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New York International Children’s Film Festival Multiple Screenings

Moominvalley, Image courtesy of NYICFF

SAT—February 22
$14 ($12 ASF Members) for each screening

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Explore the world without leaving New York! The New York International Children’s Film Festival takes place February 21 through March 15, 2020 throughout New York City, with 10 screenings at Scandinavia House. For complete lineup and tickets visit

Fill out a ballot at every screening, and your votes will determine the Festival award winners.

SAT—February 22—11 AM
66 min. Ages 5+
North American Premiere

Whether you’re already mad for Moomins or you’ve yet to meet these hilarious and cuddly creatures, you can catch their newest capers as NYICFF once again offers an exclusive look at the latest goings-on in Moominvalley. Tove Jansson’s beloved books come to glorious life with a new take and season of their fairy-world tales and some of the biggest British stars voicing our favorite Moominfamily. (Directed by Steve Box; Finland/UK, 2019)

SAT—February 22—12:45 PM
75 min. Ages 8-14

Life in a castle sounds like a piece of cake, but not for Violette, who misses her Parisian apartment in My Life in Versailles. Meanwhile, Trude’s Flatmate is a monster — literally — and chaos is in store when she tries to keep its sugar fix in check. And you’ll keep flying high with And yet we’re not superheroes.



SAT—February 22—2:45 PM
89 min. In German with English subtitles. Ages 8+
New York Premiere

Eleven-year-old Ben loves his hometown, especially his soccer club, where he practices for hours each day. When he and his neighbors are forced to move, he struggles to fit in at a new school. Another newcomer, Tariq, an ace soccer player from Syria, adds to Ben’s challenges, but the two competitors might discover there’s more to be gained together in this thoughtful reflection on friendship, teamwork, and belonging. (Directed by Sarah Winkenstette; Germany, 2019)

SAT—February 22—5 PM
71 min. In Japanese with English subtitles. Ages 12+
U.S. Premiere

From grunge to genius, On-Gaku turns it up to eleven musically and visually! Kenji and his two buddies are considered the toughs in their high school. Only clever Aya knows their too-cool-for-school attitude is a total act, until a bass guitar unexpectedly ends up in Kenji’s hands. With its deadpan humor, fresh animation style, and upending of the musical genre, there’s no wonder this film won the Ottawa Int’l Animation Festival’s top prize. (Directed by Kenji Iwaisawa; Japan, 2019)


New York International Children’s Film Festival is dedicated to inspiring, entertaining and educating through innovative film programs that cultivate an appreciation for the arts, stimulate critical thought and promote media literacy.

Each year, the Festival invites New York families to travel the globe, discover new ideas and gain a deeper understanding of the world they live in — all from the comfort of their theater seats.

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Advance purchase is recommended