The 7th Annual KidCinemaFest Film Festival returns to New York City from October 23 – 30, 2015. A much anticipated event, the festival will feature more than 30 films from more than 20 countries from around the world. Entry is free, open to the public, and English subtitles are provided. This year’s opening film is SON OF THE SEA is an animated film by Academy Award nominee Irish director Tomm Moor, and is suitable for all ages. The film draws its inspiration from Irish folklore and the Selkies, mythological creatures who have the ability to transform from seals to humans.
About the festival: KidCinemaFest Film Festival New York is a project of Cine-Art Entertainment Productions via the collaboration of City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center and Catholic Charities. The festival is free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of its sponsors: LatinTrends Magazine and Manhattan Times in collaboration with ACDP, Asociación Comunal Dominicanos Progresistas, CUNY in the Heights and Casita Maria. Designed to encourage children to develop and cultivate an interest in a diverse range of films, KidCinemaFest offers a great opportunity for families and children to view new and exciting films together. Such events serve to enrich the city and community by allowing access to international films with unique perspectives on the world. Armando Guareño (the film festival founder and director) stated “This year’s film program strives to enrich the lives of children through the art of cinema, enabling children and families to learn from different cultures without having to leave New York City.” And Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez concurs with, “As a longtime supporter of the KidsCinemaFest, I’m incredibly proud of the success the program has enjoyed. Over a few short years it has grown to the preeminent children’s film festival in New York City, broadening the cultural horizons of hundreds.”
Recent Press: “KidCinemaFest venues are: Alianza Dominicana Cultural Center (530 West 166th Street and Amsterdam), Casita Maria in the South Bronx (928 Simpson St at 163rd Street) CUNY in the Heights (5030 Broadway at 213th), Comisionado Dominicano de Cultura en USA (541 West 145th St (2nd Floor), Beacon MS 326 (401 West 164th Street, New York, NY 10032 and public schools throughout Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the Bronx. KidCinemaFest closes on October 30th 2015 with the Argentinian film EL INVENTOR DE JUEGOS (The Games Maker) for ages 8 and over. The program also includes Alê Abreu’s film O MENINO E O MUNDO (Boy and the World) a Brazilian animation (for all ages); from the USA BUBBLE BUBBLE MEOWS AND THE METEOR STOMACHACHE by Matt Orefice (For all ages); KAHLIL GRBRAN: THE PROPHET (ages 12+) by various director including Tomm Moore and produced by Salma Hayek; the hilarious Mexican adventure LA FÓRMULA DEL DOCTOR FUNES (Doctor Fune’s Formula) directed by . José Bull (all ages); the beautiful Mexican animation LA INCREÍBLE HISTORIA DEL NIÑO DE PIEDRA (The incredible story of stone boy) Directed by Pablo Aldrete, Jaime Romadía, Miguel Bonilla, Miguel Ángel Uriegas (all ages); and PATEMA INVERTED by the well-known Japanese director Yasuhiro Yoshiura (Ages 10+).”
A series of short films will be also be shown, including Kid Flix Mix. This series is best suited for the youngest audience (ages 3 and up); Party Mix, a collection of beautiful short films from around the world, is more suitable for older children (ages 9 and up). ¡Viva! A showcase of the best of Spanish and Latin American short was chosen from over five years of New York International Children Film Festival short film programs.
For a complete list of films and show times, please visit www.kidcinemafest.com. Thank you.