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Fri Feb 24, 06:00pm New York International Children's Film Festival Passes
Switzerland/France; Claude Barras; 2016; 66 min; ages 11+

 EAST COAST PREMIERE — “Zucchini” may sound like a weird name, but after the accidental death of his mother, the nickname is all the nine-year-old has left of her. The kids at his new group home seem to understand and, though hesitant at first, Zucchini soon finds himself part of their close-knit, makeshift family. So upon the arrival of the winsome Camille, he is quick to offer his own warm welcome. But when Camille’s greedy aunt tries to take her away, Zucchini and his newfound friends must find a way to stay together. With its beautifully expressive stop-motion style, My Life as a Zucchini tackles sometimes heavy subject matter with a light touch, conveying the children’s perseverance through precarious circumstances through the matter-of-fact lens of childhood. In English

Note: Film includes references to characters' difficult pasts, including alcoholic, criminal, and abusive family members, as well as childlike discussions of sexual situations. 

Fri Feb 24, 08:15pm DGA Theater
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.

Fri Feb 24, 06:00pm DGA Theater
Japan; Makoto Shinkai; 2016; 106 min; ages 10+

EAST COAST PREMIERE ​— The day the stars fell, two lives changed forever. Total strangers Mitsuha and Taki live their teenage lives in separate cities until suddenly, for reasons unknown, they switch bodies. Beyond all of the physical awkwardness of their strange, new bodies, they must learn to navigate each other’s social realms and habits as they continue to swap back and forth unexpectedly. Incredibly, they adapt and form an intense bond by leaving each other messages. But can they manipulate fate and the destructive forces of the heavens to meet in person? Written, directed, and animated by anime master Makoto Shinkai (NYICFF 2008’s 5 Centimeters Per Second) in his stunningly detailed signature style, the film’s world is one where teenagers are full of sensitivity in the best sense: open to every experience and exchange, and eager to truly know one another. In Japanese with English subtitles

Sat Feb 25, 05:30pm SVA Theatre
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!

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!

Sat Feb 25, 12:00pm SVA Theatre
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

Sat Mar 11, 01:30pm 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

Sun Mar 19, 02:00pm 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.

Sat Feb 25, 03:30pm Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 05, 02:30pm Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - City Point
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 70 min

For ages 7+ — In celebration of their own 20th anniversary, our neighbors to the north from TIFF Kids International Film Festival, the people behind the Toronto International Film Festival, have compiled a special program of their favorites from the past 20 years.

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. With spunk, dunks, and beats, young Sarai Gonzalez shows what it means to be fearlessly yourself in Soy Yo (Denmark/Colombia). A girl learns to rise above bullying to clear out her home—and head—in Amelia’s Closet (USA). Zsofi discovers what it means to honor your true voice in the award-winning Sing (Hungary)... and more!

Sat Feb 25, 01:30pm Scandinavia House
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: a split screen imaginatively relays the story of a girl who sees the future in one eye and the past in the other in Blind Vaysha (Canada). From the urban jungle to the wilds of the forest, a feral kid’s search for connection is vividly illustrated in The Wild Boar (Germany, France, Hungary). Freedom can only be harnessed from books in the dark, dystopian world of The Inksect (Mexico)... and more! 

Sat Mar 04, 05:00pm Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - City Point
Sun Mar 12, 04:00pm Cinépolis Chelsea
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

Sat Feb 25, 02:00pm SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 05, 05:00pm Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - City Point
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

Sat Feb 25, 11:00am Scandinavia House
Sat Mar 11, 02:30pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 19, 12:30pm Cinépolis Chelsea
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

Sun Feb 26, 12:30pm SVA Theatre
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 youngest 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

Sun Mar 05, 10:00am SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 11, 02:00pm SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 18, 11:00am IFC Center
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

Sat Feb 25, 12:30pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 05, 10:30am Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - City Point
Sun Mar 19, 10:30am Cinépolis Chelsea
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 70 min

For ages 5 to 10 — Cavort with creatures of all sizes and stripes: Follow the uphill and upbeat discovery of Lone Stag as he discovers a new use for his antlers in Spring Jam (New Zealand). Join a girl who learns to tame fears—and persistent pandas—in the humorous, hand-drawn Pawo (Germany) and follow a fish on a surprising "upstream" journey in Water Path for a Fish (Spain)... and more!

Sat Feb 25, 10:30am Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Feb 26, 11:00am SVA Theatre
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+ – Discover fantastic and moving stories from around the globe and creatureverse: the animated high school challenges of T-Kesh, your average Monster-American teenager, in Welcome to My Life (USA), the experiences of young refugees from the Ivory Coast vividly illustrated in When I Hear the Birds Sing (Norway), and the trials of French-Cameroonian teen Seyna, who must choose between family and identity to pursue her college dreams in French (France)... and more! 

Sun Feb 26, 04:30pm SVA Theatre
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 — Short Films Two offers fun in increments: 1-Minute Nature Films (Netherlands) offers a quirky, super short take on the documentary format. Two boys thrown together by circumstance learn to work it out in fantastical fashion in Nino and Felix (Italy). Three best friends find a magic device that allows them to swap each other’s heads and bodies to hilarious, er, ends in Heads Together (Netherlands)... and more! 

Sat Feb 25, 04:00pm SVA Theatre
Sun Feb 26, 10:30am Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 04, 12:30pm Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - City Point
Sun Mar 05, 03:00pm SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 11, 05:00pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 12, 02:00pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 18, 11:00am Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 19, 12:00pm SVA Theatre
Various Countries/Directors; 2017; approx. 60 min

For ages 3 to 6 — Selected especially for our youngest audiences! Kids—even the wooly, four-legged kind—have something to teach their parents in Head Up! (Germany). A small girl detests her childish nickname in I am Not a Mouse (United Kingdom). Creatures surprise and befriend one another, above ground and below, in The Mole and the Earthworm (Germany)... and more!

Sat Feb 25, 10:00am SVA Theatre
Sun Feb 26, 12:00pm Cinépolis Chelsea
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

Sun Feb 26, 01:30pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 04, 02:00pm SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 12, 02:30pm 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.

Sat Feb 25, 03:00pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 05, 11:00am IFC Center
Sun Mar 12, 12:00pm 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; 2015; 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. Anne 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.

Sun Feb 26, 04:00pm Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 04, 02:30pm Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - City Point
Sat Mar 18, 12:00pm SVA Theatre
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