Shine Global and New York International Children’s Film Festival Announce Partnership for Unstoppable Kids Prize for the 2024 Festival and Shine Global Resilience Awards

March 14, 2024, New York, NY – Shine Global and the New York International Children’s Film Festival today announced the launch of a new partnership that establishes a prize for filmmakers participating in the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) to participate in Shine Global’s annual Resilience Awards, beginning in 2024.

This collaboration establishes a special prize for filmmakers participating in the New York International Children’s Film Festival, opening doors for them to be recognized and celebrated through Shine Global’s prestigious Resilience Awards. An award of $2,500 will be granted to the winning film in a new filmmaking category focused on children’s resilience for films intended to be viewed by youth audiences. The winner will be invited to participate in Shine Global’s 2024’s Resilience Awards events, which recognize and celebrate the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity.

Ringing in its 27th year, NYICFF is North America’s largest and most prestigious film festival for young audiences. The 2024 festival runs March 2 through 17 at venues throughout New York City and features nearly 100 short and feature films from 23 countries. Since its founding, NYICFF, an Oscar®-qualifying festival for short film, and its conscious curation has become known for presenting the best work from around the world for young people—even if they were not made with young people in mind.

Shine Global’s annual Resilience Awards honor exceptional films that center around the resilience of children. It aims to shed light on the countless stories of courage, strength, and determination that children demonstrate in challenging circumstances. These films not only inspire audiences but also help create awareness and promote positive change in society. Past winners include the feature documentaries Lift (2022, Directed by David Petersen) and Name Me Lawand (2023, Directed by Edward Lovelace) and the short documentary Ayenda (2023, directed by Marie Margolius).

“At Shine Global, we believe in the power of storytelling to inspire change and create a positive impact on young minds,” said Shine Global Co-Founder and Executive Director Susan MacLaury. “Our new partnership with the New York International Children’s Film Festival not only strengthens our commitment to supporting and recognizing talented filmmakers dedicated like us to improving children’s lives, but also to telling compelling stories for young audiences. We’re thrilled to provide a unique platform for filmmakers to showcase their work by being a part of our annual Resilience Awards.”

“So many of the films we screen naturally feature the strength of young people meeting and conquering challenges; our goal is always to help our audience recognize their own power and potential reflected on screen,” said NYICFF Director of Programming Maria-Christina Villaseñor. “We are thrilled and grateful to be able to further recognize the filmmakers behind these intrepid stories through a partnership with Shine Global and the Resilience Awards.”


About Shine Global

Shine Global is a non-profit media company that improves the lives of children by telling powerful stories to raise awareness, promote action, and inspire change. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about underserved children. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on Capitol Hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change.

Since our founding in 2005, Shine Global films have won more than 100 major awards, including an Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short Subject for Inocente and an Academy Award®-nomination and two Emmys® for War/Dance. Recent films include the documentary-animation hybrid Liyana, the hit documentary The Eagle Huntress, Through Our Eyes: Homefront which is available on HBOMax, and the Ariel Award winner Home Is Somewhere Else, which is currently in festivals.


This annual event recognizes and celebrates the films and filmmakers that highlight the resilience and strength of children in the face of adversity. The awards are open to films of any genre that showcase children overcoming challenges, such as poverty, violence, illness, and discrimination, and demonstrate their resilience, courage, and determination.


Established in 1997, NYICFF’s mission is rooted in the belief of film as a path for young people to understand themselves and others. All programs are designed to celebrate the beauty and power of film, spark the inherent capacity of children to connect with complex, nuanced art, and encourage the creation of intelligent films that represent and celebrate unique, diverse, and historically excluded voices. NYICFF serves children, students, families, educators, filmmakers, and media arts professionals through its core activities: the annual, Oscar®-qualifying NYC film festival and national touring program; Film-Ed, a media arts and literacy program; and year-round special events.