Children's Film Festival

11-12 Years

Kortfilmfestivalen Play 19-25 October


Two young sisters go to great lengths to fulfill their mother’s dying wish. Pursued by the grown-ups who want the conventional funeral procedures to start, the kids embark on a last journey with their mother to fathom the process of her death.

Norway, Sweden, 2020, 14, Direction: Sylvelin Maakestad, Production: Turid Rogne.
Sylvelin Maakestad is born in Bergen, Norway, but lives in Stockholm, Sweden, where she works as a documentary and fiction film director and writer. She has studied documentary filmmaking at Stockholm University of the Arts, and has directed several shorts and documentaries, including the award-winning “I see you” (2014).


Clara is a nine-year-old girl with a distorted view of reality. She’ll fall into a pit from which she can only make her way up through great effort and assistance from the people close to her.

Spain, 2020, 11, Direction: Juan Carlos Mostaza, Production: Pablo López, J.C. Mostaza.
J.C. Mostaza (Valladolid 1979) is a computer engineer and PhD in Audiovisual Communication. He started in the world of computer generated graphics and VFX. He is a founding partner of the production company The Cathedral Media Productions S.L. In recent years he has developed several concepts for TV and directed several commercials.


Screen addiction. Species at risk. Whatever! A dead tree goes viral, attracting wildlife, a nature lover, and a crowd of online followers. Animated entirely outside, “WhateverTree” examines our connection to nature in the age of social media, screens, and selfies.

Canada, 2020, 11, Direction: Isaac King, Production: Isaac King.
Isaac King is an award-winning animation filmmaker and artist from Canada. Directing commercials and short films for 20 years, his work spans drawing, stop-motion, cutout and outdoor animation techniques. Using handcrafted and digital media, he focuses on environmental and social issues with humour and warmth. 

Listen Papa!

Here’s a letter of a boy’s hate and love for his father telling all that had once been kept unspoken.

Russia, France, Germany, 2019, 13, Direction: Olga Poliektova, Tatiana Poliektova, Production: Fabienne Giezendanner, Lilia Schneider, Anastasia Pavlovich.
Since early years, twin sisters Olga and Tatiana Poliktova have been drawing and they graduated from Art school and the University of Cinema and Television in Animation and Computer Graphics. They started to work together as film director duo and animators.

The End, The Beginning

In the picture-book town of Collector, a young girl and her gang of rogue environmentalists are trying to save the planet as the world goes into lock-down. The main target of their rebellion: The girl’s very own father.

Australia, 2020, 15, Direction: Archie Chew, Production: Alicia Easaw-Mamutil.
Archie Chew is a director based in Australia, making stylised absurd comedies with heart. He works in close collaboration with his partner and producer Alicia Easaw-Mamutil, striving to make ambitious, stylised, irreverent, films with an emphasis on physical performance. Archie is a philosophy major and wrote his Masters thesis on absurdity and existentialism in comedic film making. He has worked as a director on documentaries and music videos in Australia and overseas.

Back to all programmes

Watch all films from home

Kortfilmfestivalen Play

Our online service Kortfilmfestivalen Play offers the whole festival programme of more than 250 films for only 90 SEK. Kortfilmfestivalen Play is available all over Sweden during the festival week 19-25 October.

  • 90 SEK for all 250 films