The International Children's Film Festival NEXT (ICHFF NEXT) brings a curated selection of feature and short local and international cinema dedicated to our youngest film buffs.

Catering for children aged 4-16, the festival's program ranges from non-verbal films for the miniature movie lover, through to a more challenging mix of foreign and English language films from all over the world, perfect for older budding cinephiles.

All of the new films in the ICHFF NEXT program are Ukrainian and foreign premieres, handpicked from world-class film festivals such as Berlin, Toronto, Melbourne and Seattle. These films rarely get a release outside of their home countries, so ICHFF NEXT provides one of the only ways for families to catch them on the big screen in Ukraine.

After a successful launch in 2015, expanded in Odessa 2019 for their most successful festival yet. In 2016, ICHFF NEXT collaborated with Odessa Film Studio and Planeta Kino to present an expansive program of short films and hands-on workshops.

See you in 2021!


Professional Jury Prizes are awarded in these categories:
- Feature Film;
- Short Film;
- Animated Feature;
- Animated Shot;
- TV/Web Production;
- Kid's For Kids Production (Amateur Film);
- Best Actor/Actress.

Children’s Jury Prizes are awarded in these categories:
- Feature;
- Animated Featurel
- Live-action Short;
- Animated Short;
- Television/Web Production;
- Animated Television Production;
- Kid's For Kids Production (Amateur Film);
- Script/Story;
- Music;
- Cinematography;
- Visual Effects;
- Best Actor/Actress.

Awards are announced at the conclusion of each Festival. Awards are given in the form of certificates.

Festival films reach unique audiences, diverse in age, socioeconomic background, and ethnic heritage, as well as a broad range of children and teens, educators, parents, and peers unduplicated in the youth film festival audience landscape worldwide. At post-screening discussions, filmmakers have an incomparable opportunity to connect with the widest possible array of viewers.

After submitting, please check your FilmFreeway account to make sure that your submission meets our requirements and is 'In Consideration'. It is your responsibility to make sure all requirements are met and necessary information is given.

Filmmakers are responsible for the shipment of the exhibition copy to BFF. BFF will cover outbound shipping only.

ICHFF NEXT reserves the right to use images from films selected in Festival marketing purposes (web; print media, and television).

By agreeing to these terms, you warrant that you have read, understood, and agreed to the regulations of the International Children's Film Festival NEXT and that, to the best of your knowledge, the information that you have supplied is correct.

Overall Rating
  • Nikki Borges

    We are very grateful to the ICFF NEXT for selecting Surf Guard to this years festival and for choosing us as the Best Foreign Short Film! Thanks again to Olga and everyone involved.

    June 2021
  • Saskia van Roomen

    Due to the pandemic we could not attend the Festival but we were excited to take part online and delighted to win an award. Olga kept us informed at every step of the way and was very encouraging.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Saskia. You are doing a great job!

  • We had a great experience wit this festival! Thanks so much for including us!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you))