I attended the Sunday morning short films session at the Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival (BAICFF) at the Chabot Space & Science Center. There were nine films that came from all over the world, as far away as Taiwan and Belgium. All but one of the films were animated. Some of them looked like they were hand drawn, while others used computer animation. Only two of the nine used language. The films dealt with diverse themes; some explored universal human experiences, while others told unique stories.
I particularly enjoyed A Festive Wind by Marjolaine Ee from Switzerland. It told the story of a brass band concert and competition. I really liked how it used simple pencil drawings to effectively convey humor and emotion.
Another film that I found entertaining was A Priori by Maïté Schmitt from France. I like this film because it described an entire character arc in a few short minutes. In it, the protagonist had to face his fear of bats, and even befriend one in order to save his books from being eaten by moths.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the film festival. In the interest of brevity, I haven’t described every film that I saw. However, all of the films were interesting, entertaining, and worth seeing. I highly recommend attending the BAICFF.