Monday, January 23, 2012

The New York International Children's Film Festival has announced it's first films for 2012

The NYICFF has announced the first crop of films for the festival which starts March 2. I think the best way to describe it is as : ITS ALL GOOD.

I’m impressed as hell, more so since it appears that they will be running Takashi Miike’s Ninja Kids!!!, which I had been told might not happen. This is such great news I officially take back anything bad I may have ever said about them.

For details on what they have officially announced the press release follows:

New York, New York, Jan 19, 2012 – The critically acclaimed New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival has announced the 2012 jury and slate preview for its 15th anniversary event, which runs March 2-25 at New York’s DGA Theater, Walter Reade Theater, IFC Center, Peter Norton Symphony Space, Asia Society, Scholastic Theater, and Cantor Film Center. The 2012 jury includes actors Uma Thurman, Jeffrey Wright, and Susan Sarandon and filmmakers and animators James Schamus, Gus Van Sant, Michel Ocelot, Tomm Moore, and John Canemaker (complete jury below). As an Oscar®-qualifying festival, NYICFF jury winners qualify for consideration for the 2012 Academy Awards® in the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories. The complete festival lineup will be announced on February 1, and tickets for the festival will go on sale at

Now in its 15th year, NYICFF is the nation’s largest festival for children and teens and will present four weeks of groundbreaking and thought-provoking films for ages 3-18, with 100 new animated, live action, documentary, and experimental shorts and features, opening and closing night galas, studio showcases, retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony. NYICFF has grown into an especially important showcase for independent and international animation, having premiered new works by Hayao Miyazaki, Nick Park, Katsuhiro Otomo, Tomm Moore, Mamoru Hosoda, Konstantin Bronzit among many others.

A Monster in Paris, Opening Night Film – US Premiere, France, Bibo Bergeron. NYICFF 2012 opens with a classic misunderstood-monster tale set in Paris 1910, a warm-hearted animated musical about the power of song featuring Django Reinhardt-style gypsy guitar and honey-toned vocals courtesy of Sean Lennon.

Le Tableau – North American Premiere, France, Jean-Fran├žois Laguionie. One of the most stunningly beautiful films in years, with swirls of vibrant color that burst from the screen and nearly every frame a breathtaking wonder, Le Tableau is a captivating, enormously enjoyable parable set within the frame of an unfinished painting. Presented in partnership with Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

Cinderella Moon – US Premiere, China/USA, Richard Bowen. A gorgeous and enchanting fairytale based on the earliest known version of Cinderella (the Chinese tale “Ye Xian” from 768 A.D.) filled with exquisitely ornate costumes and dazzling scenery shot in Yunnan Province.

Chimpanzee – Showcase Screening, USA, Alastair Fothergill/Mark Linfield. From the award-winning directors of Earth and sumptuously shot in the rain forests of Africa, Chimpanzee tells the true-life story of an adorable young chimp named Oscar, whose playful curiosity and zest for discovery showcase the intelligence and ingenuity of some of the most extraordinary personalities in the animal kingdom.

The Pirates! A Band of Misfits – Showcase Screening, UK, Peter Lord. An epic new claymation adventure from four-time Academy Award®-winning stop-motion masters Aardman Animations. Directed by Aardman founder (and former NYICFF juror) Peter Lord, Pirates is a high seas saga of a hapless pirate captain and his crew of extremely silly and witless pirate fools.

Yellow Submarine – Special Event, UK, George Dunning. First NYC Screening in Over 10 Years! An icon of psychedelic pop culture, Yellow Submarine is a colorful musical spectacle and an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience – filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word play, and glorious, glorious music.

So save your money since tickets on sale next Thursday, February 1

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