SLIFF/Kids Children's Film Festival

Aug 1st to Aug 10th

Cinema St. Louis presents SLIFF/Kids, the Second Annual St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival, which will be held from Aug. 1-10, 2014. SLIFF/Kids is underwritten by PNC Arts Alive.

The films screened at SLIFF/Kids include international and American-independent narrative features (both animated and live action) and shorts programs. Although the programs are pitched to children and young teens ages 6-16, older teens and adults will find the films equally appealing. When appropriate, the recommended minimum age for attendees will be provided with the program descriptions. All film programs will be free.

SLIFF/Kids will feature film programs on the fest’s two weekends (Aug. 1-3 and Aug. 8-10). Venues will include Webster University (evening of Aug. 1), Saint Louis Art Museum (evening of Aug. 8), COCA (evenings of Aug. 2-3 and 9-10), St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library (afternoons of Aug. 2-3 and 9-10), Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Ill. (afternoons of Aug. 3 and 10), and Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. (afternoons of Aug. 2 and 9).

Download a PDF version of the program here.



Shawn Krause joined Pixar Animation Studios’ Shorts Department in October 1994 and was eventually brought on as a layout artist and animator for  Pixar’s first feature, “Toy Story.” He then went on to work as an animator on a number of Pixar’s feature films, including “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,”  “Monster, Inc.,” and “Cars.” Krause also was an animator for the Academy Award®-winning features “Finding Nemo” and “The Incredibles.” In addition to  his work on feature films, Krause contributed his animation talents to the short film “Jack-Jack Attack,” which was released on the DVD of “The  Incredibles.” He took a short break from working on film to head up the animation team on the creation of “The Seas with Nemo and Friends,” an attraction  at the Epcot Theme Park at Walt Disney World in Florida. Krause served as directing animator on the Academy Award®-winning feature “Up” and most recently completed working as supervising animator on Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2.” He is currently working as a supervising animator on Pixar’s upcoming film “Inside Out.” Shawn graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in art and went on to study character animation at California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). He currently lives in the East Bay with his wife, son, and daughter. Shawn remains proud of his St. Louis roots and provides the following bona fides: “I love toasted ravioli and Imo’s Pizza. I say the word ‘warsh’ sometimes. I still listen to KSHE 95 (tuning into Lern and John Ulett on my iPhone in the morning). I try to catch Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill whenever I’m in. I enjoy listening to blues in Soulard, going to the Central West End, stopping into Killer Vintage guitar shop, and grabbing Ted Drewes in the summer.”

 A native St. Louisan – and major Cardinals fan – Brad Schiff serves as the animation supervisor at LAIKA Studios, the award-winning company behind  “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and the upcoming “The Boxtrolls.” Before making his creative contributions to LAIKA’s films, Brad cut his teeth on a number of  popular American television series, including MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “The PJs,” and “Gary & Mike.” In 2001, Brad brought home a Primetime  Emmy® Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on “Gary & Mike.” Brad’s commercial-directing clients have included the  NFL on Fox, Nintendo, and Samsung. In 2004, Brad worked as an animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” the first of what has turned out to be a series  of Academy Award®-nominated features that includes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” As a youngster in St. Louis, Brad grew up in Clayton. His family then moved to Town & Country, where he attended Parkway West. Although Brad’s busy schedule only allows a hometown visit once a year or so, when in St. Louis he always indulges in pizza from Imo’s and a “famous roast beef sandwich” from Lion’s Choice – he calls both “a must.” If he’s here in the summer, Brad is certain to catch a Cards game at Busch Stadium; if he’s here in winter, he journeys to Savvis Center to root for the Blues. 

Filmmaking Camps and Teen Workshop

With the participation of both Lindenwood and Webster universities, free Filmmaking Camps on live action and animation will be held at the St. Louis Public Library’s Creative Experience on the fest’s weekdays (Aug. 4-8). In addition, free Advanced Filmmaking Camps (for teens with previous experience) will be held the week after SLIFF/Kids (Aug. 11-15) at both the St. Louis Public Library’s Creative Experience (documentary camp) and Lindenwood University (live-action camp). Before SLIFF/Kids officially begins, from July 28-Aug. 1, COCA will offer a filmmaking camp in which participants will create a 3- to 5-minute digital short that could serve as a pilot for a longer digital series; cost is $250. And on Aug. 9, a full-day Teen Workshop on the Art of Animation will be held at the Saint Louis Art Museum; there will be a $75 charge for this workshop ($50 for Saint Louis Art Museum members).

Click here for details on the free Basic Filmmaking Camps, Advanced Filmmaking Camps, and Teen Workshop. 

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For more information on PNC Arts Alive and the other 2014 grant recipients, visit Thanks to PNC Arts Alive for the wonderful gift that makes SLIFF/Kids possible.

Film Programs

Fri, Aug 1 at 7:00pm
Director: Charlie Chaplin
120 min. (approx.)
SLIFF/Kids kicks off with a laugh-filled evening of slapstick fun both on screen and on stage. The program features live music and clown performances, and a quartet of classic silent-film shorts by Charlie...

