Welcome to the 2021 Festival!

The 2021 selection spotlights stories of kids discovering their cultural histories, defining their own identities, and shaping their futures by connecting with the past. This year's Festival has so much to offer—all online and available nationwide for the first time! There's a lot to see and sort through (even by our standards!), but fear not: if you have any questions, click on TIPS for helpful tips and tricks, or find our comprehensive guide here.


THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT FEST
It's Official Commemorate the first-ever virtual Festival with the official 2021 t-shirt (while raising much-needed funds for all of our programs).
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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+

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