Years running: 12 (since 2011)


International Children’s Film Festival.


The festival aims at giving a survey of the best new international children's films, - television, - new and crossing media productions and wants to promote quality in children's and youth media.
This is realised by means of competition, discussion and collaboration. Economical traffic and
cultural exchange is promoted by program and co-production markets.

The Film Festival programme consists of the following strands:

  • Cinekid Best Children’s Film Competition: a competition of the best new international feature films for 
    children and young people (jury & audience award). 
  • Cinekid Best Dutch Family Film Competition: an overview of the best Dutch children's and youth film 
    released since the last festival (jury & audience award). 
  • Panorama: Feature length films from all over the world that push the boundaries of creativity. Special 
    attention is given to début films, extraordinary genres and works from low-production countries.
  • Cinekid Best European Short Animation Film Competition: a showcase of the best short European 
    animations suitable for children (jury award). 
  • Dutch Shorts: a celebration of Dutch short films for children and young audiences from the past year. 
  • Special programme section: every year Cinekid Film Festival presents original retrospectives and theme 



  • Best international animated short (€2.500)
  • Best international documentary short  (€2.500)
  • Best international live-action short  (€2.500)


  • International films for Children and Youth films produced after 2020 can be selected for the competition program, provided that the film has not been released in the Netherlands.
  • The submitted film needs to be no longer than 50 minutes.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Two English spoken or English subtitled DVD screeners,
  • Three high quality stills of the film (at least 300 DPI),
  • An electronic press kit (EPK with fragments of the film) and other publicity materials such as a poster.

Subtitles language: english

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement




Official Website



Cinekid Festival
Attn: Erik Tijman
Asterweg 20 G2
1031 HN Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 (0)20 5317892
Fax: +31 (0)20 5317899


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    July 19, 2021
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    13 — 31 October 2021
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