Ahmedabad International Children film festival is a rooted idea to empower and be heard for the talent, creativity and culture they choose across the globe, as for the generation to voice their belief and change in the society.

The Ahmedabad International Children Film Festival (AICFF) is a flagship event of Paytamasha, which stands as a celebration of the minds that shape the trajectory of our society in the present day and hold the keys to our collective future. In a world where children are not merely spectators, but protagonists in their own right, this festival recognizes unique perspectives, voices, and creative expressions.

AICFF provides a platform for everyone to tell stories that resonate with and across the world, reflecting not only their dreams and aspirations, but also the values, cultures, and mindsets that define our shared human experience.


As the torchbearers of tomorrow, children wield the power to mold our societies, challenge conventions, and steer the course of progress. The festival acts as a vibrant canvas upon which these young visionaries paint narratives that capture the essence of their experiences, beliefs, and hopes. Through the lens of film, they showcase their interpretations of culture, diversity, and success, offering a fresh perspective on what it means to achieve and flourish.

We stand as a testament to the potential of the younger generation, reminding us that their roles are not just glimpses into the future, but meaningful contributions to our present. By amplifying their voices, the festival fosters an environment where the art of storytelling becomes a bridge connecting generations, cultures, and ideas.

Immersing ourselves in the films crafted by these creative enthusiasts , we embark on a journey to understand the evolving narratives that define our shared humanity, and to appreciate the profound impact that the children of today have on shaping the world of tomorrow.

Our Vision:

We believe that AICFF is a narration of every individual’s core memory from childhood. Wherein these children centric films will play a vital role to communicate resilience ,innocence, curiosity, and Selfless-love to us who tend to forget and celebrate the actual moments of life. AICFF plays a role to bridge the gap between these story-tellers and creative individuals.

Our Mission:

By pursuing this mission, we endeavor to make a positive impact on the film enthusiasts, nurturing the creators with compassion and culture. Together, we want to embark on a journey of imagination, discovery, and joy at the AICFF.

Films like “Slumdog millionaire”, “Salaam Bombay”, “Avatar”, “Kite runner”, “Taare zameen par”, “Masoom”, “Baby’s day out”, “Home alone” “ I am Kalam”, “Udaan”, “ Minions”, “Barbie” “Chello Show -Last Film Show", have left a mark in our lives and is cherished amongst the Global film fraternity.

Our Contribution in last 5 years

AICFF has received 450 multicultural Films from more than 45 Countries in the past 5 years.

Entry showcase categorized in last 5 years
Short Films | Student Films | Feature Films |Documentary & Animation Films

We have witnessed a diverse pool of films in our festival supporting and surprising our journey. As we commence to its sixth year we are prepared to be dazzled again!

Our philosophy for “Films featuring children as a protagonist/narrator should be experienced by every member of this society” goes beyond being just a cinematic showcase; it embodies a profound commitment to giving back to society. By offering free access to both the film screening.

AICFF is a beacon of inclusivity and accessibility, ensuring that the magic of cinema and the power of storytelling are within the reach of everyone.

Festival Overview:

Cultivate Lifelong Learners: Our festival is more than just entertainment; it's an avenue for learning. We aspire to ignite a lifelong love for the arts, culture, and the power of storytelling in every soul who attends.

Entertain and Educate: We curate a diverse selection of films that entertain while offering valuable life lessons, promoting cultural understanding, and encouraging empathy.

Inspire Creativity: There is a limitless potential of an individual’s imagination, we aim to ignite creativity and innovation, inspiring the storytellers, artists, and thinkers through these films.

Cultivate Critical Thinking: Our carefully selected films are chosen not only to hold entertainment value but also an ability to engage our audience's minds and encourage critical thinking about the impact an imagination can initiate.

Promote Diversity and Inclusion: We celebrate the richness of global cultures by showcasing films from around the world. Our festival provides a platform for audiences and critics to experience stories from different backgrounds, fostering diversification.

Empower Voices: We believe this generation as protagonists has a lot to share, a unique perspective on the coming time and change. Through this festival, we want to empower the ability to express themselves.

Celebration and Appreciation: AICFF is dedicated to acknowledge performers and participants by organizing a Two day event, and showcasing selected movies, performances finely curated for our audience and an Award ceremony to encourage children-centric films.

What we aim to Deliver:
Encourage multi-language and multicultural curated films from around the world that entertain, educate, and inspire Society.

Engaging Workshops: Interactive workshops that hype creativity, storytelling, and filmmaking.

Fun-filled Events: Exciting activities, Screening, and performances that cater to the interests of all the audiences.

Q&A Sessions: Opportunities for upcoming filmmakers to interact with industry professionals and stakeholders.

All the film screening free for everyone, all the workshops free for everyone. Film Bazaar for the film makers and talent to interact and pitch their projects.

