Exciting news to share today! I am covering the 2021 New York International Children’s Film Festival — what a DREAM!! This year’s festival will be virtual, and while there’s nothing quite like in-person events, this enables virtually (see what I did there?) ANYONE to attend!
There is a great lineup I am beyond excited to participate in. From screenings to Q&A sessions, this is a phenomenal opportunity and I’m honored to be covering as press.
Here’s a glimpse into some of the highlights of the 2021 New York International Children’s Film Festival.
Opening Night: City of Ghosts Watch Party + Q&A
The festival kicks off March 5th with a virtual watch party and Q&A with the writer/director of City of Ghosts, Elizabeth Ito. I’ve already seen a couple of episodes, and it’s unlike anything I’ve EVER seen before — and that’s not a bad thing!
City of Ghosts is a documentary-style series featuring animated characters, many voiced by real residents recounting their own stories. Each episode follows the Ghost Club as they learn about the rich history of the multicultural neighborhoods of LA through encounters with friendly ghosts. City of Ghosts premieres on Netflix on March 5, 2021. You can learn more here.
Opening Spotlight: Nahuel and the Magic Book
Tune in for a special Q&A with director German Acuna on March 6th. You can learn more about his film, Nahuel and the Magic Book, here.
Closing Spotlight: Raya and the Last Dragon Live Screening + Q&A
I most definitely won’t be missing out on this one! I’ve been looking forward to Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon for what seems like FOREVER!! This event will feature a live-screening, behind-the-scenes look, and a Q&A with the directors and stars of the film. Learn more here.
Flora and Ulysses Special Event Q&A
Join author, Kate DeCamillo, and director Lena Khan, for a virtual Q&A all about Disney+’s Flora and Ulysses! If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you can read my spoiler-free review and parents guide HERE.
The Flora and Ulysses Special Event is FREE!! Grab more info HERE!
The Mitchells vs. the Machines: Sneak Peek + Q&A
This is another one I’m super excited about. You might remember hearing about the upcoming film, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, as it was previously titled, “Connected.” In fact, you can view my trailer reaction HERE. Originally this was going to be a theatrical release, however, it will now make its debut on Netflix! This film seems ridiculously relevant for our time. Take a look here.
This is just a small sample of what is going to be offered at the 2021 New York International Children’s Film Festival. You can check out the full program lineup HERE. OR…you can jump right ahead and grab your tickets HERE!
About The New York International Children’s Film Festival:
New York International Children’s Film Festival was founded in 1997 to support the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens ages 3-18. The Festival experience cultivates an appreciation for the arts, encourages active, discerning viewing, and stimulates lively discussion among peers, families, and the film community.
The flagship New York City Festival has grown from one weekend of films into the largest film festival for children and teens in North America. Screened over the course of four weeks at venues throughout NYC, the Festival program – narrowed down from roughly 2,500 international submissions – is comprised of approximately 100 short and feature films, filmmaker Q&As, retrospective programs, parties, and premieres. Audience members of all ages vote on the Festival-winning films. The Festival is an Academy Award® qualifying festival, one of only four film festivals in New York State – and only two children’s film festivals in the country – to hold that honor. Winners of the Festival’s juried prizes are eligible for consideration at the annual Academy Awards®. In addition to presenting the annual event, New York International Children’s Film Festival is a multifaceted arts organization that offers year-round engagement.