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SJIFF.ORG A CAT IN PARIS Sat., April 21, 3:30pm


Valley Premiere


Directors Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol / France & Italy (2011) 70 min. in French with English subtitles. Recommended: 10+


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Nominated in the Best Animated Feature categories of the 2011 European Film Awards and the 2012 Annie Awards. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2011 Warsaw International Film Festival, Poland.

All shows at Janet Leigh Theatre, University of the Pacific 3601 Pacific Avenue, in Stockton. California Saturday, April 21, 2012 • 1:30pm - It’s a Small World - Shorts Program • 3:30pm - A Cat in Paris Sunday, April 22, 2012 • 1:00pm - It’s a Small World - Shorts Program • 3:00pm - Mia and the Migoo • 5:30pm - Tales of the Night

Une vie de chat - From Folimage, the animation studio behind Mia and the Migoo and Raining Cats and Frogs, comes a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris. Dino is a pet cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little mute girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico - a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion – as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. The cat’s two worlds collide when young Zoe decides to follow Dino on his nocturnal adventures – and falls into the hands of Victor Costa, a blustery gangster planning the theft of a rare statue. Now, cat and cat burglar must team up to save Zoe from the bumbling thieves, leading to a thrilling acrobatic finale on top of Notre Dame. A Cat in Paris is a warm and richly-humorous love letter to classic noir films and the stylized wit of the Pink Panther cartoons – and Dino, the literal cat burglar, manages to steal the show with little more than a subtle swish of the tail and quiet mew. Directors & Writers: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol Producers: Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Emmanuel Bernard, Annemie Degryse, Arnaud Demuynck Production Design: Jean-Loup Felicioli Editor: Hervé Guichard Music: Serge Besset Principal Voice Cast: Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone, Jean Benguigui, Bernadette Lafont, Oriane Zani, Bernard Bouillon Print Source & US Distributor: GKIDS (

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Sun., April 22, 3:00pm Valley Premiere

Sun., April 22, 5:30pm Valley Premiere



Winner of Grand Prix for Best Feature Film at the China International Cartoon and Digital Art Festival and Opening Night Film of New York International Children's Film Festival.

Golden Bear nominee at the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany. Selected for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic and the London International Film Festival.

Mia et le Migou - Experience the English version of the gorgeous second feature from renowned French animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd. Featuring a star-studded voice cast, led by John DiMaggio and Whoopi Goldberg. Created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, Mia and the Migoo is a work of art, breathtaking to behold, with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. Figures are outlined in pastel and bathed in rustic watercolors for a handcrafted look that bursts at the seams with painterly detail. The film is a fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction. One night Mia has a premonition. So after saying a few words of parting at her mother’s grave, she sets out on a crosscontinent journey, though mountains and jungles in search of her father, who has been trapped in a landslide at a construction site on a remote tropical lake. In the middle of the lake stands the ancient Tree of Life, watched over by innocent, bumbling forest spirits called the Migoo, who grow and change shape as they please, morphing from small childlike beings to petulant giants. The Migoo have been disrupting the construction to protect this sacred site – and now together with Mia they join in a fight to find Mia's father and save the Tree, with the future of life on Earth hanging in the balance.

Les contes de la nuit - Michel Ocelot, the renowned animation auteur behind Kirikou and the Sorceress and Azur & Asmar (SJCFF 2009), originally created this film with 3D animation. It was a hit at the Berlin International Film Festival during its world premiere. The film extends the earlier shadow puppet style of Ocelot’s Princes and Princesses, with black silhouetted characters setting off against exquisitely detailed Day-Glo backgrounds bursting with color and kaleidoscopic patterns. The film weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, the African plains, and even the Land of the Dead. In Ocelot’s storytelling, history blends with fairytale as viewers are whisked off to enchanted lands full of dragons, werewolves, captive princesses, sorcerers, and enormous talking bees - and each fable ends with its own ironic twist. The film will be presented in 2D at the San Joaquin Children's Film Festival, due to technology.

