Helping to redefine the idea of "kids' movies" since 1997, the New York International Children's Film Festival shines a light on some of the most unique, engaging and thought-provoking independent films (as well as previews of some big-budget Hollywood flicks) for young people. From obscure animated shorts to full-length, live-action dramas, the festival has offerings in nearly every genre, and for kids of all ages and backgrounds. Screenings (at a half-dozen venues around town) routinely sell out, so you'll want to order your tickets well beforehand; the lineup is set in January.
Aiyana. Courtesy, New York International Film Festival.