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

Maya the Bee*

Year: 2014
Run Time: 79 minutes

Maya the Bee*
Maya the Bee*
Maya the Bee*
Maya the Bee*

In an age where hatred, fear, and intolerance are rampant, the innocent perspective of a child is a beautiful thing. This innocence is key in Alexs Stadermann's charming animated feature, MAYA THE BEE – an adaptation of the popular German book and cartoon. The title character is a vibrant and quirky little bug, full of curiosity and a hunger for learning. The kind Queen Bee values her precociousness, but the evil Royal Advisor, Buzzlina, is not amused. She’s hatching a plan to uncrown The Queen. However, Maya is hip to her secret. When Buzzlina banishes her from the hive, the youngster is forced to discover the outside world alone. Along the way, she meets a diverse group of friends, who help her discover that being different is a gift. Can she and her pals save the Queen Bee and unite the meadow against Buzzlina? MAYA THE BEE is a wonderful film for all ages. It’s brimming with unfiltered love, overwhelming wonder, and roaring excitement – feelings kids can relate to, but adults desperately need to remember. – E.F.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM -
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5:00 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:20 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 4:00 PM -
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 5:20 PM

Family Films
Film Is Art

* Recommended for the little ones.

Alexs Stadermann

Alexs Stadermann is a director and animator from Australia. His résumé includes Disney films "The Lion King 1 ½," "Return To Neverland," and "The Little Mermaid II." He is the Creative Director at Flying Bark Productions, an animation studio and production house in Sydney.

"The Woodlies Movie" (2012), MAYA THE BEE (2014)

Barbara Stephen, Thorsten Wegener, Patrick Elmendorff, Jim Ballantine

Marcus Sauermann, Fin Edquist

Adam Smith

Principal Cast
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Noah Taylor, Jacki Weaver, Richard Roxburgh, Miriam Margolyes, Coco Jack Gillies, Justine Clarke

Film Contact

This film is presented with the generous support of ART and CAROL ANTON.

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