Director Jacques-Rémy Girerd / France & Italy (2009, 2011) 92 min. in English. Recommended: 7+ / MPAA rated PG

Director: Jacques-Rémy Girerd Producers: Emmanuel Bernard, Matthew Modine, Eric Beckman, David Jesteadt Writing Credits: Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Benoît Chieux, Antoine Lanciaux, Iouri Tcherenkov, Stephanie Sheh Production Design: Jacques-Rémy Girerd Art Direction: Benoît Chieux Editor: Hervé Guichard Music: Serge Besset Principal Voice Cast: John Di Maggio, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, Amanda Misquez, Vincent Agnello, Whoopi Goldberg, James Woods Print Source & US Distributor: GKIDS (

Director Michel Ocelot / France (2011) 84 min. in French with English subtitles. Recommended: 7+

Director & Writer: Michel Ocelot Producers: Philip Boëffard, Christophe Rossignon, Ève Machuel Editor: Patrick Ducruet Music: Christian Maire Principal Voice Cast: Julien Beramis, Marine Griset, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie, Isabelle Guiard, Yves Barsacq, Legrand Bemba Débert Print Source & US Distributor: GKIDS (

Princesses & Princes COSTUME CONTEST We invite all princesses and princes, queens and kings to attend the jubilant Closing Night presentation of Tales of the Night dressed up in your most fabulous robes, gowns and garments. Whether you are inspired by storybook characters, Arabian Nights, the Renaissance, Disney stars, Greek mythology or royalty from your cultural or national heritage - we encourage you to be creative and innovative. The audience will select the winners, and we will bestow the winners with fabulous prizes.

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Sat., April 21, 1:30pm  Sun., April 22, 1:00pm  86 min. The globe-spanning shorts program includes eight films competing for: Jury Awards, selected by an adult panel of arts and cultural leaders from the community, and a children's panel of young film enthusiasts; Audience Awards, selected by patrons in attendance. Recommended: 8+

The Girl and the Fox


Director Tyler J. Kupferer / USA (2011), 8 min. in English / Animation “Ilona, a nine-year-old girl who lives in the wilderness with her mother and father, has fallen on hard times. Supplies are running low, and when a mysterious fox starts killing their livestock, she has no choice but to track down the strange creature in order to ensure the survival of her family.” 38th Student Academy Award nominee for Animation.




Director Natalia Mirzoyan / Russia (2012), 8 min. No dialogue / Animation “A determined little Indian ant discovers the picture of a splendid-looking building amongst the rubbish on the beach and can think of nothing else. She makes it her life’s work to build the Taj Mahal from all different kinds of detritus. An animation film composed almost entirely of tea leaves.” Special Prize, 2012 Open Russian Festival of Animated Film.

The First Anders

Director Kristian Ussing Andersen / Denmark (2010), 9 min. in Danish with English subtitles Den Første Anders - “A father tries to teach his artistic and troubled young son a valuable lesson, with a story spanning over one thousand years of Danish history and countless generations of the family Andersen.” Crystal Heart Award for Narrative Short, 2011 Heartland Film Festival.

Director Anna McGrath / Australia (2011), 5 min. in English “Two girls explore their friendship and the joy of a juicy mandarin in the dry Australian landscape.” Official selection at festivals in Locarno (Switzerland), London and Seattle.

Papa’s Tango


Director Michiel van Jaarsveld The Netherlands (2011), 15 min. in Dutch with English subtitles “Hannah’s parents are divorced. Her father is from Argentina and her mother is Dutch. Ever since he divorced Hannah’s mother, her father is homesick and wants to go back to his family and friends in Buenos Aires. But leaving The Netherlands also means saying goodbye to his daughter. By listening to her father’s tango music, Hannah can still dance with him in her mind.” Official selection at Berlinale 2012, and winner of Adult and Kids Jury Awards at YoungAbout International Film Festival in Bologna, Italy.

Play by Play

Director Carlos Baena / USA (2011), 23 min. in English “Donn day-dreams about being the starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. When his classmate discovers this imaginary life and threatens to expose it, Donn must either give in to the intimidation or outwit the bully.” Official selection at San Francisco International Film Festival. In Person: Bob Roden (Screenwriter).

The Storyteller

Director Nandita Jain / UK (2011), 10 min. in English / Animation “Seven-year-old Nirmala attempts to grapple with the demons of her granddad's dementia when he starts to forget the details of her favori story.” Winner of Special Jury Award for Animation and Parents Award at the 2012 New York International Children's Film Festival.


