Is your child a future movie director or film critic longing for something off the beaten track? Are they sick of Pixar and Hannah Montana? Are they interested in oddball short films or Japanese animation? Look no further, the New York International Children’s Film Festival, going on now through the end of March, has the right film for every age group and interest. In its thirteenth year, the NYICFF prides itself on promoting intelligent and provocative films for 3-18 year olds, and is the largest festival for kids in North America. Our list breaks down key demographics to aid your search for your kids’ next favorite movie.
Manga-Obsessed Nine-Year-Old: The Festival opens with the US premiere of Summer Wars, a full length animated flick from emerging Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda. A math prodigy solves a riddle sent to his cell phone and is drawn into a virtual world called Oz, complete with avatars, kung fu jackrabbits, and nuclear launch codes. A perfect fit for any anime fan. Sat March 13 at 11 am, IFC Center.
Angsty Teen: The trickiest age group to please, especially with a film festival with “Children” in the title, Flicker Lounge: for Teens and Adults Only contains the best short films with an over-12 age requirement. daring and thought-provoking, these films treat teens like the sophisticated audience they are. Sat March 13 at 2 pm, Symphony Space.
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