|Headquarters||New York City, United States|
GKIDS (Guerrilla Kids International Distribution Syndicate) is an American distributor based in New York City of animated and youth-aimed cinema and, originally, the organizers of the New York International Children's Film Festival, which has run annually in the city since 1997 and is an Academy Award-qualifying event.
From that origin their role has since expanded to running a Web site with videos of short films shown at the festival and a guide to children's and family films on home video, running events in the city outside of the festival and, beginning in 2008, distributing individual feature films and packages of features and shorts to movie theaters across the United States.
Their first general release was Azur & Asmar, starting in New York in October 2008 and expanding to other cities in November, in the British-dubbed version created for its release in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. But, after licensing a number of other features, their next and biggest yet was the March 19, 2010 release (timed to follow Saint Patrick's Day) of The Secret of Kells, recognition of the title bolstered by its nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 82nd Academy Awards, which GKIDS made the film eligible for with a qualifying week's run in Burbank, California.
GKIDS followed up the surprise nomination of Kells by garnering two simultaneous Oscar nominations at the 84th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature with the films Chico and Rita and A Cat in Paris, beating out such notables as The Adventures of Tintin and Pixar's Cars 2. This marked the first time that an independent distributor had two films in the Best Animated Feature category in the same year.
Another landmark event for the company's distribution arm was the acquisition, announced in September 2011, of the North American theatrical rights that were previously held by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures to 13 features in the back catalog of Studio Ghibli. GKIDS had new 35 mm film prints made in both the original language subtitled and with Disney's dubs of each where possible. Of these, the subtitled Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away were first publicly screened at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on November 26 and the full season first ran at the IFC Center from December 16 to January 12, 2012, including the North American theatrical premiere of Ocean Waves, US theatrical premiere of Only Yesterday and archive prints of Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo. Some or all of the prints have since or will go on to screen as part of the KidFilm Festival in Dallas on the 21 and 22 January, at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres in Los Angeles from January 26 to February 29, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1 to 19 February and later in Toronto, Austin, Texas, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco and other cities.
The relationship that developed between Studio Ghibli and GKIDS eventually led to GKIDS acquiring first North American distribution rights for From Up on Poppy Hill. The collaboration between the two companies will be the first time Studio Ghibli has not worked with Disney for a North American release of one of its films.
Films distributed by GKIDS
|US title||Original title||US release||US home video licensee|
|Tahaan||Tahaan||September 5, 2008|
|Azur & Asmar||Azur et Asmar||October 17, 2008 (New York)
November 27, 2008
|Weinstein Company, TheThe Weinstein Company|
|Sita Sings the Blues||Sita Sings the Blues||December 25, 2009 (New York)||Released under a Creative Commons license (multiple distributors)|
|Secret of Kells, TheThe Secret of Kells||Secret of Kells, TheThe Secret of Kells||March 5, 2010 (New York)
March 19, 2010
|New Video Group|
|West of Pluto||À l'ouest de Pluton||March 26, 2010|
|Summer Wars||Samā Wōzu||December 3, 2010||Funimation|
|Eleanor's Secret||Kérity : La Maison des contes||January 21, 2011||TBC|
|Mia and the Migoo||Mia et le Migou||March 25, 2011 (New York)
April 22, 2011
|Studio Ghibli Collection, TheThe Studio Ghibli Collection||Studio Ghibli Collection, TheThe Studio Ghibli Collection
||December 16, 2011||Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment|
|Chico & Rita||Chico & Rita||February 10, 2012 (New York)
February 17, 2012
|New Video Group|
|Cat in Paris, AA Cat in Paris||Une vie de chat||June 1, 2012||New Video Group|
|Tales of the Night||Contes de la nuit, LesLes Contes de la nuit||September 26, 2012||New Video Group|
|The Rabbi's Cat||Le Chat du rabbin||December 7, 2012 (New York)
January 4, 2013
|New Video Group|
|From Up on Poppy Hill||Kokuriko-zaka kara||March 15, 2013||Cinedigm Entertainment|
|Painting, TheThe Painting||Tableau, LeLe Tableau||May 10, 2013||TBC|
|Letter to Momo, AA Letter to Momo||Momo e no Tegami||Summer 2013||TBC|
|Grave of the Fireflies||Hotaru no Haka||2013||Sentai Filmworks|
|Approved for Adoption||Couleur de peau: miel||TBC||TBC|
|Ernest & Celestine||Ernest et Célestine||February 27, 2013||TBC|
|Giovanni's Island||Giovanni no Shima||March 22, 2014 (NYICFF)||TBC|
The company also tours selections of short and feature films screened at NYICFF across the country. In mid-2009 the live-action features Tahaan and West of Pluto (À l'ouest de Pluton) were licensed for potential general releases but plans for both were dropped by late 2011 in favour of a focus on animation.
- "About us". GKIDS.tv. GKIDS. February 2008. Retrieved February 8, 2012. "GKIDS is the producer of the fabulous New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF), […] Since its inception in 1997, […] This year's festival runs from February 29 to March 16 in multiple theaters around New York City."
