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Exclusive: Get a sneak peek of films from the NYICFF (video)

Watch three never-before-seen clips of films being featured in the 2013 New York International Children's Film Festival, which kicks off on March 1.

The Painter at NYICFF

The Painter at NYICFF

Since 1997, the New York International Children's Film Festival has given kids of all ages a look into the world of cinema beyond the usual flicks they watch at the local movie theater—that's why we recently named it one of New York's best things to do with the family. This year, we're more impressed than ever with the festival's lineup—families can catch the United States premiere of Ernest & Celestine, a new film from the producers of Kirikou and the Sorceress, Triplets of Belleville and The Secret of Kellse; the world premiere of Meet the Small Potatoes, a film by NYC-based Josh Selig and the US premier of From Up on Poppy Hill, a new film from Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.

Even more exciting, we've gotten exclusive access to clips from three of the shorts and films that will be screened during this year's festival (March 1 to 24 at various locations in Manhattan). Scroll down to watch clips from Elia, The Painting and Astrid. Like what you see? Go to gkids.com to purchase tickets to these and other screenings.


Little ones will relate to this animated French short by Matthieu Gaillard—the 4.5 minute film gets its United States premiere at the festival. The short follows a girl who is getting ready for a beach excursion with her dad and wants to bring her goldfish along. (Recommended for kids under age six.)

"Elia" is part of the festival's "Shorts for Tots” program. It plays on March 2 and 23 at 11am at the Scholastic Theater and on March 16 at 11am at the SVA Theatre.


The Painting

This full-length feature from Jean-François Laguionie about a kingdom divided into three castes made its United States premiere at last year's NYICFF under the French name, Le Tableau. This year, the English version is being screened for the first time. The animation is breathtaking as viewers follow the three characters through the forest and into the painter's studio. (Recommended for kids ages 7 to 10.)

The Painting plays on March 10 at 1:30pm at FIAF.


Meet Astrid—a girl who has had enough of being told "no" by her mom. After she runs away to be with her friends, though, she realizes there are some things in life she's just not old enough to deal with yet. The live action short from Sweeden is getting it's East Coast premiere at the festival.  (Recommended for ages 10 and up.)

"Astrid" is part of the festival's "Girls' POV" program. It plays on March 10 at 11am and March 23 at 11:30am at the IFC Center.


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