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Animation In English or Musical/No Dialogue Recommended for ages 4 to 8

The New York International Children's Film Festival is North America's largest festival of film for children and teens, and stands at the forefront of a movement to define a new, more provocative and compelling film for kids. Each year the festival presents a carefully curated collection of the best new animation, live action and experimental film from around the world in an exhilarating festival atmosphere with all the immediacy and excitement of a Cannes or Sundance. This years "BEST OF FEST: KID FLIX MIX" is a colorful collection of short films from around the world, hand-picked as audience and jury favorites from the 2012 New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival. This collection is suited for our youngest audiences,** ages 4 to 8.** ### B/W Races _Italy_ _Animtion, Jacopo Martinoni, 2010, 2.5 min_ A quirky, black and white paper cut-out animation about a car race – in which a rogue black driver who runs others off the track gets his comeuppance. Home-made sound-effects add to the lo-fi fun. Vroooom. ### Balloon Moon _Portugal_ _Animation, Jose Miguel Ribeiro, 2010, 5 min_ With sumptuous colors and artful stop motion animation, a cardboard boy and his ladybug friend set sail into a deep blue moonlit sea and have a dream adventure. ### Behind _Canada Animation, Ga Young Back, 2011, 3 min_ After a trying and scary day, a little girl feels all alone – until she realizes that her best friend has been with her and taking care of her the whole time. ### Diversity _USA Animation, Anthony Dusko, 2010, 1 min_ This instructive cartoon teaches important lessons of life, like how to do the happy dance. ### Ernesto _UK Animation, Corinne Ladeinde, 2011, 7 min_ Seven-year-old Ernesto feels left out when he realizes he's the only kid in school who hasn’t lost any baby teeth. Ernesto resorts to drastic measures to get rid of them; his teeth however, have other plans... ### The Gruffalo's Child _UK Animation, Johannes Weiland/Uwe Heidschotter, 2011, 26 min_ One wild and windy night, the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse. This follow-up to the Oscar-nominated original is adapted from the enormously popular Gruffalo picture books by British author Julia Donaldson. ### Gulp _UK Animation, Sumo Science, 2011, 2 min_ Aardman Animations and Sumo Science follow up last year’s wonderful diminutive Dot (which set the world record for smallest animated character) by notching it up a few orders of magnitude. Shot on an expansive seaside location, they set a new record for the world’s largest stop motion set, in this story of a fisherman who gets swallowed by a whale. ### Keenan at Sea _USA Animation, David Cowles/Jeremy Galante, 2010, 2 min_ This adorable, hummable tune from NY acoustic pop group The Girls is the theme song for the 2012 festival! “A salty sea and a boat for three as we sail past the coral reef… we wave goodbye to the sandy beach far away… la la la la!” ### Metro _USA Animation, Jake Wyatt, 2011, 5 min_ A young girl chases a mysterious fox through a secret door and into a subterranean wonderland to retrieve her stolen train ticket. ### Twist & Shout _Japan Animation, Yosuke Kihara, 2010, 3 min_ Two cute-as-buttons Japanese puppets travel to Abbey Road to find inspiration and shoot the video for their ukulele cover version of “Twist and Shout.” ### Who is Not Sleeping? _Sweden Animation, Jessica Lauren, 2010, 4 min_ Rabbit is sleeping over at Teddy Pig's house. It's going to be lots of fun! They are playing and drinking hot chocolate, but when the lights go out something doesn't feel quite right.

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