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Joyful Surprises
Film | Kids Joyful Surprises


RUN TIME: 62min
Single program- $5; $10; $15; $20/ Festival pass- $30, 45, 60. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish

Feb 5—Feb 13, 2022

Turn up the joy with this lively and vibrant mix of animated shorts, in which characters experience an array of delightful adventures.

In partnership with Northwest Film Forum

Turn up the joy! In this lively and vibrant mix of animated shorts, characters experience an array of delightful adventures, from waking up the sun to conducting an orchestra. This program includes films from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States.

On-sale dates for the in person program and the virtual program are separate. If you would like to attend the program in person and receive virtual access, you will need to buy two separate tickets. For additional questions or clarifications please contact

In compliance with New York City’s vaccine mandate for indoor entertainment, all visitors ages 5+ and staff are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Children under the age of 5 will not be permitted to the event. Please visit BAM’s safety protocol page for the most up-to-date information.


Kenya's Symphony (2019)

Dir. Carlos Douglas Jr., 5min


Kenya, a bold five-year old girl, is reluctantly dragged to a symphony by her mother. Through the power of the orchestra, the young girl’s passion for music blossoms before her own eyes.

Trails of the Morning (2021)

Dir. Masa Avramovic, 3min
In French with English subtitles


Here comes a little girl who’s more of a morning person than the actual Morning is! A tender and touching portrait of friendship.

My Name is Fear (2021)

Dirs. Eliza Płocieniak-Alvarez & Anna Waszczuk, 5min
In English
East Coast Premiere


The charming emotion “fear,” who lives inside your head, wants to give an interview. Maybe you can become friends! Or is there a reason to be afraid of being afraid?

Monkey Domino (2021)

Dir. Ulf Grenzer, 4min
East Coast Premiere


At the zoo, an ape is reminiscing about his life in the jungle when an encounter with a manager and his daughter changes his life forever.

Sockz Theatre’s Orbie (2021)

Dirs. Christian Perry & Eric Tsuchiyama, 5min
In English
World Premiere


Just beneath the ocean's surface lives a clever little creature, an octopus named Orbie. Using found-object puppetry, Sockz Theatre brings Orbie to life in three whimsical vignettes.

Bristles (2021)

Dir. Quentin Haberham, 2min
North American Premiere


When the most beautiful brush in the jar suddenly dries out, he does everything he can to save his magnificent bristles so he can paint again.

Polar Bear Bears Boredom (2021)

Dir. Koji Yamamura, 7min
In English and Japanese
New York Premiere


From bored bears to other otters, delightful wordplay—in both English and Japanese—guides this story through the deep blue sea.

Color to the Sunset Sky (2021)

Dir. Alexander Glawion, 3min
New York Premiere


For most raindrops, there’s no greater purpose than jumping from clouds.

BEMOL (2021)

Dir. Lacroix Oana, 6min
East Coast Premiere


A featherless nightingale sings in the forest, lulling a crying bear cub to sleep, calming two fighting squirrels, and entertaining a couple of swans in a nearby pond. But when a storm breaks over the forest, the nightingale gets a cold and can’t sing anymore.

Kāhuli (2020)

Dir. Phoenix Maimiti Valentine, 3min
In English
New York Premiere


Discover the beloved Kāhuli tree snails that once thrived in the native Hawaiian forests. Legends proclaim these tiny jewels would whistle, trill, and chirp, and over 750 species were documented through chants and folklore. Today less than 40 species survive.

Winter Sleep (2020)

Dirs. Katerina Karhankova & Alexandra Majova, 7min
Czech Republic
In English


The weather forecast reports snow, so it’s high time for bears to go for hibernation. But Ned and Mishka crave a taste of meringues, ice cream, and other yummy sweets that they think are made from snow. They decide to fight the tiredness so they can start cooking.

Bellysaurus (2021)

Dir. Philip Watts, 8min
World Premiere


A tiny dinosaur dreams that she is a big scary dinosaur. When danger strikes, she learns it’s what’s on the inside that counts—literally.

Major Marlo Meets the Monster From Mars (2021)

Dir. Bob Harper, 3min
In English


Meet Marlo, an amazing little miss with an awesome imagination! The mini Martians are under siege from a myopic monster whose meandering is wrecking their metropolis. They send a manic mayday to our hero, Major Marlo. Can she arrive in time to help mend the mess of this mighty menace?