The mission of the Louisville Children’s Film Festival (LCFF) is to support the educational development of children in Louisville, inspiring an openness and curiosity about the world through the showing of high-quality, diverse films. The LCFF film selection committee sought films with content that speaks positively to children, youth and families of diverse ages, backgrounds and ethnicities. The Festival presents films that are entertaining and/or challenging to young minds with serious, true-to-life topics and narratives.
The 2019 festival runs Friday, February 22 through Saturday, March 2 with film screenings at several different locations throughout the Louisville Metro area. Screenings in the Ogle Center’s Stiefler Recital Hall will be held on Saturday, February 23 with showings at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. The film schedule is listed below. For dates, time, and locations of other screenings in the festival, please visit www.louisvillechildrensfilm.org.
KID FLICKS ONE
Kid Flicks One gives a warm welcome to all budding cinephiles with this lively international lineup of fun. Kick off the festivities with good hygiene and great dubstep in Party Mouth (USA), then let your hair—or, er fur—down and hang loose in I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia). And, even if you get into a tangle, there will be someone to catch and cheer you on with the charming If You Fall (Canada).
I WANT TO LIVE IN THE ZOO
Evgenia Golubeva, 2017, 6 min
The best cinema of all reflects what is right in front of us, in this homage to all things that capture our eye.
Animation, Yekaterina Filippova, 2015, 3 min
At home you must clean up your room, clear your plate, and finish up homework. Wouldn't it be much more fun to relax and hang with some buddies at the zoo?
Czech Republic, Animation
Veronika Zacharova, 2016, 6 min
Moving on is never easy. Sometimes you’ve got to roll with the changes. Other times you have to chase your dreams, as the House and its inhabitants hilariously find out.
Rhea Dadoo, 2017, 4 min
A family takes a wrong turn in the jungle and must summon all their calm to get out—but might that be a Bengali tiger in the shadows?
DARK, DARK WOODS
Emile Gignoux & Mik Lovenbalch Kirchheiner, 2017, 6 min
Royal life's not always so magnificent and can be tiring for a little one, so Maria trades in a tiara for a wilder kind of fun.
SHERBERT ROSENCRANTZ, YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL
Australia, Live Action
Natalie van den Dungen, 2017, 11 min
Ten-year-old Milly is quite content in the company of her carrot-colored guinea pig, Sherbert. She wonders why others can’t understand that in this sweet sherbet-hued ode to the 1980s and finding your own path.
IF YOU FALL
Tisha Deb Pillai, 2017, 6 min
Eight-year-old Lila takes on the daunting task of learning how to cycle, while she and her beloved Baba must also balance Mom’s work, his art, and everyone learning to grow and let go.
HENRIYETI: SOCK IT TO ME, YETI!
Greg Walter, 2017, 2 min
Henriyeti—a little bit girl and a little bit Yeti—demonstrates that great matches go beyond appearances. It’s just about teaming up and putting one fearless foot in front of the other.
Hunter Gatherer, 2017, 2 min
We guarantee this catchy dubstep tune will stay in your head while you take your grooming game to a whole other level!
Adam Marko Nord, 2017, 9 min
Koalas, hippos, elephants, and fish find their own groove in this melodic menagerie of a film, set to jazz sounds from the award-winning Oddjob quintet.
OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS: THROUGH THE WOODS
Documentary | 2014 | 50 min
In May 2013, the Okee Dokee Brothers embarked on a month-long trek on the Appalachian Trail. They hiked, camped, met mountain musicians, and wrote the songs that make up their second adventure album, Through the Woods. As a follow-up to their Grammy Award-winning album this documentary invites viewers and listeners along for a journey full of camping, old-time mountain music, miles of hiking—and a few shenanigans.
As childhood friends growing up in Denver, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music and this film.
2016 | 97 min
Spanish with English subtitles
This feature debut from Colombian writer-director Henry Rincón centers on Eduardo, a ten-year-old boy who has more than his share of harrowing challenges: he is poor, a victim of Colombia’s armed conflict, and is missing a leg. Yet, with the help of his music teacher and some valiant friends, Eduardo is determined to follow through with his passion: to form a team with other disabled children, that will participate in a children’s soccer tournament.
Content advisory: boys fighting, mild bullying, a frank description of a life-changing injury, and a coach instructs his young players to cheat.
WENDY 2: FRIENDSHIP FOREVER
2018 | 96 min
German with English subtitles
Wendy has been living happily with her parents at Rosenborg for the past year, but her grandmother's horse ranch is close to bankruptcy. When Wendy learns that the owner of the neighboring stable is organizing a youth tournament, it seems that winning the top prize might solve all their problems. The traumatized show horse, Penny, has the potential to win if she wasn't afraid of jumping...and then Wendy also has to make sure that she isn't neglecting her invalid horse Dixie...