World Competition

World Competition:The Spark: Films for Children


8.20 Sat. 10:00 @Great Hall
8.21 Sat. 12:00 @Medium Hall ※Only some films will be screened in Japanese dubbed version with live dubbing performance.
8.19 Fri. 13:30 @Yokogawa Cinema

Program Overview

This category is for works for children.


Isabelle Favez

In spite of the scary legends of what happens to hedgehogs that don't hibernate, Giuseppe decides not to sleep this year. But this winter, the snow doesn't arrive as expected. So Giuseppe and his two rabbit friends are going on a quest to find snow!

Isabelle Favez

Born in 1974 in Bern, Switzerland. 1994-99 Attends ZHdK (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), Film and Video Department. 1999 Receives degree from ZHdK. Works as independent animation filmmaker.

Tzu-Hsin Yang (Cindy Yang)

After hearing a trip proposal from grandma, Hao Hao and his grandparents venture on a journey to explore the fun places of Taichung, and certain locations that hold cherished memories of the past. The director made a successful attempt of telling a heart-warming Taiwanese family life story with original songs by combining unique art style with flowing animation.

Tzu-Hsin Yang (Cindy Yang)

Tzu-Hsin Yang, also known as Cindy Yang. She graduated from TNUA Animation Department and CalArts Character Animation Department. She loves bringing life experience into her work. Student films Noon and AND THEN were selected by Taipei Film Festival and several other international festivals. Her graduation film Dojile? received TIAF Student Grand Prix in 2020.

In Nature
Marcel Barelli

In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not know it, but homosexuality isn't just a human story.

Marcel Barelli

Barelli Marcel : Animation filmmaker.
Born in Lodrino (Switzerlan) in 1985.
Live and work in Geneva as filmmaker.

2021 Dans la nature (animated short documentary)
2018 Uno strano processo (animated short documentary)
2017 Ralph and the Dinosaurs (animated documentary series)
2016 Habitat (animated short documentary)
2015 Lucens (animated short documentary) 2013 Vigia (animated short)
2011 Gypaetus helveticus (animated short documentary)
2009 Peripheria (animated short)
2008 Bianconero (animated short)
2008 No Penguin's Land (animated short)

Miranda! - El arte de enamorarte
Dante Zaballa

Our main character faces with passion and self-confidence the arduous mission of recovering what he lost. Repentant but strengthened by the mistakes made in the past, he faces his fate to the rhythm of this reggae/pop/80s tune.

Dante Zaballa

Dante Zaballa is a self-taught animator and director from Argentina, who likes generating a colorful and psychedelic universe by experimenting with diverse techniques. His work is particularly dynamic, combining seemingly messy hand-drawn lines, raw shapes and flickering textures.

François Couperin. The Alarm Clock
Natalia Ryss

A little film about genesis

The idea of creating a musical-animated album belongs to Irina Margolina.
Classical composers’ works for children are performed by young musicians, students of Jacob Flier Children School of Arts. My little movie is one episode from "Children's Album. Film 1. BAROQUE AND ROMANTICISM"

Natalia Ryss

Creator of animated and experimental shorts.
Works as an independent filmmaker and in collaboration with different producers.
Prefers non-conventional structure of narration, uses expressive editing and mixing of art-techniques.

A Town Called Panic: The Summer Holidays
Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier
Belgium, France

School is over. Indian and Cowboy are getting bored. They decide to build a boat and set out in search of adventure. But their first attempt is a disaster. With the help of the animals, they finally manage to inaugurate their proud vessel. But of course, nothing will happen as planned…

Vincent Patar, Stéphane Aubier

Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier met at the Saint-Luc Fine-Arts Institut in Liege, Belgium. In 1986, they both entered La Cambre (ENSAV) art school in Brussels where they obtained their diploma in 1991. They directed their first short film “Pic Pic Andre Shoow” in 1988, where they laid the foundations of their crazy universe. In 2001, they created “A Town Called Panic” where they animated small miniatures having absurd and wacky adventures.