NYICFF Shorts Program Features 50+ Premieres

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The Oscar-qualifying New York International Children’s Film Festival has unveiled its complete short film lineup for its 20th anniversary edition, running February 24-March 19 in cinemas throughout NYC. The fest’s feature film slate and jury members were announced last month.

Offering an international assortment of animated, live-action and documentary films, NYICFF’s short film schedule is curated from thousands of submissions from around the world. Age groups from 3 to 18 will be able to take in a variety of groundbreaking, artistically distinct, fun and thought-provoking films and vote for their favorites to determine the festival’s award winners. 2017 programs include: Shorts for Tots for ages 3-6, Short Films One for ages 5-10, Short Films Two for ages 8-14, and Short Films Three for ages 12 to adult.

In addition to these general interest programs, the festival presents thematically organized shorts programs Girls’ POV (with support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Bay and Paul Foundations), in which viewpoints from girls and women around the world are front and center; and Heebie Jeebies, with “slightly-spine chilling and quirkily-odd, eye-opening films inspiring audiences to consider things from a whole new perspective.” The 20th anniversary year will be celebrated with a Birthday Shorts special program of new, classic, and favorite shorts from NYICFF’s 20-year history that feature stories of growth, change, transformation…and the occasional party hat! The 2017 festival will also inaugurate a new annual program, Friends and Neighbors, which highlights various countries and international festivals. This year’s showcases Canada and TIFF Kids with a special program celebrating TIFF Kids’ own 20th anniversary as well as the 150th anniversary of Canada.

The NYICFF will culminate with a Closing Night Ceremony, where the 2017 award winners will be revealed and a special Best of the Fest short program will run. Tickets for all programs are available now through nyicff.org.

Animated Shorts at NYICFF 2017

SHORTS FOR TOTS (3-6 y.o.)

1 Minute Nature: Squirrel Netherlands – North American Premiere

Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016

1 Minute Nature: Hamster

Netherlands – North American Premiere

Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016

The Birdie

Russia – New York Premiere

Yekaterina Filippova, 2015

Brazey

USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Jared D. Weiss, 2016

Crocodile

Germany – New York Premiere

Julia Ocker, 2016

Eagle Blue

UK

Will Rose, 2016

Head Up!

Germany – New York Premiere

Gottfried Mentor, 2015

A Hole

Mexico – US Premiere

Maribel Suarez, 2016

I Am Not a Mouse

UK

Evgenia Golubeva, 2015

In a Cage

France – New York Premiere

Loic Bruyere, 2016

The Mole and the Earthworm

Germany

Johannes Schiehsl, 2015

The Pocket Man

France/Switzerland/Georgia – WORLD PREMIERE

Ana Chubinidze, 2016

The Sled

Russia – New York Premiere

Olesya Shchukina, 2016

Tiger

Germany – New York Premiere

Kariem Saleh, 2016

SHORT FILMS ONE (5-10)

1 Minute Nature: Blackbird

Netherlands – North American Premiere

Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016

1 Minute Nature: Queen of the Night

Netherlands – North American Premiere

Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016

Big Block Singsong: Wizard

Canada – US Premiere

Warren Brown, 2016

Crab Story

Russia/Australia – WORLD PREMIERE

Tatiana Poliektova & Filippo Rivetti, 2017

Konigiri Kun: Shopping

Japan

Mari Miyazawa, 2015

Mr. Night Has a Day Off

Lithuania – New York Premiere

Ignas Meilunas, 2016

Outdoor Cinema

Russia/Australia – New York Premiere

Tatiana Poliektova, 2014

Pawo

Germany

Antje Heyn, 2015

Sausage

Germany – North American Premiere

Josefine Haessler, 2016

Spider Web

Russia – North American Premiere

Natalia Chernysheva, 2016

Spring Jam

New Zealand – New York Premiere

Ned Wenlock, 2016

Stone Soup

France/Belgium

Clementine Robach, 2015

Sweaty Armpits

USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Tony Dusko, 2016

Uka

Spain – New York Premiere

Valle Comba Canales, 2016

Water Path for a Fish

Spain/Colombia/France – New York Premiere

Mercedes Marro, 2016

You Look Scary

USA – New York Premiere

Xiya Lan, 2016

SHORT FILMS TWO (8-14)

