Montana International Children's Film Festival










Montana International Children's Film Festival - Films for Children of All Ages

Movies Shown During the 2017 Festival

The list below provides more detailed imformation and related links to the great short and full length features that were shown at our festival this March. Check back for updated information on this years festival.

MCIFF 2017 Movies - Short Films

2 Girls

by Jeo Baby, India
Malayalam, subtitles: Yes
This movie portraits the issues of the women all over the world through the thoughts of two 6th grade students named Achu and Anagha.

A Minute

by Javier Macipe, Spain
Spanish, subtitles: Yes
María spends her days trying to collect signatures against a law she considers unfair, but nobody has time to listen to her. When she starts getting desperate, she meets Alejandro, who has a present for her.

Autumn of Zao

by Nikolaus Roche-Kresse, Spain
Spanish, subtitles: Yes
Zao is a little boy with an incurable disease, who lives in a house beside a lake. A little girl, Cloe, leads him through the forest and tells him the legend of the lake monster. Beyond the pain, death and time, The Autumn of ZAO is a hymn to dream, life and childhood.


by Ken Kimmelman, USA
English, subtitles: No
Brushstrokes is a humorous animated film against prejudice. It shows contempt is the cause of racism and all prejudice. Through a prejudice green brushstroke, we see that secret thing--contempt--walk the floor, as we also see how hurtful contempt is and how ridiculous it looks.

Calvin's Shoe

by Joseph Fraizer, USA
English, subtitles: No
There is something unusual about Calvin’s Shoe. It seems to be a world unto itself. Calvin and Enzo find themselves in a deep, blue-walled canyon. They explore this maze-like place, discover strange sights, and encounter unexpected creatures. Come along with them on this adventure.


by Véronique Girard, Canada
Music Only, subtitles: No
Chiaroscuro is a playful stop-motion ode to the radiant colours of the human voice.

Chicken Film

by Rob Butterworth, Canada
Music Only, subtitles: No
If this place and memory and time have an iridescence, could I find a way to preserve it? Eyes left; the garden. Eyes right; the chickens. Eyes forward; Lexie and the guitar. It’s a film I exclaimed and I leapt to my feet to grab my Bolex camera.

Course of Nature

by Lucy Xue and Paisley Manga, USA
English, subtitles: No
In a world where rain is produced by puppy-like rain clouds, Mother Nature's young daughter sets them free to save them from evaporation.


by Jun Yang, USA
English, subtitles: No
A young elementary school boy draws a cube in art class. Through his drawing, he struggles between expressing himself and following societal norms.

Engulfed by Destiny in Skopelos

by Erika Polasek, Greece
English, subtitles: No
Life doesn't always turn out the way you expect it.

First Snow

by Lenka Ivančíková and Dita Knotová, Czech Republic
Music Only, subtitles: No
First snow is a fairy tale about the curious little Hedgehog who gets lost in snowy woods and so he heads out for a dangerous adventure to find his den.

Five Sheep

by Maria Stepanova and Gerasimov Alexander, Russian Federation
Russian, subtitles: Yes
This is a story about an ill-conceived decision, a pretty princess and five rescue sheep

Friendship Bracelet

by Dimitris Andjus and Kalliopi villy Kotoula, Greece
Modern Greek, subtitles: Yes
Alice is a 12 year old, looking for her lost father. A friendship bracelet will help her find him. The bracelet eventually will unite her parents with the bond of solidarity.

A Gift for Abuelo

by Gail Evenari, USA/Mexico
English, subtitles: No
This poignant and beautiful tale is about a young boy, who transforms from potential predator to fierce protector of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles that nest on the beach near his home.


by Tom Teller, USA
English, subtitles: No
A solitary dish washing robot living out his life in the back room of a restaurant is enlightened to the world that exists beyond his four walls, with the help of a small friend he breaks free of confinement to pursue his dream of exploration.

