Festival Overview

During four weekends in the month of March, the Festival invites families to explore the world without leaving NYC — and over 25,000 parents, children, and filmmakers are treated to the best new films for ages 3-18 at venues throughout NYC. Each year, we scour the globe to present a highly selective slate of the best animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film from over 2,500 international submissions.

Program at a Glance

  • 100 new films from around the world, representing 30+ countries in 15+ languages
  • Programs for ages 3-18
  • 75 film screenings
  • 20 feature films
  • 6 unique short film programs (our most popular!)
  • Premieres, parties, red carpet events


  • Interactive Q&As with visiting filmmakers
  • Hands-on filmmaking workshops
  • Audience voting to determine the Festival Award winners
  • Film-Education field trip program for public school students


Since 1997, 35 Festival films have been recognized with Academy Awards® and nominations, and in 2011 New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival became an Oscar®qualifying event. As such, winners of our juried prizes are eligible for Academy consideration in the Best Live Action and Best Animated Short Film categories.

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To learn more about the organization, our mission, and additional programming, click here.