Explore the world without leaving New York! The New York International Children’s Film Festival takes place February 22 through March 17, 2019 throughout New York City, with 11 screenings at Scandinavia House. For complete lineup and tickets visit nyicff.org/tickets.

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

SAT—February 23—11 AM
75 min. Recommended ages 8-14

Short Films 2 bridges the gap between little and big for young audiences growing in experiences and ideas. The choices we make at mealtime sometimes have a very big impact, especially for a seemingly picky eater with a lot more on his mind in Fish. A collage of stories bind a granddaughter and grandmother despite time and distance in the brilliant, handcrafted animation Home Sweet HomePurchase tickets.

SAT—February 23—1 PM
44 min. Recommended ages 5+
World Theatrical Premiere

They may hail from faraway Finland, but artist/novelist Tove Jansson’s cuddly, quasi-philosophical, not-quite-hippo creatures have a huge international following and were last seen at NYICFF 2014. This exciting new series is an evocative mix of 2D and 3D animation, bringing the Moomintroll family to vivid life as they adventure through the mystical islets and fjords of their glacial world. Rosamund Pike leads a top-notch voice cast as Moominmamma, wisely grounding the family’s insatiable curiosity as they seek the shadowy Groke and luminescent Hattifatteners. Purchase tickets.


SAT—February 23—2:30 PM
65 min. Recommended ages 7+. In Swedish with English subtitles.
East Coast Premiere

Gordon is an ace detective, but even he’ll admit he’s ready to hang up his badge. Luckily, he recognizes fresh talent in Paddy, a young rodent wise beyond her years and eager to break the grass—er, glass—ceiling. When Paddy gets the chance to crack the case of the purloined acorns, she’s got a mystery to solve and a slew of woodland creatures’ speculations to manage. This warm and witty police procedural for the junior set shows how generational divides can turn to bridges, and that even baddies have their good sides. Purchase tickets.

SAT—February 23—4:30 PM
90 min. In Icelandic with English subtitles.

As the the Falcons head to the semi-finals of Westman Islands’ biggest soccer tournament, they’ll face jittery nerves, teammate hijinks, long-standing rivalries, and pressure from peers and family alike. But there’s a lot more at stake than just soccer, and the team quickly learns that what’s on the surface doesn’t always match the core. Through plot twists and white-knuckle soccer plays against the backdrop of a rumbling volcano, and — above all — teamwork, the Falcons are in for their toughest challenge yet. Purchase tickets.




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.



Moominvalley, Image courtesy of NYICFF

SAT—February 23
$14 ($12 ASF Members) for each screening