Friday marks the start of the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). From the 7th to the 30th of March, the 2014 edition unspools Mar 7-Mar 30 at theaters around Manhattan, with 100+ films plus gala premieres, retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, production workshops, receptions, audience voting, and the annual NYICFF Awards Ceremony.
NYICFF was founded in 1997 to promote intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 3-18 and to help define a more compelling film for kids. Since its launch, the event has grown to become the largest festival for children and teens in North America, with an audience of over 25,000 attending the most recent event. Since 2000, all screenings have sold out in advance.
Each year the festival presents 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world plus gala premieres, retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, workshops, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony. But the festival has become much more than just an annual event; NYICFF now offers year-round film programming, a touring festival, an online festival, and film production workshops for children ages 6-16.
NYICFF is an Academy®-qualifying festival. Recipients of the NYICFF jury prizes are eligible for consideration in the Live Action Short and Animated Short Film categories of the Annual Academy Awards.®
*** Post Oscar Update ***
Mr. Hublot won an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film last night. From directors Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, Mr. Hublot chronicles the sweet and funny relationship between a man and his dog — albeit in a steampunk world. Mr. Hublot will be shown as part of the NYICFF in the Short Films Two Category.