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Learn how animation goes from inspiration to sketch to screen - from the filmmakers themselves - in this special panel presentation. Directors Mark Osborne (The Little Prince), Elizabeth Ito (2017 short in competition Welcome to My Life), and Rawan Rahim (2016 Festival short Lilou) will share excerpts of their films, discuss their inspiration, and demonstrate how they create their dynamic work through sketches, storyboards, and stop-motion models. Experience the process firsthand!

Recommended for ages 8+

Sat Mar 11, 03:30pm Scandinavia House
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 120 min

For ages 6+ — You came, you saw, you voted! After four weekends of great films, we’re counting the votes to create a one-of-a-kind program featuring the best short films from the Festival — as determined by our audience (that’s you!) Watch the contenders for our annual audience and jury awards and then see which of your favorites come out on top when we announce the winners. Then we party!

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Sat Mar 18, 05:30pm SVA Theatre
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 60 min

For all ages — Celebrate our birthday in style! Join us for sweets, treats, and fun followed by a selection of new and classic shorts from our 20-year history: filled with stories of growth, change, transformation... and the occasional party hat!

Lineup includes:

ASTON’S PRESENTS
Sweden
Animation, Lotta and Uzi Geffenblad, 2012, 9 min
Eagerly awaiting his birthday, Aston is creating packages of anything he lays his hands on. Sometimes the real present is not the best one.

BIG BLOCK SINGSONG: COWS
Canada - US PREMIERE
Animation, Warren Brown, 2016, 2 min
Pumped up and on the loose, these Big Blocks are ready to raise the (barnyard) roof on this party!

BIG BLOCK SINGSONG: HAIR
Canada
Animation, Warren Brown, 2012, 2 min
A big block sings a quirky pop tune about all kinds of ways you can wear your hair including long hair, short hair and hair shaped like a boat.

BOTTLE
USA
Animation, Kirsten Lepore, 2010, 5 min
Animated on location at a beach, in the snow, and underwater, this stop-motion short details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle.

GAME OVER
USA
Animation, PES, 2006, 1 min
From New York video artist, Pes, comes this brilliant stop-motion pastiche of classic video games, animated with everyday objects.

JUNCTION
Australia/Canada/Lithuania
Animation, Nathan Jurevicius, 2016, 7 min
The youngest of the fabled Face Changers is poised for fantastic change at the dawn of a brilliant new year.

MY BIG BROTHER
USA
Animation, Jason Rayner, 2014, 3 min
This film toys with the idea of a ‘big brother’ who is not just biologically older, but physically gigantic.

ON THE WING
Russia
Animation, Vera Myakisheva, 2012, 6 min
A small chicken lives with her large family, but she can't stop wondering how birds can fly. Her curiosity and desire for flight cause considerable problems for the family. But one day she succeeds. The only thing is she needs an umbrella.

WHAT IS MUSIC?
USA
Animation, Christian Robinson, 2013, 3 min
A short animation documenting children’s understanding of music.

...AND MORE!

Sat Mar 11, 10:00am SVA Theatre
US/China; Lu Chuan; 2017; 79 min; rated G

 SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING — The visual splendor of the natural world and its extraordinary creatures is captured on a grand scale in Disneynature's new True Life Adventure film Born in China. Follow the stories of three animal families—a doting panda bear mother and her growing baby; a jealous golden monkey and his new baby sister; and the elusive snow leopard and her two cubs —that populate various corners of China’s vast terrain. From the lush green thickets of the panda’s bamboo forest to the white-capped mountain lairs of the snow leopard, Born in China offers a remarkably intimate look at the challenges and charms of raising a family never before captured on film. In English

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Sat Mar 11, 01:30pm SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 11, 04:00pm SVA Theatre
Japan; Kenji Kamiyama; 2017; 115 min; ages 9+

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE — This fender and genre-bending film takes us into the not-too-distant machine-driven future. Kokone should be diligently studying for her university entrance exams, but she just can’t seem to stay awake. Aside from stealing precious study time, her napping is even more distracting, as it brings on strange dreams with warring machines that hint at family secrets that have been dormant for years. She can’t ask her father, a hipster mechanic more talented and artful than his job requires, as he’s always busy modifying motorcycles and cars in flights of fancy. What are these visions that lead Kokone at once closer to and farther away from her family? Like all the best anime, the film revels in multilayered fantasy to show how sometimes opposites—waking and dreaming, the past and the future—are far more intertwined than they appear. In Japanese with English subtitles.

