Dubai Children's International Film Festival


Years running: 8 (since 2014)

Dubai Children's International Film Festival

International Children’s Film Festival.


It is our objective to set an internationally recognised standard of excellence in film and video for children. It is further our mission to support and encourage the work of talented and dedicated filmmakers by showcasing international films of the highest quality and provide a professional forum through which quality children’s films and video gain increased distribution and access to wider audiences.

Along with this, the festival has some of the most famous, award winning filmmakers from around the world who are going to screen their films at the festival. These movies are what a good children’s film should be – entertaining, clean, hugely inspiring and chock full of moral values.


  • Audience Choice Award - International Short-film 
  • Audience Choice Award - International Documentary 
  • Audience Choice Award - International Feature-film


  • Running time of Short-film(s), including titles & credits, should not be more than 30 minutes. Short-film(s) that run for more than 30 minutes will be summarily disqualified;
  • Running time of Documentaries, including titles & credits, should not be more than 30 minutes. Documentary(ies) that run for more than 30 minutes will be summarily disqualified;
  • Minimum running time of any short-film or documentary shall not be less than 1 minute; including Titles and Credits;
  • Running time of Feature-film(s), including titles & credits, should not be less than 60 minutes. Feature-film(s) that run for less than 60 minutes will be summarily disqualified.

Short-films and documentaries should be submitted in Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080p) or better in .mp4 or .mov format.

The shortlisted feature-films shall be submitted in Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format only.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement



United Arab Emirates

Official Website



Children’s International Film Festival
c/o The Film Studio FZ LLC
303, Building no. 4, P O Box 478834
Dubai Studio City
United Arab Emirates

Phone: +971 (4) 375-5270
Fax: +971 (4) 454-2541


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    August 05, 2017
  • Deadline
    November 30, 2017
  • Notifications
    April 17, 2018
  • Event Dates
    3 — 19 May 2018
Categories & Fees

All films related to children and youth.

  • Deadline — free

Children's Films, Animation, Live action, Family, suspense, drama, thrill, sci-fi any other.

  • Deadline — free
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