In the Attic from Czech stop-motion legend Jiri Barta took the festival’s top prize, the NYICFF 2010 Grand Prize Feature, an audience award selected by audience members age 18 and under. The film is a diabolically inventive stop-motion tale, four parts Toy Story and one part David Lynch, about a group of abandoned toys who stage an ambitious rescue of their kidnapped friend. Jiri Barta was on hand to receive the prize, along with hand-made characters from the film.
NYICFF takes place Feb. 26 – Mar. 21, 2010, at six New York locations, with ground-breaking, fun-filled and thought-provoking new works and special events for ages 3-18. The festival includes 100 new films from around the world with: opening gala, major feature film premieres, special filmmaker presentations, NYICFF’s award-winning short films programs, children’s film production workshops, a celebrity benefit event, a 50-year French animation retrospective, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony. The closing “NYICFF Encore Weekend” takes place Mar. 20 and 21.