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Winter Break Screenings: New York International Children’s Film Festival Coming To Water Mill

Sydney A. Braat

Looks by Susann Hoffman. (Photo: NYCIFF)

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill is excited to present a selection of award-winning short films from the New York International Children's Film Festival on Friday, December 30th at 6 p.m. in the Museum's Lichtenstein Theater. The 12 films are appropriate for all ages and especially recommended for children ages three to seven. A few of the films presented include The Visitors, Octopus, and One, Two, Tree. In all, there will be 11 animated shorts by filmmakers from Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Each film ranges between one and nine minutes in length.

"These inspiring, funny, and playful short films are entertaining for families, while acknowledging that children have complex ideas and emotions and can think about big issues," said Cara Conklin Wingfield, Director of Education at the Parrish. "The program provides another option in addition to main stream family cinema available on the East End, giving families lots to talk about on the ride home."

The Visitors is an Australian film by Philip Watts and is about a man and his home. One, Two, Tree is by France's Yulia Aronova and is the story of a tree that jumps into a pair of boots and goes off for a walk, inviting others to follow. Octopus, by Julia Ocker of Germany, proves that having eight arms doesn't make baking a cake easier! Other films include The Girl Who Spoke Cat (Dotty Kultys, UK, Poland), An Object at Rest (Seth Boyden, USA), and Tiny Tunes (Andy Martin, UK).

An Object at Rest by Seth Boyden. (Photo: NYCIFF)

There are also many films with animal themes, including Me...Jane, by American filmmakers Paul and Sandra Fierlinger. It's a heartwarming tale about animal behaviorist, Jane Goodall, and her early curiosity that started with a toy chimpanzee. Looks, by Susann Hoffmann of Germany, is about fitting in, through the eyes of a grey lynx. Zoo Story, by Veronika Zacharova of the Czech Republic, shows what happens when a little girl who is bored at the zoo suddenly notices a big gorilla.

The New York International Children's Film Festival was founded in 1997 to promote intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages three to 18. Since its launch, the NYICC has become the largest festival for children and teens in North America.

The program is $10 and free for Museum members, children, and students. No advance registration is required.

The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. For more information, call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.

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