Hooray! It’s that time of year again – no, not Christmas, Easter, Eid, Diwali, sakura, Mabon, Gurupurab – although those are all well worth looking forward to. No. We’re talking about the Norwich Film Festival 2019.

And surprise, surprise, we’re sponsoring the Animated Shorts for Kids, like we did last year. How could we resist? It’s our industry. It’s our love. Our passion. More than that, it’s our city. So count us in.

There’s a lovely, colourful, surprising and sincere selection of award-winning animations on show. Some of them BAFTA nominated, others not, but all are worth watching and have something to say. Sometimes moving. Sometimes funny. Always interesting. That’s what we think of this year’s 13 animated shorts for kids (for ages 7 – 12).

Here’s a little taster to whet your appetite…

Lynx and Birds is a twist in the feathery tail where the predator becomes… the prey?

Via is a poetic journey through the landscape of life.

Shaken and stirred but not deterred, Hey Deer is the tale of one very persistent deer.

Sweet Tooth is the story of a curious, hand-drawn cat with, well, a sweet tooth.

Pigs can’t fly, but what about lemurs? Two Balloons is the ring-tailed airborne adventure of two love-struck lemurs bound for reunion.

A horse, a rider and… origami… in a Western? The Magnificent Seven ain’t got nothin’ on this. The Cloaked Rider is #6 on the list.

A little girl’s black and white world turns bright and beautiful. Uka was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 31st edition of the Goya Awards 2017.

Rain, rain, go away… The Green Bird is a multi-nominated gold award-winning graduation film that will show you what it means to take care of something precious, no matter how much it rains.

Assuming you think we really went there in the first place, Back to the Moon will take you there again.

Lost & Found – self-sacrifice has never been so wooly, Jurassic or profound.

What mountain rescue would be complete without salami, parmesan and a slightly anxious wounded climber in need of assistance? That’s Hors Piste for you.

If You Fall is the story of a stay-at-home painter dad, a busy news reporter mum, a little girl learning to ride a bike and an annoying brother – what could possibly go wrong, or right?

And last, but not least comes Outdoors… Because sometimes losing things is the best thing that can happen to a guinea pig and cockatoo.

So… if you fancy joining in and supporting the festival, grab a ticket or two here.

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