All About The New York International Children’s Film Festival



Founded in 1997 to foster liveliness, imagination and intelligent film-making for children and teenagers, the New York International Children’s Film Festival is one of our favorite NYC events. This year, it’s set to feature approximately 100 short and feature films across four weeks beginning February 22, 2019. Here’s all you need to know about the New York International Children’s Film Festival!

Feature Films

Feature-length films are a fan favorite at the NYICFF. We’re excited to see Lu Over the Wall, a Japanese film that depicts the story of Kai, a schoolboy whose rock’n’roll ambitions are amplified when he meets popstar mermaid, Lu. Other notable feature films include the sequel to March of the Penguins and prized stories coming from countries like Denmark, Swaziland, China and more.

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Short Films


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We’re particularly excited about two short features this year: Girls’ POV and Boys Beyond Boundaries both offer an imaginative look at how boys and girls break expectations across cultural lines. Other short films are catered to different age groups, providing ample diversity in the narratives of what it means to be a child.

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Virtual Reality


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Step into a whole new virtual world of creativity and boundary-pushing imagination! The VR Jr. project includes virtual reinterpretations of some of the most anticipated stories at the festival, including Neil Gaiman’s picture book adaptation of Wolves in the Walls.

See here for more information.  

Animators All Around

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For a behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite animations make it to the big screen, make sure to book in time for Animators All Around. The 70-minute panel discussion will feature exclusive film clips, storyboards, and  stop-motion models in addition to conversations about their influences and artistic methodologies.

Book your ticket here.

Best of the Fest Screening & Awards

To top off the festival is the official Best of the Fest Screening & Awards Party. With live ballot counts and an entertaining program, the two-hour event celebrates the contributions made by the exceptional lineup of filmmakers.

Check in here for more information.

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