CFFS 2020 [Online] – Lift-Off (Ages 9+)

Screening window opens ~30 min. before the following showtimes:
Fri May 15: 3.00pm PDT
(4pm Denver / 5pm Chicago / 6pm NY)
Sun May 17: 3.00pm PDT
(4pm Denver / 5pm Chicago / 6pm NY)

Sliding scale admission: $0–25

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Ages 9+

These stories of adventure will take you to outer space and back, with films showing what it is like to be out on your own, in a world of wild adventure and imagination, making decisions and, ultimately, finding your way back home again.(68 min.)

** Content advisory: Kids take off from home, without permission, in “Anna and Kiko.All the Dear Little Animals” depicts funerals for small dead animals in a sweet and non-graphic way. **


Discussion Guide for Lift-Off

All in Good TimeAll the Dear Little Animals

Short Films in this Program:


(Shelley Welch & Mohammad Rastkar, Canada, animation, 2019, 4:45 min, nonverbal)

When a spaceship lands on a faraway planet, an astronaut emerges to claim the barren land. But wait a minute — someone is already there.

Ray’s Great Escape

(Jie Weng, China, animation, 2018, nonverbal, 7 min, nonverbal)

Ray is a little monster who lives on the edge of a volcano that is about to erupt, which pushes him to transform his house into an escape module, and hang on for the ride!

Trailer >

All the Dear Little Animals

(Michael Ekblad & Alexandra Schatz, Germany, animation, 2019, 7:32 min, Swedish with English subtitles)

One summer day, a couple of kids started a business called Funerals Ltd. to help all the poor dead animals in the world. One did all the digging, one wrote the poems, and another cried. Based on the offbeat, charming and whimsical book by Ulf Nisson and Eva Eriksson.


(Zuzana Cupova & Flip Diviak, Czech Republic, animation, 2018, 4:43 min, nonverbal)

Mr. Gnome is sunbathing in​ his garden when a little cloud suddenly hides the sun. Mr. Gnome is pretty annoyed but, fortunately,​ he knows precisely what to do with such clouds​.

Anna and Kiko

(Delyth Thomas, Wales, animation, 2019, 15 min, Welsh with English subtitles

Ten-year-old Anna and her mom are being evicted from their home and it looks like Anna’s scruffy dog Kiko will have to go to the dog pound. Anna decides that she and Kiko have to stay together, no matter what.


The Girl at the End of the Garden

(Bonnie Dempsey, Ireland, live-action, 2019, 14 min, in English)

An unhappy young girl’s life is turned upside down when she finds a mysterious runaway with psychic powers in her back garden.

Trailer >

All in Good Time

(Bonnie Dempsey, Ireland, live-action, 2017, 15 min, in English) Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2020 Children’s Jury prizewinner!

An Irish boy who lives on the West Coast of Ireland in 1918 and an Indian-Irish girl who lives in the same place in 2018, form a magical friendship via messages stuffed into a bottle that they throw into the sea.

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