Certificate as an Award in Various Categories for the year 2024

Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Child Actor
Best Story
Best background score
( Full length feature film )

Best Short Film
Best Director Short Film

Best Documentary Film
Best Director Documentary Film
Best Animation Film
Best Student Film

Golden Kite Award
Silver Kite Award
Bronze Kite Award

Winners list: for the year 2023 ( 5th Season )

Best Film - Balit (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Best Director - Morteza Rahimi (Film - Balit from Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Best Actor - Huda Moghadammanesh (Film- Life & Life from Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Best Child Actor (1) - Vishal Thakkar (Film - Pravas from India)
Best Child Actor (2) - Bhavya Sirohi (Film- Mara Pappa Superhero from India)
Best Story - Haizhou Wang (Film - A Summer without Fireflies From China)
Best background score- Nipun Cheema and Sutej Singh (Film - Bus No. 7 from India)

Best Short Film - Shadow (Ireland)
Best Director Short Film - Fumie Nishikawa (Film - Jomon from Japan)

Best Documentary Film - My Life: Child of the Wild (Peru)
Best Director Documentary Film- Almudena Garcia-Parrado (Film - My Life: Child of the Wild from Peru)

Best Animation Film (1)- Happy birthday to me (Korea, Republic of)
Best Animation Film (2) - Stars in the rain (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

Best Student Film (1) - Qi (China)
Best Student Film (2) - Tasveer (India)

Golden Kite Award - Chidiakhana (India)
Silver Kite Award- For the Sake of Ava (Iran, Islamic Republic of)
Bronze Kite Award - The Old Young Crow (Japan)

Rules & Terms

Main Categories :

Feature Film ( 41 minutes or longer )
Short Film ( 40 minutes or less )
Documentary film ( 10 to 40 minutes )
Student Film ( 5 to 40 minutes )
Animation Film ( 5 to 120 minutes )

Awards in various categories :

Best Director Feature Film
Best Actor / Actress Feature Film
Best Child Actor Feature Film
Best Story Feature Film

Best Short Film
Best Director Short Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Director Documentary Film
Best Animation Film
Best Student Film

Special Jury Mention

Golden Kite Award
Silver Kite Award
Bronze Kite Award

In all categories, Films made on or before 15th November 2024
are eligible for submission. Previously submitted films in any category are not eligible for re submission.

Entry fees:

Feature Film - Regular Deadline - 50 $ Last Deadline - 75 $
Short Film - Regular Deadline - 30 $ Last Deadline - 50 $
Documentary film - Regular Deadline - 30 $ Last Deadline - 50 $
Animation Film - Regular Deadline - 30 $ Last Deadline - 50 $
Student Film - Regular Deadline - 10 $ Last Deadline - 15 $

Important : For Students films, kindly submit your school/college/film school details as well along with the film entry, please mention your institute contact details as well.

Submission format: Online Screener link / Filmfreeway.com upload
Projection format: DCP/ DVD / BLU RAYS / HD Videos / MP4 / MOV ( 16:9 aspect ratio )
Materials: Film Screener, Trailer, 2 High Res Stills from the film, Directors’ photograph(Head Shot), Synopsis (Long & short both)

LANGUAGE & SUBTITLES (All the entries must be submitted in their original language, with English subtitles.
Filmmakers across the world can submit their films.
All Indian feature films must be censored by CBFC. ( Other category no need for CBFC)


1. FEATURE FILMS (Fiction: Live Action, Animation, 40 min and above)
The film should be a Feature Film. Subtitles in English is preferred for all submissions. Produced till 30th October, 2023.

2. SHORT FILM (Fiction: Live Action, under 40 minutes)
All short films must have Subtitles in English. Produced till 30th October, 2023.

3. DOCUMENTARY ( between 10 to 40 minutes)
All documentary film must have Subtitles in English. Produced till 30th October, 2023..

4. Animation Film
All animation films made between 5 minutes and 120 minutes can submit their films.
All animation film must have Subtitles in English. Produced till 30th October, 2023.

Films made by students of any age group and shot on any format & length 5 minute to 40 minute are eligible for the festival (ID Proof issued by the school/college/university is required) Subtitles in English is preferred for all submissions. Produced till 30th October, 2023.

Filmmakers may submit more than one entry. Each entry must be accompanied by a separate entry form and entry fee.
The AICFF only accepts through Online Platforms.
The submitted Films will be reviewed by the AICFF committee, comprised of the festival organizers.


All payments and fees for submissions must be paid through the Online submission process. The AICFF does not accept any mailed payments.
There are absolutely no refunds.
The festival selection committee makes all programming decisions. If accepted we will notify filmmakers by email. Films not selected will receive notification by email. Upon being accepted as an Official Selection entry at the AICFF, each participant is required to comply with the following regulations:

All Official Selections are requested to provide an electronic press kit including:
a) Production still photos, images that accurately represent the look of the film
b) Director’s photo and biography/filmography
c) Director’s statement
d) Credits list
e) All photos should be print-quality (300dpi) files.
All Official Selections must submit.
f) Do submit all your film social media handles including producer, director.
G) Do submit all your official hashtag so we can cross promote your films.

