The New York International Children’s Film Festival enters its final weekend, and two of the three Japanese films are still playing. Well, in a way. From Up On Poppy Hill, the brilliant latest offering from Studio Ghibli, has actually finished its NYICFF run, but there are multiple showings through Thursday, March 28 at theaters across NYC. Check NYICFF’s website for more details.
Meanwhile, Wolf Children by Mamoru Hosoda will have one more screening, on Sunday, March 24, the Festival’s last day. Hosoda’s story about a young woman’s struggles with raising two children who are part wolf received an Audience Award Features prize, one of three feature films honored at the annual NYICFF Awards Ceremony on March 17 at the Directors Guild of America Theater. This is not the first honor for the Japanese animation; Wolf Children also snagged Japan’s Academy Prize for Animation the day before its premiere at the Festival on March 9.