There’s no week that goes by without exciting events on the Upper West Side. With Easter right around the corner, it’s never been easier to miss what’s happening around the neighborhood before the grand arrival of Good Friday. Don’t fret, we’ve rounded up some of this week’s best events. From a film festival geared towards children to an original Russian theater play, you’ll be entertained all the way to Sunday. Take a look at our picks below to find out more!
NY International Children’s Film Festival
Founded in 1997, the NY International Children Film Festival has quickly gone on to become the largest film festival for children across North America. This one-of-a-kind annual event showcases the best national and international family-friendly films that celebrate the magic of cinema through a kid’s point of view. The movies shown here give children a chance to explore the world without leaving the comfort of their home. The festival prides itself on showing titles that are thought-provoking, intelligent, and extremely creative. In the past, films that have premiered at the festival have later been nominated for an Oscar. Some of the highlights this year include “Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues” from France, “Little Door Gods” from China, and “Molly Monster” from Germany. Make sure to not miss out on the closing night celebration which announces the award winners and features the special “Best of the Fest” short films collection. A real treat for the whole family!
Avenue of Wonder
The Balcony Theater
NYC Teen Author Festival
Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, March 18, 7pmThe Barnes & Noble on Broadway and 82nd Street is hosting the NYC Teen Author Festival featuring some of the most talented and acclaimed YA writers in the nation. The festival will be lead by David Leviathan, the bestselling author behind “Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List”, who is renowned for introducing strong gay male characters to many of his novels. Leviathan will be moderating the signing and the Reader’s Theater as many young up-and coming authors will read and share their work amongst each other. Some of the other authors attending the Teen Author Festival include NY Times #1 Bestseller Nicola Yoon, “Thanks for the Trouble” Tommy Wallach, and Daniel Jose Older who’s known for vividly portraying the lives of characters of color. This can’t-miss event is free and a great opportunity to interact with those who share a passion for the written word.