2018 West Chester Family Film Festival

The West Chester Family Film Festival is presented by the West Chester Friends School.  Our Family Film Festival Venue is Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center.

The West Chester Family Film Festival is a selection of films appropriate for children 10 & under presented on Saturday morning. It includes films submitted by all filmmakers, including student and young filmmakers, from around the world. This showing is not part of the judged competition, and there are no awards for this category.

This year, our West Chester Family Film Festival will be shown on Saturday, April 28 at 9:30 am at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, located at 226 N High St, West Chester, PA 19380.

Blows with the Wind
Hazhir As’adi/Iran/Student Animation/6:30

A clever animation from Iran depicting a scarecrow as it comes to life to fight the challenges of nature.

Layers of Fear
Hsin-Ying Liu/Englnd/Youg Filmmaker Animation/North American Premiere/3:28

Layers of fear is a short animation that explores the boundary between real world and dreams in the mind of a child as he’s experiencing a typical childhood trauma and how his dreams are influenced by it. The project is stemmed from the premise that dreams can be used as a source of inspiration in a creative field.

Mary & Marsha in the Manor of Madness
Kris Theorin/US/Student Drama/3:00

Sinister secrets await as Mary helps her girlfriend Marsha escape from her parent’s gothic mansion one dark and eldritch night. This hand drawn and digitally animated ‘one shot’ film takes us on a Lovecraftian escapade through the Manor of Madness. Our goal with this film was to combine the creeping horror of H.P. Lovecraft with the wacky action of classic Saturday morning cartoons. This bizarre juxtaposition of styles helps emphasize both the weirdness of the horror and the silliness of the humor. Also the idea of “Scooby-doo chases in H.P. Lovecraft” is just inherently funny, to us at least. The “side-scrolling” cinematography both suited the 2D animation and helped emphasize the eerie atmosphere of the mansion surroundings. It also makes it easy to understand where everything is in relationship to each other during the chaotic chase sequences.

Ege Erkol/Turkey/Young Filmmaker Drama/World Premiere/3:01

A young boy regrets a bad decision regarding a chocolate bar.

Snack List
Alyce Rogers/FL/US/Young Filmmaker Comedy/U.S. Premiere/6:34

‘The Snack List’ is a cute short film about a few kids who run a snack business at their summer camp. They soon learn they have competition and set out to take their rivals down.

The Man with a Plan
Gabe Schmidt/OH/US/Young Filmmaker Animation/U.S. Premiere/4:18

A bank robber with a master plan faces a wannabe superhero.

The Pirate Cruncher
Paul Conner/CO/US/Animation/World Premiere/9:58

One night in Port Royal a band of pirates meets an old fiddler with a map leading to treasure. As they set out across the sea they learn that the treasure is guarded by a monster called the Pirate Cruncher and that not everything is what it seems.

Ukaliq & Kalla Go Fishing
Nadia Mike/Canada/Animation/5:01

Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing is a story of two unlikely friends–a lemming and an Arctic hare–that decide to spend the day together ice fishing.  The lemming embodies the calm, thoughtful nature of traditional hunters and those that live in the Arctic.  This is contrasted with the well-meaning, but impatient Arctic rabbit.  This is a fun, educational story that shows how important it is to be kind, thoughtful, and prepared for whatever comes.