Three of which are premiering in Singapore for the first time

While moving scenes and honest banter of Mexicans in films at the Mexican Film Festival are bound to give you goosebumps, the films slated to screen at the next edition of the French Animation Film Festival will give you those same feels through a selection of animated shorts. Organized by Alliance Francaise de Singapour—the same people behind the French Film Festival—the French Animation Film Festival is now in its sixth year, and will be held at the Alliance Francaise Theater on May 19-21

While you may think animated films and cartoons are for a younger audience, the selection of six films are in fact filled with deeper stories. My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barras opens the festival, with a cocktail reception and a Q&A session with the director. The film depicts the story of a boy named Zucchini, who was sent to a foster home after the sudden death of his alcoholic mother. Along with the other orphans and a policeman he befriended, he learns how to trust and love again.

Three other films—Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess, The Girl Without Hands and Louise by the Shore—are all showing in Singapore for the first time on May 21. Catch the whimsical Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess by Michel Ocelot where two kids and a projectionist act out four different stories every night when they meet up an an abandoned movie theater. 

Can't take dark, sad story plots? There's the comedic April and the Twisted World that follows teenage girl April and her talking cat Darwin on a journey searching for her parents who went missing after an incident in the lab during the Second French Empire that caused France to stay in the 19th century.

Tickets are $11 for AF members, and $13 for non-members. To catch My Life as a Zucchini, it's $16 and $19. Grab them here