Through the Rainbow



Each year, Northwest Film Forum selects short films from dozens of countries around the globe, seeking out the cream of the crop in fun, educational entertainment for young audiences. Hobnobben Film Festival is proud to screen this selection from the Children’s Film Festival of Seattle.

People (Lucas Hespenheide, USA, 2017, animation, 1 min, English) Winner of a special Children’s Film Festival Seattle “Kid’s Choice” award from the Children’s Jury! An introspective look at the differences between people, and learning to love who you are.

Cycle (Sophie Olga de Jong and Sytske Kok, The Netherlands, animation, 2018, 2 min, nonverbal) As a small girl’s grandfather teaches her how to ride a bike, she discovers that real adventures begin where the road ends.

Woolworld (Joanna Polak, Poland, animation, 2018, 10 min, English) Mr. Wooly lives in a world made of wool, and he is the only person who knows how to keep the place from unraveling. He is, however, old and tired and wants his life to change. Unfortunately, his wish gets granted.

Out Fishing (Uzi Geffenblad, Sweden, animation, 2018, 9 min, nonverbal) A kitten is hungry and can’t catch anything tasty when she goes out fishing. But in a moment of illumination, she finds a creative solution and a helper.

Little Red Ridding Hood (Martina Holcová, Czech Republic, animation, 2017, 4 min, English) Winner of a Children’s Film Festival special children’s jury prize for humor in an animated film! It’s a brave new world: Little Red and Grandma aren’t afraid of the wolf at all.

Kitten Witch (James Cunningham, New Zealand, live action and animation, 2016, 6 min, English) Winner of Audience Favorite film prize at Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2019! A precocious kitten wants to be a witch’s helper, but first she must pass a test.

6:1 (Sergei Ryabov, Russia, Animation, 2018, 3 min, Russian, with English subtitles) An inseparable girl and cat are on a long journey, playing checkers. The girl keeps winning until the cat gets a lucky break.

Belly Flop (Jeremy Collins, South Africa, animation, 2018, 5 min, nonverbal) Winner of Audience Favorite film prize at Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2019! Persistence pays off when a brave girl who is learning to dive is unperturbed as another swimmer steals the spotlight.

Aidan and Albert Sykes (Richard O’Connor, USA, 2017, animation, 3 min, English) 9-year-old Aidan Sykes of Jackson, Mississippi, asks his father Albert a few important questions.

Robbie’s Fears (Enrique Delzer, USA, animation, 2018, 2:19 min, English) Made by a 14-year-old animator! Robbie, a 12-year-old boy, overcomes the anxieties that keep him awake at night, with the help of his mother.

Robot and the Whale (Jonas Forsman, Sweden, animation, 6 min, nonverbal) Two robots can do anything except get wet. So how will they save a beautiful whale?

If You Fall (Tisha Deb Pillai, Canada, animation, 2018, 6 min, English) Lila, age 8, learns that she can ride a bike, and her parents can overcome their challenges, too.

Tweet-Tweet (Zhanna Bekmambetova, Russia, animation, 2018, 11 min, nonverbal) Winner of a Children’s Film Festival Seattle Best Animated Short Film Award from the Children’s Jury! This is a fable about the power of a grandmother’s spirit and the journey of her life, as seen by a bird who represents her spirit.