Welcome to a weekend of workshops and screenings of family-friendly films, both professionally and student-made, hailing from countries that span the globe!

Filmmakers Collaborative created the BIKFF in 2013 with a goal of showing kids that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view and (more importantly) to have fun!

By screening amazing student-made films from around the world while at the same time offering these young filmmakers a look at professionally-made films created just for them, we are enabling the next generation of filmmakers to realize the power and potential of media.

The young filmmakers that participate in FC Academy, our after-school and summer filmmaking program, are given center stage at special blocks throughout the weekend, as we screen the short films that they have created in front of their family and friends.

Combine all that with VIRTUAL hands-on workshops on filmmaking and stop-motion animation meetups and you are in for an event that families of Greater Boston will be enjoying for years to come!

Best Film ( filmmaker ages 18 and over)
Best Foreign Language Film ( filmmakers of all ages)
Best Student Film ( filmmaker ages 18 and under)
Best Student Documentary ( filmmaker ages 18 and under)
Audience Choice Award (filmmakers of all ages)
The Peggy Charren Award for Excellence ( filmmakers of all ages)

All films must be family friendly. Any films containing inappropriate language will not be screened.

Over 90% of the films screened will be short films (20 minutes and under). The feature film category (films over 30 minutes) will be a highly competitive category, so please use that to your discretion when submitting your work.

Awards given in the "Student Film" categories will be for those filmmakers in middle or high school at the time of production.

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  • Everyone at BIKFF makes you feel welcome and it's a great event to meet other filmmakers in the New England area. Highly recommended!

    November 2020
  • Maybe February Films

    There are not enough words to compliment the Boston International Kids Film Festival! They offer a great program, the communication is incredible, they truly care about the selected filmmakers no matter the category and kind of films. We had a lot of fun being part of a Q&A during which we had the pleasure of discovering amazing filmmakers from all over the world. It's a wonderful opportunity for children to view beautiful content they would not necessarily be able to view in their everyday life. Finally the team at BIKFF handled the COVID crisis superbly, allowing the festival to happen online and working hard to give filmmakers the best experience they could get, offering them the opportunity to connect. Thank you for having us, we will definitely submit our next work to you again!

    November 2020
  • Agnes Lesti

    Great festival, really well organised and high quality. We really enjoyed taking part and are glad our production got featured. We hope to be attending the event next year as well! :)

    November 2020
  • Kim Smith

    I simply cannot say enough great things about BIKFF. Communication was excellent and their ability to adapt to the restrictions of presenting a festival during the pandemic was beyond outstanding. We are deeply honored that Beauty on the Wing received Best Documentary and to be part of the stellar selection of films by and about children presented by BIKFF. With thanks and gratitude to WGBH and Filmmakers Collaborative Laura Azevedo and Natalia Morgan for creating a first-rate virtual festival!

    November 2020
  • Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

    The festival did a great job in adapting to the pandemic and offering kids a wide choice of films for all types and styles. We were delighted to win Best Foreign Language Film for KAPAEMAHU, and hope it will broaden horizons. Till we meet in person!

    November 2020