The International KidsNFilm Festival (Solano, County, CA) celebrates both youth actors and filmmakers. It is an opportunity and forum for youth to showcase their work and express their creativity. Our main goal with Kids N Film has been to encourage self-esteem, confidence building, and creativity through on-camera and behind-the-scene production training.

Youth filmmakers and actors from around the globe will not only have the opportunity to have their films screened, but it is a chance to interact with professionals and peers in attendance. It is your moment to talk about challenges, techniques, goals, or simply the fun had during the filmmaking process. It is a time to shine, inspire, and show off your talent, whether in front of the camera or behind the camera, to California’s North Bay Area Community.

We welcome fun, positive, entertaining, challenging, and thought-provoking films, including those with diverse backgrounds and ethnicities.

Films submitted must be for a youth audience and family-friendly. Films are chosen by a jury of industry professionals, rating all entries on entertainment value, originality, acting ability, production value, and the message conveyed.

Please visit our website for a list of the 2020 International KidsNFilm Festival Winners.

Submission categories include Professionals: Adults 18 and over; Children: Ages 12 and under; and Youth: Ages 13-17. The (1st Place) best of each category will receive a trophy if submitted by a U.S. resident or an electronic certificate for winning submitters outside of the United States.

Best Narrative Short Film
10 minutes or less

Best Documentary Short Film
10 minutes or less

Best Animation
10 minutes or less

Films submitted under the following must be created by youth.

Best Narrative Short Film
10 minutes or less
Ages 12 and under
Ages 13-17

Best Documentary Short Film
10 minutes or less
Ages 13-17

Best Animation/Stop Motion Short Film
10 minutes or less
Ages 12 and under
Ages 13-17

The Featured Short Film may be submitted by Professionals and/or youth.

Featured Short Film
11-20 minutes
We will select one featured short film that will screen at the awards ceremony.
The featured short film will be promoted via social media sites and highlighted along with the Director on the website and at the film festival.

Best Stuck at Home Video
Submit "Stuck at Home" videos of under 5 minutes. We will select a winner within each age category, so make sure you include details on the About the Director page. These can be any genre, fun, scary, drama, just plain dumb, as long as they remain family-friendly. The same submission fee applies for all age ranges within this category.

Winning filmmakers outside of the US will receive electronic certificates only for the 1st Place Best of category. All 2nd Place Winner categories will receive electronic certificates. Again, we do not mail trophies outside of the U.S. No Exceptions!

The International KidsNFilm Festival will NOT help defray the costs of travel and lodging for those out of the area wishing to attend.

Award categories are subject to change and may include a cash prize for Best of Festival. The International KidsNFilm Festival reserves the right to move a film to a category we feel more appropriate or one that we believe is not representative of the submission age group.

Selections are final and are the decision of The International KidsNFilm Festival and are not subject to appeal.

While we have a live-event scheduled, we are at the mercy of the Covid-19 virus, and in the event, we are still faced with problems come November 13th-14th, 2020, the live-event may be postponed; however, our jurors will still hard at work reviewing your films. In the event of a postponement of the live-screening, winning films will appear in a private, pay-to-view online screening event that will not be open to the public-at-large, only to paying attendees. Winning films will be announced at the end of the live-event or live-screening in November. Again, this would be a private paid to view festival with a reasonable low-cost viewing fee. All selected films will be announced on our website for the live-screening. A later online-virtual event will also be scheduled within 30-60 days after the live-screening or first online virtual screening. The screening reel will also be shown on Vallejo Community Access Television and additional community access television stations. See notes under rules & Terms.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.

The rules herein are subject to change without prior notice; however, we will make reasonable efforts in informing submitters of any change. We do not guarantee and do not assume that such intimation will be given. It is your responsibility to regularly visit this page to understand, comply, and be notified of any change in rules and guidelines.

Submissions must be:

1. Professional filmmakers/directors must submit under the professional category.

2. Children and Youth categories produced by youth age 17 and under. These projects may include those under the supervision of an adult, as a class or workshop project.

3. An original video, you own all rights or have written permission to use.

4. Have original music or music you have permission to use, or be licensed for use.

5. In English or with “legible” English subtitles. 

6. Have a high-quality NTSC version of the film available, High Definition (1920 x 1080p) preferred, however, shorts may be filmed on smartphone, iPads, digital camera, camcorder or other devices where the film is submitted in high res digital format.

Be family-oriented. No graphic violence, foul, vulgar or extreme language or nudity. We maintain the final say in what is inappropriate for youth audiences.

If your film is selected a downloadable file must be submitted. Download permission granted via FilmFreeway or projects may be transferred via Dropbox, Vimeo, emailed or submitted via a no fee to the downloader based site such as Google Drive, or another source.

All entry fees paid are non-refundable. NO WAIVERS WILL BE ISSUED.

Entered films have a non-exclusive limited use agreement for The International Kids N Film Festival to use film titles, trailers (if applicable), excerpts from film or film posters for festival and film promotional use, including online, print or broadcast media to promote the festival prior to and after the screening date for festival promotional purposes. Filmmakers retain all rights, title, and interest to their films and all Intellectual Property.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless The International KidsNFilm Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Plagiarism of any sort is neither encouraged nor accepted.

BY SUBMITTING YOUR FILM, you are agreeing to the following:
You give permission for your film to be a part of The International KidsNFilm Festival.

You grant The International KidsNFilm Festival permission to use film clips, excerpts, or stills from your film project for promotional use both prior to the festival, and in the promotion of subsequent festivals.

You grant any third parties at The International KidsNFilm Festival the right to film or photograph your appearance and voice for any marketing or festival promotions.

Submitting a film to The International Kids N Film Festival constitutes an agreement by and between the filmmaker/representative, and/or applicable Parent/Guardian of a minor aged Filmmaker, and The International Kids N Film Festival.

By submitting, You agree to all of these rules, terms, and conditions. You acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. You also acknowledge that You will not receive any compensation for the use of your film in accordance with the rules, terms, and conditions.

You understand and acknowledge that, if You are 17 years of age or under, a parent, guardian, or supervising Director/Instructor with parental permission must agree to the submission terms listed herein on your behalf. As the Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker, You understand and acknowledge that You are agreeing to the terms listed herein on behalf of the child, or as a Supervising Instructor, Director, Producer, you are legally designated or hold written rights to submit on behalf of the student or youth project. 

Films will screen at a live-screening. Private viewing on-line screening in the event of Covid-19 restrictions. The festival also reserves the right to highlight the screening reel from the festival on our cities local community access television program network, and other local cable access stations.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Overall Rating
  • Hui Tan

    It is my great honor to receive your announcement!
    I deeply appreciate The International KidsNFilm Festival to provide this opportunity for filmmakers to represent their films and share their experiences!
    Tan, Hui

    December 2022
  • Saeedeh Akhkan

    It was a great experience! I am honoured to receive the best documentary award for my short doc-Yaar. Thank You!

    November 2022
  • Super Promo

    Thank you for this wonderful festival and Award :) ... Georgina Awad...

    November 2022
  • Giulia Brazzale

    The festival is great! Thanks a lot for everything

    November 2022
  • Linda Kudzmas

    Thank you so much for the award for my film, 'Misfortune'. I am honored to be a part of your festival. A good time was had by all.

    November 2022