The San Diego International Kids' Film Festival promotes the idea of entertainment with education. Supported by many across the world, the festival supports the entertainment and education industries by showcasing international films, and gives young, aspiring filmmakers a channel to communicate to an international community. The resulting collaboration produces a unique multicultural experience, engaging young viewers with positive media, as a diverse education.

• Films must have a completion date of Jan 1, 2016 or later.
• Acceptable NTSC exhibition formats are: DVD, Blue ray
• All non-English language films must have legible English language subtitles.
• All entries submitted must be suitable for children ages 18 and under.
• Films accepted into the festival must arrive with shipping and customs duties or taxes pre-paid.
• You may submit a completed paper submission form.

Entries received late or incomplete may be disqualified.
• The action of the film should be child & family -driven and the stories should be culturally authentic, timely, and of universal appeal.
• Films submitted to SDIKFF should be made for, rather than about, children and family.
• Film content should be creative, highly original, and demonstrate artistic and technical mastery.
• Content should speak positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures and should provide strong role models for both boys and girls.

Criteria for non-acceptance of films into the festival include:
• Excessive or gratuitous violence, nudity, or profanity.
• Content that advocates and supports racial, cultural, religious, or gender bias.
• Any submission not subtitled or dubbed into the English language.
Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances, and permits necessary to present their work. San Diego International Kids' Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work.
Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials sent to the Festival, but the Festival is not responsible for damage to submitted materials incurred by shipping to or from the Festival.

Submission Package:
• Signed and completed Entry Form (one entry form per film or episode)
.3 preview copies DVD(NTSC only),
• A minimum of one (1) still from the film (color preferred, B&W accepted). Digital stills and press kits are preferred. Stills must be 300 dpi and at least 4"x 5" in size and contain an actual shot from the film.
• You may email stills to
• Payment

Stated submitter will be considered the contact person for the film and thus will be the only one receiving emails and information regarding the status of the film's acceptance in the festival.

San Diego International Kids' Film Festival is a competitive Film Festival. Films accepted are automatically eligible for the applicable competition category. There are three age groups: Children ( age 6-14); Youth ( age 15-18); Adult: age 18+ ; under each age group, there are categories in Live auction ( feature and short); Animation ( feature and short); Mix-media ( feature and short); Documentary ( feature and short). In addition to all official selections being eligible for Jury, Audience and Festival Honors awards, a jury comprised of filmmakers ( both young and adult) and industry representatives will screen all competition finalists, deliberate and announce the results at the end of the Festival.

Filmmakers will be notified on or before Early-August, 2018 as to whether or not their film has been officially selected. Upon acceptance you will receive an email verifying your acceptance. Be sure to have on your accepted email list.

1. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant. Entries may be adapted from the applicant's own work
2. All screenplay entries must include a completed entry form, the correct entry fee; the screenplay in in one of the following formats: .PDF (preferred), Microsoft Word, or Text. (Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the screenplay as it is mandatory that adjudication is conducted without knowledge of the writer's name or identity); a character description and a 50-word synopsis that in PDF/Doc/text. Incomplete forms may cause delays.
3. Screenplays that are currently optioned or sold are not eligible for competition. Judges who work for the SDKIFF are not eligible to enter the competition, nor are their affiliates or immediate family members.
4. Feature length screenplays must be no longer than 120 pages and short screenplays should be no more than 45 pages. All screenplay entries must be written in English. Any revisions after the entry has been entered are not accepted. Screenplays must be in 11 pt courier font, no promotional materials or illustrations are accepted, pages must be numbered,
5. It is the responsibility of the screenwriter to ensure that their work is protected (US Copyright Office, The Writers Guild of America or Screenwriters Federation of America). International entries should protect their work with similar organizations within their respective country.
6. Entries will not be returned. Be sure to retain a copy of all material submitted.

SDIKFF Film Songwriting Contest

SDIKFF is proud to launch the 1st edition of SDIKFF Film Songwriting Contest through the platform of 2018 San Diego International Kids’ Film Festival. A song can fit in a film so perfectly that it's hard to imagine the scene without it. To continue to promote diverse cultures and kids’ education through motion pictures, we are now offering a great opportunity for talented songwriters to be heard!

The 1st SDIKFF Film Songwriting Contest will embrace KIDS-THEMED films songs in all languages and all genres. This contest is open to songwriters of all ages from any cultural background. Submit your music work for kids’ films and we will make sure your song to be heard!

All official selections will be granted a Filmmaker Badge for the songwriters to attend all the events during the film festival on August 24-26, 2018.

A selection of the finalists will be invited by the film festival to do a live performance either on the Opening Night (August 24, 2018) or on the Award Ceremony (August 26, 2018).

 Sound quality can be studio, live, or demos. Choose the quality to best convey your music message.
 Format: .mp3 file is preferred. We also accept .wav, flac and aac. When you choose another format than mp3, please also attach the mp3 file for easiest sharing. PLEASE do not submit music videos!
 Each entry must have a song title, and the name of artist(s) or band attached.
 An attached song cover or artwork is highly recommended for us to promote your song.
 Each song entry must be no longer than 5 minutes.

Overall Rating
  • I was so happy to be nominated for best screenplay. It was an honor. I just wish I could have attended. It looked amazing!

    September 2018
  • Robert Cox

    Thoroughly enjoyed this festival. My Script 'The Door' won best script in their script writing contest. Going to events was great fun, and with the mixture of cultures and languages, it felt truly international.

    September 2018
  • It's always so exciting when we get our clients films into festivals like this - a festival that has a heart to its programming and is focused on delivering strong content. Keep doing what you're doing folks!

    September 2018
  • Cat Parke

    We will thrilled that our short Lifelines was selected by SDIKFF. Unfortunately we weren't able to attend but the festival staff were friendly and informative through the whole process. The programs looked awesome and we hope to attend in the future.

    September 2018
  • Kailin Gow

    Glad I had the chance to attend the festival with my family. We attended all 3 days. Being in San Diego, it had a laid back, casual feel to it and was very down-to-earth. The volunteers at the check in were gracious. Great communications to filmmakers about selection and attendance information. A full agenda including Awards Night and the Red Carpet walk makes this a fun-filled film festival for the family. As this is a Kids-focused film festival, especially focused on younger children, films that were selected and won awards tend to be for the younger set, which was 13 and younger. Sometimes the timing was off (think Hawaiian time), but that just added to the casual California atmosphere. My family and I felt welcomed and very at home in this community of filmmakers and film lovers. Thanks for including my daughter and mine film A New Year's Story and my film The Red Queen of Bitter Frost in this festival. It was an honor to be there!

    September 2018