Cinemira - International Children's Film Festival designed for professionals who are creating films for young audiences. It takes place in the central of the beautiful and exciting Budapest in the autumn - October 23th-24th, 2021.

During the festival, we have a competition for short animations and short live actions from all over the world and a selection of the best feature films for children. We have 6 awards including prize awards.

Cinemira is also launching CINEMIRA TEEN, a competition program for short films and feature films aimed at the 14-19 years old audience.

CINEMIRA TEEN will take place in the autumn - October 8-10th, 2021

Cinemira organises an Industry Forum day on the 8th of October 2021 where we present the Pitch Forum for tv series and film projects for young audiences. Also, we invite international acclaimed professionals giving lectures on how to create a relevant content for children.

Every year Cinemira organizes the Writer+Director Meet up, where authors of the most successful contemporary children's book present their stories to filmmakers.

Cinemira is an interactive film festival, for that, there are animation, filmmaking, makeup, stunt, dance choreography, and casting workshops for children and their families.

Cinemira launches the Film market where you can find the best books, comics, and posters related to children's films.

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 the European Children's Film Association.

Main Awards (Golden squirrel)

Best short fiction for children (international)
Best short animation for children (international)
ECFA short film Award (international)
Best Children's Film Script - Children's Film Pitch Award
Best film made by children (national)
Children's Jury Award for best Hungarian children's film (national)

4th Cinemira - International Children's Film Festival is accepting short films for competition section made for children by professionals.
In the KIDS program there are categories for short live-action, short animation, while in Cinemira TEEN there are categories for feature films, short live action and short animation.

The entry deadline for CINEMIRA KIDS is January 17th, 2021.

The entry deadline for CINEMIRA TEEN is July 31th, 2021.

Cinemira is held in Budapest, Hungary.
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, National Competition of short children's film

d, National competition of best screenplay for children

e, National competition of best series script for children and youth

f, International Competition of Short Animated Films for Teens (14-19 years old)

g, International Competition of Short Live Action Films for Teens (14-19 years old)

h, f, International Competition of Feautre Films for Teens (14-19 years old)

Panorama Sections

Outstanding international Feature-length film for children
Retrospective Hungarian films


Date: Only works with a release date after January 1, 2019, will be allowed to participate in the competitive sections.

Length: Short films of up to a maximum of 15 minutes in length can participate in the competitions in the KIDS section, while short films of maximum 30 minutes in length can participate in the competitions in the TEEN section.

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 1th of March, 2021.


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. Other competing films are screened in their original version with English subtitles and at the same time with Hungarian subtitles provided by the organiser.


Copies of invited films must be sent to the organizer's by 15th of March, 2021 through file senders to the following email address:

By accepting to get into Cinemira's competition or other screening program of the festival the authors give the right to the organisers of Cinemira to screen his/her film as part of Cinemira's program or Cinemira's a best of in between 2021, April - 2022, April.

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