3/19 Q&A with Director Kenji Kamiyama after the screening.

Sat Mar 18, 12:30pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 19, 02:00pm SVA Theatre
Netherlands/Belgium/Croatia; van Kilsdonk; 2016; 90 min; 8+

 US PREMIERE — Ten-year-old Toda lives an idyllic life with her baker father, concocting sweet confections to the delight of their town. But when her father is drafted to join the war between the “Ones” and the “Others,” their tranquil existence is upended. With her father gone and war dangerously encroaching on their town, Toda must make the secret trek to her mother’s home across the border. Along the way, she meets corrupt officials, narrow-minded neighbors, sketchy smugglers, and—luckily—friend and fellow refugee, “Stickie.” Together, they are bolstered by camaraderie and bravery. With strikingly earnest performances from the young actors and without allusions to any specific nationalities, The Day My Father Became a Bush provides a wistfully universal story about the power of resilience and empathy over fear and bigotry. In Dutch with English subtitles

Note: While sensitively handled, film deals with the anxieties of war.

Sun Mar 05, 11:00am IFC Center
Sun Mar 12, 12:00pm SVA Theatre
France/Belgium; Lola Doillon; 2016; 94 min; ages 12+

 NEW YORK PREMIERE — Based on a memoir by Fanny Ben-Ami, Fanny’s Journey is an incredible tale of survival and friendship in the face of the adversity of World War II. Fanny has been sent with her siblings to a foster home in Italy for safety. But when the threat of Nazi persecution expands, the quick-witted 11-year-old must lead a group of children across the Swiss border. Negotiating false names, alternately trustworthy and treacherous adults, and life-threatening situations, Fanny remains determined in her role. With awe-inspiring shots of the European countryside as a backdrop, the film delicately shows the hardship of history through the eyes of children, reminding us that everyday joys and tight bonds can help overcome the most difficult obstacles. In French with English subtitles

Note: Film contains intense moments depicting the reality of World War II Europe.

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Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 70 min

Lineup includes:

BIG MOUTH
Animation, Andrea Dorfman, 2012, 8 min
While Trudy discovers that her big mouth can sometimes get her into trouble, she learns that it's also what makes her special.

CAMERAS TAKE FIVE
Animation, Steven Woloshen, 2002, 2 min
This colorful, handmade, cameraless animation explores shapes and lines in this engrossing visual artwork.

THE FOX AND THE CHICKADEE
Animation, Evan DeRushie, 2012, 7 min
A starving fox meets a cunning chickadee, and together they discover that teaming up could help fulfill both of their goals. But can these two very different creatures trust one another for long enough to get the job done?

LUNA
Animation, Donna Brockopp, 2011, 7 min
One fateful night a larva falls in love at first sight - but can a flamenco dance woo the beautiful Luna moth?

MONSTERS
Animation, John Martz, 2012, 2 min
These dapper, dancing robots show off their moves and grooves in this catchy animated music video that's sure to get your feet tapping.

NORMA’S STORY
Animation, Alex Hawley, 2015, 6 min
This film tells the true story of Norma, who has experienced dramatic changes in her way of life over just a few decades due to the impact of climate change on the wildlife that sustains the Gwich'in First Nation and other northern Canadian communities.

THE ORPHAN AND THE POLAR BEAR
Animation, Neil Christopher, 2013, 8 min
A compassionate polar bear adopts a young boy and teaches him the skills he needs to fend for himself, in this gorgeous animation based on traditional Inuit folktale.

SAINTE BARBE
Animation, Cederic Louis and Claude Barras, 2007, 8 min
In this expressive puppet animation from acclaimed director Claude Barras (My Life as a Zucchini), we meet little bald Leon, who loves his grandfather's big, bushy beard, even before he discovers that his favorite facial hair has magical powers.

