Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Wishmas Tree


Year: 2019
Run Time: 89 minutes

The Wishmas Tree
The Wishmas Tree
The Wishmas Tree
The Wishmas Tree

The story of THE WISHMAS TREE begins many years ago in the land of the ancestors when a dark and powerful force swept the earth, bringing extinction to animals everywhere. To survive, a small group of animals put aside their differences and worked together with the magical Wishmas Tree to create Sanctuary City, a paradise where all creatures live in harmony. Each year the residents gather to make wishes at the Wishmas Tree, which has blessed the city with life for generations. Protected from the forces of destruction in the wild, all of the animals within the walls of Sanctuary City live peacefully… everyone, that is, except for Kerry, a young ringtail possum who wants nothing more than adventure in the wild. Desperate to make her wish of exploration come true, Kerry breaks Sanctuary City’s most important rule and makes her wish on the last remaining seed on the Wishmas Tree. Kerry’s reckless mistake creates a series of events that threaten to destroy Sanctuary City forever. In an effort to make things right, Kerry will embark on an extraordinary quest into the wild to save her beloved city. On Kerry’s epic journey into forbidden swamps and misty muds, this little possum will learn that it is not the mistakes we make, but how we correct them that defines us. — G.S.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 11:25 AM ET

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 2:50 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Family Films
Film Is Art

International Narrative Competition

Ricard Cussó

Nadine Bates, Kristen Souvlis

Peter Ivan

Ahmad Halimi

Principal Cast
Miranda Tapsell, Ross Noble, Kate Murphy

Print Source

Community Partners

Beat the Streets Cleveland

Children's Museum of Cleveland

The Literacy Cooperative

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