BAICFF is an annual Playdate for the Imagination™ where education and imagination collide. The festival offers families a cinematic view of the world’s varied cultures and traditions. The films inspire curiosity and conversation, and allow children to experience a wide range of cultural perspectives.

This year BAICFF extends its partnership with The Curiosity Festival in Dublin Ireland and will screen films and offer programing aligned with this wonderful festival for curious minds.

BAICFF continues to as well its partnership with Chabot Space and Science Center. The leading space science educational institution in the Oakland / East Bay Area of California. This relationship allows us to offer a unique experience for our audiences of not only showcasing wonderful family films from all over the world but also educational opportunities in film but also in science, technology and innovation.

BAICFF aims to inspire and engage our audience.

The Children's Choice Award is given for each block of short films. Films for All Ages, Films For 7 and Up. The winner receives a certificate and laurels. All films selected for the shorts programs are automatically in competition.

Films may be live-action or animated.
All entries not originally in English must be subtitled or dubbed in English
Film content should be creative and demonstrate artistic and technical skill.
Content should speak positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures. We look for films that provide strong role models for both boys and girls.
Stories should be culturally authentic, timely, and of universal appeal to young
audiences. We especially appreciate plot lines that are child-driven.
Entries to the Festival should be made for, about or by children.
Films should not contain gratuitous violence, nudity, or profanity.

The festival is expanding. All films submitted and accepted into the festival could potentially be shown multiple times. The primary showing at the main festival and for outreach and promotion of the festival, leading up to and after the festival. In addition a best of the festival compilation will be made to be shown at our partner festival - The Festival of Curiosity in Dublin Ireland - and for promotion for the following year's festival. The filmmaker will be notified if included in this compilation and can of course use this information to promote their film.

Overall Rating
  • Claire Paoletti

    A small but fantastic festival with a wonderful program and organization. We were so proud to participate in this year online edition with "Shooom's Odyssey"! I had the pleasure to meet Jim in France the year before and it was such a surprise to discover that he was responsible for this Festival! I can't wait to come "for real" another year with a new film :)

    August 2021
  • Cool Kids festival! We are so exited to be part of BAICFF!

    August 2021
  • Carmen Morrow

    It was a pleas to have our film, The Dukha, at BAICFF!

    August 2021
  • Thanks for a well organized film festival! It was a pleasure and honor to be part of it!

    August 2021
  • Devendra Kumar

    Thank you so much for selecting "WHY..." in the festival. It was an honour to be part of such a festival. Thanks.

    November 2020