I am not a Mouse

by Evgenia Golubeva, United Kingdom
English, subtitles: No
Every time Lucy is called 'Mouse' by her Mum, she turns into a real mouse! What is Lucy going to do?


by Debashis Roy, India
Bengali, subtitles: Yes
Rich, arrogant Soumya bullies poor Aritra in and outside the school all year long. But, as Aritra tops the class and declares Soumya as his best friend openly at Annual School Function, Soumya is left speechless...


by Swati Sarkar, India
Hindi, subtitles: Yes
A naughty kid, Om who is able to see ghosts gets caught in school and punished by his new science teacher, Sushant. What will happen next? Will Om come school to take exams? Do ghosts exist?


by Boubaker Boukhari, United Arab Emirates
Purely visual, no dialogue, subtitles: No
Karouma has a unique gift that is striving to break through. If he can realize his gift he will be able to leave his parent’s nest to pursue his dreams and live his life in its full potential


by Julio García Escames, USA
English, subtitles: No
Tommy, a 5 years old kid, and his grandfather have to team up to face an alien invasion in their home.

Love Song of the Drone

by Brian J. Larson, USA
English, subtitles: No
An animated music video about the life (and love) cycles of a drone bee.


by Janneke Swinkels and Tim Frijsinger, Netherlands
Purely visual, no dialogue, subtitles: No
‘Mijndert’, a young man from the South of the Netherlands, is about to begin his first working day in the mines. We follow his trip to the mines and the descent deep under ground.

Miss Roboto

by Natasha Rindt, USA
English, subtitles: No
Unfulfilled with her life, a dishwashing robot gets inspiration from a dance show. Despite her purpose, she tries to do something that she wasn’t programmed to do… TO GROOVE!

My Little Sumo

by Ana María Méndez Salgado and Carlos Manrique Clavijo, Australia
English, Japanese, subtitles: No
Hi-ro-ko, Hiroko! Once little Australian girl Daisy gets a sumo name from her trainer Kenji, nothing will stop her in the quest to become a champion. But life doesn’t always go according to plan and Daisy learns that loss is something that brings a family together in their saddest moments.

“Parade” de Satie

by Koji Yamamura, Japan
English, French, Japanese, Spanish - Primarily music, subtitles: No
A Parade for 3 managers and 4 performers. Mixing quotes from French composer Erik Satie’s essays with the music Parade, this is an animated re-creation of realist ballet images going beyond reality.

Pawel The Polish Mouse Goes to The Moon

by Pawel Stec, United Kingdom
English, subtitles: No
Pawel The Polish Mouse has a dream to go to the Moon. The only person to help him build a rocket is John, his human friend. The dream comes true but leaves Pawel The Polish Mouse with a slight disappointment.


by Antje Heyn, Germany
Purely visual, no dialogue, subtitles: No
PAWO (Tibetan for »being brave«) is the magical adventure of a little toy figure, who finds herself in a curious world. Thanks to some strange companions, she gradually becomes aware of her strength and skills ...

Polka Dot

by Cynthia Pepper, USA
English, subtitles: No
Dott has a wild and wonderful imagination. She likes to be silly and she enjoys a good homonym. She can 'knot' say 'know' to ice cream. Sometimes she imagines being a very spoiled princess. Occasionally she plays the flute with a hummingbird. Every so often she floats like a mermaid up into a tree. Then Dott gets another idea: How about a party? Dott and all her friends gather to dance the afternoon away!


by Sosi Chamoun, Sweden
Swedish, subtitles: No
It is better to accept people for who they are and not what they wear...

Relativity Explained to Children

by Pierre Gaffié and Marilia Deloison, France
French, subtitles: Yes
Because he forgot a teacher's demand for the end of school term, a father makes a radical decision: explain Einstein's theory of relativity to Nicolas, his 8 years old son...


by Reza Golchin, Iran
Persian, primarily vishual, subtitles: No, not needed
A sshool day for a group of young children in a one-room school house in rural Iran.

Save the Earth

by Ruslan Bokach, Ukraine
Music only, subtitles: No
A musical using the shadows of the dancers bodies to show the need for all people on earth to stop and think about to what we are doing and what are the consequences of human activities on Earth.

