The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival showcases new and classic children's films, TV programs and DVDs from studios, independent producers and youth producers. KIDS FIRST! partners with more than 50 venues that showcase its selections for their kids and family programming.

This is a great way to spread your promotional budget by submitting once to KIDS FIRST! and reaching 50 festivals by doing so. That does not mean all 50 festivals will play it but it will be considered.

Please go to for additional information on how our festival works. Please note that KIDS FIRST! film festival partner do not pay licensing fees and the films that are played at their events are offered for FREE to their clients. There is no individual admission charged although there may be an overall festival admission fee.

Awards & Prizes

Each KIDS FIRST! venue partner offers their own awards and prizes.
Accepted feature films will get a First Look opportunity for distribution by Engine 15 Media Group and Soundview Media Partners.

Rules & Terms

Accepted titles must meet or exceed the KIDS FIRST! criteria and be appropriate for exhibition on a large screen.
Criteria include:
NO gratuitous violence or abuse
NO inappropriate sexual behavior
NO bias in terms of race, gender, culture or religion
NO condescension toward children
NO replicable unsafe behavior

Include in your description the age group you film is most suitable for. DO NOT say "all ages"! DO NOT say, "ages 5 to 100"! Be specific. ie.e Ages 5 to 15. If suitable for adults as well, you may add, adults will enjoy too.

Once accepted, a film may not be pulled from the Festival by the filmmaker for any reason. By submitting your film, you are agreeing to comply with this and all other requirements.

By submitting your film, you are warranting that you are authorized to commit the film for screening and accept full responsibility to provide the correct format of your film to our venue partners for festival play.

By submitting this film, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 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.

Once we accept your film through filmfreeway, you will receive an automated notification. Following that, on or around the official notification date, you will receive a formal letter of acceptance from KIDS FIRST! with next steps indicated. Your film will also be added to the KIDS FIRST! database which generates weekly updates on new bookings. We strongly recommend that you contact the individual festivals yourself to see in what ways you can be of assistance in promoting your screening and, whether or not you plan to attend the event.

We strongly encourage attending any festival your films is shown at, if logistically possible. Additionally, we strongly suggest that you promote your screening/s to your personal network of friends and family.

Screening times and dates are solely at the discretion of our venue partners so, please communicate with them, not KIDS FIRST! once your film has been accepted.

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    Mads Johan Ƙgaard

    Absolutely an essential festival, especially if you want to reach younger audience! On top of that give you amazing feedback, and huge opportunities to be screened in more festivals. One of the best choices we have done in regards to film festivals! A must summit! ;)

    March 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mads, we love you and your work too! Thanks for your kind comments.

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    Jeff Rudkin

    Overall good experience. The do a good job of promoting the films.

    March 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jeffrey, You are the bomb. There is no one else in this country who holds a candle to the program you have created for middle school kids interested in making films. You are just amazingzing as my youth film critics would say.

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    hasan najmabadi

    This fesival is Great .....

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Hasan for your kind words. We appreciate that. And, we love you and your work.

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    Yaser Talebi

    "This is a great festival my film was in. KIDS FIRST! Film Festival was professional and communicated extremely well. Looking forward to submitting again. Highly recommend"

    January 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Yaser. We appreciate your kind words and are love your work.