The Athens International Children’s Film Festival is an annual celebration of entertaining, thought-provoking, exciting storytelling aimed at the children and families of Athens. The festival aims to support and promote intelligent, creative film works for children, teenagers and their families from all corners of the world.

Traditionally a winter event, it offers two diverse programmes, one dedicated to families and one to schools, comprised of short and feature films and documentaries, either animated or live action, which broaden the horizons of young viewers and provide an understanding of other cultures, as well as a valuable exposure to filmmaking techniques, surprising ideas and worthy voices.

Festival screenings are accompanied by filmmaking workshops, discussions and other fun surprises for kids and their parents that are revealed gradually throughout the year. Additionally, the festival's school programme travels around Greece during the rest of the school year, giving the chance to children in even the most remote areas of the country to experience adventures in film and provide their own thoughts on crucial subjects.

The 7th edition of ATHICFF is currently scheduled to take place 18-24 November 2024 at select Athens venues and, at a later date, digitally.

***This is an ECFA Feature & Short Film Award Qualifying film festival***

Best Feature
Best Short Film
Best School Film

Children's entertainment and education is our main goal. Share your short and feature film, live action, animation, documentary, or experimental work with us for festival consideration. Submit your children's film today!

The following terms and conditions (“Terms”) govern the submission of films (the “Film” and/or “Entry”) to ATHIFF for consideration for the 2024 ATHICFF’s Festival (the “Festival”):

Submit your Film to the 6th edition of ATHICFF which takes place in Athens, Greece, in Winter 2024.

ATHICFF presents a public family program and a dedicated school program. ATHICFF reserves the right to decide in what section your Film will screen, if not in both.

Submission Period:
Submissions to the Athens International Children's Film Festival are open from 1 February until 25 August 2024.

Eligible Films:
Films made for children and young adults! This is the #1 rule.

Short Films - up to 40 minutes
Feature Films – min. 40 minutes

Films that have premiered internationally since September 2023.

Please state the international premiere of your Film (date & festival); potential awards are to be stated as well.

Films considered:

Films for children and youth, aged 3 to 18. Please provide ATHICFF with your own recommendation of age group (i.e. 3+, 6+ 13+ etc.).

* Shorts and features from around the world
* Live action, Animation, Documentary
* Suitable for ages 3 to 18
* Exploring themes such as the environment, social media, technology, historical events, disability, music, family, youth culture, teen delinquency, the future.
* Νο-dialogue animated shorts for pre-schoolers
* New and recent Mediterranean productions are strongly encouraged
* AI-generated short films for children or teens

Please indicate the production status of your Film (i.e. work-in-progress, in post-production etc.) at the time of submission.

Each Film can be submitted only once.

If the Entry contains dialogue or narration in another language than English, the Entry must be subtitled or dubbed in the English language.
Once submitted, Entries may not be withdrawn from participation in the Festival.

Premiere Policy:

ATHICFF requests the Greek premiere, meaning the film should not have premiered and/or will not premiere on any other festival, event screening or online within the Greek territory before the FESTIVAL. If the film already had a Greek premiere, please indicate when and where, and ATHICFF will proceed to festival consideration of your Film taking this into account.

Requested Materials:
Please send your screener in the submission form. We only accept online screeners, preferably password secured links on Vimeo or similar platforms.

Once selected, the submitter shall provide a clean DCP copy or Apple ProRes 422 and a clean h264 copy, hi-res stills, press kit, full dialogue list in English and .srt subtitles file, synopsis in English, director's note (if available).

In case of submitting a link to an online screener, please ensure that it does not expire and provide any necessary passwords. Please include available promotional materials such as high-resolution stills, production credits, a press kit and a full dialogue list in English.

Submission fees:
ATHICFF charges a 3 EUR submission fee for short films. Feature films are charged zero fees. Greek productions (shorts and features) are charged zero fees.