A SEA TURTLE STORY
Animation, Kathy Shultz, 2012, 9 min
The life cycle of a sea turtle is explored in this stunning animated film introducing concepts such as the food chain, predatory animals and the nature of marine life.

SHEARED
Animation, Nikolas Illich, 2011, 2 min
A wily sheep looks to dodge the shearing scissors in this homage to Saturday morning cartoons.

SOUP OF THE DAY
Animation, Lynn Smith, 2013, 4 min
If you've ever faced the dilemma of dining out with a picky eater, you'll appreciate this rollicking doo-wop-driven short about the merits of the soup of the day.

THE SWEATER
Animation, Sheldon Cohen, 1980, 10 min
When hockey rivalries reign supreme, Roch Carrier recounts the day when he must face his friends who are die-hard Montreal Canadiens fans.... in a Maple Leafs jersey!

VISTAS: DANCERS OF THE GRASS
Animation, Melanie Jackson, 2009, 2 min
Traditional hoop dance is explored using stop-motion animation in this fascinating look at a native Canadian ritual.

Sat Mar 04, 01:00pm Scandinavia House
Sat Mar 11, 12:30pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 75 min

For ages 10+ — Not just for girls! Female perspectives from around the world are front and center in our popular Girls’ POV program.

Lineup includes:

AMELIA’S CLOSET 
USA – WORLD PREMIERE 
Live Action, Halima Lucas, 2016, 18 min 
Amelia must clean out her head—and her closet—in order to rise above the bullies she faces. 

THE BOOKMOBILE 
USA 
Animation, Julie Zammarchi, 2016, 3 min 
At eight-years-old, Storm Reyes is already working full time as a migrant farm worker. When a bookmobile arrives, the wonders of the page open up new worlds and possibilities. 

EVERYBODY ELSE IS TAKEN  
New Zealand – WORLD PREMIERE 
Live Action, Jessica Grace Smith, 2017, 14 min 
Mika refuses to let gender define her place in one of the harshest environments on Earth: the playground. 

FREE LIKE THE BIRDS 
USA 
Documentary, Paola Mendoza, 2016, 10 min 
Six-year-old Sophie Cruz is a fierce fighter, whether mastering Tae Kwon Do or fighting for the rights of her undocumented parents.  

G-AAAH 
UK – US PREMIERE 
Animation, Elizabeth Hobbs, 2016, 1 min 
Created with an Underwood 315 typewriter, typographical flights of fancy tell the true story of typist-turned-aviator Amy Johnson. 

L’AVIATRICE 
France – US PREMIERE 
Animation, Jacques Leyreloup, Victor Tolila, Perrine Renard, Laura Viver Canal, & Gaël Chauvet, 2016, 6 min 
It’s 1953 and Jacqueline Auriol, a French pilot, is about to go down in history along with her aircraft. 

SING 
Hungary – NEW YORK PREMIERE 
Live Action, Kristof Deak, 2015, 25 min 
2017 Oscar® nominee! Zsofi thinks she’s found the key to fitting in at her new school when she joins its prestigious choir, but she must learn to honor her true voice in the award-winning Sing

SOY YO 
Denmark/Colombia 
Live Action, Torben Kjelstrup, 2016, 3 min 
Fearlessly navigating side-eye and mean girls, one city girl shows unbridled self-confidence and unbeatable dance moves.

Sun Mar 05, 04:00pm SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 11, 01:00pm Scandinavia House
Sat Mar 18, 11:30am IFC Center
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 75 min

For ages 10+ — Slightly spine-chilling and oddly eye-opening, the shorts in Heebie Jeebies will inspire you to see things from a whole new perspective!

Lineup includes:

BLIND VAYSHA 
Canada – NYC PREMIERE 
Animation, Theodore Ushev, 2016, 8 min 
2017 Oscar® nominee! A split screen imaginatively relays the dilemma of Vaysha, a girl who sees the future in one eye and the past in the other. 

BØYGEN 
Norway
Animation, Kristian Pedersen, 2016, 6 min
Norwegian mythology, slinking serpents, and shape-shifting anxieties.

