Pequeno Cineasta International Film Festival (PCIFF) is an international film festival
for children, teenagers and educators. The festival is a pioneer in presenting an
overview of international and Brazilian short films made exclusively by kids from 8 to
17 years old. It aims to give protagonism to the perspectives and reflections of children and teenagers from all over the world.

The submissions are free and will be open until June 30 2023. The regulations and
inscription form are also available at

Pequeno Cineasta began in 2010 and has taken place annually in Rio de
Janeiro ever since. Since then, it has been receiving public from all ages, as well as schools which brings their students to see and vote on the selected films.

Besides the official competition, PCIFF presents roundtables for discussion formed by
children and teenagers as well as two parallel showcases:
- Pequeno Cineasta Workshop: Presents short films produced by Daniela's cinema
- Sustain Your Story: Presents short films with an ambiental approach. A partnership
with Rio de Janeiro's Botanic Garden

There are three workshops as well:
- Ambiental Animation: Production of animated features using natural material
- Clapperboard Workshop: Introduction to cinema for children
- Cinema in Class Workshop: For teachers and educators

The winner films will take home the Pequeno Cineasta trophee and a
KODAK clapperboard as well. There are four criterias:

- International Children’s Film Competition (8 -12 years old)
- International Junior Film Competition (13 - 17 years old)
- National Children’s Film Competition (8 -12 years old)
- National Junior Film Competition (13 - 17 years old)

There are two categories for each criteria:
- Prize of the Festival Jury, formed by a selected group of children and teenagers with experience in audiovisual
- Prize of the Public Jury, formed by the public under 17 that attends the public screenings

a. The short films submitted at FIPC/PCIFF must be produced by people within the ages 8 to 17 years old;

b. The films’ actors doesn’t have to be children or young people, but the movies must reflect the opinions and thoughts of the children and young people involved in its creation;

c. Young people of different ages may work together on a short film, provided that all members of the group ranges from 8 to 17 years old. In this case, the category in which the film will compete will be determined by the age of the oldest participant;

d. Educators, teachers and instructors may guide young contestants in terms of technical support, equipment and production, although they must not interfere in the creative process;

e. Children with parents on the Festival jury are not eligible to compete in the festival;

f. Films in languages other than Portuguese must be subtitled in Portuguese (Brazil) or be accompanied by a dialogue script in English, Spanish or Portuguese;

g. Films should be sent in a Digital File (.mov or .mp4) with the minimal resolution of 1280x720 and H264 compression;

h. The films must last at least one minute and at the most ten minutes, including the titles and final credits. The films may be one of three genres: fiction, documentary, experimental/animation;

i. The year of production of the film should be from the year 2019.

j. The films must have a formal liberation signed by the author(s) of the soundtrack(s) about the free sync and use of the songs in the film;

k. The films with songs licensed by Creative Commons* or in public domain, must be included in the film’s final credits with the name of the song and its author.

*Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that allows the sharing and use of
creativity and knowledge through free legal instruments. They are free and easy-to-use
copyright licenses, providing a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use their creative work – under conditions of your choice. More about CC:

a. Entries for the festival are free of charge;

b. Entries will be opened on April 24 and closed on June 30, 2023;

c. Entries must be made through our electronic form available at the registration link on our website

d. Videos can be sent via electronic submission platforms: Dropbox, Wetransfer, Google Drive, etc. In the electronic form there will be an item for you to insert the download link.

e. Attach the following items to the form download link for the short film to be submitted:
● 2 movie stills, with minimal resolution 300dpi
● 2 pictures from the “Making of”
● Dialogue list in English or Spanish
● Documents of identification from the person responsible for the film

e. The movies can be sent in by electronic submission platforms: Dropbox, WeTransfer,
GoogleDrive, etc.;

f. The title of the film written on the application form must be identical to the title in the credits of the submitted film;

g. The confirmation/receipt of entry shall be made by e-mail indicated on the electronic
registration form;

h. Participants must inform the FIPC/PCIFF office if there is any change in their
contact information at any time between the submission of her/his film and the announcement of winners;

i. The Organizing Committee of the Festival may deny registration to films promoting
violation of human rights or democratic constitutional values

The selection committee of the competing films will be formed by a group of 5 to 7 individuals active in the field of cinema and education. They will jointly evaluate which films that will compete in the 10th edition of FIPC, using the following criteria in the following order:

● Creativity
● Use of audio-visual language in the submitted work
● Local representation

a. The rights to use image, voice, music or any other trademarks and patents in the film are the sole responsibility of the creator;

b. By submitting the registration, the participant authorizes the Festival the use and placement of all audio, video and pictures of the submitted film in all print and electronic media for publicity reasons;

c. The authorization granted is irrevocable and universal, free, without limitation of time and occasion, in any and all explorations of vehicles, processes, or media and publicity existent, or which may be created in a remarkable manner, but not exclusively in Cinema, Television, Mobile Telephony, Internet, in public and/or private exhibitions, closed circuits, exhibition in festivals or other means that are necessary.

a. The Jury is composed by ten children and young people with representative profiles from different social classes and regions of the state Rio de Janeiro, whom have experience in the audiovisual market. The selection process of the award-winning films will be done through a debate among jurors, mediated by the educational coordinator of the festival and a guest professional representing the audiovisual Market;

b. The Public Jury will be composed of children and young people between 8 and 17 years old attending the 8th edition of the International Festival Pequeno Cineasta. For each session a voting card will be distributed;

c. In the case of collective creation, only one prize will be awarded and delivered to the legal guardian responsible for the film.

d. The prizes for the winning films will be mailed if the winner can’t attend the awards ceremony. The Festival is not responsible for the re-sending in case of “returned by absence” or error in the address information sent in via the registration form;

e. The result will be announced at the closing ceremony of the 10th edition of FIPC and will later be published on our social networks.

The movies submitted for the 10th Festival Internacional Pequeno Cineasta will be notified of their admittance by e-mail in September, 2023.