Years running: 48 (since 1975)


Frankfurt International Festival for Children´s Film.


Germany´s oldest children´s and youth film festival.

Movies are undeniably one of the most beloved everyday pastimes among children and adolescents. The International Children’s Film Festival LUCAS presents exciting new films for children – and has been doing so for more than 35 years! As the children’s film festival with the richest tradition in Germany, LUCAS presents sophisticated, promising productions aimed at children of four to twelve years of age. The independently selected competition program consists of artistically and thematically valuable films that make foreign cultures understandable and develop children’s habits of perception whilst always meeting their audience at eye level.


  • Award for Best Feature Film in the age category 8+ (5.000 €) and 13+ (5.000 €)
  • Award for the Best Short Film in the age category 8+ (2.000 €) and 13+ (2.000 €)
  • Award for an Outstanding Cinematic Achievement | age category 13+ (2.000 €)
  • LUCAS Youngsters Award | section 16+ | Youngsters (5.000 €)
  • Moreover, LUCAS bestowes the unendowed Audience Award as well as the award of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA).


  • We are looking for outstanding productions which appeal to young film lovers of various ages. 
  • Festival opens for all genres: Arthouse narratives, documentaries, animation, experimental, hybrid forms …
  • The film has not been presented before in a festival or other public events in Germany and is not available for public viewing on the internet.
  • Only films which have been produced between 2018 and 2020 are eligible.

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out special entry form; 
  • Send preview copies (only DVDs) as well as screening links.

Selection Media Type: screening link, DVD/ Bluray

Screening Media Type: DCP

Audio language: original

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

National premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Festival Director — Petra Kappler.

The festival direction announces a jury consisting of eight people – four adult film experts and four children.




Official Website



Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF e.V. LUCAS-Filmfestival Schaumainkai 41
60596 Frankfurt a.M.

Phone: +49 – 69 961 220 673
Fax: +49 – 69 961 220 669 


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    February 22, 2021
  • Deadline
    May 03, 2021
  • Notifications
    July 15, 2021
  • Event Dates
    30 September — 7 October 2021
Categories & Fees

Duration short film: max. 30 min.

  • Deadline — free
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