International Film Fest for Children--2017

October 1 (Sunday)
12:30–3:30 p.m.

Explore the art (and fun!) of film by bringing the family to a free screening of the best short films from the New York International Children’s Film Festival, the largest film festival for kids and teens. We’ll show two different programs of audience favorites and award winners—twenty-two shorts in all--from the 2016 Festival. Most of the films are 2–10 minutes in length, and they come from all over the world: France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the United States, Spain, Columbia, more. Here is a complete line-up:
 

Watch a trailer about the Festival here.
 

The first series of films, Kid Flix 1, is recommended for ages 3 to 7. 

1. THE PITS
Mike Hayhurst
USA; 2016, 3 min
We know it’s not always easy being green–but it all works out in this charming quest for a perfect match.

 

2. THE POCKET MAN
Ana Chubinidze
France; Switzerland; Germany; 2016, 7 min
Good things come in all sizes and packages. Especially the pocket man, whose kindness abounds.


 

 

3. MR. NIGHT HAS A DAY OFF
Ignas Meilunas
Lithuania; 2016, 2 min
Why is the night changing the day? Well, when you don’t like something, you change it.

 

4. STONE SOUP
Clementine Robach
France; Belgium; 2015, 7 min
Times are tough in one little town: first no food, now no electricity. Eventually, the transformative power of community nourishes all in more ways than one.

 

5. YOU LOOK SCARY
Xiya Lan
USA; 2016, 4 min
Sometimes we amplify our fears. Usually, they’re not so bad at all.

 

6. SPIDER WEB
Natalia Chernysheva
Russia; 2016, 4 min
Anyone can get caught in a bind, but working together means weaving new webs of strength in one spider’s dilemma.

 

7. WATER PATH FOR A FISH
Mercedes Marro
Spain; Colombia; France; 2016, 8 min
Oscar rescues a goldfish from the clutches of hungry cats, but with the drought, has trouble caring for it. When the faucets turn on, the challenge truly begins

 

8. SPRING JAM
Ned Wenlock
New Zealand; 2016, 6 min
Lone Stag lacks a certain something in the antlers department: the antlers. How will he get any birds to help him make music for the spring jam?

 

9. KONIGIRI KUN: SHOPPING
Mari Miyazawa
Japan; 2015, 5 min
Konigiri Kun, a curious rice ball with a penchant for shopping, goes out to market and is tempted all around in this hilarious nod to overconsumption.

 

10. CROCODILE
Julia Ocker
Germany; 2016, 4 min
A relaxing evening on the couch turns into a noshing nuisance for one peckish croc.

 

11. TIGER
Kariem Saleh
Germany; 2016, 4 min
A little tiger, happy but hungry, devises clever means to fill his belly and satisfy his cravings.


 

12. A HOLE
Maribel Suarez
Mexico; 2016, 5 min
A little girl longs for a playmate in the garden. Her efforts go unnoticed—until they finally take root.


 

 

13. THE BIRDIE
Yekaterina Filippova
Russia; 2015, 3 min
Once a birdie met a hippo. Teaming up makes everything easier.


 

 

 

The second series of films, Kid Flix 2, features nine shorts from esteemed Festival alumni, including. These films are recommended for ages 8 to adult:

 

1. OUTDOOR CINEMA
Tatiana Poliektova
Russia; Australia; 2014, 3 min

 

2. RICEBALLS
Shingo Usami
Australia; 2015, 10 min
A father and son work their way past loss to strengthen cultural bonds in the unlikeliest of places: the lunchbox.


 

 

3. NINO & FELIX
Marta Palazzo
Lorenzo Latrofa
Italy; 2015, 8 min
Nino and Felix, two boys thrown together by circumstance, must learn to work it out in fantastical fashion to find common ground.

 

4. LITTLE MOUSE
Ervin B. Nagy
Hungary; 2016, 7 min
Eleven-year-old “Little Mouse” is a naturally gifted swimmer who earned a spot at the Bucharest Youth Championship. Will she have what it takes to out-lap the big kids?

 

5. WELCOME TO MY LIFE
Elizabeth Ito
USA; 2015, 9 min
The animated high school challenges of T-Kesh, your average Monster-American teenager.


 

 

6. ROGER
Sonia Cendón , Sara Esteban, Arnau Gòdia, Ingrid Masarnau, Martí Montañola
Spain; 2016, 7 min
Roger is used to being the leading man in a stop-motion series. But when his good luck runs out on set, he must learn how to claw his way back...

 

7. EINSTEIN-ROSEN
Olga Osorio
Spain; 2016, 9 min
Summer, 1982. Teo claims he has found the fabled Einstein-Rosen Bridge through space and time. His brother Óscar doesn’t believe him…at least not for now.

 

8. DOGTOR
Rhea Dadoo
USA; 2016, 3 min
It’s about friendship and reflecting on personal journeys. Also, dogs!

 

 

9. HEADS TOGETHER
Job, Joris, & Marieke
Netherlands; 2016, 21 min
Three friends must walk a day in each other’s shoes…and legs, and torsos.