Children's Film Festival

7-8 Years

Kortfilmfestivalen Play 19-25 October

Elsa and the Night

Elsa has not slept a wink for thirty years. Early one morning she finds an unwelcome guest hiding underneath her sofa. The creature turns out to be none other than the Night itself. Elsa tells it of her life, and of the death of her best friend – an elephant named Olaf. The Night accompanies her on a moving journey that tells the story of an extraordinary friendship.

Sweden, The Netherlands, 2019, 9, Direction: Jöns Mellgren, Production: Nima Yousefi.
Born in 1976, Jöns Mellgren is a director, illustrator and writer living in Stockholm, Sweden. He holds an MA in Animation from Royal College of Art, London, 2009. Apart from directing short films he makes picture books for children and also works as a lecturer of illustration at Konstfack University of Arts Crafts and Design.

När jag blir stor

What do we want to be when we grow up? “När jag blir stor” looks into the minds of children and their perspective on what they want to be in the future. But who’s responsible when their future is out of their control?

Sweden, 2020, 4, Direction: Tilde Hernström, Production: Viggo Söderberg, Tobias Perneblad, Tilde Hernström, Erik Hansell.


The lives of four lively Arctic hares take a turn after discovering a strange new creature.

Germany, Bulgaria, 2020, 7, Direction: Milen Vitanov, Production: Mina Milev, Milen Vitanov, Vessela Kazakova.


Emilia has one day to save little kittens from being drowned by finding them homes.

Latvia, 2019, 13, Direction: Agnese Laizane, Production: Agnese Laizane.

The Kite

Summer is coming to an end, the fruit is growing ripe on the trees. Grandpa gives his grandson a kite. As the boy is tossed around in the air, Grandpa catches him. Then the leaves fall and Grandpa has grown weak. A strong autumn wind carries him off into the cloudy sky. Winter comes, then springtime. A warm breeze brings them together again.

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Poland, 2019, 13, Direction: Martin Smatana, Production: Peter Badač, Ondřej Šejnoha.
Martin Smatana (1991, Slovakia) finished his master degree of Animation at FAMU, Prague. During his bachelor studies he completed an intership in Nukufilm studio in Tallinn, Estonia. For 5 years he was leading workshops of animation for children. His debut film Rosso Papavero was premieted at Berlinale 2015 Generation Kplus and won 13 international awards.

The Pit

This Space Odyssey-style slapstick animation deals with a mix-up of proportions that can lead to a fatal mistake in viewer sympathies.

Czech Republic, 2019, 8, Direction: Markéta Kubátová Smolíková, Production: Martin Vandas.
Markéta Kubátová Smolíková was born in 1977. She studied at FAMU in Prague, from which she graduated in 2000 completing a Master’s degree with a 2D animated film The Trojan War (Trojská válka). After graduating she has co-worked as animator on many film and TV projects, mostly working with director Pavel Koutský.

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