We Need to Talk

Select Shorts: Mixed ratings up to PG-13
Social Commentary/Environmental Themes
Approximate Running Time: 93 minutes

Streaming as part of this year's Virtual Festival available only from June 10-27 on Gumroad.com/FloridaAnimationFest

Scream For Ice

Directed by Emir Aytemür

4:02 | G | Istanbul/Turkey

The Sun shines, ice melts
A polar bear on its own
A child cries out ah!

The haiku poem you read above is the core of the "Scream For Ice". And the narrative form of "Scream For Ice" is based on the traditional Japanese art of poetry, Haiku.

Fresh and Tasty

Directed by Hsin-Hui Wang

1:50 | PG | Taipei, Taiwan

Would you eat it or not?

MAGGIE MAY, An Environmental Story

Directed by Donna W. Guthrie

4:00 | PG | Albany, New York

A four-minute, family-friendly, musical animated film about Maggie Mae, a constant shopper who buys things she doesn’t need. When she gets buried in styrofoam, tissue, and silly purchases, she learns to recycle and reuse.


Directed by Lu Pulici

5:00 | PG-13 | Pennabilli, ITALY

This is the true story of Vladimir Sambol, an accordionist and composer from Rijeka, who migrated to Sweden to escape the war, carrying only his accordion with him.
Seventy years later his daughter, to revive her father, gives his sheets music to a musical group: the Guappecartò. Thus was born "Sambol - migrant love".

Sky Sun ,Tile Sun

Directed by Ziba Arzhang

6:14 | PG-13| Iran

It breaks due to the bombardment of the sun and it gets dark everywhere

The Acrobat

Directed by Aaron Kierbel

4:24 | PG | Oakland, CA

”The Acrobat” speaks to our current moment. Like acrobats, many of us are attempting to find balance on the tightrope of sanity, contorting ourselves to fit into the New Normal as we hurtle through the Great Unknown. Many of us are awakening to the fact that there may no safety net to catch us when we fall. And yet, we continue to take daring leaps in spite of all of these seemingly insurmountable challenges, reaching for optimism as we summon our reserves of strength, courage and grace.


Directed by Roy Taylor

4:30 | PG| Louisville, KY

In a fiery dream a shapeshifting fox and a night watchman spark the transformation of a power company.

Seeing Blind

Directed by Jazmine Lee

4:20 | G | Sydney, NSW, Australia

With the town’s river polluted, siblings, Will and Faith line up for water handed out by a generous robot. When the water is to be paid for, Will gets a suspicious feeling that not everything is as great as it seems and seeks to solve the mystery of the polluted river...

Penguin and whale

Directed by Ezequiel Torres, Pablo Roldan

2:40 | PG | CABA, Buenos Aires, Argentina

A little Penguin is visited by his friend Whale every year, until one day the Penguin has almost nowhere to go: the Glaciers have melted due to the extreme global warming that increases every year. The Whale begins its journey in search of a glacier where his friend Penguin can live, but day after day, the heat prevents him from arriving in time with the solution. Perhaps, by working as a team with other animals, he can achieve his mission.

Xulanewe (The Rotation)

Directed by Hazhir As’adi

7:00 | PG-13 | Tehran - Iran

There is a war between two tribes on claiming the sun in the sky. As a result to that war, sun annihilates and the volcano erupts. Those two tribes now are dead and a new sun is made, both by that lava. Several century will pass and the humans are still in a war to claim the sun in the sky.

The Very Hungry Ducky

Directed by Ariel Song

2:05 | PG-13 | Sarasota, Florida

Narrated like a children's book, a hungry duck indulges in the world's copious amounts of food, unknowing of the evils that follow it.

Only a Child

Directed by Simone Giampaolo

6:00 | G | Switzerland

Only a Child can be described as a visual poem which gives shape and colour to the words spoken by 12 year-old Severn Suzuki at the United Nations' Rio Summit in 1992, using meaningful images and powerful animated allegories.
Severn’s speech is a child's desperate call to action aimed to those adults who can make a difference to the future of our planet. That is, all of us. Starting from the original speech from 1992, I edited a version which doesn’t refer to that particular UN Summit nor any specific group of people, in order to make this message universal and true for every viewer. As the speech unfolds we see animated kids from around the world – of different gender, age, features and characteristics - speaking Severn's words. The aim was to show that these sentences could be pronounced by any child of yesterday, today and, in particular, tomorrow.

De berde

Directed by Star Bazancir

2:10 | R | Sweden

A story about people of flesh and blood, torn apart by illusions named border, nations and race.

Dear Diary

Directed by Alejandro "Gino" Hernández

3:41 | PG-13 | Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico

A curious girl discovers that her mom is being abused, so she decides to investigate tirelessly to lead her to a better life.

Lea's Secret

Directed by Rico Gutierrez

5:03 | PG-13 | Quezon City, Philippines

When Lea and her father move in to their new condominium unit, she suddenly acquires the power to go through walls and closed doors. She doesn’t tell anyone about it— not even her mother who works as a nurse in London. At school, Lea tries out her newfound power to no avail. Taking note of her strange behavior, Teacher Cynthia reaches out and soon discovers that Lea’s power is actually the ability to survive through the harrowing trauma of sexual molestation from her own father. This short animated film is based on the acclaimed children’s book that aims to raise awareness on child sexual abuse, and empower victimized children to seek help and tell their stories.

Little Forest

Directed by Paulina Muratore

8:16 | G | Cordoba, Argentina

Mizu discovers a small bud in the forest, everyday she goes back to water it. Over the years, Mizu and the
small tree grow together. One day, the forest is flooded and the tree helps to save her life.


Directed by Lisa Maeda

3:52 | G | Atlanta, Georgia

A young girl trapped in Japanese-American internment finds solace in painting flowers.

Routine: The Prohibition

Directed by Sam Orti

8:15 | PG-13 | | Valencia, Spain

In a dark world, devastated by lies and dominated by fear, we continue with our self-destructive routines towards extinction.

Main Ballet Tank

Directed by Bernhard Schmitt

3:35 | PG | Singapore

Machines of War are reassigned for a more meaningful task than destruction: Dancing the CanCan. A group of T54 Main Battle tanks lets the hair down and get into some serious track-shaking, cannon-spinning and turret-twerking.