CHATEAU DE SABLE 
France – NEW YORK PREMIERE 
Animation, Quentin Deleau, Lucie Foncelle, Maxime Goudal, Julien Paris, & Sylvain Robert, 2015, 6 min 
In the middle of the desert, soldiers made of sand protect a marvelous pearl from a huge creature trying to steal it in this epic, Ray Harryhausen-inspired CGI battle.  

EINSTEIN-ROSEN 
Spain – NEW YORK PREMIERE 
Live Action, Olga Osorio, 2016, 9 min 
Summer, 1982. Teo claims he has found the fabled Einstein-Rosen Bridge through space and time. His brother Óscar doesn’t believe him…at least not for now. 

GLOVE 
USA 
Animation, Alexa Lim Haas & Bernardo Britto, 2015, 5 min 
The surprising journey of an astronaut’s glove that traveled from Delaware to the depths of space in 1965—and is likely still floating around today. 

RUBIK  
Germany – NEW YORK PREMIERE 
Animation, Xenia Smirnov, 2016, 4 min 
What would you do with the power to shake the world in your hands? Manipulations of this Rubik’s cubes lead to manipulations of time and space.  

THE INKSECT 
Mexico – NEW YORK PREMIERE 
Animation, Pablo Calvillo, 2016, 9 min 
In the dark, dystopian world of The Inksect, freedom can only be harnessed from books. But can they be wrested from evil hands? 

THE WILD BOAR 
Germany/France/Hungary – NEW YORK PREMIERE 
Animation, Bella Szederkényi, 2016, 14 min 
From the urban jungle to the darkness of the woods, one feral kid searches for connection. 

VOLTAIRE
Netherlands – NEW YORK PREMIERE 
Animation, Jan Snoekx, 2015, 12 min 
Weathervane rooster Voltaire pines for a life atop grand cathedrals, and things get more gothic than he ever imagined in this lightning-strikes-twice story.

 

France; Michel Ocelot; 2016; 57 min; ages 7+

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE — Renowned animator Michel Ocelot (Kirikou and the Sorceress) originally conceived of this enchanting collection of fairy tales in his signature silhouette style of animation as a series related to past Festival feature Tales of the Night (NYICFF 2012). A master projectionist and his two assistants bring life to four magical tales. Stories of a shape-shifting princess, a cat whose natural ability seems supernatural to some, a girl who learns to harness—not hide from—her fears to fight the most daunting of beasts, and a boy tempted by the promises of a sorcerer are full of rich imagery, plot twists, and charming characters. As always, Ocelot’s illustrations provide a stunning platform to explore the very art of storytelling. In French with English subtitles

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Switzerland; Xavier Koller; 2015; 104 min; ages 7+

 NEW YORK PREMIERE — When an accident leaves Ursli and his family without their annual harvest, they must strike a deal with a wealthy merchant in order to survive—including giving up Ursli’s beloved goat, Zila. At least there’s Chalandamarz, the end-of-winter festival, to look forward to. Ursli is sure he’ll receive the best of the traditional bells given to all the local boys. When this, too, is taken by the merchant and his equally greedy son, it takes Seraina, a brave girl, to help him stand up for himself and set things right. Adapted from the iconic Swiss novel “A Bell for Ursli,” this fable is a serenade to a just, natural world filmed amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Alps. In Swiss German with English subtitles

Netherlands; Anna van der Heide; 2016; 85 min; ages 7+

 NEW YORK PREMIERE — Sita wants nothing more than a little quality time with her mother, who is often busy tending to the (literally) ruffled feathers of her patients at the local veterinary clinic. Yet it’s her mother’s expertise that instills in Sita a love and understanding of the animal kingdom that she’s eager to share in her upcoming school report on amphibians. Curiously, whenever she utters the word “frog” in the classroom, her teacher goes a bit green at the gills and disappears—a problem considering the unconventional educator is being monitored closely by the strict principal. Based on a story by best-selling author Paul van Loon, this charmingly quirky tale infuses its rustic setting with subtle fantasy to portray a group of students who stand steadfast by their beloved teacher no matter where—or in what form—he hops. In Dutch with English subtitles