1 Minute Nature: Jellyfish Weather

Netherlands – New York Premiere

Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016

Driven

USA

Julie Zammarchi, 2016

Heads Together

Netherlands – North American Premiere

Job, Joris, & Marieke, 2016

Little Mouse

Hungary – US Premiere

Ervin B. Nagy, 2016

Nino & Felix

Italy – North American Premiere

Marta Palazzo & Lorenzo Latrofa, 2015

The Pits

USA – WORLD PREMIERE

Mike Hayhurst, 2016

A Small Escape

Sweden – North American Premiere

David Sandell, 2016

SHORT FILMS THREE (12+)

1 Minute Nature: May Cat in Me

Netherlands – New York Premiere

Stefanie Visjager & Katinka Baehr, 2016

Analysis Paralysis

Switzerland– East Coast Premiere

Anete Melece, 2016

Cacophony

USA – New York Premiere

Melody Ai-Hsuan Shih, 2016

Dogtor

USA – New York Premiere

Rhea Dadoo, 2016

It Was Mine

Norway – US Premiere

Kajsa Næss, 2015

The Law of the Sea

UK – North American Premiere

Elmaz Ekrem & Dominika Ozynska, 2016

Roger

Spain – New York Premiere

Sonia Cendón, Sara Esteban, Arnau Gòdia, Ingrid Masarnau, & Martí Montañola, 2016

Trial & Error

Germany

Antje Heyn, 2016

We Will Dance, Even if the Band Never Shows Up

Spain – WORLD PREMIERE

Carmen Angelillo, Guido Lambertini & Rodier Kidman, 2016

Welcome to My Life

USA – New York Premiere

Elizabeth Ito, 2015

When I Hear the Birds Sing

Norway – New York Premiere

Trine Habjorg, 2016

HEEBIE JEEBIES SHORTS

Blind Vaysha

Canada – NYC Premiere

Theodore Ushev, 2016

Bøygen

Norway

Kristian Pedersen, 2016

Chateau de Sable

France – New York Premiere

Quentin Deleau, Lucie Foncelle, Maxime Goudal, Julien Paris, & Sylvain Robert, 2015

Glove

USA

Alexa Lim Haas & Bernardo Britto, 2015

Rubik

Germany – New York Premiere

Xenia Smirnov, 2016

The Inksect

Mexico – New York Premiere

Pablo Calvillo, 2016

The Wild Boar

Germany/France/Hungary – New York Premiere

Bella Szederkényi, 2016

Voltaire

Netherlands – New York Premiere

Jan Snoekx, 2015

GIRLS’ POV SHORTS

The Bookmobile

USA

Julie Zammarchi, 2016

G-AAAH

UK – US Premiere

Elizabeth Hobbs, 2016

L’Aviatrice

France – US Premiere

Jacques Leyreloup, Victor Tolila, Perrine Renard, Laura Viver Canal, & Gaël Chauvet, 2016

BIRTHDAY SHORTS

Aston’s Presents

Sweden

Lotta and Uzi Geffenblad, 2012

Big Block Singsong: Cows

Canada – US Premiere

Warren Brown, 2016

Big Block Singsong: Hair

Canada

Warren Brown, 2012

Bottle

USA

Kirsten Lepore, 2010

Game Over

USA

PES, 2006

Junction

Australia/Canada/Lithuania

Nathan Jurevicius, 2016

My Big Brother

USA

Jason Raynor, 2014

On the Wing

Russia

Vera Myakisheva, 2012

What Is Music?

USA

Christian Robinson, 2013

The Law of the Sea

The Law of the Sea