Short Films For the Family

Nashville Film Festival begins Family Shorts Program

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

For a while now, the Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) has held KidCinema, a series of shorts geared toward kids. In past years, the festival was home to one program for kids ages 11 and up and another for ages 6 and up. This year, NaFF scrapped that formula and created the Family Shorts Programs, movies for everyone in the family. Here were some shorts that really stood out.


Earano tells the story of Earl, a tutor with large ears. He is in love with Roxie, the librarian who works at the library where Earl tutors kids. When Earl overhears what Roxie is looking for in a man, he is disappointed to learn that he doesn't match any of the requirements. However, when Pavlo, a foreigner who seems to meet everything Roxie wants, appears on the scene, Earl decides to help him win Roxie's heart. Loosely based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac, the film makes the classic story more accessible to kids. Earano is a great movie that is fun for both kids and adults.


When a young girl worries that the goldfish given to her class are lonely and that their parents might be missing them, she and her friend decide to help them get home. Armed with the knowledge gained from Finding Nemo, the kids hope to reunite the fish with their parents. But unfortunately for them, you can't always believe what you learn from movies. . . .
Goldfish is a very funny movie, and, toward the end, takes a very unexpected turn.

Production drawing of a cyclops
A drawing used in the making of Odysseus and the Cyclops. (Photo courtesy Emily Salva)


Odysseus and the Cyclops

The youngest filmmaker was local 7-year-old Emily Salva, who retells part of the story of The Odyssey. After reading the story for school of how Odysseus tricked the Cyclops, she had to choose a way to retell it to her class for a project.

"I thought it would be cool if I made a short cartoon," Emily told Scholastic News. She drew and colored all the characters, and, with the help of her father, she animated and narrated the movie.

Emily said that she had worked on some other movies in the past, although this is the first one that has made it to a film festival. "I really like it," she said, excited to be talking about her movie. "I want to do more of it." Her dad, who submitted a movie that was not accepted, may ask Emily for her help next year.

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    Arts and Creativity, Movies

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