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NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 AWARD WINNERS


 

NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

ANNOUNCES 2015 AWARD WINNERS

PRESENTED MARCH 22 AT DGA THEATER

 

2015 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:

Grand Prize Feature – BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, Nicolas Vanier (France)

Grand Prize Short – JOHNNY EXPRESS, James Woo (South Korea)

 

2015 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS:

Ages 3-6 – ZEBRA, Julia Ocker (Germany)

Ages 5-10 – 5.80 METERS, Nicolas Deveaux (France) 

Ages 8-14 – JOHNNY EXPRESS, James Woo (South Korea)

Ages 12-18 – STEADFAST STANLEY, John Cody Kim (Canada/USA)

Parents Award – GIOVANNI & THE WATER BALLET, Astrid Bussnik (Netherlands)

 

2015 JURY AWARD WINNERS:

Jury Award, Best Animated Short – JOHNNY EXPRESS, James Woo (South Korea)

Jury Award, Best Live Action Short – MARINA’S OCEAN, Cássio Pereira Dos Santos (Brazil)

 

 

 

March 23, 2015 – New York, NY – After presenting four weekends of international films for ages 3-18, New York International Children’s Film Festivalconcluded its 18th edition at its annual Closing Night Celebration last night at the DGA Theater. The celebration included the presentation of the 2015 Festival Awards and a screening of the best short films from this year’s lineup.

 

Determined by voting from audience members who are age 18 and younger, Grand Prize Awards were presented to one short film and one feature film. Johnny Express (South Korea), directed by James Woo, was awarded the Grand Prize for a short film. The film, which played in the Festival’s “Short Films Two” program, also took home the Audience Award (ages 3-6).

 

The Grand Prize Award for a feature film was presented to Belle and Sebastian (France), directed by Nicolas Vanier. Based on a 1965 French novel by Cécile Aubry, the story of a young boy and his dog in a small Alpine village in 1943 was so popular it inspired a live action TV series in France and an animated TV series in Japan before its big screen adaptation.

 

Winners of the Festival’s two juried prizes are eligible for Oscar® consideration in the Best Live Action and Best Animated Short Film categories, and were chosen by the Festival’s board of jurors: John Canemaker, Geena Davis, Lynne McVeigh, Matthew Modine, Richard Peña, Bill Plympton, Dana Points, Susan Sarandon, Henry Selick, James Schamus, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, Taika Waititi, and Jeffrey Wright.

 

The Jury Award for Best Animated Short was presented by Oscar® winning animator John Canemaker to Johnny Express, marking the film’s third win of the night.

 

The Jury Award for Best Live Action Short was presented to Marina’s Ocean (Brazil), and accepted by director Cássio Pereira Dos Santos. The short made its New York premiere in the Festival’s “Girls’ POV” short film program, which is supported by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®.

 

Audience awards, presented to short films, were determined by the votes of audience members of four different age ranges. A complete list of recipients follows:

 

Audience Award, ages 3-6: Zebra (Germany), Animation, Julia Ocker; New York Premiere, “Shorts for Tots”

 

Audience Award, ages 5-10: 5.80 Meters (France), Animation, Nicolas Deveaux, “Short Films One”

 

Audience Award, ages 8-14: Johnny Express (South Korea), Animation, James Woo, “Short Films Two”

 

Audience Award, ages 12-18: Steadfast Stanley (Canada/USA), Animation, John cody Kim; East Coast Premiere, “Heebie Jeebies: Spooky, Freaky & Bizarre”

 

Parents Award (audience members ages 18+): Giovanni and the Water Ballet (Netherlands), Live Action Documentary, Astrid Bussnik, “Short Films Two”

 

New York International Children’s Film Festival ran from February 27 through March 22, 2015. The Festival’s 18th year included 16 feature films – including 2 screenings on both Opening Night and Closing Day, over 20 visiting international filmmakers, 2015 Oscar® nominated films A Single Life (Best Animated Short) and Me and My Moulton (Best Animated Short) and over 25,000 attendees.

 

 

 

ABOUT NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL:

Established in 1997, New York Int'l Children's Film Festival is an Oscar® qualifying event and North America's largest film festival for children and teens ages 3-18. The most recent edition attracted a sold-out-in-advance audience of 30,000. The 2015 event took place February 27-March 22, with 100+ films from around the world, premieres, retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, audience voting, and a Closing Night Celebration. Festival sponsors include The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, The New York Times, Variety, WNYC, and Scholastic, with funding support by National Endowment for the Arts, NY State Council on the Arts, and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to presenting the annual event, New York International Children's Film Festival is a multifaceted arts organization that offers year-round engagement, including special event premieres and pre-release screenings, film production workshops for kids, satellite festivals in Boston, Miami, and Philadelphia, and touring programs that screen in theaters nationwide. New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.