Free Your Mind

REDCAT International Children's Film Festival: Free Your Mind

Presented in partnership with Northwest Film Forum

Have you ever felt a bolt out of the blue, a moment when your mind opens up and you see new possibilities? That’s what happens to the kids in these shorts. You’ll meet a girl who slips into a new dimension, a boy whose mind plays tricks on him, a child determined to trap a sunbeam and a boy who simply can’t sit still.



(Saman Hosseinpuor, Kurdistan/Iran, live action, 2014, 1 min) Nonverbal.
A boy is watching a soccer game on TV and gets so excited he forgets he’s in the middle of a haircut. Oops!

(Masanobu Hiraoka, Japan, animation, 2013, 3:30 min) Nonverbal.
Can you change the way you see the world and the cosmos? Of course!

(Catheryne Chepik, Ukraine, live action and animation, 2013, 9:12 min)  Nonverbal.
A creative girl goes on dazzling adventures into paintings, toy boxes, and even slips inside her own pocket.

The Little Blonde Boy with a White Sheep
(Eloi Henriod, France, 2013, animation, 8:57 min) In French with English subtitles.
In a classroom on a rainy day, a boy dreams of frolicking with his favorite sheep.

(Udo Prinsen, Netherlands, 2014, live action and animation, 4:46 min) In Dutch sign language, but no subtitles are necessary.
With her hands, a woman makes a whole wild world come alive.

The Dive
(Delphine Le Courtois, France, 2013, live action, 9:51 min) Mostly nonverbal, some French with English subtitles.
A boy stands on a high dive, about to step into the unknown. Is he ready to fly?

The New Species
(Katerina Karhánková, Czech Republic, animation, 2013, 6:18 min) Nonverbal.
Some children come across an old bone and try to imagine what kind of animal it might have belonged to.

Koyaa — Flower
(Kolja Saksida, Slovenia/Croatia/Poland, animation, 2013, 3:35 min) Nonverbal.
A venus flytrap attacks, in this funny story of friendship.

Doron Coron
(Yuichi Ito, Japan, animation, 2012, 3 min) Dialogue is gibberish.
See how a little dirt clod keeps the world going round!

Tale of a String
(Karsten Kiilerich, Denmark, animation, 2013, 6:18) In Danish with English subtitles.
Two strings are shape shifters, capable of morphing into many different creatures.

(Sitora Takanaev, USA, live action, 2014, 5:02 min) In English.
A girl is feeling sad when she finds a new way to bring happiness to herself and others: balloons!

The Light and the Little Girl
(Guy Pooles, USA/UK, live action, 2014, 6:36 min) Nonverbal.
A young girl loves the beam of sunlight shining through her house so much that she wants to capture it in a jar.

Sounds of Nature
(Simon Weber, Switzerland, live action, 2013, 7:45 min) Nonverbal.
A boy who likes to play video games discovers that the forest can be just as thrilling.

Notes to parents: One film (Balloons) shows a girl’s buoyant response to an instance of bullying. Another film (Doron Coron) has some brief bathroom humor and a bittersweet ending. And in a festival first, another film (Koyaa — Flower) features a hungry carnivorous plant!

Koyaa — Flower:
The Light and the Little Girl:
The Dive:

Ages 6 and up. 76 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 5/3
1:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff