The Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival (TICFF) is a biennial event founded by Public Television Service (PTS) since 2004.
This is the first film and television festival in Asia dedicated entirely to children at the age of 4-12.
In this year´s edition, two of the entries competing for best animated short are stop motion animated: The Kite, by Martin Smatana, (Czech Republic, Slovakia / Poland) and Teofrastus, by Sergei Kibus (Estonia).
¡Check the trailers!:
Sergei Kibus clay animation story follows the story of an adopted cat that gets lost. As he says, it´s “about the importance of finding your place and caring about each other in our world that is whirling too quickly.”
This cloth animated short film takes us to a young kid and his grandpa, and the relationship they have.
As the Filmmaker describes it in his page:
“The Kite is a short puppet animated film for kids. It talks about the issue of death, but in a simple metaphoric and symbolic way. It tries to explain the fact that none of us are here forever and all living creatures must die, but on the other hand, to show, that someone’s journey doesn’t have to end with death.”
Both short films techniques are crafted beautifully, and attempt to explain though issues to children in a simple way.
The 9th edition of TICFF is scheduled for April 2020 in Taipei; stay tuned to the awards through their page.