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NY International Children's Film Festival to Open with "Mars" and Spotlight Women in Film

An image from "Mars Needs Moms."

The New York International Children's Film Festival announced its complete lineup today. In addition to a slate of twelve new feature films, the festival will also screen short films grouped in age-appropriate programs and host a panel on women in film for its young girl attendees. The panel, "Breaking into the Boys Club: Girls Behind the Camera," will include "Precious" producer Lisa Cortes, prolific indie producer Christine Vachon, and Pixar producer Kori Rae amongst others. The short films screened at this year's fest will have the opportunity, for the first time since the fest's founding in 1997, to gain eligibility for the short film Academy Awards' short film categories. An impressive list of major NY indie film players, including the actors Matthew Modine, Susan Sarandon, and Uma Thurman, director Gus Van Sant, Focus Features' James Schamus, and VAchon, will serve on the festival's jury this year.

The festival runs March 4-27, 2011 in venues across New York City.

A full list of the feature films at this year's NYICFF, with descriptions provided by the fest:

"Aurelie Laflamme’s Diary" - US Premiere, Canada. A quirky coming-of-age comedy about ‘tween Aurelie, whose endearing clumsiness positions her as a pitch-perfect, French-Canadian version of a Judy Blume character. (Ages 8 to adult) Part of Girls’ POV

"Boy" – NY Premiere, New Zealand. A delightfully playful, delicately poignant film that gracefully scalescomedy and drama set in the luscious slums of rural New Zealand. (Ages 12 to adult)

"A Cat in Paris" - US Premiere, France. Berlinale 2011 official selection. A beautifully hand-drawn animated caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris about a pet cat that leads a double life. (Ages 6 to adult)

"Chandani: The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer" – NY Premiere, Germany/Sri Lanka. A young girldreams of following in the footsteps of her father and becoming the first female mahout – a guardianof wild elephants. (Ages 8 to adult) Part of Girls’ POV

"The Dreams of Jinsha" – East Coast Premiere, China. China’s most expensive and ambitious animated feature is a time-travel, fantasy adventure – as a young boy from Beijing hurtles back in time 3,000 years and finds himself at the center of an ancient prophecy. (Ages 8 to adult).

"Echoes of the Rainbow" – Hong Kong. A graceful and emotionally powerful family drama, based on the filmmaker’s real-life childhood in 1969 Hong Kong. (Ages 10 to adult)

"Mars Needs Moms" - Special Preview Screening of Disney’s new 3D spaceadventure comedy from motion capture pioneers ImageMovers Digital (Polar Express) and producer Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump). (Rated PG, Ages 6 to adult)

"Mia & the Migoo" – World Premiere (English Language Version), France. Winner Best Animated Feature at European Film Awards, this breathtakingly beautiful animated adventure pits wild-hairedyoung Mia against greedy developers, with the future of life on Earth in the balance. (All ages)

"Sammy’s Adventures: The Secret Passage" - US Premiere, Belgium. A lush and colorful animatedeco-adventure that utilizes the immersive 3D experience to the fullest, taking viewers on a 50-year odyssey around the world from the perspective of a sea turtle. (All ages)

"The Storytelling Show" – US Premiere, France/Luxemburg. A raucous new animated comedy from the producers of "Kirikou & the Sorceress," "The Triplets of Belleville," and "The Secret of Kells." Laurent’s children enter him into a TV reality contest to see who is the best storytelling dad. (Ages 7 to adult)

"Time of Eve" – US Premiere, Japan. Exquisitely animated, sci-fi set in a future world where lifelike androids have become commonplace probes questions of artificial intelligence and flirts with the moral and personal implications of human-robot romance. (Ages 11 to adult)

"Welcome to the Spaceshow" – US Premiere, Japan. This colorfully explosive feature debut sets anew high for sheer inventiveness of character design with one of the most gleefully surreal depictions of alien life forms ever portrayed in cinema. (Ages 7 to adult)

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