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Year-round screenings include premieres, sneak previews of major studio releases, encore screenings of past Festival films, exclusive filmmaker panels and Q&As, special anniversary screenings, parties, and much more!

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Special Preview Screening
and filmmaker Q&A!

Thursday December 8, 6pm
SVA Theatre

Member tickets now available! Not a member? Click here to join! Free preview screening with an introduction by Emma Thompson (Miss Trunchbull) and Matilda herself, Alisha Weir! Followed by Q&A with director Matthew Warchus, screenwriter Dennis Kelly, and Tim Minchin, who wrote the original music and lyrics! Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical is an inspirational musical tale of an extraordinary girl who discovers her superpower and summons the remarkable courage, against all odds, to help others change their stories, whilst also taking charge of her own destiny. Standing up for what’s right, she’s met with miraculous results. Read more.

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Special Event Screening
followed by Q&A with Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson!

Saturday, December 10 - 11:00am
The Paris Theater

Members get first access to events like this! Not a member? Click here to join! Free preview screening and Q&A with legendary director Guillermo del Toro! Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio reimagines the classic tale of the fabled wooden boy who, looking for a place in this world during turbulent times, finds himself on an enchanted adventure transcending worlds and discovering the life-giving power of love and the precious nature of human existence. Read more.

Recent Events


Filmmaker Event: Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Special Program

Saturday, December 10th, 2022
Paris Theater
followed by a discussion with Guillermo del Toro and co-director Mark Gustafson!

Academy Award®-winning director Guillermo del Toro reimagines the classic tale of the fabled wooden boy who, looking for a place in this world during turbulent times, finds himself on an enchanted adventure transcending worlds and discovering the life-giving power of love and the precious nature of human existence. Read more

Special Preview: Matilda the Musical

Special Program

Thursday, December 8th, 2022
Paris Theater
with special guests Alisha Weir and Emma Thompson! Q&A with Matthew Warchus & Dennis Kelly

With an intro by Emma Thompson (Miss Trunchbull) and Matilda herself, Alisha Weir! Followed by Q&A with director Matthew Warchus, screenwriter Dennis Kelly, and Tim Minchin, who wrote the original music and lyrics! Read more

Special Preview Screening: My Father’s Dragon

Special Program

Sunday, October 30th, 2022
Paris Theater
Followed by Q&A with director and NYICFF Juror Nora Twomey!

From five-time Academy Award®-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, Wolfwalkers) and Academy Award®-nominated director (and NYICFF Juror!) Nora Twomey (The Breadwinner), comes an exquisite film inspired by the Newbery-honored children’s book from author Ruth Stiles Gannett. Struggling to cope after a move to the city with his mother, Elmer runs away in search of Wild Island and a young dragon who waits to be rescued. Elmer's adventures introduce him to ferocious beasts, a mysterious island, and the friendship of a lifetime. Read more

Wendell & Wild: Free Preview and Q&A

Special Program

Saturday, October 8th, 2022
Paris Theater
Followed by Q&A with co-writer and director Henry Selick, moderated by Nic Stone!

See it before it hits Netflix on October 28! From the delightfully wicked minds of Henry Selick and Jordan Peele, comes Wendell & Wild, an animated tale about scheming demon brothers Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Peele), who enlist the aid of 13-year-old Kat Elliot — a tough teen with a load of guilt — to summon them to the Land of the Living. But what Kat demands in return leads to a brilliantly bizarre and comedic adventure like no other, an animated fantasy that defies the law of life and death, all told through the handmade of stop motion. Read more

Free Preview: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

Special Program

Saturday, June 18th, 2022
Walter Reade Theater
Followed by Q&A with director/co-writer/producer Dean Fleischer Camp

Members have claimed their tickets—now it's your turn! In 2011, we were introduced to Marcel, a shell with two shoes and lots of other great qualities (his words, but we agree). In addition to taking home the 2011 NYICFF Grand Prize award for animated short, Marcel watched his star continue to rise. Now, thanks to his internet infamy, Marcel, along with his Grandma Connie and his pet lint Alan, has a chance to find his long lost family in his very own big-screen adventure. Read more

Vivo Q&A

Feature United States
Kirk DeMicco, 2021, 99 min.

