Sunday, February 18, 2018

The New York International Children's Film Festival opens Friday

Henriyeti is excited NYICFF starts this week
I love this festival.

If you've been reading Unseen Films for any length of time you know I've been waxing poetic about the film literally from day one.  It is quite simply the best films from around the world in one place. I have been going to the festival from the first one and I will be going for as long as I am able.

Go buy tickets now.

How good is the festival- they are not only an Academy Award Qualifying one but the fantastic company G-Kids came out of it when the film lovers running the fest decided to share their finds with the world.

I don't know what else to say except pick some films and go. No you don't have to be a kid to go, you just have to love great films.

This year they have some great stuff planned. The people behind ERNEST AND CELESTINE return with THE BIG BAD FOX AND OTHER TALES;  season 2 of A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS  is premiering at the festival. and they are having a ton of  filmmakers in attendance including BOOK OF LIFE  director Jorge Gutierrez who will be screening his short SON OF JAGUAR. There is a lot more so buy tickets and go see something. And do so sooner than later since screenings are selling out (all of the VR sections have sold out).

Joe Bendel saw and reviewed WHITE FANG at Sundance and highly recommends it. His original review can be found here however I will be rerunning it on Tuesday.

The festival is also running LIYANA a documentary about the healing power of story telling. I saw the film last year and I thought it was one of the best films of 2017. My review can be found here.

As is the norm I will be wading into the festival and seeing as much as I can. I will review everything that I see- but since I am going to the screenings don't wait for my review just buy tickets and go.

Because time is short and  it can be hard to get to everything I have already screened some short collections- reviews will be going up this week but to give you a jump here is quick word.

SHORTS FOR TOTS - great fun aimed at the littlest among us is still a lot of fun.

SHORTS 3 s aimed at older kids and there are some great films here. The films here are aimed at doing more than entertaining and each has a message from part of a speech from ex-President Obama about how one voice can change the world to a cut out person trying to find their place in the world. This is a solid collection.

ANIMAL JUBILEE is a huge amount of fun. Made up almost entirely of the work of Julia Ocker this is animals all having problems. The one non Ocker film is a joy about a little girl who leaves home to live at the zoo. The collection is so good I hope the festival makes it a regular.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY: MEXICO is one of the best collections I'ver seen at the fest. A wonderful selection of shorts it just is a great collection of great films. DO go see this- and get your tikets now because it is only screening twice.

Keep reading because reports and reviews will be coming.

Better yet check the schedule and buy tickets and go.

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