What is SCIFF (formerly IKFF)?
SCIFF, School Cinema International Film Festival, formerly known as IKFF, conceived by LXL Ideas in 2017, is one of the world's largest children's film festivals that aims to bring inspiring, meaningful and globally diverse cinema to children! In its first six editions, SCIFF traveled to 26000 schools (Government and Private) and reached 5 million children.
SCIFF’s objective is to bring the magic of cinema to as many children as possible, across India!

Where and when will SCIFF take place?
In 2024, SCIFF will take place in schools across India. The festival dates are 15th August to 31st August 2024.

How does it work?
The SCIFF is hosted by individual schools across India. The objective of the festival is to give access to good quality, world-class children’s cinema to as many children as possible. We found that the best way to do this is to bring the festival to a space where children are the most comfortable - their school.
The film will be sent to schools and organisations either on a protected online platform or an encrypted time sensitive content delivery device. They can then screen the films on their own campus at their own convenience during the Festival period. During these two weeks, children from various regions across the country participate in our program. They watch diverse films from our festival program, Learn filmmaking from experts through both online and offline sessions, and have the opportunity to showcase their creativity in the "Make cinema" program by submitting films they have created.

About the Organiser:
SCIFF is conceived and organized by LXL Ideas, leaders in the field of film pedagogy in schools in India. LXL Ideas impacts learning and creates experiences for students, parents and educators. For over two decades, LXL Ideas has been making award-winning films, organising large-impact events, publishing authoritative writing and delivering holistic research & training.
Over the past decade, LXL Ideas has produced over 100 films for children and youth for its life skills program School Cinema. School Cinema is being used by 700,000+ students in 4 countries today. Awarded with 7 prestigious National Film Awards, School Cinema films have also screened in over 150 film festivals across the world.

Awards & Prizes
Best Live Action - Feature
Best Animation - Feature
Best Documentary - Feature
Best Live Action - Short
Best Animation - Short
Best Documentary - Short

Rules & Regulations
1) Categories:
- Children’s short/ feature – live action
- Children’s short/ feature – animation
- Children’s short/ feature – documentary
2) Short Films with a minimum duration of 1 minute and maximum duration of 40 minutes will be
3) Feature Films with a minimum duration of 40 minutes will be eligible.

4) Regardless of language, all films with narration/dialogue, even films in English, MUST have
English subtitles
(Films in English may originate from different parts of the world, and as the festival will be hosted by schools in different regions, including rural parts of India, it becomes difficult for children to understand different accents of English. Subtitles for all films make the festival more accessible)
5) Only Projects completed after 1 January 2022 will be eligible.
6) Submission Format:

(A) Video Format:
- SD, HD or Full HD formats
- File Extension .mov or .mp4
- Interlacing Progressive
- Acceptable Codecs H.264
- Audio Type Stereo, 48 Khz, 16 or 24 bit (LPCM or AAC)
- Frame Rate 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 48, 59.95, 60
- Aspect Ratio for SD Formats: 4x3 (1.33) or 16x9 (1.78)
- Standard definition video will be scaled to fit a Flat aspect ratio (1.85). 4x3 video will be pillar-boxed
to fit maximum height unless otherwise requested.
- Aspect Ratio for HD Formats: 16x9 (1.78), "Flat" 1.85, "Scope" 2.35
- High definition video will be scaled to fit a Flat aspect ratio (1.85) with pillarboxing to fit maximum

(B) Subtitles specifications:
- All films with dialogue must have inlaid English subtitles.
- If the film does not have inlaid subtitles, a subtitles file must be shared - preferably in .srt format

PLEASE NOTE: By submitting your film for SCIFF, you will be consenting to the following:
• The film will be used as part of SCIFF’s programme which will be sent to schools and organisations either on a protected online platform or an encrypted time sensitive content delivery device.
• The Festival and the films will be available in the regions of India.
• The supporting materials of the film will be used in promotional activities for the festival.
• Parts of the film can also be used for promotional activities for the festival.
• Due to the wide reach of the Festival, the SCIFF team may need to subtitle the film in different
languages. The festival may request the filmmaker to provide a subtitle-free version of the film along with a time-coded dialogue sheet in English.

Overall Rating
  • Vijender Kumar

    It was an overwhelming experience to be at IKFF2020. We hope to be here again with our another film. Thankyou for allowing us to showcase our film and appreciating the world's best work under a roof. Thanks again!

    April 2021
  • sayed payam hosseini

    Is the festival over?
    We were completely unaware of the festival process

    January 2021
  • Thank you for selecting our short film No Offense to participate to your festival. It's a great honor for our film team! Stay safe and healthy!


    January 2021

    Great idea for a festival! hope it continues to grow and gets more publicity

    December 2019