21st Annual

New York International Children's Film Festival

February 23, 2018 to March 18, 2018

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Short Film Live Action
A film under 40min that is primarily captured in Live Action (not in stop-motion or other live-action based animation), and is not a documentary. International or US production.
Short Film Documentary
Short documentary under 40 min, can be animated or live action. Films of all subject matter are welcome, though of special interest are films that have a special connection or point of engagement to youth, children and families.
Short Film Animation
Any animated film (excluding documentary) under 40min. We look for visually innovative, engaging, and original animation from around the globe.
Feature Film Live Action
Feature length live action narrative film of all subject matter, in particular those that have a resonance or point of connection for youth, children and family audiences.
Feature Film Documentary
A feature length non-fiction story (either live-action or animation or combination of the two) and presents a compelling story about or for children, teens, or families or is of a subject that may be of interest to that audience.
Feature Film Animation
Feature length fictional Animated feature film that explore issues, topics, stories or themes that have a connection to or resonance with youth, children and family audiences, or reflect a theme or story of interest to audiences of all ages.


New York International Children’s Film Festival was founded in 1997 to support the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens ages 3-18. The Festival experience cultivates an appreciation for the arts, encourages active, discerning viewing, and stimulates lively discussion among peers, families, and the film community.


The flagship New York City Festival has, over its 20-year history, become the largest film festival for children and teens in North America. The Festival is an Academy Award® qualifying festival, one of only four film festivals in New York State – and only two children’s film festivals in the country – to hold that honor. Winners of the Festival’s juried prizes are eligible for consideration at the annual Academy Awards®. Audience awards are also presented in each film category, with audience members of all ages voting on the Festival-winning films. Presented over the course of four weeks at venues throughout New York City, the Festival program – narrowed down from roughly 2,500 international submissions – is comprised of approximately 100 short and feature films, filmmaker Q&As, retrospective programs, parties, and premieres.

In addition to presenting the annual event, New York International Children’s Film Festival is a multifaceted arts organization that offers special screenings, programs, and year-round engagement.

The Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.


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Submission to festival grants New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) rights to publicly screen the film as part of its festival and/or related screening events in New York and in the US. NYICFF cannot guarantee return or feedback on submissions.

Please read full Terms and Conditions before submitting.


Please read this in its entirety. The person completing this entry (“Entrant”, “You”) warrants that he/she has read and understands these Guidelines and Regulations, is authorized to grant all rights granted to NYICFF herein, and by submitting the Entry does hereby grant said rights to NYICFF.

NYICFF is an Academy Award® qualifying festival in the live action and animated short film categories. To find out more about eligibility, please visit www.oscars.org.

NYICFF designates Short Films as works with running time less than 40 minutes in length. Works with running times of 40 minutes or longer should be submitted using the NYICFF Feature Film Entry Form.

NYICFF accepts submissions throughout the calendar year. Entries received prior to the categories listed deadline will be considered for the annual New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival taking place February/March 2018. To be eligible to screen in competition, Production must be completed no earlier than January 1, 2017.

Foreign language dialogue or narration must be subtitled or dubbed in English.
If submitting a link to an online screener, ensure that it does not expire and provide any necessary passwords. Please include available promotional materials such as: high-resolution stills, production credits, directors biography, and press reviews.

Entry and Entry materials will not be returned. You will be contacted by NYICFF only if Entry is selected for participation. The 2018 Festival lineup will be posted at www.nyicff.org in February of 2018.

Once submitted, Entries may not be withdrawn from participation in NYICFF.
In the event of selection, Entrant agrees to arrange and pay costs to deliver to NYICFF an HD digital video file of the Entry by electronic file transfer or on a physical digital storage device.

Entrant hereby irrevocably grants NYICFF the following rights with respect to the Entry on a “free-use” no-fee basis: the exclusive right within the greater New York City area to exhibit the Entry publicly one or multiple times during the NYICFF 2018 annual event and for a period of six weeks thereafter; the right to present or allow others to present excerpts of the Entry up to a total of three minutes in length in any medium for promotional purposes; to incorporate and use stills, art, biographical material, names and likenesses from the Entry for promotional purposes and in NYICFF merchandise; to provide screeners of the Entry to journalists for review; to exhibit the Entry at press and promotional screenings; to exhibit the film for educational use; to electronically duplicate the Entry for the purpose of compiling a screening master for projection; to make the Entry available for public exhibition at US theaters nationally for a period of twelve months following the festival as part of the “Best of NYICFF” touring festival and/or at NYICFF-produced festival events in other US cities; to exhibit in online Festival; to use in limited run DVD compilation to be sold by NYICFF as a fundraising drive; to retain any and all revenues from ticket sales, merchandise, rental fees, and sponsorship associated with Entry’s participation in NYICFF or these associated events.

NYICFF shall use best efforts to ensure correct title and credits are listed on festival materials but shall not be held liable for inadvertent errors and omissions. NYICFF reserves the right to adjust dates and times of film screenings and shall not be responsible for delays or cancellations due to equipment failure, shipping delays, inclement weather, or for any reason outside the control of NYICFF. NYICFF reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for herein.