The Show Must Go On! Samurai Beat Radio reports from New York Int’l Childrens’ Film Festival Opening Night!


Feb. 26, 2010- Sara Barton

 “The show must go on”! –New York Int’l Children’ Film Festival declared, reassuring ticket holders that this February’s snow storm wouldn’t stop Opening Night.  The snow didn’t deter movie patrons from attending Friday’s Opening Gala. It was a fullhouse. This year’s Opening Gala featured the film Summer Wars, directed by Mamoru Hosoda. This is Mr. Hosoda’s second film to premier at NYICFF, his first was,The Girl who Leapt through Time, which debuted at NYICFF 2007.

  It was business as usual, as Eric Beckman, the co-director of NYICFF, christened the opening of NYICFF 2010 by throwing t-shirts into the audience. For those who haven’t been to NYICFF it is an annual tradition for directors and staff to throw t-shirts or prizes at the audience; past festivals have included raffle drawings. Who wouldn’t love catch a free t-shirt?  If you didn’t get a chance to catch one, the festival also has them available for purchase in front. To own a NYICFF merchandise is similar to owning a piece of art. The t-shirts are created by outstanding graphic designers. This year festival t-shirt featured, the space monster, from the film, The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9,(in the Heebie Jeebies short film completion). It is a simple and bold design. Let’s not forget the NYICFF poster, featuring the highlighted film or theme of the festival. This year the honor went to the film, The Secret of Kells, directed by Tomm Moore.

   In addition to the premier, the audience was treated to a catered party, showcasing fabulous cuisine from the NYC area. The delicious cupcakes from Tonnie’s Mini’s were a hit among the audience. The star of Opening Night was director Mamoru Hosoda, a gracious and humble man. He listened to every movie-goer’s questions in the Q&A session, held after the screening.  He signed autographs, and posed for photos with everyone, he even signed this reporter’s splint, and said, “Get well soon”.  It was an amazing night, and it’s only just begun.


Stay tuned for more NYICFF coverage from Samurai Beta Radio featuring:

-The audience Q&A sessions with Mamoru Hosoda, director of Summer Wars

-Sara Barton’s exclusive interview with Tomm Moore, director of the Oscar Nominated film, The Secret of Kells

and lots more….




New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) main website:

Tonnie’s Minis- Cupcake shop:


——Tickets are still available ——

To see full schedule and purchase tickets click below:

 or call :212-349-0330.
To download PDF of NYICFF 2010 schedule:



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