Submit to NYICFF

An Academy Award®-qualifying event, NYICFF is about great films (and filmmakers!) that inspire, surprise, delight, and challenge kids and audiences of all ages.

Our expertly curated film programs, world-class jury, sold-out screenings, press, international guests, lively Q&A’s, and touring opportunities offer an amazing opportunity to share your film widely. Industry tastemakers, young people, families, and even some unaccompanied grown-ups comprise our enthusiastic audience, and they offer invaluable insights and energy for your films.

We often program films that were not necessarily created with a young audience in mind, so don’t hesitate to send your work our way. Our audiences are up for the challenge, and our written materials, intros, and Q&A’s offer compelling context and spark great dialogue around your films.


submissions for NYICFF 2024 are now open!

For more information, rules, and requirements, visit our official submissions page on FilmFreeway.

key dates

June 15, 2023 — Early Deadline
October 15, 2023 — Regular Deadline
November 15, 2023 — Late Deadline
December 15, 2023 — Extended Deadline
January-February, 2024 — Notification Dates

Frequently Asked Questions

Stay in the Know

Sign up for our filmmaker mailing list and be the first to know about submission dates and deadlines, Festival filmmaker news, industry events, initiatives, and more.