First Fortnight in partnership with IFI Family is delighted to present this inaugural family programme of 8 short films promoting positive mental health for children.

Runtime 70 mins. Age Recommended 8+

Join us for the inaugural First Fortnight IFI Family event. This especially curated programme offers different stories of positive mental health through animations and live action short films. Dealing with school, friendship, bereavement, starting out or learning how to be your best, these terrific films from different countries will have you and your young viewers leaving with a smile.


The Pig on the Hill (2017) by John Helms & Jamie Wheless (USA) 5min53

Pig was used to living a peaceful and quiet life, alone on his hill. When a new neighbor, Duck, arrives, Pig is unsettled but slowly an unlikely friendship begins to take shape.  


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Dear Henri (2017) by Matthew Sandager (USA) 12min37

Nine-year-old Henri has recently lost her beloved namesake and pen pal – Grandpa Henry. In her own imaginative way, she sends him messages and waits for a response. A sensitive film that combines live action and stop-motion animation to delightful effect.


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Threads/ Tråder (2017) by Torill Kove (Norway/Canada) 8min49

A touching animated story on the bond formed between parent and child, and how growing up changes this relationship.


Departure (2017) by Aoife Doyle (Ireland) 9min15

From award-winning studio Pink Kong comes this story of an Irish grandmother, Alma, who through a series of fortunate mishaps breaks free from her lonely life.


Kuap (2018) by Nils Hedinger (Switzerland) 7min37

In a brightly coloured pool, a young tadpole begins to feel out of place when he fails to develop into a frog. Over the course of a year, the tadpole learns to accept himself and makes a few friends along the way, showing that everyone has their own pace.


Riceballs (2016) by Shingo Usami (Australia) 10min19

After his Australian wife dies, Kenji attempts to cheer up his son by encouraging him to connect with his Japanese roots through food and the art of traditional cooking.


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The Basket/ Tokri (2018) by Suresh Eriyat (India) 15min

Set in India, this highly original claymation tells the story of a young girl, who after accidentally breaking her father’s pocket-watch, seeks to right this mistake by raising the money herself to repair it.


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Weeds (2017) by Kevin Hudson (USA) 2min48

A flower must make a long trek across the hot pavement to get to a healthier garden so that it can bloom. A delightful short showing us how for many people, moving to a new place is necessary for them to flourish.



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