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Best of the New York International Children's Film Festival

presented by Film Streams

The country's largest film festival for children and teens will be making a tour stop in Omaha beginning in January when Film Streams presents the Best of New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF).



From January 9th to March 18th  (Thursday, Saturdays, Sundays), Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omahas nonprofit cinema, will screen five of the best programs from the 2009 NYICFF. The series continues Film Streams Forever Young family and children's program, which is made possible in part with support from Lincoln Financial Group.

Founded in 1997, NYICFF is dedicated to promoting intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for audiences ages 3-18 and helping to define a more compelling film experience for kids. Juried by such well-known filmmakers as John Turturro, Susan Sarandon, James Schamus, Matthew Modine and Gus Van Sant, the festival has been described by the New York Times as being devoted to the kind of fare that may be found at the Academy Awards but not at the local multiplex.



Razzle Dazzle  january 9-10, 14, 16-17, 21

Directed by Darren Ashton 
A mockumentary skewering the absurdities
of competition between kids on the dance circuit
  and the hyper-involved parents who live through them.
Live Action  |  In English  |  Australia  |  95 min.  | 
Recommended ages: 9 to adult


Help! Im a Fish  january 23-24, 28, 30-31, february 4

Directed by Stefan Fjedmark & Michael Hegner 
A lushly animated undersea adventure about
three children who stumble upon a mad professors cave
and drink a potion transforming them into sea creatures.
Animation  |  In English  |  Denmark; 72 min.  | 
Recommended ages: 4 to 10

Azur & Asmar  february 6-7, 11, 13-14, 18

Directed by Michel Ocelot 
A dazzlinlg animated feature about two boys
raised as brothers, who set off on a dangerous quest
through faraway lands to find and free the Fairy of the Djinns.
Animation  |  In English  |  France; 99 min.  | 
Recommended ages: 6 to adult

NYICFF Kids Flix  february 20-21, 25, 27-28, march 4

A kaleidoscopic collection of the best animated short films
from around the world featuring
traditional animation, CGI, collage, and stop-motion.
In English  |  65 min.  | 
Recommended ages: 3 to 8

NYICFF Party Mix  march 6-7, 11, 13-14, 18

An all animated program featuring hilarious, visually stunning,
and thought-provoking shorts,
specifically intended for older audiences.
In English or English subtitles  |  75 min.  | 
Recommended ages: 9 to 16


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