Submit a Film
Submissions are now closed for Facets' 37th annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival, running November 13 – 22, 2020. 
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.   
Rules and Regulations
All submissions must comply with our Rules and Regulations, read before submitting: Rules & Regulations.
Submit through FilmFreeway.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit?
All submissions must be made though FilmFreeway. If you run into any problems, contact
What are the deadlines and how much does it cost?
Early Discount deadline: May 1, 2020
Short film (under 40 minutes): $40.00 USD
Feature film (40 minutes or longer): $80.00 USD

Regular deadline: May 31, 2020
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 submissions are processed through our Festival Submission Form or FilmFreeway. 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.
When are awards announced?
Awards are announced at the conclusion of each Festival. Awards are given in the form of certificates. Please note that awards are given to the director of the film, unless otherwise specified on the entry form.

For award categories and further questions, please refer to our Rules and Regulations sections 11-14.
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.