- Graser, Marc (January 25, 2012). "GKids makes splash with two in toon pool". Variety. Reed Elsevier. Retrieved February 8, 2012. "GKids also produces the New York Intl Children's Film Festival, an Oscar-qualifying event. […] GKids released Cat for Folimage and released Chico through its adult-skewing LumaFilms banner, due to nudity and other mature content."
- "Tour". Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- Jesteadt, Dave (December 15, 2008). "Re: Azur and Asmar – finally for real". CriterionForum.org. Retrieved February 14, 2012. "October 17 – Nov 4: New York, NY - IFC Center/November 27 – Dec 3: Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Heights Cinema"
- Ryzik, Melena (March 2, 2010). "An indie takes on animation's big boys". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- Kilday, Gregg. "Independent Distributor GKIDS Makes Its Mark With Two Oscar Nominations". Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- Beck, Jerry (September 8, 2011). "GKids acquires 13 Ghibli films; Miyazaki in Lego". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved February 9, 2012. "[…] Daily Variety is reporting that U.S. distributor GKids (The Secret of Kells) has acquired the U.S. theatrical and non-theatrical rights to thirteen Ghibli films – including Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Spirited Away. Disney will retain the home video rights. Gkids is planning to distribute a series of Miyazaki film festivals to theatres nationwide. […] It'll [be] interesting to see how GKids will fare with these films – that company is certainly emerging as a leader in distributing worthy international animated features."
- "Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & the Masters of Studio Ghibli". IFC Center. AMC Networks. 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2012. "Friday, December 16 – Thursday, January 12, 2012 […] Don’t miss your chance to see some of the greatest films of all time on new 35mm prints, including such favorites as My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, and Spirited Away, as well as rare films like Only Yesterday and Ocean Waves. Most films will be presented in both subtitled and English dubbed versions."
- "Spotlight on Studio Ghibli". Film Independent at LACMA. Film Independent. 2011. Retrieved February 9, 2012. "November 26 […] Castle in the Sky 25th anniversary, new 35mm print […] Screening in Japanese, with English subtitles. Spirited Away 10th anniversary, new 35mm print […] Screening in Japanese, with English subtitles."
- Dallas Gets ARRIETTY & Ghibli Retrospective This Month Courtesy Of KidFilm & USA Film Festival
- Castles In The Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata And The Masters Of Studio Ghibli | American Cinematheque
- Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata, and the Masters of Studio Ghibli | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Langshaw, Mark (June 7, 2012). "Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill gets Western release date". Retrieved June 12, 2012.
- No general release but made available for individual bookings.
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- Shinnick, Kevin G. (February 13, 2010). "The Secret of Kells". Animated Discussions Forum. Yuku. Retrieved November 23, 2012. "The Secret of Kells […] will open theatrically at New York’s IFC Center on March 5, […] followed by a previously-announced opening in Boston on March 19 […]"
- "The Secret of Kells – Flatiron Film Company". New Video. New Video Group. 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- "Summer Wars in Tempe, Minneapolis, Portland, Greensboro (updated) – News". Anime News Network. Anime News Network. December 2, 2010. Retrieved November 23, 2012. "Dec 3–8"
- "Watch Summer Wars – Watch anime & live action streaming episodes & video online". FUNimation. FUNimation Productions. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Hey everyone! We... | Facebook
- "Buy tickets!". Chico & Rita – Official USA. Facebook. 2012. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
- "Chico & Rita – GKIDS". New Video. New Video Group. 2012. "Licensor: New Video Group"
- "About". A Cat in Paris. Facebook. 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "A Cat in Paris – GKIDS". New Video. New Video Group. 2012. "Licensor: New Video Group"
- "Find a theater". Tales of the Night. Facebook. 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- "Tales of the Night – GKIDS". New Video. New Video Group. 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. "Licensor: New Video Group"
- "The Rabbi's Cat". IFC Center. AMC Networks. Retrieved January 15, 2013. "Friday, December 7 – Thursday, December 13, 2012"
- "Theaters & Openings". The Rabbi's Cat. Facebook. Retrieved January 15, 2013. "Opens January 4th 2013"
- "The Rabbi's Cat". The Rabbi's Cat. Blu-ray.com. 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. "Lincensor: New Video Group"
- "GKIDS Films". Twitter. November 18, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. "[…] it will open again 3/15 in NY/LA, expand to more cities right after."
- The Deadline Team (May 30, 2013). "GKIDS expands Cinedigm deal to create new label for animated pics". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved May 31, 2013.
- "Cover photos". GKIDS. Facebook. May 3, 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2012. "In select theaters May 10"
- "GKIDS Films". Twitter. November 12, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012. "It will be released properly in summer 2013"
- "Has there been a US…". Wrinkles the film (official US page). Facebook. August 15, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
- Keslassy, Elsa (June 3, 2012). "GKIDS plays with Gallic toons". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
- Savage, Sophia (November 20, 2012). "GKIDS to release Studio Ghibli's Takahata masterpiece Grave of the Fireflies". Thompson on Hollywood. SnagFilms. Retrieved November 23, 2012. "GKIDS plans to release the film in 2013 to celebrate its 25th anniversary."
- "GKIDS Films". Twitter. November 20, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012. "[…] we are only the theatrical distrib. Sentai Filmworks released the Bluray today"
- GKIDS to distribute Ernest & Celestine | Cartoon Brew