The 14th annual Los Angeles International Children’s Film Festival returns this December 1-29, 2018. We're looking for new, imaginative, and inventive films from animators and filmmakers of any age that speak to our young and family audience.

The 14th annual Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival moves to new venues this year, as LACMA prepares for renovations. A big thanks to LACMA for remaining as our partner, and promoting the festival as we get closer. We look forward to screening short animation and films at Plaza De La Raza in Lincoln Park on Dec. 1, and at the MLK Jr. Auditorium at the Santa Monica Public Library on Dec. 29, with storytelling and animation workshops during the holiday break, details TBA. We will also again screen films in Part II of the festival, March 29-31, 2019 at WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center. Looking forward to our 10th year at WonderCon!

Overall, presenting nearly 100 short films from around the world—animation, live action, and documentary films—the festival is organized for different age groups. Select filmmakers and actors are present for Q&A sessions after each screening.

Admission is free for everyone to all screenings.

The festival has a proud past, with more than 100 of our animators and filmmakers going on to work for major studios, with more than 30 becoming part of Oscar-winning teams. We are very proud of our alumni!

Overall Rating
  • Keith Cantrell

    Being part of Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival was such a fun experience! My favorite aspect was the venue - it was an honor to have my short film Paddleball Hole screened at LACMA. I also loved meeting and networking with other filmmakers, event staff, and festival attendees. I would love to participate again in the future. Thanks for including me in your awesome festival!

    March 2018
  • Jackie Lee

    Been in this festival twice and both times have been extremely rewarding. Helpful staff, fun event, and beautiful films screened both years :) Thanks!

    February 2018
  • kiki Finley

    5 complete STARS on everything! What an amazing experience! It was great to see my film on the big screen with such a positive response.
    The organizers were incredibly nice and accommodating to me and my guests. Can't wait for next year!

    December 2017
  • Shaelyn Theule-Koops

    This was an absolutely fabulous festival in a welcoming and creative venue with very kind, helpful personnel! We were communicated with before, during and after the festival and were well looked after. We especially like the inclusion of various filmmaking experiences within the thematic program.

    December 2017
  • Pat WELLS

    Fantastic opportunity to show our work at the LACMA. Very nice folk run this show.

    June 2017