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NY International Children’s Film Festival

October 28, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

“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. If you missed the screening last week at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, you have one more chance to attend – on Sunday, October 28th at the upstairs IU Fine Arts Theater

There are two programs, one for children ages 3-7 (2pm) and another for ages 8-80 (at 3:15). One ticket admits you into both programs.

This year’s Festival includes short films from France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Australia, Russia, Canada, and the Czech Republic. You and your kids can travel around the world on Sunday at the IU Fine Arts Theater.

No passport required, no walls at the borders.

The Children’s Film Festival is presented in part by Ferguson Law, Goods for Cooks, and Richard Malone, M.D.


Program 1 gives a warm welcome to all budding cinephiles with this lively international lineup of fun. Kick off the festivities with good hygiene and great dubstep in Party Mouth (USA), then let your hair—or, er fur—down and hang loose in I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia). And, even if you get into a tangle, there will be someone to catch and cheer you on with the charming If You Fall (Canada).

Dark, Dark Woods

Denmark | Animation
Emile Gignoux & Mik Lovenbalch Kirchheiner; 2017, 6 min.

Royal life’s not always so magnificent and can be tiring for a little one—so Maria trades in a tiara for a wilder kind of fun.

Henriyeti: Sock it to Me, Yeti!

USA | Animation
Greg Walter; 2017, 2 min.

Henriyeti—a little bit girl and a little bit Yeti—demonstrates that great matches go beyond appearances. It’s just about teaming up and putting one fearless foot in front of the other.

The House

Czech Republic | Animation
Veronika Zacharova; 2016, 6 min.

Moving on is never easy—sometimes you’ve got to roll with the changes. Other times you have to chase your dreams, as the House and its inhabitants hilariously find out.

If You Fall

Canada | Animation
Tisha Deb Pillai; 2017, 6 min.

Eight-year-old Lila takes on the daunting task of learning how to cycle, while she and her beloved Baba must also balance Mom’s work, his art, and everyone learning to grow and let go.

I Want to Live in the Zoo

Russia | Animation
Evgenia Golubeva; 2017, 6 min.

At home you’ve got to clean up your room, clear your plate, and finish up homework. Wouldn’t it be much more fun to relax and hang with some buddies at the zoo?


Sweden | Animation
Adam Marko Nord; 2017, 9 min.

Koalas, hippos, elephants, and fish find their own groove in this melodic menagerie of a film, set to jazz sounds from the award-winning Oddjob quintet.

Party Mouth

USA | Animation
Hunter Gatherer; 2017, 2 min.

We guarantee this catchy dubstep tune will stay in your head while you take your grooming game to a whole other level!

Sherbert Rozencrantz, You’re Beautiful

Australia | Live Action
Natalie van den Dungen; 2017, 11 min.

Ten-year-old Milly is quite content in the company of her carrot-colored guinea pig, Sherbert. Why can’t others understand that, she wonders, in this sweet sherbet-hued ode to the 1980s and finding your own path.

Tiger, Tiger

USA | Animation
Rhea Dadoo; 2017, 4 min.

A family takes a wrong turn in the jungle and must summon all their calm to get out—but might that just be a Bengali tiger in the shadows?


With a compelling range of styles and themes, Program 2 offers clever, thought-provoking films sure to inspire audiences ages 8+ to expand their horizons. In the Grand Prize award-winner Game (USA), AJ has the drive to excel but must push through obstacles to get there. Meanwhile, teamwork takes on different stripes when an odd couple of bears are forced to work together in the hilarious stop-motion short Poles Apart (UK). Plus, the CG-animated wonder Gokurōsama (France) bridges cultures and generations by showing us that even in an automated age, a little human touch can still work wonders.

Cat Days

Germany, Japan | Animation
Jon Frickey; 2018, 11 min.

in Japanese, with English subtitles

Jiro feels sick. When his father takes him to the doctor, tests reveal it’s nothing serious, and yet make for surprising news about Jiro. But who says you can’t challenge the results?



USA | Live Action
Jeannie Donohoe; 2017, 15 min.

A.J. Green, a new kid in town, shows up at boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Can it be sustained?



France | Animation
Clémentine Frère, Aurore Gal, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli & Romain Salvini; 2016, 7 min.

From escalators to robotic vacuums, automation helps this slightly surreal Japanese mega-mall hum along. But sometimes a little human touch goes a long way…


Hello Salaam

Netherlands | Documentary
Kim Brand; 2017, 15 min.

in Arabic, in Dutch, with English subtitles

Two boys from Holland are headed on a big journey, traveling to a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos where their mothers volunteer. How will the boys bridge such big differences in language, culture, and experiences to make friends and build meaningful bonds?


Piñata Love

USA | Live Action
Joel Ramirez; 2017, 6 min.

Mexican country craft meets-cute with NYC urban grit in this tale of a near-perfect mâche.


Poles Apart

UK | Animation
Paloma Baeza; 2017, 12 min.

Nanuk, a tough-talking polar bear, meets Aklak, an enthusiastic grizzly, when he encroaches on her own dwindling turf, and she’s understandably a little less than patient with his clueless cheer.



Australia | Animation
Philip Watts; 2017, 2 min.

A citizen needs rescuing. Luckily, there’s a superhero on hand who just needs somewhere to get into costume…


The Theory of Sunset

Russia | Animation
Roman Sokolov; 2017, 9 min.

Deep at night, a dedicated cyclist traverses the wintry forest. The challenge: make sure this new day gets off to a fresh and timely start.



USA | Animation
Sara Litzenberger; 2017, 3 min.

Sasquatch. Bigfoot. Call him what you will, if you can catch him on camera, that is, in this surprising look behind his elusive nature.



October 28, 2018
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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