The Maryland International Kids FilmFest is an outgrowth of the children's programming at the annual Frederick Film Festival -The F3.

Since the beginning, the F3 has been dedicated to providing not only a unique film-going experience in the region by providing premiere films as well as films not likely to be screened in the area, but also providing children's programming on Saturday mornings.

This portion of the F3's programming was so popular that the festival organizers felt an entire festival of great film should not just be reserved for adults, but be provided for the younger set as well. Often, films and programs aimed at children seem...childish. Not challenging. Safe. And far too often, not entertaining. Especially those constructed to be long commercials in the guise of young people's programming.

The Maryland International Kids FilmFest is committed to bring high-quality, challenging, and, most importantly, ENTERTAINING movie the form of short films as well as feature length the state. And we can pretty much guarantee that you'll not see any film with a fast-food restaurant tie-in product.

This year's MIKFF will take place at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center. The Delaplaine, housed in an historic 1850's mill, is committed to providing the region with educational opportunities and experiences in the visual arts through classes, exhibits, and programs.

This is a non-competitive festival. The mission of the festival is to highlight the work of quality filmmakers and promote the screening and exposure of great children's film.

Films cannot have previously been submitted to the Frederick Film Festival or the Maryland International Kids FilmFest.

Films can be of any length and any genre provided they are appropriate for children ages 13 and below. Suggested audience age must be noted.


Overall Rating
  • I'm so proud our film, "Somebody Needs You" was selected for the Festival! You made us feel so wonderful! THANK YOU!

    November 2018
  • I am very glad to participate in a wonderful festival!

    February 2018
  • A great children's focused festival with a brilliant line-up - we're always chuffed to bits when one of our clients gets selected here!

    February 2018
  • Anastasia Dyakova

    It seems like a very nice festival. My both animations were chosen to be shown here 2 years in a row, and it makes me very proud of. Good luck and thank you

    February 2017
  • A nice festival to be a part of. Both Force-Full Imagination Parts 1 & 2 have screened at this event! Highly recommended for filmmakers who produce entertaining content for kids and family!

    February 2017