It’s been three years since I began programming films and shorts collections from the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF). The work they distribute is consistently excellent, and this year’s Kids Flix Mix is no different.
Kids Flix Mix 2012 is a wonderful collection of beautiful, fun, and memorable animation of all different styles. The films come from Sweden, Japan, the UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, and the US, and they are refreshingly different from what you might see at the multiplex or on tv for young kids.
Most of the films are under five minutes long. The exception: The Gruffalo’s Child, which is the final film in the program. While the other films are like short bursts of atmosphere, style, and emotion, The Gruffalo’s Child is the goodnight story before bed, appropriate, given it is based upon the popular Gruffalo picture books by Julia Donaldson.
It’s fun to compare the different styles of animation, and the wide variety of stories told. My personal favorite is Metro, a film by Jake Wyatt. Words cannot convey the complexity of feeling you experience through the journey of this film, nor the sheer loveliness of it. I can’t wait to watch it with you all this Saturday!