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In Your Neighborhood The New York International Children's Film Festival

Mido and the Instrumals, Image courtesy of NYICFF

SAT—February 25—10:30 AM-2 PM, free
Recommended ages 3 to 8

Explore the New York International Children’s Film Festival in a special “In Your Neighborhood” event! NYCIFF returns this year from March 3-5 & 12-13 to NYC, with screenings presented at Scandinavia House and other venues. From February 24-26, “In Your Neighborhood” allows audiences to explore all the great cultural activities your neighborhood has to offer, with a special short-film program presented at locations around the city.

Screenings will take place at Scandinavia House on Saturday, February 25 from 10:30 AM – 2 PM, with the screenings recurring on the hour.

Admission is free and open to all. Recommended ages: 3 to 8.


Shorts in this lineup include:

Kenya’s Symphony
United States
Animation, Carlos Douglas Jr., 2020, 5 min. In English

A stubborn 5-year-old reluctantly heads off to a performance with her mom. When the music starts, will a passion bloom?

Mido and the Instrumals
France | North American Premiere
Animation, Roman Guillanton, 2020, 6 min. No dialogue

Young Mido wants to be part of the band, but he just might need to tune his wild and wooly style to jam with these cool creatures.

The Yogi Walrus
United Kingdom | North American Premiere
Animation, Daleya Marohn, 2019, 4 min. In English

Little Emi craves ice cream and always wants more. Learning to savor is the cherry on top.

a film by m+m
United States | East Coast Premiere
Animation, Megan McShane & Matthew Yang, 2020, 2 min. No dialogue

Two wacky wizard friends bump and cruise through a fantastical land, powered by green in more ways than one!

A Lynx in the Town
France, Switzerland
Animation, Nina Bisiarina, 2019, 7 min. No dialogue

You’ve heard of King Kong, now meet this king cat, a giant feline who falls for the big city, with its skyscraper scratching posts and inhabitants who marvel at her size.

Animation, Joost van den Bosch & Erik Verkerk, 2020, 2 min. No dialogue

Being a neat freak is easy when you’ve got eight arms and live underwater, but try keeping up with this octopus teacher’s hilarious lesson!

Kiri and Lou — Air
Canada, New Zealand | US Premiere
Animation, Harry Sinclair, 2020, 5 min. In English

Kiri and Lou are the silliest creatures around, but they’re smart enough to know a good thing when they’ve got it.

Belarus, Czech Republic
Animation, Aliona Baranova, 2020, 6 min. No dialogue

A larger-than-life sailor is reminded of home when a passenger’s daughter brings aboard a tiny red leaf, inspiring a grand new journey.

Sum of its Parts
United States
Animation, Alisa Stern, 2019, 3 min. No dialogue

Wondrous creatures bop, slither, and shake to the beat of the forest in this silly sylvan symphony.

Athleticus: Sled
France | New York Premiere
Animation, Nicolas Deveaux, 2019, 2 min. No dialogue

Puffins vs. seals. Who will win the big score in this slippy, slidey downhill race?

Athleticus: Guides
France | New York Premiere
Animation, Nicolas Deveaux, 2019, 2 min. No dialogue

Go-Go flamingos fan out on the slopes to win unexpected style points.

United States | World Premiere
Animation, Zhike Yang, Wenjie Wu, & Han Chen Chang, 2020, 4 min. In English

A grandfather and granddaughter bond over dragons, dance, and shared cultural traditions.

Piñata Love
USA | East Coast Premiere
Live Action, Joel Ramirez, 2017, 6 min. No dialogue

Mexican country craft meets-cute with NYC urban grit in this tale of a near-perfect mâche.


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.