I. Streaming link or upload film to the FilmFreeway.

All submissions must include the Title, tracking #, Language, Director(s)’ name, Contact Info, and Genre.

Ahmedabad International Children Film Festival
AICFF Ventures P. Ltd. 404-a, Solitaire Park, Nr. Divya Bhaskar, Makarba, SG Road, Ahmedabad - 380051, Gujarat, India

Mobile : +91 9898003311
Email : aicffindia@gmail.com
Web site : https://aicff.in/

The AICFF is absolutely not responsible for lost or damaged packages. Senders are responsible for tracking their safely-packaged and insured shipments.
AICFF will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party. Submission packages from outside India must be labelled as 'Trade Sample' on any customs label.

Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of AICFF. While every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, AICFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. AICFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.

AICFF will be showcasing selected films screenings during the festival dates and also for the period of the one year from the opening date of the festival, in this case 20th December 2024 till 20th December 2025. One year of screening on non commercial basis. IF any objections, submitters can raise their concern to protect their screening rights. AICFF will follow the mutual agreement.

AICFF and its venue partners will not be held liable for any failure in the technical quality of its presentation resulting in the cancellation or interruption of a screening, nor will submission fees be refunded in any such case.

No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.

The AICFF is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the AICFF from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses, including but not limited, to attorney's fees and costs of the court), which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

The decision of the Jury will be final and can’t be challenged.

I, we, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree to the following:
I have read, understood, and complied with all eligibility and submission requirements
All the statements and documents provided are authentic and accurate.
In consideration for the selection opportunity into the AICFF, I release and discharge the AICFF from any and all claims, demands, or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising from or relating to my submission hereunder.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the AICFF from any claims that arise as a result of my screenplay and/or film submission or screening of my film (upon selection) as well as from damage to or loss of any submitted documents or materials enrooted to the festival.
I have all rights necessary and am duly authorized to submit this screenplay and/or film to the AICFF.
I understand, as the authorized and responsible representative of my selected film, any prize awarded to the selected film is to be received by me or any other singular, official representative of the selected film.
I understand that AICFF may disqualify and reject any submission that it determines, in its sole and absolute discretion, is not in compliance, in whole or in part, with the mentioned Terms.
I understand that AICFF does not issue any form of refund to any selected film regardless of circumstances.

It is the responsibility of producers, distributors, and sales agents, other organizations submitting a film to ensure that they are legitimately entitled to enter a film in the Festival and are in a position to make the exhibition and publicity material available for screening in the festival upon selection.
In case of dispute of interpretation of the regulations of participation, the Festival Organizers shall have the right to adjudicate on all disputes including those relating to the matters not specifically covered by Rules & Regulations, as well as allowing exceptions. The decision of the Festival Organizers shall be final and binding on the participants concerned.

The festival Organizers reserves the right to exclude films which are not in conformity with the aims of the festival or which could offend the national feelings of any participating country or contain visuals/ dialogues that are discriminatory, offensive or inappropriate for children’s viewership.

The festival organizers reserve all rights to publish the images, Working stills, Video footage, Posters, Trailers and/or all related publicity materials of the films selected in the festival AICFF anywhere at any point of time, without any restriction.

Film makers have to submit with full technical details, cast credits, along with declaration of ownership rights as intellectual property, to avoid copy and misuse of others idea and others ready creative work, this will avoid intellectual property claims and rights, without getting in to legal hassles.

Film makers to submit all film details, including Trailer, Posters, All your social media handles, also your film hashtag, director and actors social media handles so we can tag you on your social media.

All disputes in respect of any matter relating to the AICFF shall be subjected to the exclusive jurisdiction of the competent courts and forums Ahmedabad, India.
Please Note: This is understood that you agree to all the Terms & Conditions mentioned here when submit your film and by default allow AICFF conduct screenings of your film during & after the festival. Also pre-authorize the festival organizers to publish all related video & photo materials of the film anytime, anywhere.
Thanking you
Festival Director -


Overall Rating
  • Mohammad Reza Yarikia

    I was honored that my film was a small part of your big festival. Thanks to the organizers of the festival

    February 2024
  • Very good Festival. Our film Pravas won best child actor award. Well organized and good communication.

    December 2023
  • We are very happy to be on this nice festival and present our films. The organisers were extremely helpful and patient. Great job!

    December 2023
  • Faranak Foroutan

    Eveything is very good, very good experience for our team, Thank you Ahmedabad international children film festival

    December 2023
  • I am honored to have participated in AICFF as a person.

    I was thrilled to have the opportunity to show my film to an audience full of the auditorium.

    I was delighted that some children who can't by tickets were invited and they had a chance to watch international films.

    I will never forget the hospitality of team AICFF who showed me around the Ahmedabad, including the Gandhi Ashram and local restaurants.
    Thank you very much for the Best Director Award.

    I highly recommend AICFF to all filmmakers.

    December 2023