Ready, Set, Action! It’s the 16th Annual New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival


With Oscar buzz in the air, it seems like a perfect time to mention the New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival taking place from March 1 – 24.  Featuring “over 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world plus gala premieres, special events, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking camps, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony.”  For ages 3-18.  The festival is taking place at multiple theatres throughout Manhattan.  For more info, including how to purchase tickets and showtimes, please check out:

By rnewman504

Heads Up: SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants Change Submission Procedures

scbwi-logoI love contests.  And in particular, I love the SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants because if you win (this has yet to happen to me), it’s a nice nod from the industry.  But even if you don’t win, you still have a chance of getting a Letter of Commendation from the SCBWI, and that’s also an extremely nice nod—one that deserves mention on your resume.  And if for some inexplicable reason you don’t get anything, you still have a writing sample (or illustrations as the case may be) that is good to go and ready for submission to publishers and/or agents.  So, it’s a win-win situation all around.

This year’s submission procedures have changed.  The SCBWI is taking submissions for the Work-In-Progress, Barbara Karlin, and Don Freeman Grants from March 1 through March 30th.  So, for all you procrastinators, there’s still time.  The submissions are electronic only this year.  Only pdfs are being accepted.

Please see the links below for the submission requirements for each of the particular grants:

Work-In-Progress Grant:

Barbara Karlin Grant:

Don Freeman Grant:

Best of luck! May the best writer or illustrator win.

By rnewman504

The Rockdoves, Cool Music for Kids Made with Parents in Mind

The Rockdoves

My all-time favorite kids’ band, The Rockdoves, has an awesome new album, Be A Song.

beasong It’s available on Amazon (, CDBaby (,  iTunes (, or directly from The Rockdoves website at

And if you want to go to the best concert ever, you can catch them live on the following dates:

Sunday, March 3, 4PM @  City Treehouse – 129A W. 20 Street, NY, NY 10011

Sunday, April 7, 11AM @  Karma Kids Yoga – 104 W. 14th Street, 2nd Fl., NY, NY 10011

Sunday, April 14, 3PM @  The Next B!G Thing: A Family Concert Series to Rebuild Hoboken Charter School, The Community Church, 600 Garden St., Hoboken, NJ 07030

By rnewman504