The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.



Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4:15pm

A new adaptation of the beloved children’s books by Johanna Spyri, “Heidi” is set in 19th-century Switzerland. Five-year-old orphan Heidi (Anuk Steffen) is sent to live with her grumpy grandfather (German acting legend Bruno Ganz) high in the Alps. As Heidi grows accustomed to her new surroundings, she and her grandfather develop a strong, inseparable bond. When her stern aunt (Anna Schinz) re-enters the picture and forces Heidi to move to Frankfurt to serve as a companion to wealthy, wheelchair-bound Klara (Isabelle Ottmann), her grandfather strenuously objects, but the girl is spirited away to the city. Although she soon bonds with Klara, Heidi finds it difficult to adapt to the grand manse in which she now resides, and she proves a particular irritant to the girls’ uber-strict governess (Katharina Schuettler). Despite her plush surroundings, Heidi continues to dream of a way to return to her beloved Alpine home, her grandpa, and her goat-herding pal Peter (Quirin Agrippi). The Hollywood Reporter calls “Heidi” a “classically fashioned feel-good feature.”

111 min.
German & Swiss German

Directed by

Alain Gsponer


Germany Switzerland

Film Category

International Spotlight SLIFF/Kids Family Films


Disabilities Family Issues Nature Youth


Dramedy Family Film