Film Festival for Kids: High on Art, Low on Pandas

The New York International Children’s Film Festival , which opens this weekend, is the biggest children’s film festival in the U.S. This is not the kind of event where they screen Dr Seuss’ Horton Hears Another Who or Madagascar 3: Botswanarama! This is a venue for those budding cineastes between the ages of 3 and 18 for whom this weekend could not be complete without screening a film in the Children and War series — or another of the challenging entertainments chosen by the festival jury, which includes John Turturro, Susan Sarandon and Gus Van Sant. You can’t help feeling that if Rush Limbaugh were to come up with his fantasy politically-correct liberal-media-√©lite pile-on, it would sound a lot like a planning session for the NYICFF.