Cinemira - International Children's Film Festival is a wonderful event for families, film lovers and prodigies of filmmaking. Cinemira designed for children aged 4 to 14. It takes place at Akvárium Klub in the central of the beautiful and exciting Budapest in spring - April 12th-14th, 2019.
During the festival we screen short animations, documentaries and live actions from all over the world and a selection of the best feature films for children. Cinemira organises professional roundtables on children's film with international acclaimed professionals. There are animation, film, make up, stunt, casting workshops for children. Also we present a market where you can find the best books, comics and posters related to children's film.

Behind the festival there is the team of the Hungarian Children's Film Academy that develops workshops for children aged 10-18 in the areas of film, television and new media throughout the year and also produces films for children. Cinemira is a member of European Children's Film Association.

Main Awards (Golden squirrel)

Best short fiction for children
Best short animation for children
Best short documentary for children
Best film made by children
Children's choice Award

ECFA short film Award

CineMira - Budapest Internation Children's film festival is accepting short films for competition section made for children by professionals or made by children.
There are categories for short documentary, short live action and short animation. The entry deadline is on 6 January, 2019.

The festival is held in Budapest, Hungary between 12th-14th April 2019.
We select 10 films for each category in the competition section.


Competition sections

a. International Competition of Short Animated Films for Children (separately for 4-6,7-9, 10-14 years old)

b.International Competition of Short Live action Films for Children(separately for 7-9, 10-14 years old)

c.International Competition of Short Documentary Films for Children and (separately 7-9, 10-14 years old)

f. International Competition of Student Films, films made by children and youth (10-14, 14-18)

Panorama Sections
Retrospective Hungarian films

Outstanding international Feature length film for children


Date: Only works with a release date after January 1, 2017 will be allowed to participate in the competitive sections.

Length: Short films of up to a maximum of 12 minutes in length can participate in the competitions.

Submission: In order to have a film screened at the Festival it is necessary to fill in the application form at

The organiser will inform the applicants of their acceptance in writing by no later than 26th of March , 2019.


Short films and student films included in competition are accepted only in the formats Quicktime H.264 HD that can be uploaded at the online application.


Competing films must be provided with English subtitles by the applicant. Competing films for children, animated films and non-competing films for children of up to 10 years of age are screened in their original version with simultaneous interpreting into Hungarian language provided by the organizer. Other competing films are screened in their original version with English subtitles and at the same time with Hungarian subtitles provided by the organizer.


Copies of invited films must be sent to the organiser's by 26th of March, 2019 through file senders to the following email address:

Overall Rating
  • Gabriela Clar

    I sadly wasn't able to attend, but the communication with the festival was great, and I am very grateful my Film was part of this event.

    April 2019
  • Chiel Aldershoff

    Very friendly, hospitable and professional Festival.

    April 2019
  • Mazin Sherabayani

    Thanks very much for selection, it is a great honour. Thanks

    April 2019
  • Max Shoham

    honoured to have my film Axel:Overture Selected!

    April 2019
  • Hamid Rasouli

    very good to show and see

    April 2018