Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Mr. Milos Stehlik
Ms. Ann Vikstrom
Year of Foundation 1983
Event Date from 01 November 2018 till 09 November 2018
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.
Separate child-produced (ages 6-14) and youth-produced (ages 15-18) categories.
Terms of Entry Year of production 2016, 2017, or 2018. World premiere is not mandatory. Premiere options include: World, North American, US or Chicago. Premiere status weighs toward award consideration.
Genre Children & Youth, Family, Family Entertainment
Subtitles English subtitles necessary
Format 35 mm, DCP, Blu-ray, DVD
Registration Deadline Early Deadline: 1 May 2018
Final Deadline: 31 May 2018
Fees Eary Deadline: 80 USD (feature films), 40 USD (Shorts); Final Deadline: 100 USD (features), 60 USD (shorts)
Attendance Figures 26,000
Prizes/Awards Adult Jury Prizes: Live-action Feature, Animated Feature, Live-action Short, Animated Short, Documentary Short.
Children's Jury Prizes: Live-action Feature, Animated Feature, Live-action Short, Animated Short, Live-action Documentary Short.
Youth Jury Prizes: Youth-produced (directed by youth aged 15 to 18), Feature Film.
Special Prizes awarded by the CICFF:
Best of the Fest Prize (selected by audience vote), