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This dynamic collection of shorts, curated by the HollyShorts Film Festival and appropriate for ages 9 to 13, will teach important lessons about friendship, pursuing your dreams, and taking charge of your life. The HollyShorts Film Festival is an Academy Awards qualifying short film festival devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panels and forums.
The featured films include:
The Coin (2019, dir. Siqi Song, animation, 7 min, Chinese with English subtitles)
In Chinese New Year, finding the coin hidden inside of the dumplings means having a blessed year ahead. Anan loses a jar on her journey to a new country, which contains the lucky coins she has been collecting growing up. Her new life begins with a search to find the coin. The story comments on the place of heritage in the face of forging one’s own path, with an emphasis on food as a vessel for cultural traditions.
Blue & Malone: Impossible Cases (2019, dir. Abraham López Guerrero, live action, 22 min, Spanish with English subtitles)
Thirty-year-old Berta visits the old theater where he grandmother used to work. Though it's set to be demolished, it is far from abandoned and Berta meets her old imaginary friends, Mortando Malone and Big Blue Cat, who help her solve an impossible case: how to recapture her ability to dream.
Gon, the Little Fox (2019, dir. Takeshi Yashiro, stop motion animation, 28 min)
When Gon, a playful orphaned fox, finds that young Hyoju has lost his mother, he tries to comfort him and make amends for his own earlier mischiefs by secretly bringing small gifts to the boy every day. But Hyoju doesn't realize who is behind the anonymous gifts, and the two are headed for a heartbreaking climax. Based on the acclaimed children's story by Niimi Nankichi.
The Amazing Adventures of Awesome (2020, dir. Allison Brownmoore, animation, 6 min)
A hand-illustrated story about an unassuming autistic child at the heart of a quiet revolution.
The 2020 Miami Children's Film Festival runs December 28 - 30. Culturally rich, entertaining, and 100% free family fun, the Festival includes three days of highly-acclaimed international cinema for children and families. It offers a unique opportunity to cultivate critical appreciation for intelligent films among younger people, while educating and entertaining. In addition to the films there will be free and fun virtual workshops!