Thursday, August 19th, 2021
Virtual
Virtual Q&A with director Kirk DeMicco and voice star Ynairaly Simo

Join us for a free Q&A featuring Oscar®-nominated director Kirk DeMicco and voice star Ynairaly Simo of Vivo! We'll discuss the inspiration behind the film, animating different locations, making a musical, and answer your questions! Read more

Wolfwalkers Q&A

Special Program

Friday, December 18th, 2020
Virtual
Virtual conversation with directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart

Now available to stream! To watch the Q&A, click here Join us for a virtual conversation with directors Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea) and Ross Stewart (The Breadwinner, Paranorman). We'll discuss the inspiration behind the story, the process of creating hand-drawn animation, and answer your questions! Read more

Jingle Jangle Q&A

Friday, December 11th, 2020
Virtual

Now available online! To watch the Q&A, click here. Writer-Director David E. Talbert and Producer Lyn Sisson-Talbert will join us for a live discussion to chat about the making of this adventurous film, give us a peek behind the scenes, and answer YOUR questions! Read more

Over the Moon Q&A

Special Program

Friday, November 13th, 2020
Virtual
Featuring the film's animators, producers, and voice actors

Now available online! To watch the Q&A, click here. Join us for a behind the scenes look at Over the Moon. Read more

Klaus

Feature USA | Special Sneak Peek
Sergio Pablos, 2019, 97 min.

Sunday, November 10th, 2019
Cantor Film Center
Q&A with Director Sergio Pablos

When young postman, Jesper (Jason Schwartzman), befriends reclusive toymaker Klaus (Oscar winner J.K. Simmons), their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions. Read more

Abominable

Feature China, USA | Special Sneak Peek
Jill Culton, 2019, 97 min.

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019
IFC Center
Q&A with Director Jill Culton

DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio’s co-production Abominable takes audiences on an epic 2,000-mile adventure from the streets of a Chinese city to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. Read more

Ralph Breaks The Internet

Feature USA | Special Sneak Peek
Rich Moore and Phil Johnston, 2018, 112 min.

Sunday, November 18th, 2018
SVA Theatre

Video game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) navigate the vast and dynamic world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush. Read more

Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch

Feature USA | Special Sneak Peek
Scott Mosier and Yarrow Cheney, 2018, 80 min.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Cantor Film Center

For their eighth fully animated feature, Illumination and Universal Pictures present The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic. Read more

Smallfoot

Feature USA | Special Sneak Peek
Karey Kirkpatrick, 2018, 96 min.

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
SVA Theatre

Get Yeti! An animated adventure for all, Smallfoot turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. Join us for this very special first look at the film before it opens in theaters on September 28th. Read more

Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

Special Program

Saturday, July 21st, 2018
SVA Theatre
Special Preview Screening

When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! Join us for this very special advance screening of Teen Titans Go! to the Movies before it opens in theaters on July 27. Read more

The Breadwinner

Feature Canada, Ireland, Luxembourg
Nora Twomey, 2017, 94 min.

Saturday, November 18th, 2017
IFC Center
Followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Nora Twomey and voice actor Saara Chaudry

From executive producer Angelina Jolie and the creators of the Academy Award®-nominated The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea comes the highly-anticipated new feature based on Deborah Ellis’ bestselling novel. Read more

Coco Advanced Screening

Feature United States | Special Preview Screening
Lee Unkrich & Adrian Molina, 2017, 109 min.

Sunday, November 5th, 2017
SVA Theatre

Join us for this very special advance screening of Disney•Pixar’s Coco before it opens in theaters on Nov. 22. Read more

The Magic School Bus Rides Again

Special Program

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
JCC Manhattan

Celebration includes two all-new episodes, book giveaways, special prizes, and more!
The kids are back at Walkerville School for another school year of astonishing, out-of-this-world field trips in this all-new reimagining of the iconic science-comedy-adventure series The Magic School Bus. Read more

Whale Rider: Special 15th Anniversary Screening

Feature New Zealand
Niki Caro, 2002, 105 min.

Sunday, August 13th, 2017
JCC Manhattan

We are thrilled to share the 15th Anniversary Screening of Whale Rider with audiences who may have missed its first run. Read more