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International Animated Shorts Spotlight

  • 93 mins

This program is available to watch for the duration of the festival (Nov 11 – Nov 13, 2021) after purchase.  However, once you press play to start watching a film, you have 24 hours to finish watching. Only accessible by viewers anywhere in CANADA.

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In this program

Daisies And Sparrows

Directed by Ervin Han

At each step of this boy’s life, his mother is always there, providing love and support even when he doesn’t see it. When he becomes a parent, he tries to be the best father he can be for his son, but learns that it is not an easy journey.

Shiro, the Giant, and the Castle of Ice

Directed by Okamoto

The story takes place in Minamishimabara City, Nagasaki Prefecture. Shiro, a third-year junior high school student, was spending ordinary days with his school friends in an area known for being the birthplace of the “Shimabara Rebellion,” which shook the country during the early Edo period. One summer day, his older childhood friend Akane returns home from Tokyo. Alongside Tokiya, another childhood friend, Shiro and his friends take a walk around the city. As they were having mixed feelings while looking back in time, a mysterious creature named Goron suddenly appears in front of them.

Nanakorobi (Seven Falls)

Directed by Gaby Breiter, Glenna Burmer

A young girl in Hokkaido overcomes seven trials to save an orphan during a snowstorm. Nanakorobi comes from the famous Japanese proverb: “seven times you may fall, but get up the eighth.”



In a certain world, a boy finds scissors left as a memento of his father who has died. He learns from his mother that those scissors were made by a craftsman named Sasuke who lives in another country. The boy goes to see Sasuke to fix the scissors.


Directed by Vincent Lin

In the pleasant town of Harmony City, Carl becomes a useless superhero with limited powers, known as Hoverman. With the help of a talented, beautiful scientist and black-belt martial artist named Jane, Hoverman fights crime against an equally unimpressive villain: the mysterious X.

Dino Bone

Directed by Jordan Powers, Sam Durkin

After seeing a suggestive fossil of two dinosaurs “getting it on,” an anxious father tells his curious son a series of little white lies to avoid having The Talk. Ultimately the son believes his father’s last excuse, then reveals what he thought they were doing all along.

Flowing Home (Nhu môt dòng sông)

Directed by Sandra Desmazières

After the fall of Saigon in 1975, Thao leaves Vietnam with her uncle. Her sister Saoi Maï remains with their parents, hoping they will soon be reunited. But their separation lasts nearly 20 years. Thao and Sao Maï exchange letters about their everyday lives, their memories, the war, and its ghosts.

Splish Splash (Cipak Cipuk – Indonesian Title)

Directed by Andra Fembriarto

Two bickering siblings unite to fight pirates who want to steal the precious Sun Pearl necklace that’s needed…