The New York International Film Festival Turns 25

by | Mar 5, 2022 | Culture

The New York International Children’s Film Festival is returning for its 25th anniversary starting today through March 19. Featuring new and emerging artistic films for kid audiences, the NYICFF is bound to surprise and delight families, children, and imaginative adults. With 20 different films to choose from in addition to exclusive short film programs, films ranging from animation to foreign drama to a child’s life will cover every scope of wonder a viewer could hope to have.

Films made in countries including France, Japan, Argentina, Germany, and beyond will be among those exhibited at this cultural festival. Children will find the stories and realities told in these films to be both personable and entrancing, making connections to their own lives and enjoying the possibilities of movie magic. The international scope of the festival also allows them to be exposed to other languages and cultures, which can instill an appreciation for diversity and foreign cultures from an early age. It can also support how children develop qualities such as an open mind and the ability to think critically.

The NYICFF has been carefully curated to offer the best qualities of an in-person movie theater experience while still cautiously planning around COVID-19 realities. In-person screenings will all take place at the SVA Theatre, located at 333 West 23rd St. in Chelsea. Proof of vaccination is required, and all theaters will undergo a rigorous cleaning regime between screenings to ensure complete safety for guests. Virtual programs for children both below and over 5 years old will also be available for those seeking to enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own home.

To learn more about the New York International Children’s Film Festival and purchase tickets, visit The festival runs March 4 through March 19, with different films and programs available each day.

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