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Chicago International Children's Film Festival

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The ninth annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival, featuring films and videotapes from about a dozen countries, runs from Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 18. Unfortunately, the selections are from fewer countries than in the past, and English-language films dominate. (Does this reflect a growing isolationism and xenophobia in this country?) In the listings below, films and videos not identified by country are from the United States. All screenings will be at Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton. Single tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and Facets members; a pass good for four films is $15 for adults, $10 for children. For more information call 281-9075.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

Shorts #1

Evan Frizzel's animated Great White Man-Eating Shark from Australia, Josef Zeman's animated The Drakes Show Themselves from Czechoslovakia, Vera Saar's animated Adventures of Inspector Hedgy from Canada, and Tom Davenport's live-action Mutzmag: An Appalachian Folktale. (7:30)

Truckers

An animated fantasy from the United Kingdom by Jackie Cockle, Francis Vose, and Chris Taylor, to be shown on video. (7:30)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10

Witches From Suburbia

Two little girls discover a magic cookbook in a Czech feature by Drahomira Kralova. On the same program, Suvane Myers's animated short Paper House. (10:00 am)

Animated Shorts #1

Graham Ralph's English Classroom Distractions, Les Drew's Canadian Every Dog's Guide to the Playground, Daniel Greaves's English Manipulation, Mattias Gordon's Swedish Just an Unordinary Day, Brian Duchscherer's Canadian The Balgonie Birdman, Frantisek Jurisic's Czech The Needle, Celia Kendrick's Only the Cat Saw It, and John Matthews's Uncle Elephant. (Noon)

Animated Shorts #2

Darren D. Kiner's Bob the Frog in 'Burp!', Ian Frampton and John Walker's English Boomer, John Van Bruggen's Canadian Robbinjuice of Sherweird Forest, Jan Konings's Norwegian Candy, Robert Lence's Simon, Terje Bomann-Larsen's Norwegian Olav's First Skiing Trip, Gary W. McQuay's How the Loon, Chris Delaney's Canadian Nilus the Sandman The Boy Who Dreamed Christmas, and Theo Kerp's German The Little Polar Bear. To be shown on video. (Noon)

The Clean Machine

Jean Beaudry's Canadian comedy concerns two young men from different backgrounds who go into business together, then watch it take off when they hire a young woman as a partner and she shoots their first commercial. On the same program, Aida Sanchez's animated short Esperanza. (2:00)

International TV

Children's television from Germany, Canada, and Australia, to be shown on video. (2:00)

Shorts #2

John Henry Davis's Magic Lantern; Andrew Garrison's Fat Monroe, with Ned Beatty, based on a story by Gurney Norman; and Tom Davenport's Mutzmag: An Appalachian Folktale. (4:00)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

Shorts #3

Bill Maylone's Canadian Night, Corky Quakenbush's animated A Light Through the Husk, Ingrid Breyer's Total Eclipse, John Henry Davis's Magic Lantern, and Jean-Jacques Leduc's animated Mirrors of Time from Canada. (10:00 am)

Shorts #4

Loraine Marshall's animated Portly's Hat from England, Francine Desbien's animated Draw Me a Song from Canada, Max Bloom's Oasis, Lane Janger's Cooking Tandoori Chicken, and Daniel J. Moran's Andy's Got a Girlfriend. (Noon)

Folktales and Fables #1

Six videos: Andrew Laurenson's Canadian The Big Oven, the Colorado Springs School District No. 11's Mary Calhoun, Storyteller, Richard Tessman's Baby Rattlesnake, Peter Thurling's African Story Magic, Gary W. McQuay's animated How the Loon, and C.W Rogers's animated The Monkey People. (Noon)

Shimantogawa

Hideo Onchi's Japanese feature about a boy who grows up in a small village on the banks of the Shimanto River. (2:00)

Shorts #5

A video program: Robert Lence's animated Simon; Peter Svatek, Richard Lahaie, and Andre Guerard's Statue of Charlie from Canada; James Callner's The Imagination Game; William Speers's animated Thomas Snowsuit from Canada; Xander Dobrowolski's animated Come Sit by Me, and Tony Collingwood's animated Cries and Dolls from England. (2:00)

Shorts #6

Hannu Tuomainen's The Christmas Tree from Finland, Lubomir Benes's animated The Sad Princess from Czechoslovakia, John Armstrong's Rhino Christmas from Australia, and Adam Ciolfi's animated Attic in the Blue from Canada. (4:00)

MONDAY, OCTOBER 12

Shorts #7

Celia Kendrick's animated Only the Cat Saw It, Bill Maylone's Night and Connections from Canada, Corky Quackenbush's animated A Light Through the Husk, Josef Zeman's animated The Drakes Show Themselves from Czechoslovakia, Brian Duchscherer's animated The Balgonie Birdman from Canada, and Jean-Jacques Leduc's animated Mirrors of Time from Canada. (10:00 am)

Beyond the Seven Seas

A Pakistani boy travels to Norway in search of his father in a Norwegian feature in Norwegian and Urdu by Saeed Anjum and Espen Thorstensen. On the same program, Ollas Barco's short Wink. (Noon)

Folktales and Fables #2

Richard Tessman's Baby Rattlesnake, Bestor Cram's Meet Marc Brown, Gary W. McQuay's animated How the Loon, Peter Thurling's African Story Magic, and C.W. Rogers's Finn McCoul. An all-video program. (Noon)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13

Shorts #8

Celia Kendrick's Fur and Feathers, Lori Lansens's Canadian Tessa, Michael Sporn's animated Jazztime Tale, Michael Seitzman's Fishy Love, Jonathan Nordlicht's animated Breaking the Ice, and Teck Tan's Australian My Tiger's Eyes. (10:00 am)

The Clean Machine

See listing under Saturday, October 10; to be shown with Vera Saar's animated Adventures of Inspector Hedgy from Canada. (Noon)

Shorts #9

Anton Tomasic's hour-long An Infernal Plot from Slovenia, Theo Kerp's animated short The Little Polar Bear from Germany, and Leslie Swartz's Jing, a Chinese Girl. (Noon)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14

The Flying Sneaker

Bretislav Pojar's Czech-Canadian feature, an animated fantasy adventure; to be shown with Lane Janger's Cooking Tandoori Chicken. (10:00 am)

Animated Short Films #3 Graham Ralph's Classroom Distractions from England, Les Drew's animated Every Dog's Guide to the Playground from Canada, Daniel Greaves's animated Manipulation from England, Francine Desbien's animated Draw Me a Song from Canada, Mattias Gordon's animated Just an Unordinary Day from Sweden, Ken Lidster's The Balloon from England, Lubomir Benes's animated The Sad Princess from Czechoslovakia, and Adam Ciolfi's animated Attic in the Blue from Canada. (Noon)

Truckers

See listing under Friday, October 9. (Noon)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15

Shimantogawa

See listing under Sunday, October 11. (10:00 am)

Folktales and Fables #3

Vera Saar's The Teeny Tiny Woman from Canada, Tom Davenport's Mutzmag: An Appalachian Folktale, Andrew Garrison's Fat Monroe, and Chris Boebel's Like/Dislike. (Noon)

Shorts #10

A video program: Robert Lence's Simon, James Callner's The Imagination Game, Tony Collingwood's animated Cries and Dolls from England, Xander Dobrowolski's animated Come Sit by Me, and Al Waxman's Cousin Sophie from Canada. (Noon)

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