Award Winning Animation Lineup NY/SF International Children's Film Festival

Sep 20th 2010
NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL
AND SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY PRESENT

AWARD-WINNING ANIMATION LINE-UP
NY/SF INTERNATIONAL
CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL


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MIA AND THE MIGOO – WEST COAST PREMIERE
Winner 2010 Best Animated Feature, European Film Awards

SUMMER WARS – WEST COAST PREMIERE
Winner 2010 Japan Academy Prize
“Spectacular! Visionary! Mind-Bending! Staggering!” – Variety

ELEANOR'S SECRET – WEST COAST PREMIERE
Winner 2010 Annecy Animation Festival

THE SECRET OF KELLS – DIRECTOR'S WORKSHOP
2010 Best Animated Feature Oscar® Nominee
“Ravishing! Magical! Glorious!” – LA Times

FULL SLATE INCLUDES OVER 40 ANIMATED FILMS
SEPTEMBER 24-26, 2010
LANDMARK EMBARCADERO CENTER CINEMA


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New York, NY September 16, 2010 – NY Int'l Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) and San Francisco Film Society (SFFS) will present the inaugural NY/SF Int'l Children's Film Festival (NY/SF) on Sept 24-26, 2010 at Landmark's Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco. The festival will feature visually stunning, ground-breaking and thought-provoking films for ages 3-18, with filmmaker appearances, director workshops, and audience voting. All features will be making their West Coast or Bay Area premiere at the event and the short film lineup includes Academy Award® nominated titles and winners of Sundance, Cannes and other prestigious “adult” festivals.

NY/SF will present 50 short and feature films cherry-picked from New York Int'l Children's Festival, the nation's largest. The SF-based event is the first step of a multi-city expansion by NYICFF, which has already launched weekly programming in NYC, a “Best of NYICFF” national touring festival, a broadband film website, and a new theatrical distribution arm, GKIDS. GKIDS is responsible for Academy Award® nominated animated feature, The Secret of Kells and will be handling theatrical releases of European Film Award Best Animated Feature winner Mia and the Migoo and Japan Academy Prize winner Summer Wars.

NYICFF has earned a reputation as one of the nation's premier showcases for animation, and has presented US premieres of films by renowned animators including Hayao Miyazaki, Nick Park, Michel Ocelot, Katsuhiro Otomo, Isao Takahata, Jiri Barta, Konstanin Bronzit, Jacques-Remy Girerd, among many others. The Festival has also presented major retrospectives of animation from Japan, France, and the Czech Republic, and from Aardman Animations, Pixar, National Film Board of Canada, Max Fleisher, Ub Iwerks, and Ray Harryhausen.

Said NYICFF director Eric Beckman, “As a former SF resident, I am thrilled to be creating a bi-coastal footprint for NYICFF with the launch of NY/SF. SFFS is a perfect partner for us, not just because of their prestige, expertise, and the great SF audience – but because they absolutely share our vision of a more provocative, eye-opening, film for young people. We are excited to be working with SFFS to bring these ground-breaking films to SF audiences, and we look forward to launching similar events in other cities.”

NY/SF SELECT ANIMATED FEATURES
Eleanor's Secret – West Coast Premiere, France, Dominique Monfery, 76 min, in English
In this colorful, beautifully designed adventure perfect for youngest audiences, the characters from classic fairytales and story books come alive to help a young boy learn to read an ancient spell, which will preserve the stories for future generations of children. (All ages)

Mia & the Migoo – West Coast Premiere, France, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, 92 min, Subtitled
Winner of Best Animated Feature at the European Film Awards! Created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, Jacques-Remy-Girerd's second feature is like a Miyazaki film painted by Van Gogh. This thrilling eco-adventure pits a plucky, wild-haired young girl against profit-hungry land developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. Filmmaker in Person (Ages 8 to 16)

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror – West Coast Premiere, Japan, Shinsuke Sato, 98 min, Subtitled
The creators of Ghost in the Shell mix exquisitely detailed 2D backgrounds with modern 3D character designs in a dazzling animated adventure that plays like Alice's fall through the rabbit hole into a world of topsy-turvy, anime dream-logic. (Ages 8 to 16)

The Secret of Kells - Director's Workshop – Ireland, Tomm Moore, 75 min, in English
"Stunning! A magical adventure unlike anything we've seen before." – USA Today. Tomm Moore's shimmering, Oscar®-nominated masterpiece. Magic, fantasy and mythology come together in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. With interactive presentation and post-screening Q&A with director, Tomm Moore. (Ages 8 to adult)

Summer Wars West Coast Premiere, Japan, Mamoru Hosoda, 2009, 114 min, Subtitled
“Spectacular! Visionary! Mind-Bending! Staggering!” - Variety. This Winner of the Japanese Academy Prize , a scintillating new cyber-punk/sci-fi feature from Mamoru Hosoda, is a visual tour-de-force, a film whose “dazzling fluency of motion and untethered brilliance of invention makes the usual fantasy anime look childish and dull!" - Japan Times (Ages 11 to adult)

For complete feature and short film line-up visit SFFS website http://www.sffs.org/

About SFFS – The San Francisco Film Society is a nonprofit arts and education organization dedicated to celebrating the world of film and media in four core areas: Internationalism and Cross-Cultural Exchange, Educating and Inspiring Bay Area Youth, Showcasing Bay Area Film Culture and Exploring New Media. Its activities are organized via three major program areas: Exhibition, Education and Filmmaker Services.

About NYICFF – Founded in 1997, NYICFF is the country's largest festival of film for children and teens and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more compelling and provocative “film for kids.” The NYICFF jury includes Frances McDormand, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Modine, Uma Thurman, John Turturro, James Schamus, Michel Ocelot and Evan Shapiro.

For complete line up, film descriptions and images please visit: http://www.sffs.org/

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