Appropriate for all ages.
The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra’s Matt Pace accompanies the films on piano, and live clowning is provided before and after the films by Circus Kaput’s Oh My Gosh Josh.

Sat, Aug 2 at 10:30am
Director: Adrià García & Víctor Maldonado
Spain/France, 2007, 88 min., animated, in English

Visually stunning and wildly inventive, this film explores the mystery of the night in a sweeping nocturnal adventure full of “Alice in Wonderland”-like characters and moody, dream-inspired landscapes. When a young...

Appropriate for all ages

Shown With:
Sat, Aug 2 at 12:30pm
Director: Dan Chuba & Mark Dippé
U.S., 2014, 81 min., animated, in English

Based on the first book of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s extraordinarily popular series – with more than 50 million books sold worldwide – “The Boxcar Children” is a tale of family togetherness that relates the touching...

Appropriate for all ages

Sat, Aug 2 at 1:00pm
Sat, Aug 9 at 12:30pm
Sun, Aug 10 at 1:00pm
Director: Robin & Kevin Nations
U.S., 2013, 87 min., live action, in English

Dora Madison Burge (“Friday Night Lights”) stars as Madison, a spoiled big-city 16-year-old with a full teenage social life. But when her mom is deployed overseas for three months, Maddy is sent to live with her hard...

Appropriate for all ages

Shown With:
Minimum Max
Sat, Aug 2 at 2:30pm
Director: Robert Stevenson
U.S., 1964, 139 min., live action and animated, in English

Released from the Disney Vault in celebration of its 50th Anniversary, this beloved classic shines like never before with an all-new digital restoration. Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Actress (Julie...

Appropriate for all ages

Sat, Aug 2 at 7:00pm
Director: Chris Butler & Sam Fell
Presentation and film 120 min. (approx.) Film - U.S., 2012, 92 min., animated, in English
SLIFF/Kids celebrates the astonishing work of LAIKA Studios, creators of the upcoming “The Boxtrolls,” which premieres in theaters on Sept. 26, and the Oscar®-nominated stop-motion features “ParaNorman” (2012)...

Appropriate for ages 8 and older

Sun, Aug 3 at 1:00pm
Sat, Aug 9 at 1:00pm
Sat, Aug 9 at 7:00pm
Director: Koji Masunari
Japan, 2010, 136 min., animated, in English

With an intergalactic cast of thousands, Koji Masunari’s colorfully explosive debut feature sets a new high for visual spectacle and sheer inventiveness of character design – in what has to be one of the most...

Appropriate for ages 8 and older

Sun, Aug 3 at 1:30pm
Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Japan, 2014, 99 min., animated, in English

“Patema Inverted,” from “Time of Eve” director Yasuhiro Yoshiura, is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-...

Appropriate for ages 8 and older

Sun, Aug 3 at 3:30pm
Director: Alfredo Soderguit
Uruguay, 2013, 80 min., animated, in Spanish with English subtitles

Ten-year-old girl Anina Yatay Salas doesn’t like her name. It’s a triple palindrome – each of her three names reads the same both forward and backward – and its unusual nature is the cause of teasing in the school...

Appropriate for ages 8 and older

Shown With:
The Orphan and the Polar Bear
Sun, Aug 3 at 7:00pm
Director: Katja von Garnier
Germany, 2013, 101 min., live action, in German with English subtitles

Fourteen-year-old Mika is looking forward to the best time of the year – summer camp – but when she fails to pass her end-of-year exams, she’s instead exiled to her grandmother’s stables in the country to study....

Appropriate for ages 8 and older

Fri, Aug 8 at 7:00pm
90 min. (approx.)

In this special program, supervising animator Shawn Krause – a St. Louis native and 20-year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios – will take audiences behind the scenes of the studio and talk about his personal path to...

Appropriate for ages 8 and older

Sat, Aug 9 at 10:30am
Director: Various directors
95 min. (approx.), in English or wordless (except for “Mungge,” in German with English subtitles)
SLIFF/Kids offers a selection of family-friendly shorts from around the globe. As an added treat, the shorts produced by participants in the fest’s Filmmaking Camps will screen as part of the program.

Appropriate for all ages

Sat, Aug 9 at 2:30pm
Director: Alê Abreu
Brazil, 2013, 80 min., animated, wordless

Cuca lives a life of quiet wonder, exploring all that the countryside has to offer. But his cozy life is shattered when his father leaves for the city, prompting Cuca to embark on a quest to reunite his family. The...

Appropriate for all ages

Shown With:
Bon Voyage
Sun, Aug 10 at 1:30pm
Director: Brad Bird
U.S., 2004, 115 min., animated, in English

Shawn Krause – a St. Louis native and 20-year veteran of Pixar Animation Studios – introduces and discusses “The Incredibles,” the 2005 Oscar® winner for Best Animated Feature Film. Known to the world as the...

Appropriate for all ages

Sun, Aug 10 at 7:00pm
Director: Xavier Koller
Germany, 2013, 100 min., live action, in German with English subtitles

In a remote 19th-century Swiss mountain village, 14-year-old Giorgio leads a harsh but happy life until the day his mother has a serious accident. The only way his father can pay the doctor is by selling Giorgio to...

Appropriate for all ages