School of Babel

by Julie Bertuccelli, France
French, subtitles: Yes
How to integrate into French society when you are a young immigrant newly arrived in Paris? Just join the school of La Grange aux Belles where, whether you are named Agnieszka, Eduardo, Kessa, Maryam or Youssef, you can improve your French and gradually adapt both to the French school system and to the way French people act and think...

Teen Chick

by Levente Mihalik, Canada
English, subtitles: No
Jennifer doesn't want to wait to grow up to be a teenager, she wants to be a teenager now.

The Cat and its Artist

by Maike Koller, Germany
Music and Visuals, subtitles: No
By chance, a stray cat lands in the apartment of an artist who excessively paints pictures of bananas. After rejection, a quarrel and a color fight, the cat and the artist eventually become successful and sell their paintings.

The Child and the Fairy of Light

by Alan Nóbrega, Brazil
All Music, subtitles: No, not needed
Suelen Maria, is a child of seven years, orphaned and living on the streets. When chased by a group of evil boys, the Fairy of Light appears, awakening in Suelen the feelings of friendship, solidarity and overcoming.

The Debt

by Helen Flanagan, Ireland
English, subtitles: No
When lovestruck ten year old Daithi falls for his beautiful and unattainable classmate Jessica he turns to his best friend Penny, a rough and tumble tomboy from a broken home, to help him win her heart.

The Dragon's Scale

by James Cunningham and Oliver Hilbert, New Zealand
English, subtitles: No
A warrior and his son are on a quest to fix the son’s stammer with a wish from a magic dragon. But the boy must teach his father that he’s all right as he is.

The Gift

by Kohei Kajisa, Japan
English, subtitles: No
Sara likes to do crafts with her best friend is Porter, the stuffed toy of a strange animal. Sara has a good idea, she will give her dad and mom a handcrafted gift on their anniversary...

The Hydrogen Song

by Brandon Ray, USA
English, subtitles: No
Hydrogen's a gas... the lightest that there is. But it's also a simple substance that can make an engine whiz!

The Tale of Smolicek

by Barbara Lackermeier, Germany
German, subtitles: Yes
The little laddie Smoliček lives with his grandfather in a cottage on the edge of a dark forest. A spell forces the grandfather to delay his existence as a deer. He exhorted Smoliček to lock the door well and not to let anyone in. All goes well. Up to the day a creepy old forest fairy is knocking...

Timun Mas

by Fritz Widjaja, Indonesia
English, subtitles: No
An old Indonesian fairy tale, a story of a widow who dreamed of having a child. She struck a deal with a giant and she was given a giant golden fruit. Inside the fruit was a baby girl and she was named Timun Mas. Little did the girl know, she must be given as an offering to the giant when she was of age. When the time comes the widow asks Timun Mas to run into the forest where her battle to change her fate begins.

Tiny Power

by Chen Chang, China
Music only, subtitles: No
Tiny Power tells the story of five microorganisms who save a fruit fly’s life.

Trial & Error

by Antje Heyn, Germany
English, subtitles: No
A film about a lost shirt button, perfectionist aunts, busy cats, startled parrots – and a long-lost friend.

Two Too Odd

by Dave Lojek, Austria
Music only, subtitles: No
A suitcase explores Vienna's suburbia and finds giant soap bubbles. It befriends the soap bubble girl. They create a show together.

Voller Kanton

by Patrick Schabus, Austria
Music only, subtitles: No
A rotoscoped musicvideo with live action parts. The music was composed by the internationally acclaimed Wladigeroff Brothers. In the film rotosoped dances from across the world are mixed together with film-noir stye real action scenes.

Zero M2

by Matthieu Landour, France
French, subtitles: Yes
After a series of unsuccessful flat-huntings in Paris, Paul finds himself finally moving into a nice and affordable studio. However, he soon notices that something must be clearly going wrong considering his neighbours´strange behaviours and the dubious noises during the night. Besides that, what if his apartment were shrinking?