“Devoted to the kind of fare that may be found at the Academy Awards but not at the local multiplex.
It gives young audiences more to digest than popcorn.”
– New York Times
The NY International Children’s Film Festival is a wonderful collection of short films from around the world for the young and the young-at-heart.
There are two programs, one for children ages 3-7 and another for ages 8-80. One ticket admits you into both programs. Scroll down for brief descriptions of each film.
This year’s Festival includes short films from France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Australia, Russia, South Africa, Guatemala, Colombia, Lithuania and South Korea. You and your kids can travel around the world on Sunday, Nov 10 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.
No passport required, no wall at the border.
PROGRAM I (ages 3-7)
If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP. Catching up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils in the winning doc Pen Licence. Then little ones are in charge and grown-ups get to play when the hilarious Flipped reworks the script.
These shorts and so much more await you!
South Africa, Animation
Jeremy Collins, Kelly Dillon, 2018, 5 min
One girl is determined to make a very big splash, but will she have the buoyant courage to pull it off?
Animation, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, 2019, 4 min
You’ve heard of night owls and bookworms? Well both perfectly describe this mouse, who must find a way to continue his exciting bedtime reading when it’s lights out.
Nils Hedinger, 2018, 7 min
If you’ve ever been the youngest of the group, you’ll sympathize with the little tadpole who always falls a tad behind in the charming KUAP .
PIG ON THE HILL
Jamy Wheless & John Helms; 2017, 6 min.
Pig may be up high, but his nimble new neighbor, Duck, shows how the most important spot of all is one next to friends.
Documentary, Olivia Peniston-Bird, 2018, 9 min
Brushing up on penmanship is the name of the game if you want to graduate from pencils.
Sergei Ryabov, 2018, 3 min
Checkers may seem a game of child’s play, but can a losing cat nab a comeback?
Giselle Pérez, 2018, 2 min
Like everything Abuelita does, her tamales are filled with love, especially when her granddaughter gets to help out in the kitchen.
Nancy Kangas & Josh Kun, 2018, 2 min
Samuel serves up some poetic proclamations about life, as definitively drawn from the three-foot perspective.
Alex Budovsky, 2017, 4 min
NYC’s biggest borough gets the Busby Berkeley treatment in this charmingly upbeat ode to industrial Brooklyn that will have you tapping your steel-capped toes!
RACCOON & THE LIGHT
Hanna Kim, 2018, 4 min
Nighttime is a breeze for a nocturnal creature, but a spotlight shines in more ways than one in this Student Academy Award-Winner.
Program II (Recommended for ages 8-80)
Program II bridges the gap between little and big for young audiences growing in experiences and ideas.
Take a wild ride and harness the (cat) power of the cosmos with the quirky film Catmos . If your curious about more earthly matters, take a page out of a Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl. And whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo in Mogu & Perol just might convince you there is simply nothing more deeeelish than a warm friendship.
South Korea, Animation
Jeon Seungbae, 2018, 7 min
Banging, jumping, wailing, pounding—noisy neighbor mayhem rules the day until this ultimately loveable bunch of apartment dwellers find a way to hammer it out together.
MOGU & PEROL
Tsuneo Goda, 2018, 9 min
Whether their tastes lean umami or sweet, the duo here finds there is simply nothing more delish than a warm friendship.
Gediminas Siaulys, 2017, 11 min
A magical transfer of glowing energy and life is set into motion when one creature departs its earthly form.
Emily Sheskin, 2017, 7 min
A pugilist-in-training, Jess has big boxing aspirations, while her father worries and supports her in one-two alternations of his own.
A FIELD GUIDE TO BEING A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL
Australia, Live Action
Tilda Cobham-Hervey, 2017, 20 min
Who doesn’t need A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl —whether you are, have been, or ever wanted to be one—in this wry comedy.
Sweden, Live Action
Christian Zetterberg, 2018, 6 min
A middle school dance floor is the ultimate field of courage for our protagonist.
Katya Miloslavskaya, 2017, 5 min
The (cat) power of the cosmos can fuel you once you connect your charger to the energy and yin-yang fusion of Catmos
Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Malet, 2018, 6 min
Crevasse-kicking laughs are in store when an alpine ski rescue goes way, way off track.