Family Shorts

  • 74 mins

Small films to delight small people…and grown ups too! Short films are a wonderful introduction for all ages to world cinema. There are beautifully animated adventures to make us laugh and learn about friendship, whether it’s with a favourite dog, a beloved older brother or the moon. There are also magical stories to transport us from the city to the sea and even to the beginning of time.

Suitable from Age 8+


Abiogenesis - Scottish Premiere
Richard Mans/New Zealand/2011/English dialogue/Colour/4 min 20 sec
In this breathtaking science fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate planet and sets in motion a startling transformation.
Nominated for The Award for Best Film in the International Short Film Competition.

The Big Brother (Der grosse Bruder) - Scottish Premiere
Jesús Pérez, Elisabeth Hüttermann/Switzerland, Germany/2011/No dialogue/Colour/6 min 10 sec
An artist is constantly interrupted as he sketches a stick figure family. As the characters appear they immediately come to life. A deceptively simple, playful animation that keeps the characters - and the audience - guessing what will happen next.

Calamity Island - Scottish Premiere
David Johnson/UK/2011/No dialogue/Colour/8 min 52 sec
Two shipwrecked sailors are stuck on an island with a mischievous penguin.

Dog in Heaven (Hund I Himlen) - International Premiere
Jeanette Nørgaard/Denmark/2012/Danish dialogue with English subtitles/Colour/24 min 55 sec
Orphan Lora’s only friend is her dog, but when she is sent to live in an orphanage run by nuns the pair must be separated. 

Hannah and the Moon - World Premiere
Kate Charter/UK/2012/English dialogue/Colour/5 min 40 sec
Almost as if a favourite storybook has come to like, this film tells the tale of a lonely little girl, her busy Mum and her friend the moon.

Paper Touch - UK Premiere
Hui-ching Tseng/Taiwan/2011/No dialogue/Colour/4 min 15 sec
A delightful and highly inventive old-school stop-motion animation.

Sonny, My Older Brother - UK Premiere
Tammy Davis/New Zealand/2012/English dialogue/Colour/10 min
Por adores his wayward older brother and will do anything to help him. This short beautifully demonstrates the bond between siblings with wonderful performances from the young leads.
Nominated for The Award for Best Film in the International Short Film Competition.

Tree of Tule - World Premiere
Arran Gray, Paul Gray/UK/2012/English dialogue/Colour/10 min
This is a charming and surprising film about a boy on a quest to take a tree seed to the ocean. During his adventure he is helped by animals who show him the way.
Nominated for The Award for Best Film in the British Short Film Competition.

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