2020 Festival Tickets

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Children of the Sea

 

Japan  |  East Coast Premiere
Ayumu Watanabe, 2019, 111 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 10+
in Japanese, with English subtitles

Adapted from the acclaimed manga comes this visually dazzling, mind-bending aquatic mystery.

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Fri Feb 21 - 6:30pm
SVA Theatre
Opening Night!
Sun Mar 8 - 2:00pm
SVA Theatre

Bento Harassment

 

Japan  |  East Coast Premiere
Renpei Tsukamoto, 2019, 106 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 10+
in Japanese, with English subtitles

Can food speak louder than words? With Futaba’s mother tired of her teen’s icy attitude, she’ll try an unusual tactic to get her to talk—by way of her bento lunch box.

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Sun Feb 23 - 12:30pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 1 - 11:00am
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 8 - 5:00pm
SVA Theatre

The Club of Ugly Children

 

Netherlands  |  International Premiere
Jonathan Elbers, 2019, 90 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 10+
in Dutch, with English subtitles

This action-packed thriller unfolds in a world led by a new president whose motto, “Keep it Clean,” means rounding up kids who don’t meet his view of ideal citizens.

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Sat Feb 29 - 11:30am
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 1 - 1:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 3:00pm
SVA Theatre
Q&A with director Jonathan Elbers

Days of the Bagnold Summer

 

United Kingdom  |  East Coast Premiere
Simon Bird, 2019, 86 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 12+
English

When his vacation plans tank, Ben faces another dull summer in his quiet town. Battling boredom, he auditions for a rock band whose members turn out to be a little, well, littler than expected.

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Sat Feb 29 - 2:45pm
Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 8 - 3:30pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 15 - 5:15pm
SVA Theatre

Disneynature’s Dolphin Reef

 

United States  |  Special Preview Screening
Keith Scholey, 2020, 77 min.

Feature Recommended ages: All Ages
English

Narrated by Natalie Portman, Disneynature’s Dolphin Reef features Echo, a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin who’s more interested in exploring his coral reef home, and its intriguing inhabitants, than learning to survive in it.

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Sun Mar 15 - 1:15pm
SVA Theatre
Special Event Preview Screening

Disneynature’s Elephant

 

United States  |  Special Preview Screening
Mark Linfield, 2020, 86 min.

Feature Recommended ages: All Ages
English

Disneynature’s Elephant follows African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo as their herd make an epic journey hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert.

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Sat Mar 14 - 11:15am
SVA Theatre
Special Event Preview Screening

Fahim, the Little Chess Prince

 

France  |  North American Premiere
Pierre-François Martin-Laval, 2019, 107 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 9+
French, with English subtitles

In this true-to-life story, Fahim journeys from Bangladesh to France with his father and seeks to train with a chess grandmaster.

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Sun Feb 23 - 3:45pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 1 - 2:45pm
SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 7 - 1:45pm
Cinépolis Chelsea

Forward: Tomorrow Belongs to Us

 

France  |  East Coast Premiere
Gilles de Maistre, 2019, 84 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 8+
In French, Spanish and other languages with English subtitles

Meet seven incredible young activists from around the world with unwavering courage to transform our future in this new documentary.

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Sat Feb 22 - 4:45pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 1 - 3:15pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 14 - 11:00am
IFC Center

Fritzi: A Revolutionary Tale

 

Germany/Belgium/Luxembourg/Czech Republic  |  East Coast Premiere
Ralf Kukula, Matthias Bruhn, 2019, 80 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 9+
English

Summer 1989, East Germany. While her best friend, Sophie, visits Hungary, twelve-year-old Fritzi lovingly watches her dog, Sputnik.

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Sat Feb 29 - 2:30pm
SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 7 - 11:30am
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 14 - 1:45pm
SVA Theatre

Hilda

 

United Kingdom/United States/Canada  |  World Premiere
Andy Coyle, 2020, 44 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 5+
English

She’s clever, kind, witty—and rocks a pair of red boots like nobody’s business. Hilda is back, rescuing elves, dodging trolls, and exploring Trolberg’s strange history and stranger personalities.

