New York International Children’s Film Festival announces 2015 festival dates and call for entries; submissions open for the Oscar-qualifying festival; NYC event to take place February 27 – March 22, 2015.
New York -– Festival organizers have announced that the 2015 New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) will take place February 27 through March 22, the Festival announced today. The 18th edition will feature the same high-quality, thought-provoking fare that has made the Festival a cultural touchstone for children, teens and families in New York City. An Oscar®-qualifying Festival in the Best Live Action and Animated Short Film categories, NYICFF’s prestigious jury includes actors Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis and Jeffrey Wright, filmmakers Christine Vachon, James Schamus and Gus Van Sant and distinguished animators Bill Plympton, John Canemaker and Henry Selick, among others.
With the announcement of the 2015 event dates, the Festival has also issued a call for entries for its prestigious film program. Filmmakers creating original, compelling and non-formulaic short and feature films are encouraged to submit their work. Supporting its mission to create a more dynamic film culture for children and teens, NYICFF often programs films that are not created with a young audience in mind, but are received passionately and enthusiastically by attendees aged 3-18 nonetheless.
“Last year’s Festival was an illustration of the incredibly rich diversity – both visually and culturally – of the type of filmmaking that we love to present,” said Festival co-founder and artistic director Eric Beckman. “Many films find a new, unintended but captive, audience in children. For the 2015 Festival, we will continue pushing boundaries and redefining films for kids. We look forward with great enthusiasm to watching thousands of submissions from the newest crop of films and filmmakers.”
Complete eligibility information, submission forms and official rules and regulations for 2015 can be found at www.gkids.com/submit.
The most recent event featured 85 films from over 30 countries, including Oscar nominees Feral (Daniel Sousa) and Ernest & Celestine(Benjamin Renner). Also in the program were Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz), the 2014 Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Short, and 9 Meter, by Anders Walter, who took home the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short for his film Helium. Juan Jose Campanella’sFoosball received the 2014 NYICFF Grand Prize, and will be released in the US this August by the Weinstein Company as Underdogs.
Source: New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.