PARTY MIX 2014: Best of 2014 New York International Children’s Film Fest

Director(s): Pester Vácz, Rob Shaw, Ant Blades, Anna Khmelevskaya, Bin-Ha To, Jakob Schuh, Patrick McHale, Pierre Luc Granjon, Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo
Country: Multi-national
Language: Some w/ English subtitles
Multiple Film Types | 2011-13 | 71 min
Recommended for ages 8+

Being part of a national community of prestigious film festivals, PCFF invites short film compilations from other quality festivals be part of our program. For five years running, we have presented The New York International Children’s Film Festival’s (held in March) venerated PARTY MIX reel. This show is always popular so arrive early!

Rabbit and Deer
Best friends Rabbit and Deer share everything, including a love of hot chocolate with marshmallows, but their friendship is challenged by the discovery of a third dimension.
Hungary, 2013 / no dialogue / Dir. Pester Vácz / 16 min

Portlandia: Rat’s Book
Tired of the way rats are always getting slandered by humans, a trio of hipster rodents decides to write a book telling their side of the story. Featuring the voices of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.
USA, 2013 / Dir. Rob Shaw / 3.5 min

A simple shopping trip goes horribly wrong.
UK, 2013 / Dir. Ant Blades / 2 min

The Centipede and the Toad
In a far away forest, all the other creatures, admire the gracious, lissome Centipede except for old Toad, who is haughty and jealous and hates him. Based on the 19th century poem “The Centipede’s Dilemma,” this deliciously devious animated fable illustrates how our unconscious actions can be disrupted by conscious reflection.
France, 2012 / In English / Dir. Anna Khmelevskaya / 10 min

The Princess, the Prince and the Greed-Eyed Dragon
The Prince just wants to read his newspaper. The Princess is looking for some excitement. A thoughtful dragon is searching for a useful birthday present for his grandmother. In the end, they each get what they deserve.
Germany, 2011 (w/ English subtitles) / Dir. Bin-Ha To and Jakob Schuh / 7 min

Tome of the Unknown
This is a slightly twisted tale from Adventure Time creative director, Patrick McHale, featuring the vocal talents of Elijah Wood. Two brothers and their smart-mouthed bird find themselves lost in a mysterious place called the Unknown. Tired of walking, they decide to borrow a car made of vegetables from a rustic country singer, and head off to the big city.
USA, 2013 / Dir. Patrick McHale / 8 min

The Big Beast 
A legend says that a huge beast will come to eat you when you least expect it.
France, 2013 (w/ English subtitles) / Dir. Pierre Luc Granjon / 7 min

The Dam Keeper
In a desolate future, a small town’s survival depends on a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates, the dam’s young operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. But when a new student joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.
USA, 2013 / Dirs. Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo / 18 min