New York International Childrens Film Festival, 21/2-15/3/2020

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11 November 2019
New York, NY
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Festival Description:

The Oscar®-qualifying New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) announced its 2020 dates and opening of its call for film submissions. The festival, the largest for children and teens in North America, will be held February 21 through March 15, 2020 at major venues throughout New York City.

A premiere event which presents the very best in international film for all ages, NYICFF seeks submissions of innovative, compelling, and visually and thematically original short and feature animation, live action, and documentary films. The Festival is accepting film submissions via FilmFreeway, its official submissions platform.

An Academy Award®-qualifying Festival in the Best Live Action and Animated Short Film categories, the Festival’s prestigious jury includes esteemed directors, academics, actors, and industry leaders such as Sofia Coppola, Melissa Cobb, Jorge Gutiérrez, Ira Sachs, Uma Thurman, and Nora Twomey, among others.

The annual Festival boasts over 100 short and feature films, panels, filmmaker Q&As, retrospective programs, parties, premieres, audience voting, and a closing night awards celebration.
NYICFF, now in its 23rd year, was founded to support the creation of a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. As such, the Festival often programs films that were not originally created with young audiences in mind but resonate with children and families nonetheless. It is this bold and thought-provoking approach to curation that has made the Festival a distinctive cultural touchstone in New York City.

2020 Call For Entries

To be eligible to screen in competition, production must be completed no earlier than January 1, 2018.

Short Film Animation
Any animated film under 40min. The festival looks for visually innovative, engaging, and original animation from around the globe.

Feature Film Animation
Feature length fictional Animated feature film that explore issues, topics, stories or themes that have a connection to or resonance with youth, children and family audiences, or reflect a theme or story of interest to audiences of all ages.

Deadlines to submit U.S. and international films for the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival are as follows:
● September 9, 2019: EARLY DEADLINE for short and feature film entries
● October 7, 2019: STANDARD DEADLINE for short film entries
● November 11, 2019: LATE DEADLINE for short film entries / STANDARD DEADLINE for feature film entries
● December 2, 2019: LATE DEADLINE for feature film entries



Event Dates

  • From 21 February 2020 to 15 March 2020

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