Because I can not get to all of the shorts collections at the New York International Children's Film Festival during the festival I did something I hate to do which is see the films before hand. Forgive me. I know seeing films at NYICFF proper is always the way to go because the vibe of being there adds so much to it, but because my schedule simply couldn't line up- and because there was a change in in the schedule (and because I'm trying to do some interviews with filmmakers) I simply couldn't see everything
Tickets and show times for all of the collections (and all the other films) can be found here
This is a charming collection of animal related shorts, all but one by the awesome Julia Ocker. I loved them all a great deal and hope that in the years to come the NYICFF programmers can maintain this as a permanent section like the other shorts
Chaos at a fancy Penguin party
A sloth and ice cream
After an accident a Zebra has troubles with his stripes
A crocodile has problems eating a pretzel stick
I WANT TO LIVE IN THE ZOO
Sasha decides to move to the zoo because she is unhappy at home- however each animal she tries to be like has a down side. This only film in the collection not by Julia Ocker and one of the very best.
The two halves of an earth worm ave trouble living together
There are six more shorts screening in the section which I couldn't screen but based on these, they should all be a blast.
SHORTS FOR TOTS
Wonderful collection for the youngest viewers, is as always a sheer delight
A LOST BIT
A baby owl falls out its nest and then has to find it's way home- wonderful.
DARK DARK WOODS
A young princess has trouble being royal. I'm not sure what it's all about but it turns out really cool.
TINIEST MAN IN THE WORLD :CHOPSTICKS
The smallest man as trouble with chopsticks- the shortest film in the collection is the most trifling.
Amazing animation in the story of an older tram teaching his son. Mom and dad get the tissues ready.
Life in a zoo set to a jazz score
HENRIYETI SOCK IT TO ME
Henriyeti finds a lost sock and sings
There are a couple of additional films in the collection which I was unable to screen before hand but based on these (and the fact one is by the makers of REVOLTING RHYMES) makes me tink they are going to be just as wonderful
This collection of shorts for older kids has some of the most moving and thought provoking films at NYICFF this year. All of the films are about things other than just having a good time and we are all better for it.
President Obama talks about how one voice can change the world. A wonderful piece
THE GENEVA CONVENTION
At a bus stop, a peacemaker tries to keep things calm
SCENT OF GERANIUM
A young woman talks of moving to America to study from Iran
Amazing animated film about packing bags. Rightly nominated for an Oscar.
A woman and a bear share an apartment. The end made me teary
THE FANCIES (Episodes 1& 2)
Cartoon Network shorts about weird creatures and an absolute delight
Grizzly Bear meets Polar Bear as the ice slowly disappears
Beautifully animated piece about a paper cut out person trying to find their place in the world. The animation on this is stunning.
For more information and tickets for any of these collections go here.