New York International Children’s Film Festival
The New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival is the country’s largest annual film festival for kids, featuring intelligent and thought-provoking films from around the world. The Festival also has monthly screenings at select New York theaters and produces an annual nationwide tour.
Last year, my friend and I stumbled upon this Film Festival, and I can’t recall how. But we ended up going to see some fun movies last year, movies that we knew we never would have seen anywhere else. Granted, we were probably the only ones there with no kids in tow, but it’s the kind of stuff we like, so it didn’t bother us. Last year,we got to see The Secret of Moonacre, based on the book The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge (which never got a wide-release). So this year, we were keen on seeing some more. Saturday morning we went to see the French movie, “Raining Cats and Frogs.”
The award-winning first feature from director Jacques-Rémy Girerd, founder of
Folimage animation studio and director of last year’s stunning Opening Night film Mia
and the Migoo, is a delicate and charming tale of an old sea captain who unwittingly
becomes a modern day Noah when a torrential flood washes over the planet and the
animals from the local zoo escape into his floating house. But all is not peaceful aboard
the comically tower-shaped houseboat, and when a code of strict vegetarianism is
imposed to protect the gentler animals, their carnivorous shipmates plot mutiny. Winner
of prizes at Berlin and Ottawa and showcased at over a dozen of the world’s top festivals,
the film took over six years to create, and was the first animated film in two decades to be
made entirely in France.
And charming it was! And so French! And so cute. Here are some pictures:
Instead of me trying to summarize the film, read this article: it does it better justice. And if you’re so inclined, here’s the trailer for it. Maybe you’ll be able to get the gist of it after reading the article:
Sunday morning on the other hand, we went to the Scholastic Theater to see “Shorts for Tots,” a collection of short films for younger children. Here’s a trailer for one of the shorts that we saw:
They also announced that in April the IFC Center will be playing some of the movies from this festival on Saturday mornings, so I hope I get to see some of the ones that I missed. We were actually going to go see two more “Shorts” presentations on Sunday afternoon, but I decided to go to Books of Wonder for the NYC Teen Book Festival…..sigh. I donated my tickets for whoever was on the wait lists. If you’re keen on seeing some of the trailers and even some of the shorts from the festival, you can go here: GKIDS.