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New York International Children's Film Festival 2019 Line-Up Announced

New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) returns from February 22- March 17. The festival, which celebrates the best in family films, has always had a strong animation component, essentially giving birth to NYC based distributor GKIDS Films. 

This year's big animated film on opening night is Juan Antin's Pachamama, screening as the Opening Spotlight ahead of a forthcoming release internationally via Netflix. The screening on February 24 will be followed by a director's Q&A.

Michel Ocelot's latest feature Dililli In Paris is receiving its US premiere at the festival, alongside French CGI sequel Minuscule: Mandibles From Far Away, and a new outing for the French-Belgian stop-motion favourite A Town Called Panic. From Sweden is 2D feature Gordon and Paddy, which will be an East Coast Premiere.

Representing Japan are Okko's Inn (featuring the world premiere screening of the new GKIDS English version) and Penguin Highway

Lastly- but by no means least, episodes of the eagerly anticipated new Tove Jansson adaptation Moominvalley will screen as a world theatrical premiere.

Beyond the features, the festival will screen animation as part of several programs of short films, including Short Films One, Two and Three and Heebie Jeebie Shorts.

The festival will also feature a special event called Animators All Around which promises attendees can "learn how animation goes from inspiration to sketch to screen from the creators themselves in this very special presentation chock-a-block with film clips and stories about finding your artistic voice and vision."

For full program details and to book tickets, visit the festival website.