The 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival has wrapped up after four jam-packed weekends of features and shorts from 30-plus countries, premiere screenings, special guests, virtual reality experiences and more. As the prize winners were announced, it was revealed that Russian short The Theory of Sunset took the Oscar qualifying Best Animated Short Jury Award this year.
2018 NYICFF winners:
Grand Prize Feature – LIYANA, Aaron Kopp & Amanda Kopp (Qatar, Swaziland, USA)
Grand Prize Short – GAME, Jeannie Donohoe (USA)
2018 JURY AWARDS
Best Animated Short – THE THEORY OF SUNSET, Roman Sokolov (Russia)
Deep at night, a dedicated cyclist traverses the wintry forest. The challenge: make sure this new day gets off to a fresh and timely start.
Best Live Action Short – THE GENEVA CONVENTION, Benoît Martin (France)
2018 GOLDFISH COLORS STOP-MOTION AWARD
Best Stop-Motion Short – POLES APART, Paloma Baeza (UK)
Nanuk, a tough-talking polar bear, meets Aklak, an enthusiastic grizzly, when he encroaches on her own dwindling turf, and she’s understandably a little less than patient with his clueless cheer.
2018 SHORT FILM AUDIENCE AWARDS:
Ages 3-6 – THE HIGHWAY RAT, [ANIMATION] Jeroen Jaspaert (UK)
Gluttony and greed are never good traits, as this ratty shake-down artist learns when the community of creatures finally fights back.
Ages 5-10 – GOKURŌSAMA, [ANIMATION] Clémentine Frère, Aurore Gal, Yukiko Meignien, Anna Mertz, Robin Migliorelli & Romain Salvini (France)
From escalators to robotic vacuums, automation helps this slightly surreal Japanese mega-mall hum along. But sometimes a little human touch goes a long way…
Ages 8-14 – FLY LADY FLY, Lucien Flores & Michela M. Smith (USA)
Ages 12-17 – GAME, Jeannie Donohoe (USA)
Grown-ups Award – GAME, Jeannie Donohoe (USA)