Sat Mar 11, 11:00am Scandinavia House
Sat Mar 18, 02:30pm SVA Theatre
Japan; Isao Takahata; 1972; 72 min; all ages

We’re flashing back to a Festival classic that our audiences may have missed! From the legendary team that formed Studio Ghibli (with original conepts and character designs by Hayao Miyazaki), comes two deliriously delightful animated featurettes. Seven-year-old Mimiko has somehow persuaded her grandmother to take off by train and leave her home alone. She’s quite capable of handling all duties of home and hearth, but gets more than she bargains for when Papa Panda and baby Panny turn up at her door. Their round bodies, wide grins, and off-kilter clowning offer the first glints of another charming neighbor to come. Infused equally with the amazing and the absurd, this seriously fun Totoro precursor is sure to win over new audiences and seasoned Ghibli fans alike. Panda, Go Panda, indeed! In English

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Sun Mar 05, 10:00am SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 11, 02:00pm SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 18, 11:00am IFC Center
UK; Jakob Schuh and Jan Lachauer; 2016; 58 min; ages 6+

 NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE — Forget everything you thought you knew about Little Red Riding Hood. And Cinderella. And the Three Little Pigs... In “Revolting Rhymes,” Roald Dahl reimagined six classic fairy tales with his characteristically sardonic wit. Now his twisted tales come to life in two wondrously animated featurettes. These new stories have slightly rougher edges: a greedy pig banker pilfering Red Riding Hood’s hard-earned savings, a Cinderella less than thrilled with her post-ball prospects, and a Snow White who hightails it into the big city. And yet, compassion somehow miraculously holds on. Gallows humor, guffaws, knowing laughs, and sighs of relief all have their turn in this wicked and visually sumptuous tale, delicious enough to become a classic in its own right. In English

Note: Dark humor and some stylized cartoon violence.

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Japan; Yuyama & Sakakibara; 2016; 89 min; ages 7+

 NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE — Rudolf enjoys a life of comfort and care in Gifu, Japan. Yet true to the adage, curiosity gets the best of the kitten, and he decides to explore beyond the four walls of his home. When he’s inadvertently whisked into the back of a cargo truck and lands in Tokyo, he befriends Gottalot, a seasoned street cat who possesses a crucial and unusual skill that will help him find his way home: the ability to read the human language. Rudolf’s journey is rich with Japanese culture, and his story celebrates the wonder of discovery—that magical moment when you realize you have the key to unlock the world. In Japanese with English subtitles

Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 70 min

For ages 5 to 10

Lineup includes:

1MINUTE NATURE: BLACKBIRD & QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
Netherlands – N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
Animated Documentary, Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016, 1 min each

BIG BLOCK SINGSONG: WIZARD
Canada – US PREMIERE
Animation, Warren Brown, 2016, 2 min
You can sing your own praises, but practice is what really makes a wiz.

CRAB STORY
Russia/Australia – WORLD PREMIERE
Animation, Tatiana Poliektova & Filippo Rivetti, 2017, 5 min
A surprising tale of crabs, pineapple, flotsam and jetsam idols.

MR. NIGHT HAS A DAY OFF
Lithuania – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Ignas Meilunas, 2016, 2 min
Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don’t like something, you change it.

OUTDOOR CINEMA
Russia/Australia – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Tatiana Poliektova & Filippo Rivetti, 2014, 3 min
The best cinema of all reflects what is right in front of us in this homage to all things that capture our eye.

PAWO
Germany
Animation, Antje Heyn, 2015, 8 min
In a constantly changing world, a little toy figure tames her fears while making strange and silly friends.

RICEBALLS
Australia
Live Action, Shingo Usami, 2015, 10 min
A father and son work their way past loss to strengthen cultural bonds through food.

SAUSAGE
Germany – N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
Animation, Josefine Haessler, 2016, 5 min
Sometimes you have to be willing to risk a little for the sake of love.

SPIDER WEB
Russia – N. AMERICAN PREMIERE
Animation, Natalia Chernysheva, 2016, 4 min
Working together means weaving new webs of strength.

SPRING JAM
New Zealand – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Ned Wenlock, 2016, 6 min
Lone Stag lacks a certain something in the antlers department: antlers. How will he get any birds to help him make music for the spring jam?

