A film festival just for kids

Do you know about the New York International Children’s Film Festival? Their website is needing a bit of a 2008 makeover (it still says 2007 in lots of places), but check ‘em out. Here’s their mission statement:

NYICFF was founded in 1997 to promote intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 3-18 and to help define a more compelling film for kids. Since its launch, the event has grown to become the largest festival for children and teens in North America, with a paid audience of over 20,000 attending the most recent event. Since 2000, all screenings have sold out in advance.

That sounds good, right? Lucky for those of us interested in good children’s cinema, Newsarama’s Steve Fritz did a great piece this week on the organization more of us should know about:

Hasn’t there been one time or another when you just sit back and wonder just what in the world Hollywood is presenting to our children? On the whole, the content provided is about as mentally nutritious as a bowl of kids cereal, loaded with sugar but not much else.

The New York International Children’s Film Festival has quietly worked on this problem for the last decade. It started with one weekend event has slowly grown to multiple theaters through the five boroughs. Not only has it brought the American debuts of films by the likes of Hayao Miyazaki, Michel Ocelot and Rob Minkoff to kids of all ages, but also many of the directors themselves Now it’s at the point its about to make some very major moves. Workshops, a national tour and many other interesting things are in the works.

In the next month the NYICFF will be holding its first fundraiser, so I couldn’t think of anything better than to give these people a well-deserved plug.

I don’t know about you, but that was enough to keep me in my seat for the rest of the article.

This is one of those times when I simply cannot do it justice with excerpts; go read the whole thing, won’t you? And if you live in New York City, know that the fundraiser is scheduled for February 3rd, 2008. More information can be found here and tickets can be purchased online.

Of course, I’m living a thousand miles from NYC, so I can only read up and sit here and be jealous of those of you who can attend. Hmph.

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