FACETS announces submissions are now open for CICFF39

FACETS Chicago International Children’s Film Festival announces that submissions are now open for CICFF39.

CICFF is the first Academy-qualifying children’s film festival in the world. The festival presents the best, most innovative international films for kids and teens, seeking out films that both entertain audiences and challenge them to widen their perspectives.

CICFF invites film submissions that inspire and speak to the creative minds and hearts of young people.

The Festival will run November 4-20, 2022. The Early Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2022 the submission fees are $40 for each short film, and $80 for feature films. The Regular Deadline is May 31, 2022 and submission fees are $60 for each short film and $100 for feature films. FilmFreeway Gold Members receive a 10% discount on all submissions. 

Submit to CICFF39 through FilmFreeway HERE

For almost 40 years CICFF has set the standard of excellence, celebrating films from around the world that break new ground in their approach to storytelling, offer unique or seldom-heard points of view and demonstrate artistic and technical mastery, and raise the bar of what films for children and teens can achieve.

CIFF provides opportunities to connect filmmakers with festival audiences. In addition to the Festival, CICFF provides year-round thematic programming that promotes media education in the community and the classroom. Through virtual Q&As, available to a worldwide audience, filmmakers have an incomparable opportunity to discuss their work with the widest possible array of viewers.

CICFF is an advocate for children, prioritizing their human rights and protecting their health and well-being. Films selected for the Festival are child- or teen-driven. The stories are culturally authentic and timely and are of universal appeal. The content speaks positively to people of different backgrounds, cultures, and orientations.

Audiences should be engaged, entertained, and enlightened with the goal to stimulate discussion and insight into new concepts and motivate active responses from children and teens.

NOTE FOR 2022 Per CDC guidelines for COVID-19, the CICFF will, in addition to virtual screenings, offer limited in-person screenings of select programs.


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