Submit to NYICFF

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

NYICFF’s expertly curated film programs, world-class jury, four NYC weekends of sold-out screenings, press, international guests, lively Q&A’s and touring opportunities offer you an amazing opportunity to share your film widely. From tastemakers in industry seeing your work to enthusiastic audiences in the theaters, you’ll glean invaluable benefits and insights when you participate in NYICFF.

Keep in mind that 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.

Share your short and feature animation, live action, documentary, and experimental work with us for consideration. Submit today and save!


Submissions Are Now Open!


We are now accepting submissions for NYICFF 2022. For more information regarding rules and requirements, refer to this page and our official page on FilmFreeway.

Filmmakers at NYICFF!

Clockwise from top-left: Filmmaker/industry participants Joram Willink and Steven Wouterlood; Jinko Gotoh, Marlies van der Wel, and Dean DeBlois; Joya Thome; Aisha Harris and Likarion Wainaina

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