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Sat Feb 22 - 3:00pm
SVA Theatre
Sat Feb 29 - 1:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 8 - 3:00pm
SVA Theatre
Q&A with director Andy Coyle

Magic Boy

 

Japan
Akira Daikuhara, Taiji Yabushita, 1961, 83 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 8+
English

Anime? Check. Disney-inspired cute critters? Check. Beautiful colors? Do you even have to ask?! Our Festival Flashback is a groundbreaker: the first-ever anime film released in the US (from renowned Toei Studios).

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Sat Feb 29 - 5:00pm
Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 8 - 10:45am
IFC Center

Moominvalley

 

Finland, United Kingdom  |  North American Premiere
Steve Box, 2019, 66 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 5+
English

Whether you’re already mad for Moomins or you’ve yet to meet these hilarious and cuddly creatures, you can catch their newest capers as NYICFF once again offers an exclusive look at the latest goings-on in Moominvalley.

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Sat Feb 22 - 11:00am
Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 1 - 11:00am
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sat Mar 7 - 10:45am
SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 14 - 1:00pm
Scandinavia House

On-Gaku: Our Sound

 

Japan  |  US Premiere
Kenji Iwaisawa, 2019, 71 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 12+
in Japanese, with English subtitles

From grunge to genius, On-Gaku turns it up to eleven musically and visually!

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Sat Feb 22 - 5:00pm
Scandinavia House
Sat Feb 29 - 2:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 11:00am
IFC Center

The Prince’s Voyage

 

France/Luxembourg/Canada
Jean-François Laguionie, Xavier Picard, 2019, 77 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 7+
French, with English subtitles

Celebrated filmmaker Jean-François Laguionie (The Painting, NYICFF 2012) returns to the Festival with yet another beautifully animated, mesmerizing film. When a monkey prince washes ashore, Tom and his scientist parents take him in.

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Sun Feb 23 - 1:15pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 1 - 10:45am
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sun Mar 8 - 10:45am
Cinépolis Chelsea

Rocca Changes the World

 

Germany  |  New York Premiere
Katja Benrath, 2019, 101 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 8+
in German, with English subtitles

A modern-day, punk rock Pippi Longstocking, Rocca comes from a family of astronauts—but she’s no space cadet.

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Sat Feb 29 - 3:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 5:30pm
SVA Theatre
Q&A with director Katja Benrath
Sun Mar 15 - 10:45am
IFC Center

SamSam

 

Belgium, France  |  World Premiere
Tanguy de Kermel, 2020, 80 min.

Feature Recommended ages: All Ages
English

It’s never too early to find your superpower in SamSam’s fantastical world, and he can’t wait to discover his.

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Sat Feb 29 - 10:45am
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sun Mar 8 - 10:45am
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 15 - 11:00am
IFC Center

Celebrate Aardman! A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon

 

United Kingdom  |  East Coast Theatrical Premiere
Will Becher, Richard Phelan, 2019, 86 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 5+
English

Go all-out for Aardman’s big screen excitement with a NYICFF exclusive theatrical presentation of Shaun the Sheep’s latest feature adventure (premiering on Netflix February 14th), alongside new and classic Aardman shorts!

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Sat Feb 22 - 3:30pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 8 - 11:45am
SVA Theatre

Too Far Away

 

Germany  |  New York Premiere
Sarah Winkenstette, 2019, 89 min.

Feature Recommended ages: 8+
in German, with English subtitles

Eleven-year-old Ben loves his hometown, especially his soccer club, where he practices for hours each day. When he and his neighbors are forced to move, he struggles to fit in at a new school.

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Sat Feb 22 - 2:45pm
Scandinavia House
Sat Feb 29 - 12:30pm
Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 1 - 4:30pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 12:30pm
SVA Theatre

Shorts for Tots

 

60 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 3-6

Calling all tots: get ready for a feast!

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Sat Feb 22 - 10:45am
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sun Feb 23 - 10:45am
SVA Theatre
Sat Feb 29 - 10:45am
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 1 - 11:00am
SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 7 - 11:00am
Scandinavia House
Sat Mar 7 - 11:00am
Museum of the Moving Image
Sun Mar 8 - 11:00am
Museum of the Moving Image
Sun Mar 8 - 11:00am
IFC Center
Sat Mar 14 - 10:45am
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 15 - 10:45am
SVA Theatre

Short Films 1

 

70 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 5-10

On your mark, get set, jump into an Olympic-size dose of inventiveness in Short Films 1.

