CFFS 2020 [Online] – Earthwise (Ages 8+)

Screening window opens ~30 min. before the following showtimes:
Thu May 14: 3.00pm PDT
(4pm Denver / 5pm Chicago / 6pm NY)
Sat May 16: 3.00pm PDT
(4pm Denver / 5pm Chicago / 6pm NY)

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Ages 8+

This imaginative collection of animated films is meant to inspire the rising generation to walk gently on the planet and take good care of all the fabulous creatures who call it home. The program’s final live-action short shows how kids can teach important lessons to adults about doing what is right for the earth. (71 min.)

** Content advisory: “Trophy Hunter” deals with hunting, and shows a boy pretending to be a big game hunter. In “Too Much Rain,” a girl’s beloved dog disappears during a flood, but she finds him later. “Carpe Diem” explores a child’s choice to be a vegetarian. **


Discussion Guide for Earthwise

Carpe DiemFloreana

Creature Creation with Natural Objects

Short Films in this Program:

Summer of the Ice Age

(Kiyomi Aoyagi, Japan, animation, 2 min, nonverbal)

A child gazes deep into a frosty drink and sees an ancient world come to life.


(Lou Morton, Denmark & US, animation, 2018, 4 min, nonverbal)

In the future, people on a remote island are training for an important mission.

Moon Dog

(Mathieu Guimond, Canada, animation, 2017, 3 min, nonverbal)

As the night begins to fall away, a wolf is on the move.

Trophy Hunter

(Sean Burns, US, animation, 2019, 3:40 min, nonverbal)

A little boy with a BB gun fantasizes about being a big game hunter.

The Calves

(Bela Bulgakova, Germany, animation, 2019, 10 min, nonverbal)

Two calves look for their mother, finding many other beautiful animals along the way.

Trailer >

Too Much Rain

(John M Cernak, US, animation, 2018, 8:10 min, English)

Rain is beautiful, but when it rains too much, a little girl must navigate waters of sorrow and still maintain hope.


(Sébastien Baillou, Belgium, animation, 2017, 6:40 min, nonverbal) Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2020 Children’s Jury prizewinner!

A bird leads us into a world of plastic colors, to show us what must be fixed now to save our ocean life.

Carpe Diem

(Rachel Portová, United Kingdom, animation, 3 min, nonverbal)

When a little girl becomes best friends with a carp who is destined to be her Christmas dinner, she must choose between tradition and her newfound friendship.

Mister Paper Goes for a Walk

(Ben Tesseur & Steven De Beul, Belgium, animation, 2017, 8:28 min, a little Dutch with English subtitles)

A walk in nature can be a beautiful thing, especially when you bring along your imagination!

Trailer >

Saving Mr. Green

(Shivani Monga, India, live-action, 23 min, English)

Ten-year-old Piyall considers the tree in front of her house to be her best friend, and she calls him Mr. Green. But when she discovers the tree is about to be cut down, she jumps into action to prove how much she will fight for what is right.

Trailer >

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