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Virtual Cinema for Families Launches Wationwide via NYICFF


NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2020)
The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) has announced that In partnership with independent arthouse theaters and cultural organizations nationwide, it will offer virtual cinema screenings for families, launching May 8th and available through May 17th. Tickets are available now.
Aiming to serve families and kids directly while supporting theaters whose doors are currently closed, NYICFF is providing two of its celebrated Kid Flicks award-winning short film programs to view at home. The programs, previously only screened in theaters, are now available directly via virtual cinema to families across the country who are looking for engaging content and exciting family viewing events during this period of quarantines.
Says Executive Director Nina Guralnick, “We’ve been thrilled to see the ingenuity of the independent theater community who have moved quickly to serve their audiences. Kids and families deserve the same high-quality programming that’s available to adults, so we were inspired to find a way to offer our programs through a new platform. We know that families are desperate for new and exciting ways to keep their kids engaged as they struggle through the challenges of remote learning and stay-at-home orders. And now seems like an ideal time to offer our film programs, which always inspire great family discussion.”
To date, over 55 arthouse theaters and cultural organizations across the country have partnered with NYICFF to offer the programs, with more joining each day. A virtual Route 66 of cinemas and institutions, from the Eastern Seaboard states to Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, California, and many more–NYICFF’s geographically expansive community partnerships and digital delivery reflect a community model of meaningful collaboration through the arts.
For more information on the Virtual Cinema programs, visit https://nyicff.org/virtual-cinema/


Distinguished by its unique mission and high-caliber programming, New York International Children’s Film Festival was founded in 1997 to support the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens aged 3-18. NYICFF is an Academy Award® qualifying festival, one of only four film festivals in New York State – and only two children’s film festivals in the country – to hold that honor, with the Festival’s esteemed jury of filmmakers, actors, and academic and industry leaders selecting qualifying films. The Festival, the largest film event for children and teens in North America, cultivates an appreciation for the arts, encourages active, discerning viewing, and stimulates lively discussion among peers, families, and the film community.
2020’s flagship annual event ran February 21 to March 14. Presenting consistently sold-out screenings for the general public and weekday screenings for school groups at venues throughout New York City, the Festival’s rich and dynamic film program -– drawn from over 1,500 international submissions – boasted over 100 short and feature films, exclusive filmmaker Q&As, retrospective programs, parties, premieres, audience voting, and awards.
The Festival hosted its inaugural NYICFF Industry Forum on February 28 & 29, 2020, the second weekend of the Festival, bringing leaders and creators together for dialogue around inclusion and representation in the creation and dissemination of media content for young audiences. In addition to presenting the annual month-long Festival, NYICFF is a multifaceted arts organization that offers year-round engagement including its city-wide media arts and literacy program,NYICFF Film-Ed; and its national screening program serving major and regional cultural institutions, cinemas, and museums, NYICFF Kid Flicks.
NYICFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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