Director Annette Saugestad Helland Norway (2011), 10 min. in Norwegian with English subtitles / Animation Superpappa og Pelé - “Pelé has great fun during the weekend, but on Monday he tries to hang on to Daddy’s bike. Even though Pelé is quite small, he is tough enough to show that he does not like to have a stressed-out Dad. Even though he thinks dad is ‘Superdad’ – almost.” Official selection at children's film festivals in Chicago and Seattle. “A World of Shorts” is curated by Sophoan Sorn and Cole Akins.



Per show: $9.00 General Admission $8.00 Senior 65+, Student 26$7.00 San Joaquin Film Society Member $6.00 Kid 0-12 $25.00 Family of 4 Pack (2 adults, 2 kids)

Dear Friends,

Each person must have a ticket. No babe-in-arm. All sales are final. No refunds, exchanges, substitutions, or replacements will be issued.

Venue Janet Leigh Theatre, University of the Pacific 3601 Pacific Avenue Stockton, CA 95211 Box Office Hours (Directly at Theatre’s Entry) Sat., April 21 - 1:00pm - 4:30pm Sun., April 22 - 12:30pm - 6:30pm Cash Only Please Parking and Directions

Enter the University of the Pacific campus on the Pacific Avenue side. Drive north past Burns Tower. The road turns left as you approach Morris Chapel. Follow the road. When you come to the stop sign at the corner of Chapel Lane and Atchley Way, the theatre is at that corner. Parking is free across the campus and on the streets surrounding the University on the weekend.

Welcome to the 2nd San Joaquin Children’s Film Festival (SJCFF) - a festival for the young and the young-at-heart! We envision a festival that engages kids and adults with a selection of films that are artistically-excellent, cuturallyenriching, entertaining, inspiring and thoughtprovoking. In Focus on French Animated Cinema, we present the Valley premieres of three of the most internationally-successful, animated films from France of recent years. It’s a Small World shorts program diversely showcases seasoned talents and promising, up-and-coming filmmakers highlyregarded in their respective countries and the international festival circuit. Special thanks to our Board of Directors and volunteers for your dedicated, supportive talents. Thank you to all the filmmakers and film companies for graciously sharing your cinematic works with us. We are grateful to all of you in our community and beyond for your continued support, which has been instrumental in keeping the magic of independent and world cinema alive in the San Joaquin Valley.



Enjoy the cinematic experience. Cheers and all the best,

Sophoan Sorn, Founder & Creator of Festivals Board of Directors Shane Williamson, Chairman Gene Acevedo, Vice Chair Joel Reyna, Jr., Treasurer Cole Akins, Secretary Arlene Galindo, Sergeant at Arms Phyllis Franklin, Board Member Jory Kusy, Youth Member

Official Community Partners

Special Thanks • Kristian U. Andersen (Copenhagen, Denmark) • Katy Berry • Arna Marie Bersaas (Oslo, Norway) • Tom Conner • Shawn Crary • Elsa Fulton • Nandita Jain (London, UK) • Dave Jesteadt (New York City) • Amanda King • Tyler J. Kupferer (Savannah, Georgia) • Lucas, KWIN • Anna McGrath (Melbourne, Australia)

• David Munier • Megan Peterson • Wes Rhea • Bob Roden • Mireille Rooijendijk (Amsterdam, Holland) • Gayle Romasanta • Tim Ulmer • Tony Zoccoli LEAD VOLUNTEERS • Oscar Alarcón • Arturo Carrasco-Becerra • Navjot Kaur

MEMBERS - FILM PATRONS • Jeff Gamboni • Bill Grotemeyer and Nick Elliott • Wes Rhea / Stockton CVB • Steven M. and Mary Ann Schermerhorn MEMBERS - FILM FRIENDS • Emily Ballus and Lothar Osiander • Molly Bustos • Patty Fensterwald • Dee Heszler and David Yoder • Carolyn Pometta Updated List

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Founded in 2008 by Sophoan Sorn and located in Stockton, California, the San Joaquin Film Society carries on the tradition of presenting the annual San Joaquin International Film Festival (SJIFF). The Film Society has presented unique programs such as the San Joaquin Children’s Film Festival, Cinema Italia and French Cinema Day. Since the 2008 inauguration of SJIFF, the Film Society has presented over 150 screenings, with over 300 feature, documentary and short films from master directors and emerging filmmakers from over 40 countries around the world.

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