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Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

International Children’s Film Festival in Chicago.

About

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival (CICFF) is the largest festival of films for children in North America featuring over 250 animated and live-action films from 40 countries. The Festival welcomes over 25,000 Chicago area children, adults, and educators to the screenings, and over 100 filmmakers, media professionals & celebrities attend the Festival to lead interactive workshops with kids. 

Awards

  • Best of Fest Award
  • Professional Jury Prizes: 1st and 2nd
  • Children's Jury Prizes: 1st and 2nd
  • First prize for best youth-produced (directed by youth aged 15 to 18) and first prize for best feature film
  • Emerging Director Award for the best film by an “emerging director” (a film professional who has completed fewer than three films)
  • The Liv Ullmann Peace Prize — Film that reflects and/or inspires the possibilities for peace
  • Best Film for Young Children (Ages 2-5) 
  • Science/Math Film Competition

Rules

  • Productions must have a copyright date of 2016, 2017, or 2018 to be eligible. 
  • All entries submitted must be suitable for children ages 18 and under. 
  • Premieres are given priority. 
  • All films whose original language is not English must be subtitled or dubbed in English. Dialogue lists or scripts are not acceptable as a substitution for this rule. 
  • FEATURES AND SHORTS: Productions of 40 minutes or longer are considered features. Productions of less than 6
  • 40 minutes are considered shorts.
  • Submit via Filmfreeway or Withoutabox.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Ann Vikstrom (Programming Director).

Documents

Place

United States
Chicago

Official website

festival.facets.org

Contacts

Address:

1517 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
United States

Phone: 773-281-9075

Email: filmreg@facets.org

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening date
    February 02, 2018
  • Earlybird Deadline
    May 01, 2018
  • Regular Deadline
    May 31, 2018
  • Notifications
    August 31, 2018
  • Event dates
    1 — 9 November 2018
Categories & Fees

Animated film of less than 40 minutes length.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $60

Animated production of 60 min or more.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $80
  • Regular Deadline — $100

non-fictional context

  • Earlybird Deadline — $80
  • Regular Deadline — $100

Productions of less than 40 minutes are considered shorts.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $60

Live-action productions of 60 minutes or longer are considered features.

  • Earlybird Deadline — $80
  • Regular Deadline — $100
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $60
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $60
  • Earlybird Deadline — $40
  • Regular Deadline — $60
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