Family Matters

REDCAT International Children's Film Festival: Family Matters

Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum

When it comes to this program, there’s no place like home! Take a trip around the world to see films that show how family life is the same, and different, in seven different countries. In the end, it’s love that makes the world go round.


The Ride
(Katherine Clark, USA, animation, 2013, 3 min) In English.
A mom is busy making art, while her son tries to connect with her about what is going on in his own imagination. Can they soar together?

The Owlet
(Olga Vakhonina, Belarus, animation, 2013, 3:31 min) In Russian with English subtitles.
When a mom pulls back the covers on her sleeping son, she discovers he truly has turned into a night owl!

Brother’s Day
(Jennifer Treuting, USA, live action, 2013, 5:27 min) In English.
Meet some real-life siblings who know how to celebrate their brotherly bond!

100 Miles
(Tamas Tatai, UK, live action, 2013, 7:15 min) Nonverbal.
A boy who likes model trains goes on a trip to bring a special gift to his favorite person, someone who loves trains as much as he does.

My Hero
(Nora Al-Subai, Qatar, live action, 2013, 5:14 min) In Arabic with English subtitles.
A young boy who idolizes his busy father comes up with a clever way to spend more time with him.

Harmony Brooks and the Case of the Missing Nucleus
(Whitney Clinkscales, USA, live action, 2014, 6:41 min) In English.
After suspecting her family of thievery, a smart 8-year-old investigates the whereabouts of the missing ingredients of her school project.

Me and My Moulton
(Torill Kove, Canada, animation, 2014, 14 min) In English.
A seven-year-old and her sisters try to convince their parents to buy them a bicycle.

Solo in Fog
(Michael Zamjatnins, Germany, animation, 9:45 min) Nonverbal.
After having a spat in their room, a brother and sister suddenly find themselves lost in the vastness of an eerie sea of fog.

The Heart of Stromboli
(Tobias Deicke, Germany, animation, 2012, 8 min) In English.
A little girl makes a fruitless attempt to warn her family that a nearby volcano is about to erupt. But everyone is too busy arguing to listen to her. Only her grandfather can help her save her town.

(Mari Miyazawa, Japan, animation, 2014, 7 min) Nonverbal.
Growing up is literally the icing on the cake for a mother and daughter.

Note to parents: In one film (Harmony Brooks) a clueless parent makes an awkward reference about marijuana to a teenager. Feel free to eye-roll along with the teen! In another film (Me and My Moulton), there is one very brief glimpse of non-explicit nudity.

Ages 7 and up. 70 min. 

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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SUN 5/10
3:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff