It's that time of year again, but this time we've got some exciting changes! With all the amazing feedback we have received over the last few years The Boston International Kids Film Festival has moved to....drumroll please...the flagship public television station in the country, WGBH Educational Foundation!

We will continue screening family-friendly films, both professionally and student-made, hailing from countries that span the globe, but with more! WGBH has two beautiful theaters with plentiful seating and more space for workshops and activities to take place than ever before! This will allow us to have a space that is fully dedicated to the festival making it an easier and more enjoyable experience for our attendees.

Our mission remains to highlight the talent of independent filmmakers everywhere while inspiring young people to share their own stories with the world!

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.

Overall Rating
  • They were extremely kind and great at communicating!

    December 2019
  • Danielle Eliska Lyle

    BIKFF is an amazing film festival. I am so grateful SHIELD was selected to be a part of the 2019 line up. Communication was phenomenal and the entire team was incredibly professional. Although I was unable to attend, BIKFF was very responsive and visible on social media so those of us who were unable to attend could post/repost about the happenings at the festival. I highly recommend this festival to anyone looking to apply.

    December 2019
  • Dana Koops

    This was by far one of the best and most valuable film festivals we have participated in yet. Living in LA, we hesitated to attend, but were so glad we made the trip. They not only clearly communicated, provided a well tended and welcoming venue, and provided a reception afterwards, but the Q&A questions were some of the most thoughtful, audience participation was encouraged, and time was spent to really just get to know the filmmakers and their films. It was a filmmakers festival for sure and we highly recommend.

    November 2019
  • Our team had a great time at the festival. We felt very well taken care, and the quality of the films at the festival was superb. We wholeheartedly recommend this festival to anyone, young and old.

    November 2019
  • Cat Parke

    I really wish I could have attended the screening of our short film Lifelines but we couldn't make it. But Kathleen was excellent at communicating.

    November 2018