The Children's International Film Festival is a showcase event to help expose school-age children to short films from around the world. The festival selections are shown during a week's worth of events held at various locations across Catawba County, North Carolina, to students from across the county's three public school systems and several independent/private schools. Each screening session is two hours in length. Last year, over 3,000 school children saw the variety of films that were selected.

The Hickory International Council (HIC) and the Footcandle Film Society of Catawba County are presenting the 7th Annual Children’s International Film Festival (CIFF) between April 15 and May 1, 2019 at the Drendel Auditorium on the SALT Block, Maiden High School Auditorium, and Newton-Conover Middle School Auditorium. The emphasis is on children in 4th – 6th grades. Additional emphasis on 7th & 8th graders will be premiered in 2019 as a trial.

2019 Screening Schedule:

* Hickory Public Schools: April 16 & 18, 2019 (Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block)
* Catawba County Schools: April 30 & May 1, 2019 (Maiden High School)
* Newton-Conover City Schools: April 15, 16, & 17, 2019 (Newton-Conover Middle School)
* All Private Schools: April 30, 2019 (Drendel Auditorium at the SALT Block)

The focus of the HIC is to promote cultural awareness of Catawba County’s diverse population. “It is important to highlight cultures from outside the United States and to work together to understand and accept the similarities and differences” said Hani Nassar, HIC Chair.

The 2019 CIFF films to be shown at the event will be announced at the end of March after all schools have approved their list.

“The mission of the HIC is to act as a forum for the local and global international community and to act as a liaison between that community and the city government in order to promote goodwill, mutual understanding, cooperation, and respect among citizens.”

There are no awards or prizes associated with this festival. The intention is to bring together a selection of short films from countries around the world and screen them during a week's worth of sessions across various school systems in the Western North Carolina area.

All film submissions must be suitable for children ages 10 through 14.
All films should be no more than 15 minutes in length.

Overall Rating
  • Inder Kochar

    A great festival to be part off.

    May 2019
  • Monica Huntington

    I was honored and excited to have my film included as one of the 31 selected films for the 2019 festival. To be able to share this film with so many school kids was exactly what I had envisioned when making it! Thank you CIFF!,
    Monica Huntington, "Gadget Crazy"

    May 2019
  • Annabelle Milot

    great, thank you for every thing !

    May 2019
  • great experience looking forward to submitting my next film to the festival

    May 2019
  • Lidia Napoli

    Such a great festival!! Thank you very much for selecting our movie.

    May 2019