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Director - John Leben

Amy and the Tortoise

How Animals Saved The Planet

Featured Short Favorite

 

John Leben’s formal training is in Painting having earned a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois (Urbana) and an MFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a scholarship student at the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. 

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ONLINE SCREENING SCHEDULE  

SCREENING SCHEDULE 1

Bread Fight, Cory Champion, Director - ANI/STOMO (13-17)

Nothing unites two enemies like a common enemy. Runtime 3:40

 

The Jungle Tale, Henry Zhinin, Director - ANI/STOMO/PRO

A group of kids are raised in the heart of the jungle called Paranata, by wild animals that adopt and look after them. Runtime 2:07

 

HairFoo Memorphis, Luca Pasvolsky, Director - NARR (Under 12) 

Quentin's mum thinks she's a witch from Harry Potter. Runtime 3:25

 

Ruth & Nick, Carter Rostron, Director ANI/STOMO (13-17)

The bittersweet story of Nick, a piece of candy who falls in love with a girl who seems out of reach. Runtime 6:21

 

The Covid Chronicles, Emily Luders, Director - NARR (13-7)

In a world where COVID-19 does not exist, two siblings, Parker and Greyson, vividly imagine multiple "pandemic-based" scenarios while being inspired by a bedtime story. Runtime 5:27

 

Generation Burnout, Lena Faeskorn, Director - DOCU (13-17)

A documentary on Covid. Runtime 5:44

Daisy Does, Dottie Skryzpek, Director - NARR (Under 12)

Lights Camera Action is a screen acting school in Hampshire UK. During this 3rd lockdown, we got all of our younger students to make a short film. Over Zoom they have learned how to make one as I thought they were really good I would enter them in. Dottie is 10 years old and her film is about becoming a YouTuber.

Dog Star, Ronn Kilby, Director - NARR/PRO.

A girl's new robot dog is more than he seems. Runtime 5:36

It Fits, Childen of the FABIDo daycare center "Dürener Straße, "Directors - NARR (Under 12) - In the triangle country it is very beautiful. Blue sea, sunny and good air. But there is too little work. So the triangle family decides to emigrate to the square country. Daddy quickly finds work. Runtime 5:37

The Fox & Turtle, Penelope Campbell, Director - ANI/STOMO (Under 12) 

In this cute and touching stop motion film, a young fox gets help from a turtle. The film was created by Penelope, a nine-year-old girl who wrote the script, created the clay models, directed the film, and voiced the main character. Runtime 6:05

The Other Side of the Line, Mia Thomas, Will Gesci, Directors - NARR (13-17)

2020 Winning Film - An allegory about racism and prejudice told through the lens of a children's fairy tale. Runtime 9:00

 

Cycle, Arman Taheri, Director, NARR (13-17)

A woman is terrorized by her thoughts. Can she learn to stand up to him? Runtime 3:09

 

Bearly Awake, Sydney Geiger, Director - ANI/STOMO (13-17) 

What does a Teddy Bear do when she can't sleep? Runtime 2:20

 

Dearth, Kumar Kuldip Medhi, Director - NARR/PRO

This story is about a widow, who faces a great financial crisis due to a sudden lockdown during a pandemic, and how she struggles to solve her financial needs. Runtime 9:58

 

On/Off, Nicolas P. Villarreal, Director - ANI/STOMO/PRO 

Endless distractions threaten to destroy creativity. Runtime 7:00

 

Second Nature, Tony Alfaro, Director - NARR/PRO 

During the pandemic, a father and son are forced to relocate their annual camping trip to their backyard. Runtime 8:23

 

A Poor Blue-Footed Booby, Haruna Lida, Tomoko Taiga - ANI/STOMO PRO

Blue-footed boobies of the Galapagos Islands have a rule that only males with blue feet can be popular. Runtime 3:45

SCREENING SCHEDULE 2

What I want to say to you, Submitted by Sang-Chul Park on behalf of her elementary school students. - NARR (Under-12) In the situation where he goes to school, the male Joo sees Minjoo and then comes up with something he wants to convey. Runtime 4:00

 

Condemned by Inaction, Natalie Creek, Director - NARR (Under 12)

Frustrated with presidential inaction in the fight against global warming, a young middle school student decides to personally take the president to court. Runtime 3:00

 

PeaceTime: A Royal Frog, Stephen Moore, Director - ANI/STOMO PRO

A meditation exercise for kids age 3 to 99 and then some. Runtime 4:09

 

The New Light, J Ferguson, Director - NARR (Under 12)

A young boy searches for his missing father. Runtime 4:03

 

QuaranTeen, Caleb Metissier, Director - STUCK-at-HOME

After a mysterious new virus causes a worldwide pandemic, young Andy Locke struggles to cope with his "new normal" of living in quarantine. Runtime 3:29

 

Another World, Esther Maloney, Director - NARR/PRO

Combining poetic narration, illustrated animations, and live-action footage, a mother speaks to her son about the boat he's been on sinking, and the courage he'll need to build 'another world', characterized by justice, and love. Runtime 5:28

 

Alien, Ip Kan Chan, Hong Yu Lai, Nok Man Wong, Wai Ho Yeung, Directors - ANI/STOMO (13-17) An alien is on the way home, but his spaceship has no enough energy, so he lands on a planet. Runtime 2:37

 

Homeschool, Celia Jaspers, Director - STUCK-at-HOME/PRO 2020 Winning Film.

