New York International Children's Film Festival has laid out their 2015 line-up, which includes a February 27th, opening night presentation of the North American premiere of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There at the Director's Guild of America Theatre. An encore will be presented March 7th at New York's SVA Theatre.
Earlier this month, Gkids announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for the North American rights to When Marnie Was There. The company recently handled studio co-founder Isao Takahata's Princess Kaguya and previously presented Goro Miyazaki's From Up on Poppy Hill. In 2011, they entered into an agreement for the non-home video rights to Studio Ghibli's movies from between 1984 and 2002.
The Marnie deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman from GKIDS and Geoffrey Wexler from Studio Ghibli. It covers theatrical, non-theatrical, home video and television rights in North America. At the time ,Studio Ghibli and Geoffrey Wexler were working on producing an English language versions with plans for a spring 2015 theatrical release and awards submissions.
Summer 2014' s When Marnie Was There was directed by Secret World of Arrietty's Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The movie adapted Joan G. Robinson's novel, illustrated by Paddington Bear's Peggy Fortnum, about a girl who moves with her older foster parentw to coastal Norfolk, where the lonely girl forms her first friendship with the ghostly title character. Ghibli's version moves the story to Japan's northernmost main island, Hokkaido and features the story of modern adolescent.
It was first the first Studio Ghibli movie made without the direct involvement of co-founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, and, barring new productions in the future, Ghibli's final feature.
Established in 1997, New York Int'l Children's Film Festival is an Oscar® qualifying event and North America's largest film festival for children and teens ages 3-18. The most recent edition attracted a sold-out-in-advance audience of 30,000. The 2015 event takes place February 27-March 22, with 100+ films from around the world, premieres, retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, filmmaking workshops, audience voting, and a Closing Night Celebration.