STONE SOUP
France/Belgium – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Clementine Robach, 2015, 7 min
The transformative power of community nourishes all in more ways than one.

SWEATY ARMPITS
USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Animation, Tony Dusko, 2016, 1 min
It’s the return of the Notebook Babies, and perspiration and inspiration are getting equal due.

UKA
Spain – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Valle Comba Canales, 2016, 3 min
Life for Uka is grey and dull until she finds a way of changing how she sees the world.

WATER PATH FOR A FISH
Spain/Colombia/France – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Mercedes Marro, 2016, 8 min
Oscar rescues a goldfish from the clutches of hungry cats, but with the drought, has trouble caring for it. 

YOU LOOK SCARY
USA – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Xiya Lan, 2016, 4 min
Sometimes we amplify our fears. 

Sat Mar 04, 12:00pm SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 05, 12:45pm Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - City Point
Sat Mar 11, 12:00pm SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 12, 12:30pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 18, 10:30am Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 19, 11:00am IFC Center
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 75 min

For ages 12+

Lineup includes:

1MINUTE NATURE: MY CAT IN ME 
Netherlands – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Animated Documentary, Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016, 2 min
Food cycles and life cycles hilariously intertwine in one kid’s story of the impact of his cat. 

ANALYSIS PARALYSIS
Switzerland – EAST COAST PREMIERE
Animation, Anete Melece, 2016, 9 min
Living in the modern world, Anton's head is literally bursting with competing thoughts and decisions to be made. But does an oasis of clarity lie right in front of him?

CACOPHONY
USA – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Animation, Melody AiHsuan Shih, 2016, 2 min
The chaos of urban life creates its own dissonant symphony, composed of multilayered drawings, abstract textures, colors, and sounds. 

DOGTOR
USA – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Animation, Rhea Dadoo, 2016, 3 min
It’s about friendship and reflecting on personal journeys. Also, dogs! 

FRENCH
France – US PREMIERE
Live Action, Josza Anjembe, 2016, 21 min
Senya was born in France to Cameroonian parents. On her 17th birthday, she must choose between family and identity to pursue her college dreams. 

IT WAS MINE
Norway - US PREMIERE
Animation, Kajsa Næss, 2015, 8 min
Is there really such a thing as coincidence? R. is in search of a remarkable book that he yearns to read. He finally finds it in the most unexpected way. Based on a short story by Paul Auster. 

THE LAW OF THE SEA
UK – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Animation, Elmaz Ekrem & Dominika Ozynska, 2016, 4 min
Expressive paint strokes illustrate the story of fishermen on the Greek island of Lesvos who find themselves reeling in Syrian refugees as often as fish. 

ROGER
Spain – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Animation, Sonia Cendón, Sara Esteban, Arnau Gòdia, Ingrid Masarnau, & Martí Montañola, 2016, 7 min
Roger is used to being the leading man in a stop-motion series. But when his good luck runs out on set, he must learn how to claw his way back to the top.  

TRIAL & ERROR
Germany
Animation, Antje Heyn, 2016, 6 min
Solving a problem often means improvising, a notion taken to absurd lengths in this film about a lost shirt button, busy cats, startled parrots, and a long-lost friend. 

WE WILL DANCE, EVEN IF THE BAND NEVER SHOWS UP
Spain – WORLD PREMIERE
Animation, Carmen Angelillo, Guido Lambertini & Rodier Kidman, 2016, 2 min
Was it the moves that came first, or the music? Who cares! Bask in these 258 animated legends from the past and present grooving their way through the void. 

WELCOME TO MY LIFE
USA – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Animation, Elizabeth Ito, 2015, 9 min
The animated high school challenges of T-Kesh, your average Monster-American teenager. 

WHEN I HEAR THE BIRDS SING
Norway – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Animation, Trine Habjorg, 2016, 8 min
The experiences and aspirations of five young refugees from the Ivory Coast are vividly illustrated in this vibrant and moving animated documentary.

