uniFrance Films wishes to emphasize the work carried out by festivals aimed at younger viewers. In the next two weeks, two festivals will be highlighted in particular:
The New York Children's International Film Festival, which takes place from March 1 through 24, will show the following French animated films: Ernest & Celestine, the American premiere of the English dubbed version of the film, in the presence of Benjamin Renner, Kirikou and the Men and the Women, Zarafa (which had its New York premiere at the 2012 Rendez vous with French cinema in New York), The Day of the Crows, in the presence of Jean-Christophe Dessaint (it should be noted that the film will also be presented at the Rendez vous with French Cinema this year), and Approved for Adoption. Created in 1997, the festival attracts an average of 25,000 people. Screenings will take place at the IFC center, SVA Theater, and the FIAF in New York. For the first time, the festival will extend to the cities of Boston and Los Angeles in April, and San Francisco and Miami in October.
The FIFEM - Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal - 2013, which will take place from March 2 through 10, will present ten French films, including Billy and Buddy, at a special event screening, and Ernest & Celestine in the opening night slot. Created in 1996, it is one of the most important children's film festivals in Canada, with 15,000 spectators. Its program of fiction and animated features and shorts is aimed at 2-12 year olds. More than 30 films - including North American premieres - from 27 countries are presented at the event. 3 juries award half a dozen prizes at the end of the festival.