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5 March 2021

Dutch line-up at New York International Children's Film Festival

No less than two features and two short films from the Netherlands have been selected for the online edition of the New York International Children's Film Festival.

Feature film Buladó, directed by Eché Janga (prod: Keplerfilm), will have its international premier at the festival. The film previously won a Golden Calf for Best Film at the Netherlands Film festival and was the Dutch entry for the Oscars in the category International Feature. Buladó tells the magical-realistic and heart warming story of a small family in the countryside of Curaçao.
An extended live Q&A with Eché Janga takes place on 14 March. The recording of the Q&A will remain available on the streaming site of NYICFF through the end of the festival.

Jackie and Oopjen, first feature film directed by Annemarie van de Mond and produced by Column Film and Fiction Valley (sales: Beta Film) will also screen at the festival. The film was previously selected for the Mill Valley Film Festival, Schlingel Film Festival and Tallinn Black Nights among others. In the film Rembrandt's famous painting Oopjen comes to life when she believes that 12-year-old Jackie is the sister that she lost years ago.

Animated short film Ink, directed and produced by Erik Verkerk & Joost van den Bosch (Ka-Ching Cartoons) screens in Shorts For Tots. Ink won the Cinekid Festival Audience Award for animated short film and was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival among others. International sales are handled by SND Films. In this hilarious 2D & 3D animated short, a clean-up neat-freak octopus uses all of his tentacles in trying to reach what he's aiming for.
Ka-Ching Cartoons co-produced short animation Easter Eggs has just been selected as the Berlin Short candidate for the upcoming European Film Awards.

Under the Skin, short graduation film directed by Emma Branderhorst (prod: HKU - Utrecht University of the Arts) will screen in festival programme Girls' POV. The film had its international premiere at Berlinale Generation and was selected for several international festivals, such as the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. In the film a synchronized swimmer gets herself into a tough situation with her teammates. Can she overcome it and focus on the upcoming competition?

The films in this year's line-up have been supported by Never Grow Up! a joint effort of Dutch Performing Arts, Dutch Culture USA, Dutch Foundation for Literature, DutchCulture, Cinekid and SEE NL (a collaboration between Eye Filmmuseum and the Netherlands Film Fund), aiming to stimulate the dissemination and visibility of Dutch arts for young audience as well as cultural exchange and partnerships with renowned US-based presenters and organizations.

The New York International Children's Film Festival takes place online 5-14 March 2021.


For more information:

New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF): https://nyicff.org

Never Grow Up! : https://www.dutchcultureusa.com/nevergrowup/


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