2021 Festival Program


  Further Reading
These films are based on a book or graphic novel.
  Girls' POV
Not just for girls! These films feature empowered girls breaking the mold.
  True to Life
These films are inspired by a true story or are set in a real time in history.
  Spotlight Country
These films showcase the great art of Canadian animation.
  Friends & Neighbors
These films are part of NYICFF's Friends & Neighbors program, highlighting Japanese cinema.


Best of the Fest 2021

Recommended ages: 8+

Beans

Feature Canada
Live Action, Tracey Deer; 2020, 92 min

Recommended ages: 14+
In English

The Bears’ Famous Invasion

Feature France, Italy
Animation, Lorenzo Mattotti; 2019, 82 min

Recommended ages: 10+
In French, with English subtitles

Buladó

Feature Curaçao, Netherlands | International Premiere
Live Action, Eché Janga; 2020, 86 min

Recommended ages: 12+
in Papiamento and Dutch, with English subtitles

Calamity

Feature Denmark, France
Animation, Rémi Chayé; 2020, 85 min

Recommended ages: 8+
In French, with English subtitles

Opening Night: City of Ghosts Q&A

Special Program United States | Premiere Event
Animation, Elizabeth Ito; 2021, 17 min

Recommended ages: 5+
In English

Curtain Up!

Feature United States
Documentary, Hui Tong & Kelly Ng; 2019, 69 min

Recommended ages: 8+
in English and Mandarin, with English subtitles

The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite

Feature France | US Premiere
Live Action, Pierre Coré; 2020, 89 min

Recommended ages: 10+
In French, with English subtitles

Flora and Ulysses Special Event Q&A

Special Program United States
Live Action, Lena Khan; 2021, 95 min

Recommended ages: Rated PG
In English

Jackie & Oopjen

Feature Netherlands | New York Premiere
Live Action, Annemarie van de Mond; 2020, 90 min

Recommended ages: 8+
In Dutch, with English subtitles

The Legend of Hei

Feature China | World Premiere English Language Version
Animation, MTJJ Mutou; 2019, 101 min

Recommended ages: 9+
In English

Magic Light Celebration

Recommended ages: 3+
In English

The Mitchells vs. the Machines: Sneak Peek + Q&A

Special Program United States
Animation, Michael Rianda; 2021, min

Recommended ages:

Moominvalley: The Hobgoblin Trilogy

Feature Finland, UK | US Premiere
Animation, Steve Box; 2019, 66 min

Recommended ages: 5+
In English

My Dad is a Heel Wrestler

Feature Japan
Live Action, Kyohei Fujimura; 2018, 110 min

Recommended ages: 9+
In Japanese, with English subtitles

Opening Spotlight: Nahuel and the Magic Book

Special Program Brazil, Chile | North American Premiere
Animation, Germán Acuña; 2019, 99 min

Recommended ages: 8+
In Spanish, with English subtitles

Closing Spotlight: Raya and the Last Dragon

Special Program United States | Premiere Event
Animation, Don Hall & Carlos López Estrada; 2021, 107 min

Recommended ages: Rated PG
In English

Sisters: The Summer we Found our Superpowers

Feature Norway | New York Premiere
Live Action, Silje Salomonsen & Arild Østin Ommundsen; 2020, 77 min

Recommended ages: 7+
In Norwegian, with English subtitles

Shorts For Tots

Shorts 60 min.

Recommended ages: 3+

Short Films One

Shorts 75 min.

Recommended ages: 5+

Short Films Two

Shorts 80 min.

Recommended ages: 8+

Girls’ POV

Shorts 80 min.

Recommended ages: 10+

Heebie Jeebies

Shorts 75 min.

Recommended ages: 10+

Becoming Ourselves: Breaking the Binary

Shorts 60 min.

Recommended ages: 10+

Celebrating Black Stories

Shorts 75 min.

Recommended ages: 10+