2012 film guide

Hart Snider

Can one game change everything?  This autobiographical animation explores the transformation possible when urban Jewish kids and rural youth brought up with anti-Semitism, meet on the courts and dispel mutual distrust and stereotypes.

Amy Lockhart

A collage artist endeavours to complete his work while interpreting and translating the beauty of toiling hand and the action of scissors.


Metal objects of the past come to life in the depths of the sea.

Rio Fitch

During an afternoon of play a young boy must use his wits and creativity to recover from a minor tragedy.

Charlotte Blacker

This is a short stop-motion, knitted adventure about a boy and his cat who travel far and wide to deliver parcels in their little red plane.

Joram Lürsen
The Netherlands

Original title: Het geheim
Ben Stikker and his father are huge fans of magic and spend their time trying to perfect and perform the tricks for their act Stikker and Son. Their hero is well-known magician Hans Smid, who Ben wishes to emulate. At a public performance, Ben and his assistant Sylvie attempt a new disappearing act that seems to work too well. Sylvie promptly vanishes and can't be found.

Soon reality and illusion begin to blur as Ben is forced to confront whether he truly has magical powers or if something is at work that has yet to reveal itself. With his family falling apart, and the media and Sylvie's family scrutinizing his every move, he is confident that the great Hans Smid will come to his rescue. The Magicians is an accomplished and exciting film, with great performances by its young leads, and an exciting mystery at its heart that will keep the audience engaged.

Themes: reality vs. illusion, family relationships, magic, and economic class.
Recommended for grades 2-5/ ages 8+

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Trailer in Dutch

Gary Hawes

After his mutt accidentally eats some loose change, a man is soon bewildered to discover that his furry companion has passed the currency with compounded interest.

Jay White

Pastel animal-people endure hard labour to keep the machinery of a dystopian world running. Everything is going according to plan until the yellow mouse listens to his heart, and changes their world forever.

Simone van Dusseldorp
The Netherlands

Original title: Briefgeheim
In this adaptation of the successful children’s book by Jan Terlouw, eleven-year-old Eva runs away from her quarrelling parents and hides out with her best friends Jackie and Thomas. However, when Eva discovers a secret letter that reveals her neighbour Mr. Brandsema to be the mastermind of a gang of crooks, she and her friends realize that they’re the only ones who can stop the bad guys. In Dutch with English subtitles.
Rated PG (brief scene of gun violence). Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Themes: Friendship, mystery, adventure
** Winner of the Jury Prize, Best Dutch Children’s Film, Cinekid 2010 **
There will be a FREE animation workshop from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Vancity Atrium.
Review in the Georgia Straight
Tulip TV review (in English or Dutch)
Sunday, March 4
Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street (Davie St), Vancouver
doors at 1:00pm, FREE ANIMATION WORKSHOP at 1:30

Helio Villela Nunes

A farm boy abandons his work to help a city boy who’s trying to recover his toy, a remote control airplane. Together they go through adventures and face obstacles while a great friendship begins to flourish.