The LICFF (Lahore International Children’s Film Festival) is a project of The Little
Art. It's an annual event to showcase the best of local and international films made
by, for or about children and youth. The Festival was started in 2008, and has completed its 12 seasons successfully and has reached to nearly 501,550 audiences.

Aiming at education as well as entertainment, the film festival is dedicated to promote the culture of film watching, media literacy and alternative learning among children and youth. Each year, the festival brings some of the best international films to Pakistan to promote, peace, creativity, social awareness, world cultures and the arts.

In 2020, The festival reached half a million (500,000) audience through online streaming service Starz Play. The festival defines “children and youth” as its primary beneficiaries, irrespective of their gender, social status, class, education or income level.

2021 is the 13th season of the Festival, and will screening online due to covid-19.

12th LICFF report;

• Best Short Film (Animation, in respective Festival section)
• Best Short Film (Live Action, in respective Festival section)
• Best Documentary (in respective Festival section)
• Best Child-Made Film
• Best Pakistani Cinema

Submission Deadline:
10th November, 2021

Submission Fee:
Short Film Made by Professional Filmmakers (Under 40 minutes): $05USD
Short Film Made by students (Under 40 minutes): Can write us for free waiver code

Online Submission:
The festival takes submissions online through FilmFreeway.

The Festival will showcase films by, for and about children and youth in the following age groups.
 Up to 7 years
 8 -13 years old
 14-18 years old
 18+ (films about children, suitable with parental guidance or might not be suitable for minor viewing.)

1. Shorts (Animation) - Competitive section for animation short films for children and young people
2. Shorts (Live Action) - Competitive section for live-action short films for children and young people
3. Documentary films – Competitive sections for documentary films, for and about children and young people
4. Films made by Children – Competitive section for films made by under 18 children and young people
5. Pakistani Section (feature, animation, shorts) – Competitive section for films from Pakistan
6. Non-competitive Shorts – Non-competitive section of short films

The entry of films in the Festival
Film Producers, Directors, Distributors or their duly authorized representatives or duly authorized government organization/agency of the participating countries may enter their films.

The Festival organizers reserve the right to invite films they consider suitable for the film festival.

Screening format:
Festival accepts uncompressed digital files (MOV/MP4) formats, which can be sent online (preferred) to us at

Films will normally be screened in their original language/version. Films in a language other than English must have subtitles in English. Films that arrive without subtitles, or with subtitles other than in English, where such subtitles are not required, shall not be screened at the Festival.

General Rules:
Films other than the one made by, for and about children and youth are eligible.

The participants must ensure that they have the right to participate in the 12th LICFF with regard to parties connected with the production/distribution of the participating film and/or other right holders/licenses.

Participation in the Festival implies acceptance of these Regulations.

Competition Conditions:
Films entered in the Competition Section must fulfill the following conditions:
Films must be for children of all ages.

Entries will be subject to preview by a committee constituted by this Festival. A film which is not accepted for the Competition Section can be shown in other Section with the specific consent of the entrant.

No person in any way connected with the production or commercial exploitation of a competitive entry will be a member of the jury. All Members of the jury will refrain from releasing any articles or reviews to the press concerning the films submitted for their judgment until after the jury's decisions have been formally published/declared.

Films which submitted in the last year's festival are not acceptable, whether accepted or rejected.

The following prizes will be given away:
• Best Short Film (Animation, in respective Festival section)
• Best Short Film (Live Action, in respective Festival section)
• Best Documentary (in respective Festival section)
• Best Child-Made Film
• Best Pakistani Cinema

The organizers of the festival reserve the right to make changes in the screening schedule of films.

Lahore International Children’s Film Festival
C/O The Little Art
1537, C Block 
LDA Avenue 1, Raiwind Road, Lahore 53700.
+92-315 4036167
LICFF website:

Overall Rating
  • Mohammad ferajzadeh

    Thanks to the organizers, I am glad that we were part of the festival.

    April 2022
  • Filmes do Gajo

    Many years ago one of our directors Lukas Berger lived in Lahore and made many experiences as a young photographer. When we heard about the participation at your festival it reminded him of endless
    hours, where he felt the great hospitality of the people in this town. The organization of the Lahore International Children's Film Festival is very professional. Offering workshops and live talks for kids,
    teenagers and families is fantastic to create a community and educate youngsters. We are looking forward to see films made by them and hope to exchange more work in the upcoming years. Peace!

    February 2021
  • LICFF does great programming and goes to a great deal of trouble for their filmmakers, inviting us to participate in panels and other events. Definitely recommend.

    September 2020
  • Fanis Topsachalidis

    Great Festival! You can understand the good work by following the facebook page of the festival! One of the best festivals for children!

    October 2019
  • Rajveer Dhanak

    Wish I could have attended the festival, though I am grateful my film "Just a Social Experiment..." was selected to be a part of this festival. Thank you!

    October 2019