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39th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) 

Chicago, United States, November 4 to 20, 2022

Call for entries 

(Feature and short films, children and youth films) 

The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) is currently accepting applications for its 2022 edition. 

Please note that films must be submitted directly to the festival via FilmFreeway. 

  • Competitive: Yes  
  • Entry fees: Yes 
  • All submitted material must have a copyright date of 2022, 2021, or 2020. 
  • Submissions must be suitable for children ages 18 and under. However, content suitable for ages 18-25 will be considered for the young adult program. 
  • There is no premiere requirement, but premiere status (World, North American, U.S., Chicago) is a factor weighed during the selection process 
  • All films whose original language is something other than English must be subtitled or dubbed into English.  

Founded in 1984, the CICFF is the oldest children’s film festival in the USA and the largest in the world, screening 263 films from 50 countries during the 38th season in 2021.Films selected for the festival are child- or teen-driven. The stories are culturally authentic, timely, and are of universal appeal. The content speaks positively to people of different backgrounds, cultures, and orientations. 

The CICFF aims to set an internationally recognized standard of excellence in film production for children and youth. The festival strives to support the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by showcasing international films of the highest quality and awarding prizes in multiple categories of production formats and genres. The film experiences of young viewers are deepened through a broad range of programs which extend Festival film viewing into discussion and learning. 

Short films that win first prize from the Professional Jury in the category of Live-Action Short Film or Animated Short Film are eligible for the Academy Awards consideration. 

Telefilm Canada recognizes the selection of a feature film in the Festival for applications to its International Promotion Program. 


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890