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Athena Film Fest: Women's Voices from Around the World

A film festival celebrating women from all walks of life, the Athena Film Festival (February 22 - 25) at Barnard College is a revolutionary eye opening film festival. With Academy Award-nominated films, top-tier features, documentaries, and shorts — including U.S. and world premieres, the Athena Film Fest is a global look at the lives of women. The festival is a project of the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard and Women and Hollywood, a leading voice for women in the entertainment industry.

The opening night film is the Emma Stone/Steve Carell clash of the tennis giants, Battle of the Sexes. Other films include the Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin classic 9 to 5, and Chavela a documentary following the unconventional life of beloved performer Chavela Vargas, whose passionate renditions of Mexican popular music and triumphant return to the stage late in life brought her international fame. The festival also includes panels, workshops, and special screenings.

To learn more, go to:

Athena Film Festival
February 22 - 25

Barnard College
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

2018 Int'l Children's Film Fest: Cinema for All Ages from Around the World

 Lu Over the Wall

With award winning shorts and features from around the world, the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, gives viewers a unique insight into the lives, minds, and perspective of children around the world. The festival, now in its 21st year, is screening in theaters across New York City with some truly unique works of cinema for all ages from February 23 to March 18.

Highlights include the World premiere of Hilda, Luke Pearson’s episodic adaptation of his celebrated graphic novel series, in which plucky Hilda sets out on adventures evoking both Scandinavian folklore and Studio Ghibli.

Among NYICFF’s trio of North American premieres are Sing Song (Netherlands/Suriname), Mischa Kamp’s refreshing, inventive entry to the musical genre, in which a young singer travels to Suriname in search of her roots; Clovis Cornillac’s beautifully shot Belle and Sebastian, Friends for Life (France), the third installment of a Festival-favorite franchise set in the French Alps circa WWII; and Luc Jacquet’s March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step (France), a feat of cutting-edge 4K cinematography that allows audiences deep into the Arctic waters to witness a new generation of emperor penguins as they trek far and wide to survive. NYICFF’s premiere screenings of March of the Penguins 2 will be the film’s only theatrical showcase before its HULU release on March 23.

The 2018 Festival also features the US Premiere of Emelie Lindblom’s Room 213 (Sweden), a spooky, smart genre entrypoint for young audiences set at a haunted summer camp. 

Previously announced special screenings and events include Masaaki Yuasa’s Lu Over the Wall as Opening Night, Alexandre EspigaresWhite Fang as Opening Spotlight, and Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 2, The Austere Academy as Centerpiece, along with inaugural edition of a kids and family-geared Virtual Reality mini-fest: VR JR.

To learn more, go to:

New York International Children’s Film Festival
February 23 - March 18, 2018

Various Locations Throughout NYC

Animation First: New York’s French Animation Festival at the FIAF

The Red Turtle

Along with a lengthy history in comics and cinema, France also has a rich history in animation which is being celebrated at the FIAF (French Institute: Alliance Francaise). Held at Florence Gould Hall (55 East 59th St., NY, NY), and running February 2 - 4, 2018, the Animation First: New York’s French Animation Festival features award-winning films, shorts, virtual reality, interactive workshops, panel discussions and more.

From the press release:

“Special screenings and events for all ages put you in the front seat of 3D animation, works in process, interactive workshops on drawing and sound effects, gaming demonstrations, and panel discussions with leading artists and studio executives.’

On Saturday, the festival’s Guest of Honor, Michael Dudok de Wit, acclaimed director of The Red Turtle, will speak about the creation of the Oscar-nominated film from its beginnings in Japan at the celebrated Studio Ghibli through production in Angouleme, France.”

To learn more, go to:

Animation First: New York’s French Animation Festival
February 2 - 4, 2018

Florence Gould Hall at FIAF
55 East 59th St.
New York,  NY  10022

Ring in the New Year with Animation Nights New York & Free Cartoons!

Nothing is better than getting to see wild and strange works of animation. Except maybe getting to see wild and strange works of animation for FREE. Animation Nights New York is a series of free screenings featuring innovative new works of animation and virtual reality experiences from around the world. The upcoming 2018 New Years Pics on January 10, 2018 at 8PM at the WeWork Dumbo Heights (81 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY) runs approximately 80 minutes and will screen 20 short films:

Films being screened include:

  • Euphoria. Amélie Tourangeau. Canada

  • One Small Step. Phoebe Hart. Australia

  • Sofaholic. Nicolás Petelski. Spain

  • Framed. Marco Jemolo. Italy

  • Corner. Lucija Mrzljak. Estonia

  • Skate. Diane Shaher. Canada

  • Panic Point. Franco Dadone. Argentina

  • Fly. Parinya Gavinlertwatthana. Thailand

  • Impressions of Life. Ehsan Masoom. Iran, Islamic Republic of

  • There’s Too Many of these Crows. Morgan Miller. United States

  • Glorious Victory. Will Kim. United States

  • Bán. Catherine O’Brien. Ireland

  • Sage Francis - Make Em Purr. Wasaru. France

  • Chika, the Dog in the Ghetto. Sandra Schiebl. Germany

  • Élan Vital. Helen Kwok. United States

  • Everywhere, Somewhere, With Love. Luiko Sasaki. United States

  • Slowville. Alex Meunier. Canada

  • The Octopus Lady. Amanda Wang Ziyan. Singapore

  • Spoon. Yikun Wang. Japan

  • James - Dear John. Péter Vácz. Hungary

To learn more, go to:

Animation Nights New York New Years Pics
8 PM, January 10, 2018

WeWork Dumbo Heights
81 Prospect St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please RSVP. Space is limited!



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