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New York International Children's Film Festival Call for Entries

Wednesday, August 31, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Meyer
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New York, New York - USA
February 24 to March 19, 2017

In the Spotlight today is the 20th Annual New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF), an Academy-qualifying event that illuminates outstanding films of all genres that can capture the interest of young audiences. NYICFF is the largest and most prestigious film festival for kids and teens in North America in addition to being one of the most acclaimed animation events in the United States. NYICFF presents more than 100 unique, engaging and challenging films from around the world to over 25,000 audience members each year, aiming to expand the notion of what films for families can be.

NYICFF welcomes all films that skillfully entertain kids and teens whether or not the director intended to reach a younger audience. The New York Times reports from NYICFF 2015, "One thing hasn't changed: a conviction that the challenging, even the disturbing, is not off limits for children. The Festival has a sweet and silly side, too." The Festival experience cultivates an appreciation for the arts, encourages active, discerning viewing, and stimulates lively discussion among peers, families, and the film community. NYICFF is truly a five star event boasting international and US premieres, interactive filmmaker Q&As, immersive filmmaking workshops, audience voting, a filmmaker party, and a spectacular Closing Night Celebration.

Highlights from 2016 included special screenings of The Little Prince (France/USA) and The Boy and the Beast (Japan), North American premieres of feature films Long Way North (France/Denmark), Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues (France), and Molly Monster (Germany), and the Festival's six Oscar-qualifying short film programs. The Festival's Jury Award winning films were determined by NYICFF's esteemed jury, which includes Sofia Coppola, Geena Davis, Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon, Gus Van Sant, Jeffrey Wright, and many more.


September 8, 2016 - Earlybird Deadline
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New York International Children's Film Festival was founded in 1997 to support the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens ages 3-18.

NYICFF runs for four weekends in March at several locations in New York City including the SVA Theatre, IFC Center, DGA Theater, Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea, Scholastic Auditorium and many others. All participating filmmakers receive a complimentary Artist Pass, which allows them access to any NYICFF screening.

Feature and short films are invited for submission - qualify your film today!