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 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.

Overall Rating
  • Awesome sauce. Highly recommend this fest.

    April 2023
  • Eric Stange

    BIKFF is a mouthful of a title and worth every syllable! It's a total pleasure to be part of a festival that works hard to bring films to an audience that too often gets overlooked -- kids. Laura Azavedo and her dedicated team foster a warm atmosphere and are especially supportive of their often quite young filmmakers. The festival is very well organized, communication is clear and helpful, the venue is wonderful, and the whole vibe of the festival is fun, playful and entertaining! Definitely a rewarding experience on every level.

    December 2022
  • Stephanie Liao

    This was a great experience! I had a lot of fun :)

    November 2022
  • Soren Stettenheim

    My friend Finn and I were really excited that our short doc was accepted to the Boston International Kids Film Festival, and we had a great time attending the festival! It was a pretty cool experience to see our film on such a big screen with an audience and to also meet the other high school filmmakers! Thanks for making this possible!

    November 2022
  • Wonderful film screening event and Q&A for student filmmakers. Great communication and very well organized. Thankful my first film Heart was selected to participate.

    November 2022