Past Event14 Jul - 22 Jul 2016

Animation for Kids 4+

No longer available

The Civic


We’ve searched high and low, and near and far, to present a selective slate of the best animation for all ages from all corners of the world. These animated gems from 8 countries offer a terrific range of diverse adventures, and a whole load of opportunity to fuel imagination and make greater sense of our world. You name it, we’ve got it: boot-wearing trees, musically inclined ants, epic face-changing journeys, the life cycle of a stone, an impressively long-haired mother, enough animals to open a zoo, three little delivery ninjas… and oh so much more.

One, Two, Tree

France 2014

Director: Yulia Aronova. 7 mins

A boot-wearing tree invites all it meets to follow in its clomping footsteps. 

Perfect Houseguest

USA 2015

Director: Ru Kuwahata, Max Porter

1 min

A house is visited by a most unlikely clean, organised and very well-mannered guest.

Pik Pik Pik

Russia 2014

Director: Dmitry Vysotskiy

4 mins

A cheeky woodpecker peck-peck-pecks away at columns of ants marching to a symphony of syncopated rhythms.

Zoo Story

Czech Republic 2015

Director: Veronika Zacharová

4 mins

Have you ever wondered how the zoo looks from the other side of the bars? 

Bat Time

Germany 2015

Director: Elena Walf

4 mins

The moon is out and little bat is looking for friends to play with – but everyone else is asleep! Or are they? 

The Little Seed

Switzerland 2015

Director: Chaïtane Conversat

9 mins

A little girl catches floral patterns with a magic cloth and uses them to make her own dresses. 

Hippo and Juice

Russia 2015

Director: Alexey Minchenok

3 mins

All Hippo wants is his scrumptious blueberry pie and jug full of juice, but Monty the Mouse’s birthday party guests have other plans for them.

The Mitten

France 2014

Director: Clémentine Robach

4 mins

Where do animals in the garden find shelter during gentle snowy winter? Perhaps a purposely dropped mitten will lead to an answer. 


Japan 2014

Directors: Mizue Mirai, Nakauchi Yukie

4 mins

A brilliant moving kaleidoscope of simple structures which merge into increasingly more complex arrangements.


Australia 2016

Director: Nathan Jurevicius

7 mins

The Face Changers have always made the clay tokens that control the winds of change and alter their faces. Today is the day to take ten thousand footsteps to the top of the mountain.


Germany 2014

Director: Susann Hoffmann

3 mins

A grey lynx doesn’t quite fit into a world of colourful animals. 


France 2015

Director: Marjolaine Perreten

4 mins

As rain makes the river rise, all the creatures must find a way to ride out the downpour.

Cookie-Tin Banjo

UK 2014

Director: Peter Baynton

3 mins

A musical tale of how one special object can inspire anyone, big or small, to create.

Bear and Bird

USA 2015

Directors: Dan Abdo, Jason Patterson

5 mins

A laid-back brown bear, and an excited cardinal settle in for a videogaming session, when suddenly Bird’s nose knows that Bear needs a bath.


Germany 2015

Director: Julia Ocker

4 mins

Octopus wants to bake a cake that looks exactly like it does in the recipe book. But one of her arms has (baking) plans all of its own.

Animation for Kids 4+ 

64 mins approx.

For tickets and details about films at other venues, please visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website.

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