Festival Field Trips

Field trips provide the complete Festival experience during weekday screenings for elementary school classes and after school groups. Each screening showcases a diverse selection of animated, live-action, documentary, and experimental films from around the world that inspire creativity, promote media literacy, and encourage critical thinking.

In addition to the elementary school and Girls’ POV short film programs, our education department can work directly with your group to present a compilation of shorts or a feature film that best suits your community or academic needs.

Booking Information

To arrange a field trip for your school, please contact education@nyicff.org or call (212) 349-0330. Please be prepared to provide grade level, number of students, and desired date(s).

Elementary School Program

Grades k-5 – Students and educators enjoy a custom-curated short film program at a special weekday festival screening that introduces them to a diverse mix of subject matter, cultural viewpoints, and cinematic styles. The experience encourages the expansion of the participants’ intellectual and imaginative lives, cultivates active, discerning viewing and stimulates lively discussion. All films are shown in English, with no dialogue, or with English subtitles (grades 3-5 only).

Girls' POV Program

Grades 6-9 – Comprised of short and feature films featuring young female protagonists, Girls’ POV offers a window into the trials and triumphs of girls around the world and a refreshingly honest take on the young female experience. The Girls’ POV screenings lead to valuable post-screening discussion about the universal challenges facing girls today. When the issues on-screen mirror those in their own lives, young audience members leave with a greater sense of community and self-confidence. Films are shown in English, with English subtitles, or with no dialogue.

Useful Information

  • Field trips take place at Festival venues in midtown and lower Manhattan that are easily accessible by public transportation and can accommodate bus drop-off.
  • Total program runtime is 2 hours (screening is approx. 1 hour)
  • $8-10/student (free admission for teachers and chaperones)
  • Transportation must be arranged by school
  • All programs are available at no cost to Title 1 public schools where at least 40% of the student body comes from low-income households

All Programs Include

  • Ballots for audience voting
  • Post-screening discussions with filmmakers, Festival staff, and/or special guests
  • Customized discussion guides for teachers to promote conversation in the classroom and further explore film content, themes, and filmmaking styles/techniques