New York International Children’s Film Festival Goes Virtual

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Experience over a week of thoughtful and interesting children’s programing, as the New York International Children’s Film Festival comes to your living room March 5-14, 2021.

“This year’s selection spotlights stories of kids discovering their cultural histories, defining their own identities, and shaping their futures by connecting with the past.”

The festival has announced their Opening Night, Spotlight and Closing Spotlight programming:

Opening Night: “City of Ghosts

“[A] hybrid documentary and animated series”, from Emmy-winning director Elizabeth Ito.

“Ito is a Los Angeles native and City of Ghosts explores her personal experience growing up as a yonsei (a 4th generation Japanese American) living in various multicultural neighborhoods across L.A. In the series, Ito takes an entertaining look at how generations of diverse inhabitants can affect the changing dynamics of neighborhoods and the communities that form in them.” (- Deadline)

After watching the first episode (via Netflix), the festival provides an exclusive, making-of conversation and Q&A with Ito, and members of the creative team and voice actors.

Opening Spotlight: “Nahuel and the Magic Book”

“Nahuel lives with his father in a fishing town, yet he has a deep fear of the sea. One day, he finds a magical book that seems to be the solution to this problem, but a dark sorcerer is after it and captures Nahuel’s father. This is where his journey to rescue his father and overcome his fears begins.”

After the film screening, there’s a live, interactive Q&A with director Germán Acuña.

Closing Spotlight: “Raya and the Last Dragon

Raya and the Last Dragon” takes us on an exciting, epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together long ago in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.”

Following the showing, there’s a behind-the-scenes look at the film with the directors and stars, including a discussion about the research and artistry that went into bringing the film to life.

The above special events will be presented live. Most programs will be available to view on demand throughout the duration of the Festival and will remain available to view for a minimum of 48 hours after you click “play.”