The main aim of Pochatok Children Film Festival is to help younger generation to form a creative world outlook and involve children and the youth into film production. We aspire to develop cooperation between children and youth festivals.


The submissions are open from July 31, 2018 to May 1, 2019. The official competition, chosen by the selection committee, will be announced on June 1th.

During the festival we will organize workshops for children on acting, directing, script writing skills, basic cinematography. In 2018 edition we organized 35 different workshops during 5 festival days.

The festival will take place on June 10-14th 2019.
Festival venue - Secondary School Cinema (Sadova 8).

The head of the festival jury will be one of the most famous Ukrainian writers, Marianna Malina – author of a series of books and scripts, constant winner of the International Contest “Coronation of the Word”. Marianne Malina’s novels “Violet Children” and “Burned Way” are recommended by the Ministry of Education of Ukraine for extracurricular reading for students of the 9th grade.

All films submitted to the festival’s competition program are evaluated in a differentiated way, within one of the categories:

Category A (Amateurs)

Films made at school or at home. Directors of this category are not professionals. Films produced at school or children's studios with team leaders who are not film professionals also belong to this category.

Category B (Children studios)

Films made by the directors at specialized cinema and video clubs or studios. This category includes films made by non-professional young directors under the guidance or with the help of film professionals.

Category C (Professionals)

Films of adult directors - professionals, film school students and graduates, television workers. Directors of this category are film professionals.

Category D (Debut)

Films produced as a part of Pochatok Film Festival workshop.

Audience Award
Best Film
Best Novice Film
Best Short Film Made by Children

Submit your film!

International films eligible for entry:

International film submission is open till May 1th , 2019.
Films of various genres and themes are accepted.
Competition is open to International narrative, animated, documentary short films.
Filmmakers are welcome to submit only through
Films must be completed after 1 January, 2014.
The maximum running time is 30 minutes.
Films not in English must be subtitled in English and the dialogue list must be provided after the acceptance.
Films that have broadcast on Internet prior to the Festival are not eligible for consideration.
Entries must be submitted for pre-screening on Vimeo or YouTube link. If you use a secured link, you are REQUIRED to keep us updated with passwords or your film may be rejected.
There is an entry fee for submission.

Overall Rating
  • Fernando García

    Very polite and nice manner. Pretty selection of works.A pleasure have being part of Pochatok Film Festival.

    June 2019
  • It was an absolute privilege to have "Schrodinger's Cat - Intergalactic Super Spy" selected for the Pochatok Film Festival.

    The communication was quick and concise and I hope that the festival goes from strength to strength!

    Keep it up!

    June 2019
  • Mary Smyth

    Communication is great with the festival. Unfortunately I couldn't go to it but by following the facebook page I got to see what was happening throughout which was lovely! Thank you!

    July 2018
    Response from festival:

    Dear Mary! Thank you very much for such a great review! That is so good for our development!!!