Warranties & Guarantees:
By submitting a film (“Entry”) to ATHICFF, the submitter (the “Applicant” and/or Submitting Party) warrants and guarantees that they have obtained consent from any and all owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives and/or right-holders of the Entry for its submission to ATHICFF (collectively the “Film Owners”) and its screening at the Festival and any other associated events; furthermore, the Applicant, by submitting the Entry warrants and guarantees that it has read, understood and agreed to these Terms.

Intellectual Property/Grant of Rights.
By submitting the Entry to ATHICFF, the Submitting Parties hereby represent and warrant that: (i) the Entry is an original work and does not constitute a copy, in whole or in part, of any other work and/or does include any other work that is the subject of copyright and/or other protection, unless such work is in the public domain or the Submitting Parties have obtained any and all consents, releases, licenses and other authorizations or waivers of any kind necessary for the inclusion or reproduction of any person, character, location, thing, trademark, sound recording, musical composition or other work embodied in the Entry; (ii) the Entry does not defame any person or violate the common law or statutory rights, including, without limitation, the rights of privacy and publicity or any other right of any person; (iii) the Entry is not the subject of litigation, nor any dispute that could give rise to litigation; (iv) there are no agreements, nor will there be any agreements made subsequent to the date of the submission of the Entry that would or could have the effect of impairing the Submitting Parties’ ability to provide the Entry as contemplated herein, or otherwise conflict with any provision of these Terms; and (v) the Submitting Parties have the full right, power and authority to submit the Entry to ATHICFF for Festival consideration and to grant all of the rights granted hereunder and there is no obligation or disability that would in any way impair, restrict or impede the Submitting Parties from fully performing all obligations pursuant to this submission and these Terms. The Submitting Parties agree to indemnify and hold harmless ATHICFF, its licensees, successors and assigns and its and their members, officers, directors, employees, volunteers, agents, representatives, associates and affiliates (each a “Releasee”), from any claim, suit, action or other proceeding brought against a Releasee and from any losses, costs or damages, including the Releasee’s full legal fees, costs and expenses (including any legal fees, costs and expenses expended in connection with enforcing this indemnity), which it may have suffered or incurred or may suffer or incur, directly or indirectly based on, in connection with, or arising from the use and public performance/exhibition of the Entry submitted by the Submitting Party or the breach or alleged breach of any representation, warranty or other agreement made by the Submitting Party in these Terms.

The Submitting Party hereby irrevocably grants to ATHICFF the following rights with respect to the Entry on a “free-use”, no-fee basis, without reservations, conditions or qualifications: (i) the exclusive right within the greater area of Athens to perform in public/exhibit the Entry publicly one or multiple times during the Festival and for a period of eight weeks thereafter; (ii) the right to present or allow others to present excerpts of the Entry up to a total of three minutes in length by any means and in any medium for promotional purposes (promotion through TV, Internet, any kind of social media etc.); (iii) the right to incorporate and use stills, art, footage, biographical material, names and likenesses from the Entry for promotional and merchandising purposes; (iv) the right to provide screeners of the Entry to the press and media for review; (v) the right to exhibit the Entry at press and promotional screenings; (vi) the right to exhibit the film for educational use for the duration of the school year; (vii) the right to electronically duplicate the Entry for the purpose of compiling a screening master for projection; (viii) the right to make the Entry available for public performance/exhibition at Greek venues nationally for a period of twelve months following the Festival as part of the touring festival programs and/or at ATHICFF-produced festival events nationally and internationally; (ix) the right to share preview screener links of the Entry with ATHICFF-partner presenters; (x) the right to exhibit the Entry in an online festival; (xi) the right to use the Entry in a limited run DVD or digital compilation to be sold by ATHICFF for fundraising purposes; and (xiii) the right to retain any and all revenues from ticket sales, merchandise, rental fees and sponsorship associated with the Entry’s participation in the Festival or any associated events.

ATHIFF’s rights
ATHICFF may (or may not) disqualify or reject any submission that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, not to be in compliance, in whole or in part, with the present Terms.

Schedule of all film screenings shall be determined, in its sole and absolute discretion, by ATHICFF; ATHICFF reserves the right to, in its sole and absolute discretion, re-schedule, adjust dates and times of all Film screenings at the Festival or any associated events.

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