli Brown, USA, live action, 2013, 4 min) In English.
Justin gets more than he expects when he sends away for a toy surprise from the back of his cereal box!

Amai the Bird of Light
(Fauzia Minallah, Pakistan, animation, 2012, 3:43 min) In English and Urdu.
Children hop aboard a beautiful bird that takes flight like a shooting star to transport them to many beautiful places.

The Magic Time
(Kine Aune, Norway, animation, 2013, 9:16 min) Nonverbal.
Adapted from Sami legends, this is the story of a reindeer-calf and his journey to become a grown white buck.

Notes for parents: There is joyous play with a small water pistol in one film (Moritz) and a very brief glimpse of a bare bottom in another (Kalle Kran).

Ages 4 and up. 55 min.  Screening May 2, 1:30pm; May 17, 1:30pm

Curated by Elizabeth Shepherd and Katie Pappageorge.

Funded in part with generous support from members of the REDCAT Circle and REDCAT Council.

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SAT 5/2
1:30 pm
SUN 5/17
1:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff