NY Int’l Children’s Film Festival chooses Swallows and Amazons for Grand Prize Award



The 20th anniversary edition of the New York International Children’s Film Festival was held in New York City from February 24 to March 19.

Before the festival culminated last week, there was the  presentation of the 2017 Festival Awards along with a best-of-the-fest short film screening on March 18.

Determined by votes from audience members aged 18 and younger, this year’s Grand Prize Awards went to the UK live-action feature Swallows and Amazons by Philippa Lowthorpe (adapted from the novels by Arthur Ransome) and animated short film Heads Together from Netherlands-based creative team Job, Joris and Marieke.

The three juried award winners were selected by NYICFF’s board of jurors namely John Canemaker, Sofia Coppola, Geena Davis, Lynne McVeigh, Matthew Modine, Richard Peña, James Schamus, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, Taika Waititi, Jeffrey Wright and Nadine Zylstra, who selected Norwegian entry When I Hear the Birds Sing by Trine Habjorg as best animated short.