Animation for Kids 8+


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

This selection alternates big themes and existential musings with essential hilarity, showcasing a dozen terrific short films from all corners of our big wide world.

Certain to stimulate and charm both sharp young minds and indie animation-loving grown-ups.

1 mètre/heure

France | 2018| Nicolas Deveaux

At an airport, on the wing of an aeroplane, a troupe of snails perform a magnificent choreographed dance.


The Netherlands | 2017 | Bastiaan Schravendeel

When Esra misses her train, a discarded classic cube tries to get her attention.


Germany | 2017 | Robert Löbel

Two characters are intrinsically linked as they influence each other with every move they make.

Listen Papa!

Russia | 2019 | Olga Poliektova & Tatiana Poliektova

A letter from a boy to his father shares all that had once been kept unspoken.

Best Laid Plans

USA | 2017 | John Morena

Follow the ups and downs of a Rube Goldberg contraption.

Vivat Musketeers!

Russia | 2017 | Anton Dyakov

The world is about to perish, everything seems hopeless. But then a real hero steps forward – a brave musketeer without fear!

Do Not Touch!

Czech Republic | 2017 | Pavel Endrle

One room. One button. And one sign that clearly says, ‘do not touch’. What to do?

Lost & Found

Russia | 2018 | Andrew Goldsmith & Bradley Slabe

A dinosaur must unravel itself to maintain a tight-knit friendship.

A Good Heart

Russia | 2018 | Evgeniya Jirkova

The life of a prehistoric family is upset, little by little, by the arrival of numerous uninvited friends.

The Skellingtons of Wellington

New Zealand | 2019 | Ruth Templer

The Skellingtons ride – but if you look closely there is nobody there.


UK | 2018 | Joe Wood

A successful gym session is all about maintaining excellent rhythm.

Running Lights

Finland / India / Lithuania | 2017 | Gediminas Siaulys

A magical transfer of glowing energy and life is set in motion when one creature departs its earthly form.

Session Times

Sat 24 August 2019
12:00 pm
No Comps