Festival Field Trips

Field Trip screenings display a wide range of filmmaking techniques, and an even wider range of perspectives as our festival includes works from over thirty countries. Each screening is followed by a conversation or Q&A with either a filmmaker, a special guest or a member of our Festival team, during which students will learn to think about form and craft as well as visual representation.

We know the importance of discussing literature in a classroom setting, and we believe that it is equally important to discuss film this way. Learning to dissect and interpret visual storytelling is an important skill to have in a society in which screen content is an integral part of everyday life.

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).

Short Films One

Grades K-2 – The films in this program rely on music, color, and clear narratives to tell their stories either with no dialogue or in English

Short Films Two

Grades 3-5 – Films in this program display a variety of film techniques with layered stories and perspectives. Some films include subtitles

Short Films Three

Grades 6-8 – With many diverse cultural perspectives, these films explore identity and belonging.

Girls' POV Program

Grades 6-8 – 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.

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