The New York International Children’s Film Festival will return to the Big Apple from February 23 to March 18, 2018, at venues throughout the city. Organizers have issued a call for submissions for “innovative, compelling, and visually and thematically original” films aimed at audience groups ages 3-18.
The 21st NYICFF is accepting short and feature-length animation, live-action and documentary films made for kids or which resonate with young viewers and families. The festival is an Oscar-qualifying competition for the Best Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories. Winners of the 2018 Grand Prize Short Award and the Jury Awards for Animated Short and Live Action Short will receive one free year of VimeoPRO, courtesy of Vimeo.
Standard deadlines for short film and feature entries are October 9, 2017 and September 11, 2017, respectively. Submissions are being accepted via Withoutabox. Complete information including eligibility, fees, deadlines, rules and regulations is available at www.nyicff.org/submit.
The NYICFF’s prestigious jury includes filmmakers and producers Sofia Coppola, James Schamus, Gus Van Sant, Christine Vachon, and Taika Waititi; actors Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, and Uma Thurman, and distinguished animator John Canemaker, among others. This year’s program included acclaimed Oscar nominated animations My Life as a Zucchini and Blind Vaysha. The 2017 award winners were posted here.