Sun Mar 05, 11:30am IFC Center
Sat Mar 11, 04:30pm SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 18, 03:00pm Scandinavia House
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 75 min

For ages 8 to 14

Lineup includes:

1MINUTE NATURE: JELLYFISH WEATHER 
Netherlands – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Animated Documentary, Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016, 1 min
The sea teems with life, color, and mystery in this boy’s story of a day at the beach. 

DRIVEN
USA
Animation, Julie Zammarchi, 2016, 3 min
A son remembers what it took for his father—the first African American inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame—to cross the finish line at racetracks in the segregated South. 

HEADS TOGETHER
Netherlands – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Animation, Job, Joris, & Marieke, 2016, 21 min
Three friends must walk a day in each other’s shoes…and legs, and torsos. 

LITTLE MOUSE
Hungary – US PREMIERE
Animation, Ervin B. Nagy, 2016, 7 min
Eleven-year-old “Little Mouse” is a naturally gifted swimmer who earned a spot at the Bucharest Youth Championship. Will she have what it takes to out-lap the big kids? 

MAST QALANDER
UK/India
Live Action, Divij Roopchand, 2016, 15 min
Young Sikh Montek is on the verge of a big birthday. Can he get what he really wants? 

NINO & FELIX
Italy – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Animation, Marta Palazzo & Lorenzo Latrofa, 2015, 8 min
Nino and Felix, two boys thrown together by circumstance, must learn to work it out in fantastical fashion to find common ground. 

THE PITS
USA - WORLD PREMIERE
Live Action, Mike Hayhurst, 2016, 3 min
In a lonely world, what can you do to find your fit? A story about the search for love. 

A SMALL ESCAPE
Sweden – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Animation, David Sandell, 2016, 3 min
A pair of scissors plans a great domestic escape, joining forces with pencils, Post-Its and tape rolls to shape its own destiny. 

A WELL SPENT AFTERNOON
Slovenia – NEW YORK PREMIERE
Live Action, Martin Turk, 2016, 8 min
Noble actions don’t always reap clear rewards, but a father and son gain a meaningful bond in the exchange.

Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 60 min

1MINUTE NATURE: SQUIRREL & HAMSTER
Netherlands – NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Animated Documentary, Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016, 1 min each 
Can you train a squirrel? One young boy aims to try.

THE BIRDIE
Russia – NY PREMIERE
Animation,Yekaterina Filippova, 2015, 3 min 
Once Birdie met a hippo. They became friends and built a lovely house together.  

BRAZEY
USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Animation, Jared D. Weiss, 2016, 2 min 
Delight in the freestyle moves of Brazey, playful shape-shifter and interpretive dancer. 

CROCODILE
Germany – NY PREMIERE 
Animation, Julia Ocker, 2016, 4 min
A relaxing evening on the couch turns into a noshing nuisance for one peckish croc. 

EAGLE BLUE
UK
Animation, Will Rose, 2016, 4 min
A bold palette and a swaying beat bolster Eagle Blue high above the mountaintop, but she must swoop in and provide a proper meal for her hungry chicks. 

HEAD UP!
Germany – NY PREMIERE 
Animation, Gottfried Mentor, 2015, 3 min 
Kids—even the wooly, four-legged kind—have something to teach their elders.

A HOLE
Mexico – US PREMIERE 
Animation, Maribel Suarez, 2016, 5 min 
A little girl longs for a playmate in the garden. Her efforts go unnoticed—until they finally take root. 

I AM NOT A MOUSE 
UK
Animation, Evgenia Golubeva, 2015, 2 min
Lucy’s outgrown her nickname. Can she convince her mom to stop calling her “Mouse?” 

IN A CAGE
France – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Loic Bruyere, 2016, 6 min
When bear and bird find the right rhythm, teamwork equals sweet freedom in this jazzy short. 

KONIGIRI KUN: SHOPPING
Japan
Animation, Mari Miyazawa, 2015, 5 min
Konigiri Kun, a curious rice ball with a penchant for shopping, goes out to market and is tempted all around in this hilarious nod to overconsumption.

THE MOLE AND THE EARTHWORM
Germany
Animation, Johannes Schiehsl, 2015, 4 min
When it seems like everyone else has a friend, one lonely mole finds love in an unexpected place. 

