Submit a Film
We are now accepting submissions for the 35th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, running November 1 – 9, 2018. 
Our Festival presents the best, most innovative international films for kids and teens. We seek out films that both entertain audiences and challenge them to widen their perspectives. But more importantly, we seek out films that are made for kids, not simply about them. 

We are the first Academy® qualifying children’s film festival in the world and Best Animated and Best Live Action Short Film categories are Oscar® qualifying.   

Please read our Rules & Regulations before submitting.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit?
We accept two types of films, short films (under 40 minutes) and feature films (40 minutes or longer). All submissions must be made though FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. If you run into any problems, contact
How much does it cost?
Regular Deadline: May 1, 2018
Short film (under 40 minutes): $40.00 USD
Feature film (40 minutes or longer): $80.00 USD

Late deadline: July 15, 2018
Short film (under 40 minutes): $60.00 USD
Feature film (40 minutes or longer): $100.00 USD
Can I submit multiple films?
Yes, you are more than welcome to submit multiple films as long as they abide by our rules and regulations. Please note that there is not a discount when submitting multiple films.
What is the submission format?
All of our submissions are processed through FilmFreeway or Withoutabox. They support multiple format submission options including digital video files, Vimeo links, DVDs, and Blu-rays. All submitted media must be accessible throughout the entire submission period (February through May) and we cannot reconsider new edits after the film has been submitted.
If I send a physical screener, do I get it back?
Unfortunately we do not return submitted DVDs or Blu-rays.
How will I know if my film has been accepted?
All acceptance and rejection notifications will be sent out by August 31, via email from
If I don’t get accepted, will you give feedback?
We are unable to provide feedback on films that have not been selected.
Do you accept films made by kids or teens?
We do not accept films made by kids and teens for our official selection. But we are creating a new kid and teen-produced showcase for 2019, please sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep you in the loop.
Is there any way to get the fee waived?
For over 30 years, our Festival has worked with and supported independent filmmakers. We truly understand the financial difficulties that come with the art form—but we cannot waive fees because we are a small nonprofit program and the entry fees help sustain the Festival each year.