The short films:

Step into the river

  • Year: 2020
  • Country: China
  • Director: MA Weijia
  • Duration: 14min

China's one-child policy has led some families to drown baby girls. Lu and Wei, two girls, share their frustration and feelings of inferiority. A clever animation film with traditional Chinese style elements.


  • Year: 2020
  • Country: Iran
  • Director: Ako Salemi
  • Duration: 15min

A day in the life of a 12 year old fisherman on his boat in Shadegan Pond, Iran. He sees the Pond as a second home and the source of his family's livelihood. He worries about the uncertain future of Shadegan Pond and his own future should the Pond cease to exist.

Winner of the IDFA Prize for best youth documentary.


  • Year: 2020
  • Country: France
  • Director: Armel Boutillon, Arthur Lefebvre, Aurélie Tapponier, Francesca McCall, Jeremy Livingston, Sarah Munos, Thibault Cambresy
  • Duration: 5min

Liyoki, a silverback gorilla, lives peacefully with his family, when they are attacked by poachers. Wounded by a bullet, Liyoki has a choice to make : unleashing his vengeance, or saving his last child, Kitoko.


  • Year: 2020
  • Country: France
  • Director: Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Hugo Caby, Lucas Lermytte, Zoé Devise
  • Duration: 8min

Two polar bears are driven into exile due to global warming. They end up in a country inhabited by brown bears. Will they be accepted or rejected? A topical theme, beautifully animated.

Five Pebbles

  • Year: 2019
  • Country: India
  • Director: Ankit Kothari
  • Duration: 14min

Every day, 7-year-old Miri travels through the desert of the Salt Pyramids to bring lunch to her father. Suba (a cast out) follows Miri and they become friends along the way. The film shows how friendship can transcend the social norms of casteism.

Extra info

A series of touching short films from different continents, which take a closer look at the everyday reality of children, different from ours.