Submissions for the 19th KFF edition is now open.

The 2023 Kids Film Fest (KFF) will be staged at Windmill Studios on June 3. KFF will also play 24/7 online from June 2-11. KFF will offer 2 programs: one tailored for children from 3 to 7 and the other from 8 to 15. They consist of numerous short animation, live-action films and documentaries. Selected films will be listed on the following BFF website page:

Kids Film Fest is an initiative of Brooklyn Film Festival, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

The only Kids Film Fest award is an Audience Award, which is given only to one project.
All films are selected from submissions and all selected films run for the KFF Audience Award.

Preferred films are not longer than 15 minutes in length.

Films must be for children of ALL ages (no harsh language or adult themes are accepted).

Films must be completed after June 2, 2021.

To participate, films can not be in a distribution agreement or released theatrically.

Preview and screening film copies will not be returned unless specified and paid for by the filmmakers. Films may be used by the festival throughout the year at other venues. Filmmaker will be notified in advance of any show that includes his/her film and will obviously have the opportunity to decline the offer(s).

kidsfilmfest is hereby granted the right to utilize excerpts (up to 5 mins) from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes only.

The individual or the corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless kidsfilmfest 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 media entered.

Overall Rating
  • This was such a wonderful festival! I was thrilled to have my short "Cool for You" shown to Brooklyn audiences. They made all the filmmakers feel so appreciated and valued - included in so many opportunities to speak about our film (virtual Q&A, in-person Q&A, plug Live IG interview). Would love to bring future projects to this festival. I feel so honored that my short was shown as part of the KidsFilmFest program.

    June 2022
  • Joe Petrucelli

    Give Covid they did an outstanding job. Tough to network and communicate!

    August 2021
  • Marlene Hochman

    We want to thank KidsFilmFest for including our film, Queen Marlene's Toy Museum and Friends in the festival. We enjoyed getting a chance to meet their staff and work with their team, who worked tirelessly to make the festival a success. We feel fortunate that our film was selected and wish to thank KidsFilmFest for such a great experience.

    June 2021
  • The KFF/BFF team did a terrific job organizing this festival and being hospitable to filmmakers. Honored to have been a part of it!!

    June 2021
  • Dave Russo

    I can't speak to many of the things that would happen in a non-covid year. But I can say that they did a great job trying to create a virtual event. Their communication and energy was great. The quality of the other films was a complement to our project. I hope I get to attend in future years.

    June 2020