The New York International Children’s Film Festival kicks off March 5-14, 100% online and available nationwide! The 2021 Festival lineup is full of thoughtful, provocative, fun, and intelligent films for young people, including a wonderful selection from the Kingdom of the Netherlands:
FEATURE Curaçao, Netherlands | International Premiere
Live Action, Eché Janga; 2020, 86 min
Recommended ages: 12+
in Papiamento and Dutch, with English subtitles
A virtual Q&A with the director, Eché Janga, will be organized on March 14!
Headstrong Kenza lives with her father Ouira and grandfather Weljo on a beautifully situated plot of land that doubles as a car wrecking yard on the coast of Curaçao. Father and son are opposites: Ouira is a no-nonsense police officer with an eye toward the future, while Weljo finds meaning in the past through the spirituality of his African ancestors and the island’s native inhabitants. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Kenza seeks to find her own place, and identity. Her search takes flight as she gravitates toward the mystical traditions of her grandfather.
Jackie & Oopjen
FEATURE Netherlands | New York Premiere
Live Action, Annemarie van de Mond; 2020, 90 min
Recommended ages: 8+
In Dutch, with English subtitles
Twelve-year-old Jackie has made Amsterdam’s world famous Rijksmuseum her second home since her mother is always busy at her job there. As Jackie wanders the museum after hours, Oopjen Coppit, the woman depicted in Rembrandt’s famous 1634 painting, suddenly steps out of the canvas and into the middle of the gallery. Used to keeping her cool and problem solving, Jackie instantly decides to take Oopjen under her wing and help her search for her missing sister. Oopjen, a woman from the Golden Age, finds the 21st century to be a big adventure while Jackie finally finds a true friend.
Program: Girls’ POV
SHORT Netherlands | East Coast Premiere
Live Action, Emma Branderhorst; 2019, 20 min.Recommended ages: 10+
In Dutch, with English subtitles
A team of swimmers hold their breath training for a synchronized swimming meet while navigating the twists and turns of competitive friendships.
Screening in: Shorts For Tots
SHORT NetherlandsAnimation, Joost van den Bosch & Erik Verkerk; 2020, 2 min.
Recommended ages: 3+
Being a neat freak is easy when you’ve got eight arms and live underwater, but try keeping up with this octopus teacher’s hilarious lesson!
This year, the festival is coming to you and available nationwide! Join in for premieres, special guests, and much more. The 2021 selection spotlights stories of kids discovering their cultural histories, defining their own identities, and shaping their futures by connecting with the past.
Tickets are on sale NOW! Use code DUTCH21 to save $3 off Single View tickets and $5 off All Access Passes! Learn more at nyicff.org. See the trailer below and the full program here.
About the 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.
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