There are numerous film festivals in New York City that showcase tense thrillers, emotional dramas and raucous comedies.

But what about the children?

The New York International Children's Film Festival has that covered, with extensive programming for movie fans of all ages featuring some of the finest children's films from across the globe.

amNewYork has culled a few must-see movies at the festival:


'Shaun the Sheep: The Movie'


After premiering in a "Wallace and Gromit" story years ago, Shaun the Sheep gets his own animated feature film, in which he has to avoid an animal catcher to help get the farmer back to the Mossy Bottom Farm. No dialogue, but lots of bleating and baas. (March 21)


'When Marnie Was There'


Catch the latest film from Studio Ghibli, the wonderful film production house that turned out classics like "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Mononoke." This movie tells the story of Anna, a young girl who moves to a new town with a strange mansion in the marshes. In the mansion is Marnie, and she and Anna start to have a fantastical friendship that might be more ghostly than it seems. The film was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, who also directed "The Secret World of Arrietty." In Japanese with subtitles. (March 7)


'Belle and Sebastian: The Film'


Not a film about the Scottish indie-pop band, rather a film adapted from the source of the band's name: A 1965 French children's book by Cécile Aubry. This movie, set in the Haute Maurienne-Vanoise region of France, tells the story of a boy and his dog who help Jewish refugees during World War II. In French with subtitles. (March 7, 9, 14)


'Enchanted Kingdom'


This 3-D film comes from the folks who created the BBC's "Walking with Dinosaurs 3D" and "Earth." It captures some of the breathtaking vistas, landscapes and wildlife in Africa -- from amazing animals to massive waterfalls. Narrated by "Luther" star Idris Elba. (March 22)




This documentary chronicles the story of a group of kids in Paraguay, who use instruments fashioned by a garbage picker when their music program can't pay for them. The band, called the Recycled Orchestra, went on to perform all around the world, and even played with Metallica. In Spanish with subtitles. (March 21)


'Moomins On The Riviera'


Featuring the incredibly popular characters from the Finnish "Moomin" comic strips and books, "Moomins On The Riviera" brings the big white creatures to the vacation spot where they get to live the high life. (March 14, 15, 22)


Best of Aardman Shorts


This retrospective presents some of the most beloved stop-motion short films from Aardman Animations, including the Oscar winner "Creature Comforts," "Humdrum," "Rex the Runt" and more. (March 7, 15)


The New York International Children's Film Festival runs through March 22 at various venues around the city. For a full schedule of events, ticket prices and more information, go to