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Festival Of Cinema NYC Drive-In Includes A Night Of Animation

With very few animation events, festivals and conventions being able to take place this year, the organisers of said happenings have had to make tough decisions. It's lead to many cancellations or postponements, but also innovations like the rise of the virtual festival. However, as lockdown restrictions have gradually eased in some countries and regions, the entertainment sector has been looking for ways that people can have a good time while staying safe and respecting local social distancing guidelines. One of the most interesting results of this has been the return of the drive-in movie.

This is the approach that the Festival Of Cinema NYC is taking as it returns for its fourth year. New York City's fastest-growing film festival was due to take place in August but has been rescheduled to take place as a drive-in event this October 1-4, at St John's University's Queens Campus. 

As part of the four-day event, on Saturday, October 2 Festival Of Cinema NYC will present A Night Of Animation. Screening between 7-9pm, the block will feature the New York premiere of Canadian animated feature Mosley, plus some animated shorts. The details of what will screen is below.

Dir. Kirby Atkins, Canada, 97 min. NEW YORK PREMIERE
MOSLEY follows a species of creatures known as "thoriphants" who rebel against their life of servitude and embark on a treacherous journey to find the fabled city of Uprights. Starring the voices of Lucy Lawless, John Rhys-Davies, Rhys Darby and Temuera Morrison.

Dir. Sean Pointing, Australia, 2 min.
An origin story of sorts, this film shows a young boy's discovery of incredible and dangerous superpowers. But to be truly brilliant, he'll have to accept himself first.

Tobi and the Turbobus
Dir. Verena Fels and Marc Angele, Germany, 7 min. QUEENS PREMIERE
You fly with no seat! That's the rule in the Turbobus. To get one is a hard day job for a young wolf on his turbo-journey to find real friendship.

The animation will screen as part of a wider program that will include a mix of shorts, features and documentaries that should appeal to cinephiles. You can find the full line-up from the festival website or get you tickets via Eventbrite.