The 22nd annual New York International Children’s Film Festival, which runs February 22-March 17, has announced its features slate including the world theatrical premiere of the anticipated Moominvalley and several titles that still haven’t been widely seen stateside such as César Award-nominees Pachamama and Dilili in Paris.
The program mixes animated and lived action works from around the world aimed at young audiences. This year the festival will screen seven animated features that are either Japanese or European co-productions. A handful of them have recently been picked up for distribution, while others are starting out their journey into the American market.
For short films, one of the event’s highlights is that it’s an Academy Award qualifying festival. Curated based on age appropriate content and thematic elements, the nine shorts programs feature stories from across six continents with two of them focusing specifically on the festival’s spotlight country, Netherlands.