The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival showcases new and classic children's films, TV programs, digital programming, DVDs and screenplays from studios, independent producers and youth producers. KIDS FIRST! partners with more than 50 venues that showcase its selections for their kids and family programming.

PLEASE READ our festival description BEFORE YOU SUBMIT. Thank you

By submitting once to KIDS FIRST!, it is like submitting to 50 festivals individually. Not all 50 festivals will play your film/feature your screenplay, but it will be considered.

Note that KIDS FIRST! Film Festival affiliates do not pay a screening fee and films that are played at their events are FREE to pass-holders. There are no individual admission fees although there may be a festival admission fee.

DO NOT SUBMIT if you want to receive a screening fee.

Each KIDS FIRST! venue partner offers their own awards and prizes.

Accepted feature films will get a First Look opportunity for distribution by Soundview Media Partners.

Screenwriters take note: Acceptance of your screenplay by KIDS FIRST! will get you coverage you can use to promote your screenplay. While our venue partners tend to focus more on screening finished films over screenplays. Although some may include screenplays.

Accepted titles must meet or exceed the KIDS FIRST! criteria and be appropriate for exhibition on a large screen. Criteria include:
NO gratuitous violence or abuse
NO inappropriate sexual behavior
NO bias in terms of race, gender, culture or religion
NO condescension toward children
NO replicable unsafe behavior

Include in your description the age group you film is most suitable for.
PLEASE DO NOT say "all ages" or "ages 5 to 100"!

Once accepted, a film may not be pulled from the Festival by the filmmaker for any reason. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to comply with this and all other requirements.

By submitting your film, you are warranting that you are authorized to commit the film for screening and accept full responsibility to provide the correct format of your film to our venue partners for festival play.

By submitting this film, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 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.

Once we accept your film, you will receive an automated notification which includes the deliverables needed in order to proceed adding your film to our festival offerings. You will be asked to submit an electronic file of your film if it is a short, or a trailer if a feature. Once received, we will upload your film to our password protected film programmer's site. This is not a public site. It is for screening and downloading purposes only by programmers with our affiliated venues.

Feature films will only have a trailer on our programmer's site. When one of our affiliates requests a full length screener, we will connect them with you to get that. We will have them reach out to you for appropriate promotional materials once your film has been accepted for their festival or event.

Once your film gets booked by one of our partners, you will receive an update via email. When you see your booking, we strongly recommend that you contact the individual festival directly to see how you might collaborate in promoting your screening and whether or not you plan to attend the event.

We strongly encourage attending any festival where your film is featured and promote your screening/s to your personal network of friends and family.

Screening times and dates are solely at the discretion of our venue partners so, please communicate with them, not KIDS FIRST!

Overall Rating
  • When a festival has been around since 1991, you know something is working. The festival director, Ranny Levy, is clearly caring and devoted to quality content for kids. I appreciate my screenplay, Out of My Comfort Zone, being an Official Selection. The notes I received were outstanding, detailed and helpful. I highly recommend submitting to this festival.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ivy for your kind comments. We love working with screenwriters like yourself and hope that our comments will aid you in finding a producer for your screenplay.

  • Gisela Chicolino

    The children really need events like this that concern their universe, illusions, and dreams, that helping them to understand each other. Also, the festival really cares about every film selected and gives the directors a personal review of their film. Go ahead Kids First!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Gisela for your kind words. We love working with you and your terrific films. Thanks for bringing them to us.

  • Thank you for the selection of the movie The hunter and the girl at the Pokemon at your festival.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words Didier. WE love working with terrific filmmakers like you and helping you get broader exposure for your film. Best of luck for garnering lots of awards for this.

  • greg runnels

    Thanks so much for showing out film!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Greg for thinking of us. We love working with creatives like you. Here's wishing you all the best.

  • Gregory Bonds

    I was thrilled to have my 'Secret Life of B****' Animated Feature Screenplay accepted into the Festival! The awesome review of my Script really confirmed my story was on point and delivering the desired message to kids; brains over brawn!

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Gregory for your superb review. Much appreciated. We love working with creatives like you and wish you all the best success for your terrific screenplay.