Calling all young filmmakers 14 and younger! Submit a film for the Young Filmmakers Showcase at the 26th Annnual BAMkids Film Festival. This is an exciting opportunity for young people ages 14 or younger to share their cinematic creativity with a wide and welcoming community of film lovers

This is a non-competitive call for short films (4 minutes or less) created by and for younger audiences. A selection of entries that capture the broadest range of stories, themes, and styles will be included on our BAMkids Film Festival webpage for everyone to enjoy.

The BAMkids Film Festival returns as an hybrid festival this year running from February 3-11, 2024. This year’s impressive lineup, tailored for children ages 3—11, showcases films from countries around the world. The festival will include short film programs curated by the Northwest Film Forum and Melbourne International Animation Festival, featuring an array of animated animals, adventures, and magical journeys from around the world suitable for children 3-5, 6-8, and 9+.

Young Filmmakers Program - Call for Films
Information, Rules and Regulations

1. Eligible Films and Video Submissions

• All entries should not exceed 4 minutes in length

• Entries cannot contain copyrighted material (note music)

• All entries submitted must be suitable in theme and content for one or more of the following age categories: 3-5 year olds and 6-8 year olds.

• Young filmmakers may submit multiple films for consideration. However, only one film per applicant will be showcased, if selected.

• Captions should be added for any spoken language.

• The writing and directing of the entry must originate from the filmmaker 14 years of age or under. Adults can assist the young filmmaker in areas of production and/or editing. Adults may even be in the film, but the overall creative direction of the film should originate wholly from the young filmmaker.

• The Festival accepts all film genres including live-action and animated submissions.

• The Festival accepts submissions in any language or with no language at all. Captions should be added for any language speaking films.

• Content should speak positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures and must not contain gender, racial or cultural stereotypes and biases. The content of the films should fit our ideals of racial and gender equity, inclusivity, social justice, and global awareness.

2. Entry

The deadline to submit a film on BAM's FilmFreeway platform is Friday, January 7, 2023 . Applicants are encouraged to submit films earlier than that since film review will occur on a rolling basis.

3. Festival format of films and videos selected

All entries must be submitted as .mov or .mp4 with the file size of 1920x1080

4. Selection

Selection will be made by a review committee made up of BAM staff.

5. Organization

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.

6. Mission

The Brooklyn Academy of Music strives to be the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas.

7. Notification of Festival Status

The Festival will inform all entrants no later than January 7 , 2022 if films have been selected to be included in the Young Filmmakers Showcase Program on BAM's website.

8. Additional screenings
Selected entries will also be considered for inclusion in the Seattle Children's Film Festival..

9. Correspondence and contact

For more information, contact Steven McIntosh, Director of Family Programming,, and Verushka Wray, Senior Manager of Family Programming,

10. Deadlines

January 2, 2024: Deadline to submit a film entry form and film for festival consideration. Please note that we prefer earlier entry.

11. Rulings

BAM reserves the right to rule on cases not covered by these regulations.

Overall Rating
  • Toni Husbands

    Thank you for including our project in your festival. It was an honor being included among such wonderful entries.

    April 2024
  • Stuart Taylor

    Great Festival. Good communication. Benjamin really enjoyed seeing all the other films (especially his being first !!). Real shame we could not make it from the UK.

    February 2024
  • BAMkids was a very important meeting point for us and our film school for children and youth, Frooom! It is proof for our young students of their quality and work. We thank BAm for including us in this showcase.

    February 2024
  • Srecko Lebinec

    Thank you for including our films. In behalf of Vanima studio Varaždin, Croatia, Srećko Lebinec

    February 2024
  • Thank you for including our film Wetsitales : How the Moon and the Stars Came to be.

    May 2023
    Response from festival:

    So glad you were a part of it!!