The Montana International Children’s Film Festival provides Montana children and their families the opportunity to watch family films from all over the world. The festival's purpose is to bring international professors and students at the University of Montana together with Montana families to share their culture heritages, creating a festival where participants gain a sense of international awareness through mutual understanding and learning from one another.

The Theme of this Year's Festival is Dance and Movement!
We are looking for films or shorts that celebrate or promote dance or movement for kids of all ages. If you have a film like this please share it with us!

Our Festival Goals:
- To teach children to value their own culture and learn about other cultures.
- To expose children to different languages and cultures through film and other cultural activities.
- To bridge University of Montana and Montana State University international students with elementary and secondary school language teachers and their students.
- To provide economic and social support to language teachers and their students.

Awards & Prizes

Audience Choice Awards

Rules & Terms

Foreign language dialogue or narration must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Entries may be by online screening link in Film Freeway, accompanied by a completed Entry Form and Entry Fee (for all non-early bird submissions). If submitting a link to an online screener, ensure that it does not expire and provide any necessary passwords.

Please include available promotional materials such as: high-resolution stills, production credits, director's biography, and press reviews by including a link to download these materials to help us promote your work.

Submissions made through Film Freeway beginning April 1st, 2017 and continuing as a rolling deadline throughout the year.

Entry and Entry materials will not be returned. You will be contacted by MICFF only if Entry is selected for participation. The 2018 Festival lineup will be posted at in March, 2018.

Once submitted, entries may not be withdrawn from participation. In the event of selection, Entrant agrees to arrange and pay costs to deliver an HD digital video file of the Entry by electronic file transfer via download. Acceptable format for exhibition is HD ProRes QuickTime File (Preferred) or HD H.264 QuickTime File.

By submitting a film, Entrant irrevocably grants MICFF the following rights with respect to the Entry on a "free-use" no-fee basis: the exclusive right within the greater Montana area to exhibit the Entry publicly one or multiple times during the MICFF 2018 annual event and for a period of six weeks thereafter; the right to present or allow others to present excerpts of the Entry up to a total of three minutes in length in any medium for promotional purposes; to incorporate and use stills, art, biographical material, names and likenesses from the Entry for promotional purposes; to provide screeners of the Entry to journalists for review; to exhibit the Entry at press and promotional screenings; to loan copies of the Entry to US schools for educational in-class use or promotional purposes; to electronically duplicate the Entry for the purpose of compiling a screening master for projection; to make the Entry available for public exhibition at US theaters nationally for a period of twelve months following the festival as part of the touring festival; to exhibit in online Festival; to use in limited run DVD compilation; to retain any and all revenues from ticket sales, merchandise, rental fees, and sponsorship associated with Entry's participation in MICFF or these associated events.

MICFF shall use best efforts to ensure correct title and credits are listed on festival materials but shall not be held liable for inadvertent errors and omissions. MICFF reserves the right to adjust dates and times of film screenings and shall not be responsible for delays or cancellations due to equipment failure, shipping delays, inclement weather, or for any reason outside the control of MICFF, MICFF reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for herein.

4 Reviews

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    Fritz Widjaja

    very communicative and helpful for the laurel and emails

    April 2017
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    Jason Honeycutt

    I have to say, unfortunately the communication was non-existent. I think my film didn't even get screened :/ (It's not on the list, at least.) I got an acceptance email from Film Freeway... but heard nothing from the festival. Nothing asking for a screener, no response to emails, etc. Bummer because I really wanted to fly out to support this festival.

    March 2017
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    Cynthia Pepper

    I did not attend but what a great group of festival presenters!

    March 2017
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    Kalliopi Villy Kotoula

    We are very happy that our film Friendship Bracelet participated to the festival.

    March 2017