Recommended for ages 3–6.
The New York International Children's Film Festival is North America's largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more provocative and compelling film for kids. Each year the festival presents a carefully curated collection of the best new animation, live-action, and experimental film from around the world in an exhilarating festival atmosphere with all the immediacy and excitement of a Cannes or Sundance. The NYICFF jury includes such film icons as Susan Sarandon, Gus Van Sant, Matthew Modine, James Schamus, Michel Ocelot, Uma Thurman, Evan Shapiro, Christine Vachon, and John Turturro. Now these exciting, culturally enriching NYICFF films are available to audiences nationwide in an all-digital presentation of short film compilations and award-winning feature films.
The Little Bird and the Leaf
Animation, Lena von Döhren, 2011, 4 min.
It’s winter. At the end of a branch hangs a single leaf. A little black bird comes along to water it – but just as the bird reaches the end of the branch, a swift winter wind carries the leaf away.
Animation, Matthieu Gaillard, 2012, 4.5 min.
In this stunning watercolor-come-to-life, a young girl is preparing for a trip to the beach with her dad—and decides that her pet goldfish should come along for the ride!
Animation, Tony Dusko, 2011, 3 min. total
From NYICFF alumnus Tony Dusko: A series of short, humorous meditations on life calibrated for the self-actualized preschooler. Selected titles include Believe in Yourself, Moving Forward, and Sharing.
Goat Herder and His Lots and Lots and Lots of Goats
Animation, Will Rose, 2012, 7 min.
Beneath a fuchsia sky, a goat herder leads his flock of goats up and down the mountains of Spain. Inspired by the filmmaker’s daughter, this multi award-winning film uses a lovely muted color palette, beautiful design, and subtle humor to excellent effect.
How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep?
Animation, Anna Ginsburg, 2012, 3.5 min.
A little boy visits the moon as it exists in dreams—an iridescent orb surrounded by translucent jellyfish and cellophane streams. Based on an Italo Calvino short story.
The Squeakiest Roar
Animation, Maggie Rogers, 2011, 4 min.
The littlest lion in the family just can't seem to find his big bad roar, but his little squeak might turn out to be his greatest asset.
Animation, Damon Gameau, 2011, 3 min.
Dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and . . .
Munggee, Not Again
Animation, Rothlin/Walthert, 2011, 6 min.
Sleepwalking can be very dangerous, especially in the mountains! In this delightful stop-motion movie, two marmots and a hedgehog attempt to rescue their somnambulant friend.
Apache (Danger Beach)
Animation, Ned Wenlock, 2011, 2.5 min.
Neon paper cutouts create a continuously spiraling stage for an Apache guitarist and his Yeti band mate as they perform a twangy throwback to 1960s surf-rock and spaghetti Western soundtracks.
The Day of the Dead
Animation, Gary McGivney, 2011, 8 min.
With sugar skulls, sweet-smelling marigold petals, and joyful songs, a family welcomes back its ancestors in this spirited and colorful tribute to a unique holiday.
Animation, Audrey Bussi, 2011, 2 min.
A little boy picks up a shell on an empty, secluded beach. Putting it to his ear, he becomes lost in the sounds of the sea.
Animation, Lotta and Uzi Geffenblad, 2012, 9 min.
Impatient for his birthday, Aston whiles away the hours giftwrapping everything he can lay his hands on. When the big day arrives, he discovers that the “real” present is not always the best one.