NYICFF comes to Sag Harbor Cinema March 2023


Sag Harbor, NY – Sag Harbor Cinema and the New York International Children’s Film Festival join forces to bring to the East End the beloved New York City event with a full weekend of screenings, special guests, education opportunities and more, March 17-19.

In a lead up to the festival, SHC will host three of NYICFF’s curated shorts programs within its Kids and Families Matinees series, beginning December 17th.

NYICFF 2023 will take place March 3-19 in New York City and Sag Harbor, adding a third weekend to its usual length, in partnership with Sag Harbor Cinema. Through this partnership, SHC’s audiences will be able to experience a selection of the 2023 festival’s lineup, especially curated by Maria-Christina Villaseñor, NYICFF’s Programming Director, in collaboration with  SHC’s Founding Artistic Director, Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.


“This seemed a natural evolution of our efforts to engage younger audiences and their families in the power and beauty of film. And to make sure that  adults do not forget the magic and depth of childhood and children’s imagery. NYICFF’s programs have always been smart, innovative and far reaching. I am thrilled we can share something of what they have been doing so well for many years with our audience,” says Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.


“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Sag Harbor Cinema, and complementing their outstanding programming with an exciting new slate of international animated and live-action films,”says Maria-Christina Villaseñor. “Sag Harbor Cinema’s beautifully restored theaters, unparalleled projection, and warm community feel are the perfect place for families to experience how special viewing films in theaters together can be.”


The full line-up for the festival weekend and details about special guests, events, and education initiatives will be announced closer to the date. Until then, the three NYICFF shorts curated programs that will play at SHC leading to the March Festival are: “Kid Flicks Two,” “¡Hola Cine!,” and “Celebrating Black Stories.” They include animation, live action, and documentary shorts from 12 countries. Kid Flicks programs offer a chance to explore new frontiers from around the world, across the street, and the ever-expanding boundaries of our own perspectives.

Tickets for the screenings will be available for purchase at sagharborcinema.org.


More information about the programs is available below:


KID FLICKS TWO (Runtime: 68 min.)  – 12/17 & 12/18

Deep and daring films for ages 8-13

In English or with English subtitles 


Kid Flicks Two is full of journeys big and small, from a young artist’s river-bound trek to school and a passerby’s neighborhood stroll to the search for a loving home and the path to understanding between friends.


¡Hola Cine! (Runtime: 66 min.)   – 1/21 & 1/22

Extraordinary Latinx shorts for ages 9+

In English or with English subtitles 


The best Latinx stories from around the world, and not just in Spanish, but also English, and even Portuguese, celebrating the many Latinx cultures, histories, identities and languages.


Celebrating Black Stories (Runtime: 76 min.) – 2/25 & 2/26

Powerful films for ages 9+

In English or with English subtitles


Black stories take the spotlight to share the joy, determination, resilience, and complexity of being Black and young. Explore a range of genres and styles in a program that spans the globe.


Sag Harbor Cinema

As a not-for-profit 501(c)3, community-based organization, Sag Harbor Cinema is dedicated to presenting the past, present and future of the Movies and to preserving and educating about films, filmmaking, and the film-going experience in its three state-of-the-art theaters. The Cinema engages its audiences and the community year-round through dialogue, discovery, and appreciation of the moving image – from blockbusters to student shorts and everything in between. Revitalized and reimagined through unprecedented community efforts to rebuild the iconic Main Street structure after a fire nearly destroyed it in 2016, SHC continues a long historic tradition of entertainment in the heart of Sag Harbor Village. SHC Members enjoy discounts on tickets and merchandise and have access to our member-only rooftop lounge, The Green Room.



New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) was founded in 1997 to promote the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent cinematic works for ages 3-18. NYICFF’s mission is rooted in the belief of film as a path for young people to understand themselves and others. All programs are designed to celebrate the beauty and power of film, spark the inherent capacity of children to connect with complex, nuanced art, and celebrate unique, diverse, and historically excluded voices. The organization serves children, students, families, educators, filmmakers, and media arts professionals through its three core activities: the annual, Oscar®-qualifying NYC film festival and national touring program; Film-Ed, a media arts and literacy program; and Toward an Inclusive Future, an annual industry forum.



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