International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín belongs among the oldest and largest events of its kind worldwide. 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. In recent years have been providing intensive support for young emerging filmmakers, which reflected in the competitive section of European First Films. Screenings are accompanied by a series of seminars, workshops and entertainment events. Each year the festival devotes its edition to a selected cinema of one particular European nation.

Competitive category:
International competition of feature films for children
International competition of feature films for youth
International competition of animated short films for children
International competition of European feature first films
International competition of European documentaries for young audience
International student film competition Zlín Dog

The main festival awards:
Golden Slipper for best feature film for children
Golden Slipper for best feature film for youth
Golden Slipper for best animated film for children
Europe Award for best European first film
ECFA Doc Award for best European documentary for young audience
TOP film award of Zlín Dog

Film submission: March 1, 2019.
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Overall Rating
  • It was an honor to get our film screened at the festival. Communication was very good. Thank you Zlin for the opportunity.

    July 2018
  • Anthony Silverston

    I had a great experience in Zlin. The festival organisers were extremely easy to communicate with and were wonderful hosts. I saw some amazing films and met some fantastic people in the short time I was there.

    June 2018
  • simon valentin

    We had a great time on Zlin film festival.
    Besides driving us from Prague airport to Zlin, the festival provided a fine Hotel. The organizing of the screening of the student-shorts was very well planed out. Very helpfull staff and a nice city with a lot of sun and happy people. We would come back if selected another time.

    June 2017
  • Amalie Kovarova

    It was really great! We really enjoy it!

    August 2016