New York International Children’s Film Festival opens on March 4, and screens four films from the Netherlands
Oink and Where is Anne Frank will be the opening night films at the 2022 edition of the New York International Children’s Film Festival. Swop premiers on March 5 and Best Birthday Ever will be part of the festival’s virtual program for younger audiences under five years old.
Dates, times and tickets can be found here: NYICFF
Oink tells the wonderful and exciting story of Babs and her pet pig Oink and the difficulties they must overcome in order to stay together. Directed by Mascha Halberstad and written by Fiona van Heemstra, produced by Marleen Slot at Viking Film. https://www.cineuropa.org/en/video/421536/
In the film Where Is Anne Frank, Kitty, Anne’s imaginary friend to whom she addressed large parts of her diary while in hiding from the Nazis, is brought to life. Israeli director Ari Folman, the son of Holocaust survivors, imagines her as a young, modern, tough woman, on a quest to discover what happened to Anne after she and her family were betrayed.
Swop, created by Utrecht-based team of Job, Joris & Marieke, is based on the beloved, Emmy and NYICFF-award-winning short Heads Together, and follows three wacky friends Sef, Wesley, and Marjory. One day, they discover an abandoned washing machine with mysterious powers: it lets you swap heads with someone else! This presents the three BFFs with a range of amazing possibilities…and side-splitting challenges. As they take turns trying on each other’s heads, they literally see the world through new eyes. Will their new perspectives help them discover a whole new world of possibilities, or get them into a mess? Well, the sayings tell us there are many sides to every story and two heads are better than one. Run, don’t walk (but please hold onto your head) to the slapstick silliness of Swop.
In Best Birthday Ever, Little Charlie is a small rabbit who lives with his loving family and pets in a house at the edge of town. Like many five-year-olds, he goes to a kindergarten and plays with his friends in the neighborhood, basking in the delight of his parents’ complete attention. But all of that changes with the arrival of his baby sister, Clara. When the chance for adventure with his best friend, Monica, arises, Little Charlie—eager to make his own mark and maybe a little jealous—hops to it. Directed by Michael Ekblad and co-produced by Dutch-based Submarine Film.