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 of European First Films and 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). Laste edition talked about the future in the theme 2020: Back to the Future. We are looking forward to 61st edition that will take place from May 28 to June 5, 2021.

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: April 1, 2021.
More rules and info at www.zlinfest.cz

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  • Barbara Brunner

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

    September 2019
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    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
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    Response from festival:

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

  • It was an honor to get our film screened at the festival. Communication was very good. Thank you Zlin for the opportunity.

    July 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much guys. Hope to cooperate again :) Best wishes from autumn Zlín!

  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    Hey Anthony, such a great time we had with you. This year we remembered you together with Raško from Serbia :) Hope to see you again!

  • 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
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Simon, thank you for this wonderful review and for participating. Hope to see you again!