Family Films

Why should the so-called ‘adults’ have all the film festival fun? Under 18s need some too, so check out this wild, weird and truly wonderful mix of flicks from around the world.

From angst, activism and apocalypse in My Entire High School Sinking into The Sea (now there’s a thought!) to tough times for a young orphan in My Life as a Zucchini, the animated features pull no punches and take no prisoners.

The live-action films don’t go for fluffy either: Rip Tide rides a perfect wave of surfing, young love and difficult choices in an Aussie coastal town; while The Sun at Midnight gets really deep in the remote Canadian wilderness as a city teen finds herself by getting really, really lost.

Add on an amazing mix of animated shorts and the left-field supernatural superhero Phantom Boy and you’ve got a lot to choose from. Scroll to view the the program below. 

Please note age recommendations for each film in the Family section. 


My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

Cult comic artist Dash Shaw directs a kooky end-of-the-world disaster movie for Gen Z featuring a host of indie stars and a colourful blend of animation, painting and collage.

My Life as a Zucchini

An Oscar-nominated Swiss-French stop-motion family animation that's realistic and life affirming, dealing with real issues in a way that doesn't patronise or traumatise its audience.

Phantom Boy

From the French team behind the Oscar-nominated A Cat in Paris comes this beautifully animated supernatural crime-fighting adventure, set on the streets of New York.

Rip Tide

Disney star Debby Ryan makes her Australian film debut in this perfectly-pitched tween feature about surfing, romance and deciding what to do with your life.

The Sun at Midnight

An urban teen encounters a mystical hunter in this charming debut feature shot in Canada's magnificent, remote Northwest Territory.

Short Film

Family Animation

Art, fairytales and folkstories. Felt pens, cotton wool, computers and crayons. Funny, happy, sad, thoughtful and thought-provoking. Creative, silly, serious, strange and curious! The best animation for younger audiences.