The Oscar-qualifying festival, now in its 21st year, will be judged by filmmakers and producers Sofia Coppola, James Schamus, Gus Van Sant, Christine Vachon and Taika Waititi.
NEW YORK -- The New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) will be held February 23 through March 18, 2018 at venues throughout New York City. The Festival has announced a call for submissions for innovative, compelling, and visually and thematically original short and feature animation, live action and documentary films for audiences ages 3–18. The Festival accepts submissions via Withoutabox, its official submissions platform.
The Festival, now in its 21st year, was originally founded to support the creation of a more dynamic film culture for children and teens. The Festival often presents films that were not originally created with young audiences in mind, but resonate with children and families. This bold approach to programming has made the Festival a cultural touchstone in New York City.
An Oscar-qualifying festival in the Best Live Action and Animated Short Film categories, the Festival’s prestigious jury includes filmmakers and producers Sofia Coppola, James Schamus, Gus Van Sant, Christine Vachon and Taika Waititi; actors Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Uma Thurman and distinguished animator John Canemaker. NYICFF’s annual programming selections also reflect the latest crop of Oscar-nominated films, including films nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film (My Life As A Zucchini), Best Short Film Animation (Blind Vaysha) and Best Short Film Live Action categories (Sing).
Winners of the 2018 Grand Prize Short Award and the Jury Awards for Animated Short and Live Action Short will receive one free year of VimeoPRO, courtesy of Vimeo.
U.S. and international film submission deadlines for NYICFF 2018:
- September 11, 2017: EARLY DEADLINE for short film entries -- $40 fee ($25 student fee)
- October 9, 2017: STANDARD DEADLINE for short film entries -- $60 fee ($25 student fee)
- November 6, 2017: LATE DEADLINE for short film entries -- $75 fee ($40 student fee)
- September 11, 2017: EARLY DEADLINE for feature film entries -- $80 fee ($50 student fee)
- November 6, 2017: STANDARD DEADLINE for feature film entries -- $100 fee ($50 student fee)
- December 1, 2017: LATE DEADLINE for feature film entries -- $125 fee ($80 student fee)
Complete eligibility information and official rules and regulations for 2018 can be found at http://www.nyicff.org/submit.
Distinguished by its unique mission and high-caliber programming, 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.