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Sat Feb 22 - 11:15am
SVA Theatre
Sun Feb 23 - 10:45am
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sat Feb 29 - 11:00am
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 1 - 3:15pm
SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 7 - 10:45am
IFC Center
Sat Mar 7 - 12:30pm
Museum of the Moving Image
Sun Mar 8 - 1:00pm
SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 14 - 10:45am
Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 15 - 12:30pm
SVA Theatre

Short Films 2

 

75 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 8-14

Fresh treats and new challenges await you in Short Films 2.

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Sat Feb 22 - 12:45pm
Scandinavia House
Sun Feb 23 - 11:00am
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sat Feb 29 - 5:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 1 - 12:45pm
SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 7 - 2:45pm
Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 8 - 12:30pm
Museum of the Moving Image
Sun Mar 8 - 1:45pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 14 - 3:00pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 15 - 3:15pm
SVA Theatre

Short Films 3

 

75 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 12+

You’ve outgrown the kiddie pool, so take a dive into these often offbeat, at times hilarious, always thought-provoking shorts.

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Sun Feb 23 - 3:15pm
SVA Theatre
Sat Feb 29 - 4:30pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 1 - 2:15pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 12:45pm
Scandinavia House
Sat Mar 14 - 2:45pm
Scandinavia House

Girls’ POV

 

75 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 10+

The voices of these protagonists are strong and loud—as they should be!

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Sat Feb 22 - 11:00am
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sat Feb 29 - 2:30pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 1 - 5:30pm
SVA Theatre
Sat Mar 7 - 4:45pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 14 - 11:15am
IFC Center

Boys Beyond Boundaries

 

75 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 10+

You can redraw boundaries or break right through, as these films demonstrate so brilliantly.

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Sat Feb 29 - 12:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 1 - 1:45pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 1:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 14 - 12:45pm
SVA Theatre

Heebie Jeebies

 

75 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 10+

Freaky, fun, and far, far out, the always mind-bending Heebie Jeebies returns with more slightly spooky tales.

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Sun Feb 23 - 5:15pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 1 - 5:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 5:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sun Mar 8 - 3:45pm
Cinépolis Chelsea

Friends & Neighbors: Japan

 

75 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 9+

Say konichiwa (hello!) to our 2020 Friends & Neighbors. Celebrate Japan’s rich film and cultural history in a breathtaking range of styles.

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Sat Feb 29 - 12:30pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 1 - 11:45am
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 3:00pm
Cinépolis Chelsea

NYICFF Rocks: Musical Shorts

 

60 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: All Ages

Toe-tapping and seat-swaying are definitely encouraged in this spirited global tour of musical shorts.

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Sat Feb 22 - 1:15pm
SVA Theatre
Sun Mar 1 - 11:15am
Cinépolis Chelsea
Sat Mar 7 - 11:00am
Cinépolis Chelsea

¡Hola NYICFF! Shorts in Spanish

 

75 min.

Shorts Recommended ages: 8+

You’ve asked if we could screen more Spanish-language films. Our answer? ¡Sí, claro! Our new annual program brings the best stories from Latin America, the Carribean, Spain, and the US.

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Sat Feb 29 - 11:00am
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Sat Mar 7 - 4:45pm
Scandinavia House
Sun Mar 8 - 11:15am
Cinépolis Chelsea

Animators All Around

 

Special Program Recommended ages: 8+

Our star-studded animation panel is back, with the fourth edition of animation creators sharing the inspiration, artistry, and untold stories behind their acclaimed films.

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Sat Feb 29 - 5:00pm
SVA Theatre

Best of Fest Screening + Awards Party

 

Special Program Recommended ages: 8+

Join us to watch the very best shorts from this year’s Festival, then cheer on the 2020 award winners as they’re announced. When the screening’s over, it’s lights up and party down!

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Sat Mar 14 - 5:30pm
SVA Theatre