Film Programs & Premieres at NYICFF 2023

By 2/20/2023 10:59:00 AM

Now in its 26th year, The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) announces its 2023 Short Film Programs will present 8 programs, curated for age groups ranging from tots to teens.

Film Programs & Premieres at NYICFF 2023

Shorts Programs include:

Shorts for Tots (ages 3-6), created for our youngest and first-ever moviegoers; Short Films One (ages 5-10), for graduates of the Tots program; Short Films Two (ages 8-14) for those who want to dig a little deeper and explore a little further, and Short Films Three (ages 12+), selected with teens in mind

For budding genre-lovers

Heebie Jeebies Shorts feature spooky, freaky, and bizarre happenings with titles recommended for ages 10 and up.

This year Girls’ POV: shorts featuring stories of girls who dare to break the mold (also recommended for ages 10 and up) and Celebrating Black Stories, which spotlights shorts from around the world that embrace the joy, resilience, and complexity of the young Black experience (recommended for ages 7 and up).

¡Hola Cine! returns to deliver stories in Spanish and English celebrating Latinx cultures, histories, identities and languages. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

The festival begins Friday, March 3rd and will run weekends through March 12th in New York City. Expanding to venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn, hosts include: SVA Theatre, Film Forum, DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema, Scandinavia House, and Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn.

The final weekend of March 17h-19th will be at the Sag Harbor Cinema, a new addition this year.

Makoto Shinkai’s SUZUME North American Premiere at NYICFF

The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) will host the North American Premiere of Makoto Shinkai’s latest film Suzume, a major addition to the feature lineup. Suzume will screen March 5th at the SVA Theatre as the festival’s Centerpiece selection.

Suzume | Trailer


On the other side of the door, was time in its entirety—

As the skies turn red and the earth trembles, Japan stands on the brink of disaster. But one determined teenager, Suzume, sets out on a mission to save her country. Able to see the supernatural forces that others can’t, it’s up to her to close the mysterious doors spreading chaos across the land. A perilous journey awaits as the fate of the country rests on her shoulders.

NYICFF has a history of supporting Makoto Shinkai’s work and showcasing anime titles year after year, having premiered master animator Shinkai’s Your Name. (2016), Children Who Chase Lost Voices From Deep Below (2012), and 5 Centimetres Per Second (2008) at previous festivals in addition to major features by auteurs such as Miyazaki, Hosoda and more.

This year is no exception with exciting new anime titles including: the Adaptation of Tsujimura Mizuki’s Popular YA Novel Lonely Castle in the Mirror, Atsuko Ishizuka’s Goodbye Don Glees!, and the East Coast premiere of Masaki Tachibana’s Blue Thermal.

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