International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín belongs among the oldest and largest events of its kind worldwide. Founded in 1961 in the Czechoslovak hotbed of filmmaking for children and youth, the festival gradually acquired international presence and attention. The festival is a non-profitable event with all screenings and supporting events free of charge. The audience consists mainly of children and youth from the Zlín region, but also university students and adult visitors to whom late-night screening slot with appropriate dramaturgy are devoted. More and more film professionals from all over the world come to Zlín. The programme structure of the festival focuses above all on films for children and youth. Its programme scheme is very wide and apart from the main competitive sections of feature films for children and youth includes a competition of short animations for children or competitive documentaries dealing with problems of young people. In recent years we have been providing intensive support for young emerging filmmakers, which reflected in the competitive section Zlín Dog - International Competition of Student Films. Screenings are accompanied by a series of seminars, workshops and entertainment events for children and teenagers. Our festival enjoys a superb reputation internationally; it has given our country a good name abroad, as has been our intention. Among the world's famous personalities to have taken part in the Zlín Film Festival, we can include Alfonso Cuarón, Annie Girardot, Sir Christopher Lee, Sir Peter Ustinov or the talented young actors George MacKay or Art Parkinson. In 2019 the festival visitors could enjoy the big thematic section Discover and Explore (nature documentaries, travel documentaries, Balkan focus and indigenous films) and in 2020 it was 2020: Back to the Future with (science, technology, film special effects). We are looking forward to 64th edition that will take place from May 30 to June 5, 2024.

Competitive category:
International Competition of Feature Films in the Children’s Category
International Competition of Feature Films in the Junior Category (over 11 years of age)
International Competition of Feature Films in the Youth Category (over 15 years of age)
International Competition of Short Animations for Children (up to 12 year of age)
Competition of European Documentary Films for Young Audience
International Competition of Student Films Zlín Dog

The main festival awards:
Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film in the Children’s Category
Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film in the Junior
Golden Slipper for Best Feature Film in the Youth Category

Golden Slipper for Best Short Animation for Children
Europe Award - the European Children's Film Association Award for Best European Documentary Film for Young Audience
Zlín Dog Award for Best Student Film (with prize money of EUR 1000)

Film submission by March 1, 2024.
More rules and info at

Overall Rating
  • ZlÍn Fest was a very filmmaker friendly place to connect with others,
    the guest services were excellent. Many interesting events for the visitors. Great children's and youth films. I have rarely been so well entertained. The competition among the animated films was of course very strong, but nevertheless I enjoyed presenting my film LOVELY RITA there. Thanks a lot for this exceptional time there.

    June 2023
    Response from festival:

    Dead Elena, thank you so much for your wonderful words. It was a pleasure to have you in Zlín! Best of luck and hope to see you with a new film again in Zlín :) Have a great summer. Jaro

  • Gargantua Film Distribution

    Thanks for screening THE END OF THE END OF THE WORLD at your great festival!

    June 2023
  • Anya Ru

    Amazing experience! All the staff was friendly and helpful. The festival itself was super organised and the selection of the films was very interesting. Hope to be able to come next years!

    June 2022
  • Barbara Brunner

    WOW! "Miles Away" at Zlin Film Festival, what an honour!

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Barbara. It was a pleasure :) Good luck!

  • Valeria Motorueva

    Great festival! Our film participated at Student Competition Zlin Dog.The festival's team kindly assisted us, provided full information. Very recommended!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Valeria, hope to see you again in Zlín :) Best of luck