New York International Children’s Film Festival: Best Bets 2010
Is your child a future movie director or film critic longing for something off the beaten track? Are they sick of Pixar and Hannah Montana? Are they interested in oddball short films or Japanese animation? Look no further, the New York International Children’s Film Festival, going on now through the end of March, has the right film for every age group and interest. In its thirteenth year, the NYICFF prides itself on promoting intelligent and provocative films for 3-18 year olds, and is the largest festival for kids in North America. Our list breaks down key demographics to aid your search for your kids’ next favorite movie.
Manga-Obsessed Nine-Year-Old: The Festival opens with the US premiere of Summer Wars, a full length animated flick from emerging Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda. A math prodigy solves a riddle sent to his cell phone and is drawn into a virtual world called Oz, complete with avatars, kung fu jackrabbits, and nuclear launch codes. A perfect fit for any anime fan. Sat March 13 at 11 am, IFC Center.
Angsty Teen: The trickiest age group to please, especially with a film festival with “Children” in the title, Flicker Lounge: for Teens and Adults Only contains the best short films with an over-12 age requirement. daring and thought-provoking, these films treat teens like the sophisticated audience they are. Sat March 13 at 2 pm, Symphony Space.
Quirky Preteen Horror Fan: Got a kid who loves to be scared? The films in the Heebie Jeebie series range from darkly humorous to delightfully disgusting to downright frightening. Viewers be warned: with a subtitle like “Spooky, Freaky, and Bizarre,” leave the little (or skittish) ones at home. Sat March 13 at 7 pm, Symphony Space.
View the “Next Floor” Trailer here: http://www.nextfloor-film.com/
Your Twelve-Year-Old Daughter (and You): A series of short films dealing with the trials and joys of being a young woman, Girls’ POV Shorts will entertain your daughter and get her thinking (and TALKING) about the issues in the films as well as her own life. When’s the last time Twilight did that? Sat March 13 at 12 pm, Symphony Space.
First-grade Reluctant Reader: Eleanor’s Secret, recommended for the youngest viewers, revolves around a young boy struggling to learn how to read while saving the characters of his favorite fairy tales for future generations. This film’s magic and charm will ignite the imagination and inspire any early reader to pick up a book.
Click here to view trailer: http://cineuropa.org/trailer.aspx?lang=en&documentID=114066
Whole Family: Turtle, the Incredible Journey tells the story of a baby turtle’s journey from egg to the sea, and the challenges turtles and other magnificent ocean creatures face from manmade obstacles. Appropriate for all ages, featuring beautifully shot nature cinematography, this is a great choice for the whole family. Because, most importantly- who doesn’t love turtles?! Sat March 13 at 1:30 pm, Symphony Space.
So your kids doesn’t fit any of these categories? Want to see more options, including animated French aliens from the 70s and ventriloquist workshops? Go to http://www.gkids.tv/intheaters.cfm for a list of showtimes and to buy tickets for each of these movies. Venues include Cantor Film Center, the IFC Center, Symphony Space, and the DGA Theater.[ad#Author test Google Adsense]