The 18th annual New York International Children’s Film Festival started last weekend and continues through March 22nd. The festival, organized by the same folks behind the New York indie animation distributor GKIDS, provides an opportunity to see both long and short-form animation that might otherwise be difficult to find in U.S. theaters. Among the highlights:

  • The French/Canadian animated feature Mune, directed by Benoit Philippon and Alexandre Heboyan, screens on March 7, 14 and 21 (the first two dates are already sold out).

  • Jellyfish Eyes,the CG/live-action feature directorial debut of Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami (March 7 and 15)nyicff_jellyfish

  • The South Korean animated feature The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow directed by Hyung-yun Chang (March 14)nyicff_satellite

  • The anthology feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (March 21-22)

  • Hocus Pocus Alfie Atkins, the feature directorial debut of Oscar-winning short filmmaker Torill Kove, who was nominated for her third Oscar this year for the short film Me and My Moulton. (March 21)nyicff_hocuspocus

Cartoon Brew readers receive a $2 discount off any ticket by using the code CB15. Screenings take place at the following Manhattan theaters: DGA Theater, IFC Center, Scholastic Theater, SVA Theatre and Village East Cinema. For more information and tickets, visit the NYICFF website.