A bored little girl in lockdown during the covid crisis realizes her backyard and farm can be more fun than she thought if she uses her imagination.

Runtime 3:00

 

Bad Bugs, Bryn Wright, Director -ANI/STOMO (Under12)

Ten-year-old Bryn made a claymation movie about the importance of using "natural solutions for your bug problems" - something she's passionate about. Runtime 2:00

 

Stand Up, Maggie Ding, Director - DOCU/ (13-17)

A short documentary about a Stop Asian Hate rally in Los Angeles. Runtime  3:39

 

Spaghetti Western, Charles Dye, Director - NARR/PRO

PEHG Productions presents an homage to the western all'italiana! A short film about a girl who knows her physics. Runtime 9:00

 

Harvest, Chak Sum Ip, Hin Shing Lam, Yau Cheung, Wong Ka Ngai, Directors - ANI/STOMO (13-17) Harvest is about two farmers, they were having a normal day when suddenly a magician appeared with a money tree seed, the greedy farmer wanted to buy the seed at all costs while the other farmer wanted to do things the right way. Runtime 2:36

 

Girlsboymix, Lara Aerts, Director - DOCU/PRO - 2020 Winning Film

Why is it so important to be a boy or a girl? Wen Long naturally and candidly explains that she was born intersex. The nine-year-old wears both boys’ and girls’ clothes and plays with toys intended for both genders. The only problem is that others don’t know what to think of this. Runtime 6:30

To My Future Self, Charlie Southby, Director - Stuck-at-Home

A conversation by a child during lockdown with his future self. Runtime 1:55

 

Moonlight & the Monsters, April Yu, Director - ANI/STOMO (Under 12)

Moonlight is a monster girl who likes fashion design. She made her great idea come true and attended the fashion show. Her mom got a big surprise! Runtime 5:37

 

Hello Frisco, Ava Bounds, Director - NARR (13-17)

Why was the baby abandoned in a Victorian drain? And how can the four maids on a mission save its life? This playful, surreal road movie pits four teens against the elements in a race against time. Runtime 4:43

 

Shark and the Whale, Yakutina Alexandra - Director, ANI/STOMO (Under 12)

An evil shark lives in the salty ocean and bullies some small fish, but a good whale from the sweet sea rushes to their aid. Runtime 4:42

Your Mother Will Disapprove, Justin Meckes, Director -ANI/STOMO/PRO

Your Mother Will Disapprove is a scrappy collection of animated and live-action shorts based on a book of children's poems by the filmmaker, Justin Meckes. Runtime 7:07

 

The Butler and The Ball, Andrew Chan-Possemato, Director - NARR (Under 12) 2020 Winning Film. An urban fairy tale about Ashton, a lonely boy with neglectful parents, who embarks on a global adventure when he enters a contest to become the new butler of Bob Chan, a grieving, reclusive singer. The first film by nine-year-old writer/director Andrew Chan-Possemato. Runtime 10:00

SCREENING SCHEDULE 3

Juggling Autism, Aodhan Lane, Director - DOCU (13-17)

Juggling Autism explores how Circus Arts have helped a young boy learn to cope with his challenges and channel his creativity in a positive way. Runtime 7:52

 

Hide! Matt Streeter, Director - NARR/PRO 

Two little girls fight off and evade a monster who clearly underestimates their abilities. Runtime 5:14

 

Wednesday, Lisa Delhom, Jérémy Paquet, Directors - NARR/PRO

2020 Winning Film. Iris and Leo are waiting for their school bus, just like any other day. This morning, however, it does not arrive. Facing no rules but their own, the two eight-year-olds embark on an urban adventure, one they shall never forget, roaming the streets of Montreal. Runtime 10:00

 

S.A.D - The Movie, Guilherme Gehr, Director - ANI/STOMO/PRO

A kid creates space adventures with his toys. As summer break arrives, he travels with his parents to the Scottish highlands, but a storm puts his imagination to the test, and his fate will depend on it. Runtime 9:00

 

VTA-The Gold Rush Collaborative Art Project, Special Screening

Runtime 8:27 

 

Kids On COVID, A Kids N Film Multimedia Special Screening. 

Students Self-Taping Project during Covid shutdown. Runtime 16:13

 

Milk,  Celia Jaspers, Director - NARR/PRO

When she sees an old man unable to pay for his milk, a young girl has a change of heart. Runtime 5:00

 

Mateus, Caleb Pimpo - NARR/PRO

A young boy copes with being bullied by imagining himself as a knight in a fantasy world. Runtime 10:56

Featuring Highlight Screening of
"Amy and the Tortoise"
How Animals Saved the Planet

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