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NY INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 FESTIVAL DATES AND CALL FOR ENTRIES


 

SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR THE OSCAR®-QUALIFYING FESTIVAL

NYC EVENT TO TAKE PLACE FEBRUARY 26 – MARCH 20, 2016

 

May 19, 2015 – New York, NY – The 19th edition of New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) will be held February 26 through March 20, 2016 at venues throughout New York City.  Today the Festival announced a call for submissions for original, compelling, and non-formulaic short and feature films for audiences aged 3-18. 

 

The Festival supports the creation of a more dynamic film culture for children and teens, and as such 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, 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.

 

Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for the 2016 New York International Children’s Film

Festival are as follows:

 May 19, 2015: SUBMISSIONS OPEN for all short and feature films

 September 9, 2015: EARLY DEADLINE for short film entries

 October 7, 2015: FINAL DEADLINE for short film entries

 October 7, 2015: EARLY DEADLINE for feature film entries

 November 11, 2015: FINAL DEADLINE for feature film entries

 

 

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

New York International Children’s Film Festival was founded in 1997 to support the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens ages 3-18. The flagship New York City Festival has grown from one weekend of films into the largest film festival for children and teens in North America. Screened over the course of four weeks at venues throughout NYC, the Festival program – narrowed down from roughly 2,500 international submissions – is comprised of approximately 100 short and feature films, filmmaker Q&As, retrospective programs, parties, and premieres. Audience members of all ages vote on the Festival-winning films. As an Oscar®-qualifying Festival, winners of the Festival’s juried prizes are eligible for Oscar® consideration in the Best Live Action and Best Animated Short Film categories. In addition to the annual March event, the Festival presents year-round programming nationally, including annual children’s film festivals in Boston, Miami, and Westchester. Festival sponsors have included The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, The New York Times, Scholastic, Variety, and WNYC. New York International Children's Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the New York City Council, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.