May 29, 2014 – New York, NY – The 2015 New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) will take place February 27 through March 22, the Festival announced today. The 18th edition will feature the same high-quality, thought-provoking fare that has made the Festival a cultural touchstone for children, teens and families in New York City. An Oscar®-qualifying Festival in the Best Live Action and Animated Short Film categories, NYICFF’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.

With the announcement of the 2015 event dates, the Festival has also issued a call for entries for its prestigious film program. Filmmakers creating original, compelling and non-formulaic short and feature films are encouraged to submit their work. Supporting its mission to create a more dynamic film culture for children and teens, NYICFF often programs films that are not created with a young audience in mind, but are received passionately and enthusiastically by attendees aged 3-18 nonetheless.

“Last year’s Festival was an illustration of the incredibly rich diversity – both visually and culturally – of the type of filmmaking that we love to present,” said Festival co-founder and artistic director Eric Beckman. “Many films find a new, unintended but captive, audience in children. For the 2015 Festival, we will continue pushing boundaries and redefining films for kids. We look forward with great enthusiasm to watching thousands of submissions from the newest crop of films and filmmakers.”

Complete eligibility information, submission forms and official rules and regulations for 2015 can be found at www.gkids.com/submit.

The most recent event featured 85 films from over 30 countries, including Oscar® nominees Feral (Daniel Sousa) and Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner). Also in the program were Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz), the 2014 Academy Award® winner for Best Animated Short, and 9 Meter, by Anders Walter, who took home the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short for his film Helium. Juan Jose Campanella’s Foosball received the 2014 NYICFF Grand Prize, and will be released in the US this August by the Weinstein Company as Underdogs.

ABOUT NEW YORK INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL: Established in 1997, NYICFF 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 25,000, with 100+ films from around the world, plus premieres, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony. Festival sponsors include Whole Foods, The New York Times, 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 the annual March festival, NYICFF presents year-round film programming both in New York and nationally, including annual children’s film festivals in Boston, Miami and Philadelphia.