New York Int'l Children's Film Festival 2013

The New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival has announced its full slate and jury for the 16th annual edition, which runs March 1-24 at seven Manhattan locations.

The New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival for kids and teens will present four weeks of ground-breaking and thought-provoking new works for ages 3-18, with 100 new films, opening and closing galas, premieres, six short film programs, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, A-list jury, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony.

Some NYICFF 2011 films being shown:

The New York International Children’s Film Festival

Approved for Adoption – In this fascinating animated autobiography a series of gorgeously animated, sepia-toned vignettes trace filmmaker Jung Henin from the day he is adopted from Korea by a Belgian family, through elementary school, and into his teenage years, when his emerging sense of identity begins to create fissures at home and to inflame the latent biases of his adoptive parents. In French with English subtitles - Recommended ages 11 to adult

From Up on Poppy Hill – Set in Yokohama in 1964, the film centers on an innocent romance developing between two high-school kids caught up in the changing times, as the country picks itself up from the devastation of World War 2 and prepares to host the 1964 Olympics. Star-filled voice cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard and Anton Yelchin. In English - Recommended ages 9 to adult

Hey Krishna – A vibrantly colorful cartoon retelling of the life of the child Krishna – the naughty prankster with the beautiful blue hue and long eyelashes. In English - Recommended ages 8 to adult

Kirikou and the Men and the Women – In this third film in the Kirikou trilogy, Ocelot’s almost impossibly vibrant use of color is everywhere on display – as a collection of short form fables are woven together, mixing traditional storytelling and mythology with bits of humor and wit, and backed by an upbeat musical score from Malian, Togolese and French artists. In French with English subtitles - Recommended ages 7 to adult – or all ages for French speaking audiences.

Meet the Small Potatoes – Like This is Spinal Tap for the pre-school set, this musical mockumentary follows a group of singing spuds from humble beginnings on an Idaho potato farm to their meteoric rise to international pop stardom. In English - Recommended all ages

GIRLS’ POV – Strong! – “Can you imagine being huge – but graceful and beautiful and just gorgeous?” Tipping the scales at 300 pounds, Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Hawthorn defies conventional notions of female beauty. In our fitness-obsessed culture, Cheryl’s success makes us rethink how we see the female body and expands our notion of what it means to be powerful, healthy, and beautiful. Screened as part of NYICFF’s Girls’ POV program, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In English - Recommended ages 9 to adult

For full schedule and tickets for all events, call 212-349-0330 or visit www.gkids.com

LOCATIONS: Asia Society and Museum, DGA Theater, Elinor Bunim Munroe Film Center, French Institute Alliance Française, IFC Center, Scholastic Theater, SVA Theatre

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