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 30 years can submit their films for.

Best animated film category A (4-9 years): chiyoko trophy, various sponsored prices
Best animated film category B (10-15 years): chiyoko trophy, various sponsored prices
Best animated film category C (16-21 years): chiyoko trophy, various sponsored prices
Best animated film category D (22-30 years): chiyoko trophy, 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 30 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 4 categories:

A: Filmmakers 4 to 9 years of age.

B: Filmmakers 10 to 15 years of age.

C: Filmmakers 16 to 21 years of age.

D: Filmmakers 22 to 30 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).


Three films from the four 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.

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 DVD productions, 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
  • Sabrina Seriol

    happy to take place in chiyoko festival

    December 2019
  • Gabriela Clar

    Thank you for selecting my film "Yikásdáhí Awaits the dawn" unfortunately I wasn't able to attend, but the communication was great.

    November 2019
  • Fantastic festival - honoured to be included and to win an! Huge thank you to all the organisers, amazing people!

    November 2019
  • Awesome team - met great people :^)

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

    December 2017