NYICFF was founded in 1997 to promote intelligent, passionate, provocative cinematic works for ages 3-18 and to help define a more compelling film for kids. Since its launch, the event has grown to become the largest festival for children and teens in North America, with an audience of over 25,000 attending the most recent event. Since 2000, all screenings have sold out in advance.
Each year the festival presents 100 animated, live action and experimental shorts and features from around the world plus gala premieres, retrospectives, filmmaker Q&As, workshops, audience voting, and the NYICFF Awards Ceremony. But the festival has become much more than just an annual event; NYICFF now offers year-round film programming, a touring festival, an online festival, and film production workshops for children ages 6-16.
Awards & Prizes
NYICFF is an Academy®-qualifying festival. Recipients of the NYICFF jury prizes are eligible for consideration in the Live Action Short and Animated Short Film categories of the Annual Academy Awards.® Our 2016 Jury included: John Canemaker, Sofia Coppola, Geena Davis, Lynne McVeigh, Matthew Modine, Julianne Moore, Richard Pena, Bill Plympton, Dana Points, Susan Sarandon, James Schamus, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, Taika Waititi, and Jeffrey Wright.
All official selections, both short and feature, are voted by our audience and are eligible for our Audience Awards.
Audience Awards for Best Short Film
- Ages 3 to 5
- Ages 6 to 11
- Ages 12 to 17
- Grown Ups Award (Audience members 18 and over)
- Best Animated Short Film
- Best Live Action Short Film
Grand Prize Awards (highest overall votes by Audience)
- Short Film
- Feature Film
Rules & Terms
Please read this in its entirety. The person completing this form (“Entrant”, “You”) warrants that he/she has read and understands these Guidelines and Regulations, is authorized to grant all rights granted to NYICFF herein, and by submitting the Entry does hereby grant said rights to NYICFF.
NYICFF is an Academy Award® qualifying festival in the live action and animated short film categories. To find out more about eligibility, please visit www.oscars.org.
NYICFF designates Short Films as works with running time less than 40 minutes in length. Works with running times of 40 minutes or longer should be submitted using the NYICFF Feature Film Entry Form.
NYICFF accepts submissions throughout the calendar year. Entries received prior to November 10, 2016 will be considered for the annual New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival taking place February/March 2017. To be eligible to screen in competition, Production must be completed no earlier than January 1, 2014.
Foreign language dialogue or narration must be subtitled or dubbed in English.
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, directors biography, and press reviews.
Entry and Entry materials will not be returned. You will be contacted by NYICFF only if Entry is selected for participation. The 2017 Festival lineup will be posted at www.nyicff.org in February of 2017.
Once submitted, Entries may not be withdrawn from participation in NYICFF.
In the event of selection, Entrant agrees to arrange and pay costs to deliver to NYICFF an HD digital video file of the Entry by electronic file transfer or on a physical digital storage device.
Entrant hereby irrevocably grants NYICFF the following rights with respect to the Entry on a “free-use” no-fee basis: the exclusive right within the greater New York City area to exhibit the Entry publically one or multiple times during the NYICFF 2017 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 and in NYICFF merchandise; 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 “Best of NYICFF” touring festival and/or at NYICFF-produced festival events in other US cities; to exhibit in online Festival; to use in limited run DVD compilation to be sold by NYICFF as a fundraising drive; to retain any and all revenues from ticket sales, merchandise, rental fees, and sponsorship associated with Entry’s participation in NYICFF or these associated events.
NYICFF 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. NYICFF 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 NYICFF. NYICFF reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for herein.