By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop February 4, 2014 at 12:01AM
We are proud to announce the full animation programming slate for the upcoming New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) which runs from March 7-30th. The 17th annual event will be presenting a wide array of films (and shorts) for all ages including a special preview screening of Muppets Most Wanted and Rio 2. Many of the films have been received by critical acclaim abroad and will be hosting their U.S. premieres during the festival.
The Festival will present 100 new animated and live action shorts and features, opening and closing night parties, studio showcases, retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, audience voting and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony.
Highlights include US and North American feature film premieres of Amazonia (France), Aunt Hilda! (France), Foosball (Argentina), Patema Inverted (Japan) and others, six Oscar-qualifying short film programs, a live sing-a-long event featuring 2011's The Muppets and hosted by Oscar-winning producer and composer Bret McKenzie, and LAIKA: Behind the Magic, a special presentation featuring never-before-seen footage of the studio’s upcoming feature, The Boxtrolls.
SHORT FILM PROGRAMS - The Festival's wildly popular short film programs showcase the best short films from around the world, selected from over 3,000 entries. Jury-selected winners will be eligible for Oscar consideration in animated and live action short film categories. Featured in this year's lineup are Feral(Daniel Sousa, Heebie Jeebies) and Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz, Short Films Two), both nominated for best animated short film at the 2014 Academy Awards.
LAIKA: BEHIND THE MAGIC - Special Event includes workshop, special screening of Coraline, first peek of footage from upcoming Boxtrolls, and Q&A
A rare behind-the-scenes presentation from LAIKA studios, creators of the Academy Award-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman. LAIKA's Mark Shapiro will give insights into the intricate stop-motion animation process, using footage of time-lapse production, exclusive clips of LAIKA animators at work, and a demonstration using the actual character models from of the movies. Followed by a complete screening of the film Coraline and an exclusive first look at never-before-seen footage from the upcoming LAIKA feature The Boxtrolls.
MUPPETS MOST WANTED - Special Preview Screening, Live Action, United States, James Bobin
The latest adventure from the beloved Muppet gang takes them across the globe as they embark on an international tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations including Berlin, Madrid, Dublin, and London. James Bobin, who (like us) can't seem to get enough of the Muppets, returns to the directing chair after the 2011 hit The Muppets. Also returning is Oscar-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, who is a star in his own right as half of the musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords.
RIO 2 3D - Special Preview Screening, Animation, United States, Carlos Saldanha
Fly to Brazil ahead of the flock, with this special pre-release screening of Rio 2, the latest from Oscar®-winning Blue Sky Animation Studio. The Rio characters are joined by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth, and Oscar/Emmy/Tony winner Rita Moreno.
NYICFF 2014 FEATURE FILMS (ALPHABETICAL):
ANINA - Animation, Uruguay, Alfredo Soderguit.
With an oddly comforting charm, Anina, is a quirky, warm, simply-but-beautifully animated picture with a look that seems hand crafted from materials gently worn and loved.
AUNT HILDA! - North American Premiere, Animation, France, Girerd/ Chieux
Jacques-Remy Girerd, creator of A Cat in Paris and Mia and the Migoo returns to NYICFF with his latest hand-drawn gem, Aunt Hilda!, a glorious throwback to the flower power classics like Yellow Submarine and The Point. Hilda lives high above the city, happily at home with tens of thousands of rare and luscious plants in her palace of a greenhouse. But down below, a new, genetically modified super-grain threatens to disrupt the delicate natural harmony. Hilda must help the Earth save itself from a very colorful biological mayhem.
FOOSBALL 3D - US Premiere, Animation, Argentina, Juan Jose Campanella
Oscar-winner Juan Jose Campanella's first animated film obliterated box office records in his home country of Argentina and puts Hollywood on notice that high-end CGI is not the exclusive purview of the major US studios with this tale of foosball players come to life.
JACK AND THE CUCKOO CLOCK HEART - North American Premiere, Animation, France, Malzieu/Berla
Produced by Luc Besson, who gave us the 2012 opening night A Monster in Paris, this breathtaking gothic musical is the passion project of writer/director/composer Mathias Malzieu, adapted from his best-selling novel and the 2007 concept album from his rock band Dionysos.
PATEMA INVERTED - North American Premiere, Animation, Japan, Yasuhiro Yoshiura
The new feature from Time of Eve director Yasuhiro Yoshiura is a perspective-twisting sci-fi adventure about two kids separated by opposite gravities. Once they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces, they set out to evade their respective leaders and discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart.
NYICFF 2014 JURY:
John Canemaker - Academy Award-winning animator (The Moon and the Son)
Geena Davis - Academy Award-winning actor and Founder, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Lynne McVeigh - Associate Professor of Children’s Media at NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Matthew Modine - Award-winning actor (Full Metal Jacket, The Dark Knight Rises)
Richard Peña - Director Emeritus New York Film Festival, Columbia University Professor of Film Studies
Bill Plympton - Academy Award-nominated filmmaker (Guard Dog, Idiots and Angels)
Dana Points - Editor-in-Chief of Parents magazine
Susan Sarandon - Academy Award-winning actor (Dead Man Walking, Arbitrage)
James Schamus - Award-winning filmmaker (Brokeback Mountain, The Ice Storm)
Henry Selick - Academy Award-nominated director (Coraline)
Evan Shapiro - President, Participant Television
Uma Thurman - Academy Award-nominated actor (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2)
Christine Vachon - Award-winning filmmaker (Boys Don’t Cry, Mildred Pierce)
Gus Van Sant - Award-winning director (Good Will Hunting, Milk)
Taika Waititi - Academy Award-nominated writer/director (Two Cars One Night, Boy)
Jeffrey Wright - Award-winning actor (Basquiat, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
DATES: March 7 - March 30 - Full schedule available at www.gkids.com
LOCATIONS: DGA Theater, IFC Center, Scholastic Theater, SVA Theatre and Village East Cinema
Tickets available at: http://www.gkids.tv/intheaters.cfm