Three Japanese Films Part of NYICFF’s 25th Anniversary

The New York International Children’s Film Festival

Friday, March 4 through Saturday, March 19

SVA Theatre – 333 W. 23rd Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)

Admission: $17 General Admission (prices vary per type of film; multi-film passes available)

The New York International Children’s Film Festival begins this Friday. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, NYICFF returns to theaters after last year’s virtual program. Three Japanese films are part of this year’s festival: It’s a Summer Film!, Poupelle of Chimney Town, and Pompo the Cinephile.

About the Japanese Films in NYICFF

Poupelle of Chimney Town

Sunday, March 6 at 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Japan | Animation | Yusuke Hirota | 2020 | 107 min. | In English

Recommended ages: Rated PG

Poupelle of Chimney Town. Yusuke Hirota. Photo courtesy Studio4°C-Eleven Arts

Our wide-eyed, top-hatted, scruffily charming young protagonist Lubbichi—such a big name for a little boy—has a very big job to do: serving as a busy chimney sweep in his enormous and gritty post-industrial town. With all the factory soot in the air, Lubbichi and the townspeople haven’t seen the sky in years, but that won’t stop this plucky boy from dreaming of the stars. His dreams get even closer to reach when he befriends Poupelle, a gentle giant robot made of trash whose heart beats as true as any human one. Based on the beloved Japanese manga by comedian and children’s book author/illustrator Akihiro Nishino and filled with amazingly detailed CG worlds of complex, inventive devices and fantastical landscapes, this ragtag buddy movie brushes, clanks, and sweeps its way through the debris to dazzle eyes, hearts and minds. Chim, chim, cher-ee, indeed.

It’s a Summer Film!

Sunday, March 6 at 3:30 p.m.

Japan | Feature, Live Action | Soushi Matsumoto | 2020 | 97 min.

Recommended ages: 10+

It’s a Summer Film! Soushi Matsumoto. Photo courtesy Happinet Phantom Studios

When Barefoot gets the chance to produce her own screenplay for a high school project, it’s both a dream come true and an enormous challenge—especially with all of the support and attention going to a competing student’s cheesy, soft-focus romcom. So Barefoot mobilizes a crew to shoot the film in one summer, guerilla-style.

Pompo the Cinephile

Saturday, March 12 at 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, March 19 at 3:30 p.m.

Japan | Feature, Animation | Takayuki Hirao | 2021 | 94 min.

Recommended ages: 9+

Pompo The Cinephile. Takayuki Hirao. Photo courtesy Gkids

If you’re reading this, chances are you like movies. You’ll feel right at home with Pompo, the talented and gutsy producer whose love of cinema is unflinching and unapologetic. One day, Pompo turns her uncanny eye for talent to her movie-loving but apprehensive assistant Gene, selecting him to make his directorial debut with her latest script.

How to Watch

This year’s Festival is in-person for ages five and older. Dates for the in-person screenings are March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, and 19. All screenings for audiences under five will be available exclusively online from March 4 through April 3. From March 16 through April 3, NYICFF will make very limited Festival and all-ages programming available online.

Admission Breakdown

Includes most in-person screenings

Includes Opening Night, Closing Night, and Spotlight screenings

Includes access to everything: any in-person screening, all online programs for under-5s, and any virtual programming available beginning March 16.

Includes on-demand access to one feature and two short film programs for audiences under 5. Screenings can be accessed throughout the duration of the in-person Festival, March 4-19.

Any online programs available beginning March 16 will be accessible with a Festival membership.

About the New York International Children’s Film Festival

NYICFF is the largest and most prestigious children’s film festival in North America. In its 25-year history, the Festival has received more than 30 thousand submissions from 162 countries, with 38 of the films screened receiving Oscar nominations and awards. The Festival has inspired children to become storytellers.

For the full 2022 lineup of films and the screening schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit NYICFF’s website.