March 16-17, 2024

Sag Harbor, NY – For the second year, Sag Harbor Cinema will host the New York International Children’s Film Festival with a special program for young audiences of the East End this March 16th through the 17th.

The selection, from the 2024 NYICFF festival’s lineup, was curated by Maria-Christina Villaseñor, NYICFF’s Programming Director, in collaboration with SHC’s Founding Artistic Director, Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan.


“We are thrilled to renew our collaboration with the NYICFF. Since its reopening almost three years ago, Sag Harbor Cinema has become a beloved East End destination for kids of all ages and their families to watch film. NYICFF’s rich history and its wide international reach allows us to bring to our public even more exciting programs and to engage our young audience with the most visionary animation, best storytelling and exciting artists from all over the world,” says D’Agnolo Vallan. 


Leading up to the festival’s dates, Sag Harbor Cinema is presenting three weekends of NYICFF shorts programs as part of its Kids and Families Matinees series. The first one – a series of shorts for children aged 5-10 – screened earlier in January. The second shorts program Celebrating Black Stories will screen the weekend of February 10th and 11th, and a final Spanish-language shorts program ¡Hola Cine! will be featured March 2nd and 3rd. 


“The programs at both Jacob Burns Film Center and Sag Harbor Cinema encompass the varied styles, stories, and genres that make independent film so vital and important,” said Villaseñor. “We are honored to help them provide that same breadth and quality to the young people in their communities and spark a love of cinema for years to come.”  


The Dance


Luce and the Rock


Gu naGoGo


The complete lineup of the NYICFF at Sag Harbor Cinema, as well its guests and special events will be announced on February 7th.

Festival tickets will be available on the cinema’s website, sagharborcinema.org, starting 2/7.


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.



Established in 1997, 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 encourage the creation of intelligent films that represent and celebrate unique, diverse, and historically excluded voices. NYICFF serves children, students, families, educators, filmmakers, and media arts professionals through its core activities: the annual, Oscar®-qualifying NYC film festival and national touring program; FilmEd, a media arts and literacy program; and Toward an Inclusive Future, an annual industry forum. NYICFF is 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. 



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