Call for Entry

40th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival – Call for Entry 2023

Dear Asian filmmakers, the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (USA) is accepting films until May 31, 2023.

About the festival:
As the first Academy®-qualifying children’s film festival in the world, the CICFF presents the best, most innovative international films for kids, teens, and young adults ages 2-25. We seek films that entertain audiences, challenge perspectives, inspire, and speak to the creative minds and hearts of young people.

– Submissions must be suitable for children ages 18 and under. However, content suitable for ages 18-25 will be considered for our young adult program.
– Films must have been produced after January 1, 2021.
– The festival accepts feature films (over 40 minutes) and short films (below 40 minutes).
– The festival accepts narrative, documentary, and animation films.
– The festival accepts Film (productions that are a self-contained in its narrative) or Television (productions that are an episodic installment or a larger narrative universe).
– There is no premiere requirement, but premiere status (World, North American, U.S., Chicago) is a factor weighed during the selection process.
– Only completed works can be submitted, we do not view works-in-progress.
– All films whose original language is something other than English must be subtitled or dubbed into English. All films titled in a language other than English must have their titles translated into English, except in cases where the title is a proper noun.
Submission Fees and Deadlines:

Notification Date: August 31, 2023

We recommend filmmakers to read the full Rules and Regulations here: (This is also the submission link)

We remind readers that the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival will take place in cinemas from November 3 – 12, and online from November 13 – 19, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

To see other Calls please follow the next link: “Call For Entries”.

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