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New York International Children’s Film Festival Announces 2017 Dates

Submissions open for Oscar-qualifying festival; NYC event to take place February 24 through March 19, 2017.

NEW YORK -- The New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival will be held February 24 through March 19, 2017 at venues throughout New York City. The Festival has announced a call for submissions for original, compelling, and non-formulaic short and feature films for audiences ages 3-18. The Festival is accepting films via Withoutabox, its official submissions platform.

The 2017 event marks the 20th anniversary of the Festival, which was founded to support the creation of a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. As such, the Festival often presents films that were not created with young audiences in mind, but are embraced enthusiastically by children and families nonetheless. It is this bold and thought-provoking approach to programming that has made the Festival a cultural touchstone in New York City.

An Oscar-qualifying Festival in the Best Live Action and Animated Short Film categories, the Festival’s prestigious jury includes actors Susan Sarandon, Julianne Moore and Jeffrey Wright, filmmakers Christine Vachon, Sofia Coppola, James Schamus and Gus Van Sant and distinguished animators Bill Plympton, John Canemaker among others.

Winners of the 2017 Grand Prize Short Award and the Jury Awards for Animated Short and Live Action Short will receive one free year of VimeoPRO, courtesy of Vimeo.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for the 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival are as follows:

  • September 8, 2016: EARLY DEADLINE for short film entries
  • October 6, 2016: FINAL DEADLINE for short film entries
  • October 6, 2016: EARLY DEADLINE for feature film entries
  • November 10, 2016: LATE DEADLINE for short film entries
  • November 10, 2016: FINAL DEADLINE for feature film entries
  • December 1, 2016: LATE DEADLINE for feature film entries

Complete eligibility information, submission fees and official rules and regulations for 2017 can be found at www.nyicff.org/submit.  

Source: New York International Children’s Film Festival

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.

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