41st Annual KidFilm Family Festival
January 18-19, 2025
Dallas, Texas

Featuring an international program celebrating excellence in children's film arts.

KidFilm, presented by the USA Film Festival, was the first festival of its kind and is the largest children's media arts event in the United States.

The festival gives audiences of all ages an important opportunity to see and discuss films together. The public weekend programs showcase challenging, educational, and entertaining films.

Studio films that have premiered or previewed at KidFilm include ROBOT DREAMS, THE TIGER'S APPRENTICE, THE LEGO MOVIE, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3, KUNG FU PANDA 3, THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY, ICE AGE, NANNY MCPHEE, CURIOUS GEORGE, A WRINKLE IN TIME, THE SECRET OF KELLS, AKEELAH AND THE BEE, THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING, THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, CASTLE IN THE SKY, MILLIONS, along with dozens of independently-produced feature and short films every year.

KidFilm welcomes the submission of both feature and short family-friendly films!

Submission fee for both feature- and short-length films is $10.00 if submitted by October 1st. If submitted by the Regular Deadline (Nov. 1st), the fee is $15.00. If submitted by the Late Deadline (Dec. 1st), the fee is $25.00.

Family films (features - over 45 minutes and shorts - under 45 minutes) should be appropriate for audiences of all ages.

Professional and nonprofessional filmmakers may submit works.

All shooting formats accepted.

The film cannot have premiered in Dallas before the Festival.

Submissions must be made via online screener. Filmmakers should provide synopsis and any press materials (photos, etc.).

All screenings will take place in-person in Dallas during the 41st Annual KidFilm Family Festival, January 18-19, 2025.

The KidFilm Family Festival is a NONCOMPETITIVE event. Films accepted for inclusion are not prevented from being considered for subsequent competitive events.

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  • The staff of the festival was extremely welcoming and encouraging. Sitting in the audience watching my film with children and their parents/guardians was thrilling. In addition, their free children's book session is a wonderful asset for the Dallas community. Well done.

    February 2023
  • Evan Ostrow

    Very excited and happy to be a part of this festival. Looking forward to submitting again in the future.

    January 2023
  • Hui Tan

    I deeply appreciate the opportunity from KidFilm Festival, which provides a wonderful platform for artists to grow, and for our film community to thrive!!

    February 2022
  • Jackie Ross

    I'm so happy that my film had it's world premiere here! Thank you for screening "Mimi's Good Night".

    March 2021
  • This film festival gave my visual/audio "Buddies" a chance to be seen thank you. I just wish the film festival would've been online as well

    February 2021