35th Annual

KidFilm Festival (Dallas)

January 19, 2019 to January 20, 2019

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6116 N. Central Expressway
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Dallas TX 75206
Phone: 214-821-6300
Fax: 214-821-6364

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Family Films/Films for Audiences of All Ages
Family films (FEATURES and SHORTS) should be appropriate for audiences of ALL AGES. Professional and nonprofessional film and video-makers may submit works. Submitted films cannot have premiered in Dallas before the Festival.


KidFilm is a major annual Outreach Program of the USA Film Festival/Dallas, a 501c3 nonprofit organization operating year-round with a program mission to promote excellence in film and video programs made for audiences of all ages and to recognize and support filmmakers working in the field of children's media arts.


The USA Film Festival's KidFilm was the first festival of its kind and is the largest children's media arts event in the United States. The event features an international program celebrating excellence in children's film arts. Scheduled programs include:

Daily presentations of the best contemporary and classic films from around the world organized for appropriate age levels and arranged in terms of expressive themes (e.g., human values and relationships) and genres (animation, comedy, documentary, etc.).

Presentations by a guest filmmaker who specializes in media production for children. Past filmmakers have included director Mel Stuart, animators Don Bluth, Henry Selick and Michael Sporn, Muppet co-creator Jane Henson and director Brian Henson, Schoolhouse Rock creators Tom Yohe, Bob Dorough and George Newell, Oscar-winning computer-animation artist Dennis Muren, director Gary Templeton, actor/producer Shelley Duvall, puppet animator John Matthews, actor Hayley Mills, director/author Gary Soto, master puppeteer Dave Goelz, voice artists June Foray and Will Ryan, legendary Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, Weston Woods founder Morton Schindel and director Paul Gagne, animation expert Leonard Maltin, puppet animator Co Hoedeman, director/writer Joe Camp and Benji, children"s book authors Bob Barner, Rosemary Woods, Cari Best and Kimberly Willis Holt and more. These presentations involve a great deal of discussion and exchange with young audiences encompassing questions from "how to" and "why."

KidFilm is presented as an alternative to television programming to help develop discriminating consumers and to encourage the careful examination of the effect the moving image has on our youth.


Ann Alexander (Director); Tori Collatos (Program Coordinator)


Films or videos using non-licensed, copyrighted musical or literary properties without legal permission are not eligible.

Eligible finished formats include 16mm and 35mm film, DVD, BetaSP, DigiBeta and BluRay in the standard American NTSC format. (It is understood that there exists a multitude of shooting formats for video production.)

The festival is open to professional and nonprofessional filmmakers.

U.S. and foreign works accepted; any length feature and short works accepted. Professional and nonprofessional film and video-makers may submit works.

ABOUT KidFilm (Dallas) -- The oldest and largest Family Film Festival in the United States. Film and video are our most accessible art forms (and one of our most valuable teaching/learning tools), and KidFilm gives audiences of all ages an important opportunity to see (and discuss) great films together.

Family films should be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

Accepted films are usually only screened one time.

Filmmakers may submit the film at any time; Submissions should be made via online screener or DVD screener (NTSC format). Filmmakers should include synopsis and any press materials (photos, etc.) when submitting.

The film cannot have premiered in Dallas before the Festival.

If sending a DVD screener, final POSTMARK deadline is November 30, 2018. (We recommend filmmakers submit sooner if possible to increase the chance of inclusion.)

Screeners and press kits will not be returned (unless postage paid return envelope provided).

All screenings will take place in Dallas during the 35th Annual KidFilm Festival..

KidFilm (Dallas) is a NONCOMPETITIVE event. Feature and short films accepted for inclusion are not prevented from being considered for subsequent competition in the Cannes Film Festival or other competitive event.


I hereby certify that I am authorized to submit this production to KidFilm Dallas. I hereby release the Festival from all responsibility and liability for loss or damage.