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Children’s Film Festival Returns to Sag Harbor

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An image from the animated short

An image from the animated short "Luce and the Rock," written and directed by Britt Raes. COURTESY SAG HARBOR CINEMA

A scene from

A scene from "The Dance," a short film directed by Sandy Minh Abley. COURTESY SAG HARBOR CINEMA

authorStaff Writer on Feb 9, 2024

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 Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17.

The selection, from the 2024 NYICFF festival’s lineup, was curated by Maria-Christina Villaseñor, NYICFF’s programming director, in collaboration with Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan, Sag Harbor Cinema’s founding artistic director.

“We are thrilled to renew our collaboration with the NYICFF,” said D’Agnolo Vallan. “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 films. 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.”

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 — a series of shorts for children ages 5 to 10 — screened in January. The second shorts program, “Celebrating Black Stories,” will screen the weekend of February 10 and 11, and a final Spanish-language shorts program “¡Hola Cine!” will be featured March 2 and 3.

“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 complete lineup of the NYICFF at Sag Harbor Cinema, as well its guests and special events will be announced soon. Festival tickets are available on the cinema’s website,, starting February 7. Sag Harbor Cinema is at 90 Main Street, Sag Harbor.

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