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2022 Virtual Program | New York Int'l Children's Film Festival
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2022 Virtual Program
2022 Virtual Program


We are thrilled to be able to share a small portion of our 25th Anniversary Festival online.

In order to make our programs as accessible as possible—and to celebrate a quarter-century—we're offering three weeks of access to these fantastic films for just $25.

Like what you see? Virtual passes (and other great benefits) are included in Festival membership. So get a membership, get a free pass, get first access to year-round events (and more!) and get the good feeling of supporting a small non-profit arts organization working hard to deliver unmatched programming in a number of ways.

Wherever you are, grab a seat and get comfortable— we're watching together.

passes $25 and valid March 16 through April 3 now through April 6 (!), 2022 in the United States only
for more information on how to access your pass and the virtual program, click here.


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¡HOLA NYICFF!

Recommended ages: 10+

You’ve asked if we could screen more Spanish-language films. Our answer? ¡Sí, claro! Our annual program delivers the best Latinx stories from around the world, and not just in Spanish, but also English, and even Portuguese, celebrating the many cultures, histories, identities and languages held within.


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Bangla Surf Girls

Recommended ages: 12+

In the water, Bangladeshi teens Suma, Ayesha, and Shobe are mighty, riding ocean waves with a fluidity, ease and mastery. On land, their lives are more tethered by lack of resources, patriarchal limitations, and generational divides. Bangla Surf Girls is a beautifully observed coming-of-age documentary that follows these three teenage girls over the course of three years, capturing the rare sense of agency they find by joining a surf club as they fight insurmountable odds to pursue their dreams.


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Best Birthday Ever

Recommended ages: 3-5

Little Charlie is a small rabbit who lives with his loving family and pets in a house at the edge of town. Like many five-year-olds, he goes to a kindergarten and plays with his friends in the neighborhood, basking in the delight of his parents’ complete attention. But all of that changes with the arrival of his baby sister, Clara. When the chance for adventure with his best friend, Monica, arises, Little Charlie—eager to make his own mark and maybe a little jealous—hops to it.


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Bonus: Shorts for Tots 2021

Recommended ages: 3+

Just for our under-5s, we’re bringing back Shorts for Tots 2021!


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Celebrating Black Stories

Recommended ages: 10+

Celebrating Black Stories spotlights shorts from throughout the Festival and around the world that embrace the joy, resilience, and complexity of the lives of Black youth.


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Kids Cup

Recommended ages: 10+

The Norway Cup is the world’s biggest soccer tournament for kids, and tough teams overcome enormous challenges—on and off the pitch—to play in it.


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Moominvalley: The Lonely Mountain

Recommended ages: 6+

Sometimes even the best of friends need a little space to themselves, so when Snufkin sets out on a mountain trip solo, both he and Moomintroll must learn to balance the fine art of togetherness and time to grow on your own.


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Short Films Two

Recommended ages: 8 to 14

No mismatch here, NYICFF favorite series Mitch-Match returns with a stop-motion volley for Short Films Two’s tales of growing up and making key plays to save the day.


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Shorts for Tots

Recommended ages: 3+

One small step for a boot, one giant step for a tot will keep you apace in this shorts program filled with gleeful hops of fun.


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The Strangest Girl in the World

Recommended ages: 9+

The colorful world of high school, with its cool kids, chaos, and excitement, is just a pale backdrop for Melién. For her, true thrills are in the mysteries she reads and horror stories she writes that transport her far beyond the tame walls of her bedroom.


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To the Bright Side

Recommended ages: 7+

Though the protagonists range from a family of rabbits, a boy doing his homework at his parents’ restaurant, or a child and his grandmother in the countryside, all tell a unique stories of love, challenges, and maturing to the beat of your own drum.


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Zero Gravity

Recommended ages: 8+

Zero Gravity follows three middle school innovators and their first-time coach as they learn to navigate the complexities of NASA technology and life as a pre-teen.

Celebrating Black Stories

Online Exclusive!
Recommended ages 10+

Short Films

Celebrating Black Stories spotlights shorts, from throughout the Festival and around the globe, that embrace the joy, resilience, complexity and bright futures of Black youth.

more

¡HOLA NYICFF!

Online Exclusive!
Recommended ages 10+

Short Films

You’ve asked if we could screen more Spanish-language films. Our answer? ¡Sí, claro! Our annual program delivers the best Latinx stories from around the world, and not just in Spanish, but also English, and even Portuguese, celebrating the many cultures, histories, identities and languages held within.

more

Bangla Surf Girls

Online Exclusive!
Recommended ages: 12+
Elizabeth D Costa; 2021, 92 min
Feature, Documentary

Bangla Surf Girls is a beautifully observed coming-of-age documentary that follows three Bangladeshi girls over the course of three years, capturing the rare sense of agency they find by joining a surf club as they fight insurmountable odds to pursue their dreams.

more

Best Birthday Ever

Online Exclusive!
Recommended ages 3-5+

Michael Ekblad; 2021, 82 min
Feature, Animation

Like many five-year-olds, Little Charlie goes to a kindergarten and plays with his friends in the neighborhood, basking in the delight of his parents’ complete attention. But all of that changes with the arrival of his baby sister, Clara.

more

TO THE BRIGHT SIDE

Recommended ages 7+

Multiple Artists; 2021, 83 min
Feature, Animation

Though the protagonists range from a family of rabbits, a boy doing his homework at his parents’ restaurant, or a child and his grandmother in the countryside, all tell a unique stories of love, challenges, and maturing to the beat of your own drum.

more

KIDS CUP

Recommended ages 10+

Line Hatland; 2021, 90 min
Feature, Documentary

The Norway Cup is the world’s biggest soccer tournament for kids, and tough teams overcome enormous challenges—on and off the pitch—to play in it.

more

MOOMINVALLEY

Recommended ages 6+

TK; 2021, TK min
Feature, Animation

TK

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THE STRANGEST GIRL IN THE WORLD

Recommended ages 9+

Mariano Cattaneo; 2021, 82 min
Feature, Live Action

The colorful world of high school, with its cool kids, chaos, and excitement, is just a pale backdrop for Melién. For her, true thrills are in the mysteries she reads and horror stories she writes that transport her far beyond the tame walls of her bedroom.

more

ZERO GRAVITY

Recommended ages 8+

Thomas Verrette; 2021, 74 min
Feature, Documentary

Zero Gravity follows three middle school innovators and their first-time coach as they learn to navigate the complexities of NASA technology and life as a pre-teen.

more

Shorts for Tots

Recommended ages 3+

Short Films

One small step for a boot, one giant step for a tot will keep you apace in this shorts program filled with gleeful hops of fun.

more

BONUS: SHORTS FOR TOTS 2021

Recommended ages 3+

Short Films

Just for our under-5s, we're bringing back Shorts for Tots 2021!

more