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Call for Entries: New York International Children’s Film Festival

Celebrating 25 years, the Oscar-qualifying event aims to promote a more intelligent and diverse film culture for kids; submissions are now being accepted in shorts, features, animation, and live-action.

The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) is now accepting entries for selections to be featured at next year’s event, slated for February 25 – March 20, 2022. Over the course of one-month, the festival will feature tastemaker screenings, filmmaker forums, receptions, and Q&A’s, offered to a wide audience as a hybrid event, both in-person at theatres across New York City and online.  

NYICFF is about great films (and filmmakers) that inspire, surprise, delight and challenge audiences of all ages and is a globally recognized, Oscar-qualifying Festival.  The festival’s mission is to promote a more intelligent, and diverse, film culture for kids.

Films are judged by a world-class jury – last year, NYICFF’s 2021 Jury members were: Melissa Cobb; Sofia Coppola; Geena Davis; Madeleine Di Nonno; Jorge R. Gutiérrez; Matthew Modine; Mark Osborne; Peter Ramsey; Karen Rupert Toliver; Ira Sachs; Uma Thurman; and Nora Twomey.

All official selections, both short and feature, are voted on by the audience and are eligible for the Audience Awards. Recipients of the jury prizes are eligible for consideration in the Live Action Short and Animated Short Film categories of the Annual Academy Awards.


  • November 15, 2021 — Late Deadline, shorts
  • December 1, 2021 — Extended Deadline, all films

2022 Awards Categories:

Jury Awards:

  • Best Animated Short Film
  • Best Live Action Short Film

Audience Awards for Best Short Film:

  • Ages 3+
  • Ages 5+
  • Ages 8+
  • Ages 10

Grand Prize Awards:

  • Animated Short
  • Live Action Short
  • Animated Feature
  • Live Action Feature Film

To submit, guidelines and regulations can be found on FilmFreeway.

To mark the 25th anniversary, NYICFF is offering a 25% discount on entries, with code NYICFFSubmissions25.

Source: NYICFF