THE POCKET MAN
France/Switzerland/Georgia – WORLD PREMIERE
Animation, Ana Chubinidze, 2016, 7 min
Good things come in all sizes and packages. Especially the pocket man, whose kindness abounds. 

THE SLED
Russia – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Olesya Shchukina, 2016, 5 min 
A little squirrel makes a new discovery and quickly figures out how to use it for winter fun. 

TIGER
Germany – NY PREMIERE
Animation, Kariem Saleh, 2016, 4 min
A little tiger, happy but hungry, devises clever means to fill his belly and satisfy his cravings.

Sat Mar 04, 11:00am IFC Center
Sun Mar 05, 12:00pm SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 11, 10:30am Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 12, 10:45am Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 18, 10:00am SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 19, 11:30am IFC Center
UK; Philippa Lowthorpe; 2016; 97 min; ages 6+

 NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE — Lake District, England. 1935. The four Walker children have finally convinced their parents to let them set off on their own for a sailing adventure during summer vacation. Their summer of freedom quickly turns into a fierce turf war when they learn their island camp has been claimed by the boisterous Amazons, and find themselves caught in the midst of some nefarious international intrigue that’s landed in their sleepy byways. Based on the beloved English novels by Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons is filled with dramas big and small—from a capsized picnic basket to a Russian spy campaign—that come together to create a fluidly captivating story of bravery set against the languorous beauty of the English countryside. In English

Sat Mar 04, 02:00pm SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 12, 02:30pm SVA Theatre
South Korea; Ga-eun Yoon; 2016; 95 min; ages 9+

 NEW YORK PREMIERE — Bright-faced and modest, Sun is a devoted daughter and big sister, but she can’t seem to connect with her classmates. When new girl Jia moves to town over summer break, Sun’s luck begins to change. The two form a fast bond, spending their days trading friendship bracelets, stories, and recipes (you’ll leave craving kimchi). Yet when school starts again, Jia quickly sees Sun as the rest of the class does: as an outcast on the other side of the social class line. But Sun still still holds out hope for friendship with Jia, who despite her popularity, has problems of her own. With intimate shots and a lingering camera, The World of Us presents a quiet but poignant story of the complexities—and, ultimately, the joys—of female friendship, cultural values, and family life that ring true no matter what the setting. In Korean with English subtitles

Note: Main character deals, briefly but realistically, with an alcoholic parent.

Sat Mar 04, 11:15am IFC Center
Sun Mar 12, 05:00pm SVA Theatre
Canada; Ann Marie Fleming; 2016; 85 min; ages 9+

 NEW YORK PREMIERE — Rosie Ming wants nothing more than to live the life of a Parisian poet. Instead, the only child of a Chinese mother and Iranian father lives in Canada with her over-protective grandparents. She’s overjoyed to receive an unexpected invitation to a poetry festival, but has some misgivings upon realizing that it’s not in Paris, but in Iran. Culture shock upon arrival soon gives way to total fascination as she (and the audience) discovers the area's rich artistry and storytelling. With the help of new friends, Rosie uncovers her connection to Iran, her inspiration, and her own artistic voice. Ann Marie Fleming’s adaptation of her own graphic novel beautifully mixes animation styles to create a testament to the value of identity and the power of art to bridge cultures and generations. In English 

Sat Mar 04, 04:30pm SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 18, 01:00pm Scandinavia House
Spain; Oskar Santos; 2016; 100 min; ages 8+

 NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE — A follow up to NYICFF 2013 audience favorite Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang, no familiarity with the original is necessary to jump right into this boisterous and stylized Spanish caper. As a punishment for accidentally setting a toy store on fire, Zip and Zap’s parents forgo their traditional Christmas holiday and drag the boys along on a work trip. Something is amiss when a sinister storm lands them at the grand, cliff-side mansion of Miss Pam, a children’s literature-loving headmistress for a freewheeling home for children separated from their parents. With sweeping views of the dramatic Basque coast and settings that evoke stories from the greats from J.M. Barrie to Jules Verne, the latest chapter in the Zip and Zap saga is equal parts comic book antics and mysterious adventure. In Spanish with English subtitles

Note: Film contains some mature language.

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