¡VIVA NYICFF! Best of Spanish and Latin American Short Films
Chosen from over five years of New York
Int’l Children’s Film Festival short film programs, VIVA NYICFF presents a
diverse selection of award-winners and audience favorites. All films in this
program are from or feature stories about Spain and Latin America.
Recommended for ages 9 and up. Running time 75 minutes. Note that some selections are presented with English subtitles, but the storylines are easily understandable without reading them.
Argentina/6.5min/2010/Juan Pablo Zaramella/Stop-Motion/No dialogue
A brilliantly executed, visually unique and immensely amusing stop motion short that took home awards at over 200 international film festivals! In a world controlled and timed by light, one man has a plan that could change destiny.
At the Opera
Argentina/1min/2011/Juan Pablo Zaramella/Animated/English subtitles
A film about a particularly moving night at the opera. Guaranteed to move you to tears!
Colombia/8min/2012/Carlos Smith Rovira/Animated/No dialogue
When sleeping at her grandmother’s house in the countryside, a little city girl becomes spooked by the wrinkled, weather-worn old woman and the unfamiliar surroundings. In this beautifully animated fable she learns that it is our roots that give us strength.
Brazil/11min/2008/Cecilia Amado/Sub/Live-Action/Portuguese with English subtitles
A young girl looks forward to her big debut evening, flag-dancing in the Rio de Janeiro carnival, but things don’t turn out the way she imagined. A tender and lyrical portrait of first love, dreams and disillusionment.
Argentina/3.5min/2007/Juan Pablo Zaramella/Animated/No dialogue
A curious nun ventures into the darker side of her animated world.
Spain/9min/2009/Telmo Esnal/Live-Action/Basque and Euskara with English subtitles
On a family camping trip, the kids are driving their parents crazy. Dad knows just what to do.
Journey to Mars
Argentina/16min/2004/Juan Pablo Zaramella/Animated/Spanish with English subtitles
Antonia dreams of traveling to Mars. Lucky for the aspiring space cadet, his grandfather has an enchanted tow truck that can take him there! But when others laugh at his supposed adventure, Antonio begins to doubt himself, too. Not until many years later, when his own son is dreaming of interplanetary escapades, does Antonio finally discover the truth behind his out-of-this-world excursion.
Bolivia/Denmark/13min/2010/Denis Chapon/Animated/No dialogue
When Abuela Grillo sings, rain falls and the crops grow. But when flooding brings hardship to the farmers, she decides to leave and only then do the villagers realize how much they needed her. Meanwhile in the big city, industrious minds have put her talents to a more profitable use-precipitating a dash between the water haves and have-nots. Viva la Revolucion!
Mexico/7min/2012/Liliana Torres/Live-Action/Spanish with English subtitles
It’s Vianney’s quinceanera, her fifteenth birthday, and she is getting ready for her party. But when things do not go as planned, the best efforts of parents and friends cannot change the fact that she is “not alright’.