Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Ms. Ann Vikstrom
Year of Foundation 1984
Event Date from 13 November 2020 till 22 November 2020
in Chicago, United States
Sections FEATURES AND SHORTS: Productions of 40 minutes or longer are considered features. Productions of less than 40 minutes are considered shorts.
LIVE-ACTION AND ANIMATED PRODUCTIONS: In the event that a production includes both live-action cinematography and animation, identify (on the entry form) the category in which it should compete.
TELEVISION EPISODES OR SPECIALS: A submission is considered a television production if its intended distribution is television broadcast or direct-to-video release rather than a theatrical release. Each episode of a television series must be submitted separately.
No episodes and productions that have aired or will have aired on national network or cable television in the United States by the time of the Festival.
Terms of Entry Year of production 2017, 2018, or 2019. World premiere is not mandatory. Premiere options include: World, North American, US or Chicago. Premiere status weighs toward award consideration.
Only completed works can be submitted.
Genre Children & Youth, Family, Family Entertainment
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Format DCP, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital File
Registration Deadline Early Deadline: 1 May 2019
Final Deadline: 31 May 2019
Fees Early Deadline: 80 USD (feature films), 40 USD (Shorts); Final Deadline: 100 USD (features), 60 USD (shorts)
Attendance Figures 26,000
Prizes/Awards Professional Jury Prizes: Live-action Feature, Animated Feature, Live-action Short, Animated Short, Documentary, Live-action Television Production, and Animated Television Production.
Children’s Jury Prizes: Live-action Feature, Animated Feature, Live-action Short, Animated Short, Live-action Television Production, and Animated Television Production.
Youth Jury Prizes: Feature Film, Live-Action Short, Animated Short,Live-action Television Production,andAnimated Television Production.
Special Prizes awarded by the CICFF: Best of the Fest Prize, Montgomery Award for Emerging Director Award, Best Film for Young Children (Ages 2 to 5).
2019 Festival Theme Awards: Best films reflecting “No Borders” and “Build”.
Live-action Feature Film
DOUBLE TROUBLE - THE MAGICAL MIRROR (UNHEIMLICH PERFEKTE FREUNDE) by Marcus H. Rosenmüller (VIAFILM)
INVISIBLE SUE by Markus Dietrich (DE/LU, Ostlicht Filmproduktion)
TOO FAR AWAY (ZU WEIT WEG) by Sarah Winkenstette (Weydemann Bros., Orange Roughy Filmproduktion, Rotor Film)
Live-action Television Episode
DIGICLASH - TWO GENERATIONS FACE OFF (DIGICLASH – DER GENERATIONEN-CONTEST) by Bettina Herzer
ISABEL‘S TREASURE (GESCHICHTEN VON ÜBERALL – ISABELS SCHATZ) by Lydia Bruna
IT’S ALL NEW TO LINA - TROUBLE WITH MIRAY (ALLES NEU FÜR LINA – ÄRGER MIT MIRAY) by Markus F. Adrian
MAGIC CHEFS - NUREY AND LEA BAKE FOR PURIM (SCHMECKSPLOSION – NUREY UND LEA BACKEN FÜR PURIM) by Clea Schnitzlein and Michael Anderson
MEET... FRIEDRICH SCHILLER! (TRIFF… FRIEDRICH SCHILLER!) by Volker Schmidt-Sondermann
UNSTOPPABLE (NICHT ZU STOPPEN) by Nils Laschin & Andreas Simon
Live-action Short Film
THE MANDARIN TREE (DER MANDARINENBAUM) by Cengiz Akaygu¨n (lutzfilmproduktion)
THOMAS AND KORDUNI - BEES SAVING ELEPHANTS (THOMAS UND KORDUNI – BIENEN RETTEN ELEFANTEN) by Frank Feustle
Animated Feature Film
FRITZI – A REVOLUTIONARY TALE (FRITZI – EINE WENDEWUNDERGESCHICHTE) by Ralf Kukula & Matthias Bruhn (DE/LU/BE/CZ, Balance Film, TrickStudio Lutterbeck)
Animated Television Episode
THE ADVENTURES OF THE YOUNG MARCO POLO - TANZANIA (DIE ABENTEUER DES JUNGEN MARCO POLO – TANSANIA) by Eckart Fingberg
THE MUSIFANT - IN MY BATHTUB I’M THE CAPTAIN IN COMMAND (DIE MUSIFANTEN – IN MEINER BADEWANNE BIN ICH KAPITÄN) by Meik Fehre
THE MUSIFANT - I HAVE A LITTLE CACTUS (DIE MUSIFANTEN – MEIN KLEINER GRÜNER KAKTUS) by Meik Fehre
THE SHOW WITH THE MOUSE - THE INVISIBLE DISEASE (DIE SENDUNG MIT DER MAUS – DIE UNSICHTBARE KRANKHEIT) by Ricci Lutterbeck & Marcus Sauermann
TRUDE‘S FLATMATE: - CAKE (TRUDES TIER – KUCHEN) by Klaus Morschheuser
Animated Short Film
ANGLERFISH (ANGLERFISCH) by Julia Ocker
CAT LAKE CITY by Antje Heyn
CAT PLANETS by Yi Luo
FUSSEL by Paige Alexander
I LOVE MY CARL by Alina Cyranek
M52 by Yves Paradis
MASTER PAINTER BAH BIZON (MITMALMEISTER CLAUDE MOMÄH) by Uli Seis
OBON by Andre Hoermann & Anna Samo
PEACOCK (PFAU) by Julia Ocker
SHEEP (SCHAF) by Julia Ocker
SLOTH (FAULTIER) by Julia Ocker
THE TALE OF THE TINY FROG by Felicia Bergström
Documentary Short Film
CROWLEY – COWBOY UP by Andre Hoermann
I AM ME - JONA BAKES BREAD (ICH BIN ICH - JONAS BACKT BROT) by Ute Hilgefort
Number of Films Shown In 2017, 254 films from 44 countries were screened for approximately 26,000 children, parents, and teachers and 100 filmmakers
Evaluation CICFF is an Academy Award qualifying festival, for the categories of live-action shorts and animated short films. Films that win first prize from the Adult Jury in the category of Live-action Short or Animated Short may become eligible to enter the Academy Awards competition. Workshops are held for parents, schools, as well as peer-to-peer workshops for attending directors. Directors-in-the schools programs take place for selected directors. 100 filmmakers attend on average each season.
Services The Festival will only pay the cost of shipping all films back to the participant, excluding charges for customs clearance. The Festival is not responsible for expedited or overnight shipping charges to other organizations.