Modern Kids — Summer Flicks: Selected Short Films

My Brother Luca

Take a break from the Texas heat for Modern Kids—Summer Flicks! Share the art of the screen with your children as they watch stories unfold and ideas form in delightful and innovative films, presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival. The bonus for seeing these films at the Modern is the opportunity to visit the galleries before or after and experience the wonder of the paintings, sculptures, and photographs throughout the museum, including our special exhibition, Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas.

Enjoy a fun, artful, inspired, and thought-provoking day with your family!

Admission is free and open to the public. Films are shown in the Modern’s auditorium, and seating is limited to the first 250 guests. Admission to the galleries is free for film festival guests. All ages are welcome! 

Award-Winning Short Films from the 2020 New York International Children’s Film Festival

Cat Lake City

August 10, 11 am NYICFF Kid Flicks One (part 1, 30 minutes)
August 11, 11 am NYICFF Kid Flicks One (part 2, 30 minutes)
Recommended ages 5+

NYICFF Kid Flicks One 2020 keeps the dynamic of work and play lively with these tales from around the globe. Cat Lake City has you covered if you, like its loveable feline, feel like you just can’t catch a break in this hilarious story of a hard-won vacay. But if you’re fortunate, you know that effort and fun can happily co-exist as they do in the short doc The Magic of Chess. Finally, meet another hard worker who gets a little lost dawdling in the countryside in the beautifully hand-animated Boriya.

In English, no dialogue, or with brief English subtitles


Home Away

August 10, 2 pm NYICFF Kid Flicks Two 2020
Recommended ages 8+

Challenging expectations and reflecting growth and resilience, NYICFF Kid Flicks Two is a fantastic trip on the road to growing up. Surprises in a dumpling bring good luck, and many reflections, in the beautiful stop-motion animation The Coin. In The One You Never Forget, a young teen tries to keep his first date under wraps, but his parents have other ideas. In Home Away 3000, a space traveler’s funky space van conks out on an unknown planet with plenty of surprises.

In English and other languages with English subtitle; 62 minutes


Ailin on the Moon

August 11, 2 pm Viva Kid Flicks 2020
Recommended ages 8+

NYICFF Viva Kid Flicks celebrates the best Spanish-language short films from around the globe. 

The brilliant Spanish-language tales in Viva Kid Flicks, with a range of kids’ perspectives, speak volumes in any tongue. NYICFF jury award winner 3Feet kicks things off in style with Gonzalo, who tries his hilarious best to keep things clean to stay in the game; then orbit around Ailín and her mom, who work through love and challenges in the charming stop-motion Ailín on the Moon. And see things grow curiouser and curiouser in a moving take on magical realism in the gorgeously filmed tale The Size of Things

In Spanish with English subtitles; 65 minutes