Animation for Kids 4+


Animation is such an engaging art form -perfect for inspiring the wide-open imaginations of our youngest NZIFF audience members.

Not that the inspiration stops there – these thirteen eclectic and entertaining films from New Zealand and abroad are sure to appeal to both the young and young at heart.


UK | 2018 | Hend Esmat & Lamiaa Diab

Little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play in a flipped world where the roles of kids and adults are switched.


Switzerland | 2018 | Nils Hedinger

It can be hard feeling like you’re different from those around you. One little tadpole realises that growth and transformation happen in their own good time.

Tony the Tiny Pony

New Zealand | 2019 | Ned Wenlock

Listen up cowboys, cowgirls and cow-everybody else too: gather round to hear the story of a tiny pony named Tony.

Saturday’s Apartment

South Korea | 2018 | Jeon Seungbae

Noisy neighbour antics make life quarrelsome for a bunch of apartment dwellers – is peaceful coexistence possible?


Germany | 2017 | Julia Ocker

This sleepy sloth really, really, really wants an ice-cream – but is he way too slow?

Doll’s Letters

Russia | 2016 | Natalia Gropfel

When a little girl is devastated after losing her doll, her new pal comes up with an inventive way to help her navigate her loss.

Monsters Don’t Exist

Denmark | 2017 | Ilaria Angelini, Luca Barberis Organista & Nicola Bernardi

Trying to beat the boredom of detention, two frenemies engage in an epic battle for monster supremacy.

Mister Paper Goes Out for a Walk

France | 2018 |Ben Tesseur, Steven De Beul

With trusty scissors in hand, Mister Paper crafts his ideal world – and perfect stroll.

Preschool Poets: Supergirl

USA | 2018 | Nancy Kangas & Josh Kun

Penny is a poet who shares the many ways she wants to be super.

The Swimming Lesson

Russia | 2017 | Tatyana Okruzhnova

Captivated by aquatic adventure stories, a brave kid soon must put his swimming skills to the test.


Russia | 2018 | Sergei Ryabov

Long journeys are loads more fun if you have a board game and a friend to play it with. Except, of course, if your opponent has an annoying winning streak!

The Man With Birds

France | 2017 | Quentin Marcault

On a lonely mountain, a changing of the guard is getting underway.

Big Finds A Trumpet 2017

UK | 2017 | Dan Castro

When Big finds a new toy to play with, Tiny isn’t very happy about it. A film about trumpets and people who you like who are also annoying.