The chiyoko is the first international children and youth animation film festival in Switzerland. There will be three categories which young filmmakers from 4 to 20 years can submit their films for.

Best animated film category chi (4-8 years): chiyoko trophy, Nikon digital camera, various sponsored prices
Best animated film category yo (9-14 years): chiyoko trophy, Nikon digital camera, various sponsored prices
Best animated film category ko (15-20 years): chiyoko trophy, Nikon digital camera, various sponsored prices
Audience Award: chiyoko trophy, various sponsored prices

Who can participate?

Participation is open to all filmmakers of animated films from around the world who were not older than 20 years at the time of production. The films must not be older than five years. A maximum of three films can be submitted per participant.


Animated films that are neither in English nor in German, must be subtitled in either of the former two languages.

Competition Categories

The submitted films are divided into 3 categories:

chi: Filmmakers 4 to 8 years of age.

yo: Filmmakers 9 to 13 years of age.

chi: Filmmakers 14 to 20 years of age.

Preliminary jury

After viewing of all submitted films a preliminary jury selects the competition program. The Jury is composed of the organising committee of the chiyoko festival as well as other animation professionals. The jury’s desicions are final and will not be justified or discussed by the committee or its affiliates.

The Competition Jury

The jury consists of representatives of the professional film industry, young filmmakers and one lay person per category (parents, grandparents). There are four jury members per category.


Three films from the three categories will be awarded. The chiyoko trophy will go to the top films of each category, to the winner of the audiance award and the drawing contests. In addition, prizes will be awarded in the total amount of CHF 3,000.

The selection of winners is up to the jury. Prices for special achievements may also be awarded.

Rights of the Organizer

The organizer has the right to produce copies from the submitted films for DVDproductions, archiving purposes, rentals or advertising. In addition, the organizer is allowed to provide media companies (online, television, print media) with film clips and photographs for promotional purposes. The organizer may provide the addresses of filmmakers to other interested festivals.

Obligations of the Filmmakers

The filmmakers are personally responsible and accountable for the regulation of the film music rights. It is recommended to use only royality free music.

Final Clause

By participating in the contest, the filmmakers acknowledge the above conditions without reservation.

Overall Rating
  • Awesome team - met great people :^)

    Great films to see from the youth. Thank you for selecting - it was a wonderful time.

    December 2017