Submissions now open for New York International Children’s Film Festival

New York, New York – USA
February 23 to March 18, 2018

In the Spotlight today is the 21st Annual New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), an Academy-qualifying event that features outstanding films of all genres from around the globe, curating the very best in new short and feature filmmaking for young audiences.

NYICFF is the largest 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. The Festival’s prestigious jury is comprised of leading members of the film and media industry, including mostly recently Sofia Coppola, John Canemaker, Geena Davis, James Schamus, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, and Taika Waititi.

The Festival welcomes animation, live action, and documentary films that skillfully engage kids and teens whether or not the director originally intended to reach a younger audience.The New York Times reports, “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.” NYICFF is truly a five star event, boasting international and US premieres, interactive filmmaker Q&As, immersive filmmaking workshops, audience voting, and filmmaker and industry parties. The four-week Festival culminations in a Closing Night Celebration, with Audience Awards for films as well as the Jury Awards, which determine eligibility for nominations in the Academy Award Best Short Animation and Best Short Live Action categories.

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September 11, 2017 – 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. Each year, the Festival invites families to travel the globe, explore new ideas and gain a deeper understanding of the world they live in. NYICFF is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

NYICFF runs for four weekends in February and March at numerous venues in New York City including the SVA Theatre, IFC Center, DGA Theater, Cinepolis Chelsea, Alamo Drafthouse and many others. All participating filmmakers receive a complimentary Artist Pass, which allows them access to any NYICFF screening.

Shorts and feature animation, documentary and live action films are invited for submission – make the discounted early deadline in September and qualify your film today!

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