Figuring out who we are and what matters to us most is a lifelong practice that inevitably starts in our youth. In this mixed bag of narrative, documentary and animated shorts, meet a captivating group of real and fictional young characters who are finding their voice, their purpose, their values—and their wings. Prepare for take-off!
Golden Age Karate
Director Sindha Agha | US 2021 | 5 min
Jeff Wall is a teenage martial-arts pro excited to share his passion for the dojo with an unlikely group of students: senior citizens.
Try to Fly
Directors The Affolter Brothers | Canada 2020 | 8 min
When a baby owl gets pushed from her nest, it triggers a darkly comic existential crisis that takes her from anxiety to ambition in rapid succession.
Director Kyung Sok Kim | US 2020 | 19 min
In 1999 Novato, two best friends struggle with a forced separation when their trailer park is evacuated due to a water contamination crisis.
Are You Okay?
Director Ryan Cannon | US 2021 | 9 min
This animated tale addresses the rampant problem of cyber-bullying, highlighting the positive impact bystanders can have by simply reaching out to support their peers.
Matilda and the Spare Head
Director Ignas Meilūnas | Lithuania 2020 | 13 min | in Lithuanian with English subtitles
A drive to be the smartest person in the world leads Matilda and her mom to the misguided conclusion that two heads would actually be better than one.
Generation Impact: The Coder
Director Samantha Knowles | US 2021 | 7 min
Meet 13-year-old Jay Jay Patton, who designed and built a mobile app to help kids send photos and letters to their incarcerated parents.
Director James Latimer | Japan 2021 | 7 min | in Japanese with English subtitles
Kata introduces us to the incredible spirit and unique talent of tween Mahiro Takano, a national karate champion in Japan.
Director Bryan Buckley | US 2021 | 8 min | in various languages with English subtitles
Twelve inspiring children from around the world are asked: Who are the role models for mankind today? (We’re pretty sure it’s them).
Note: One of the films contains a single instance of mild profanity.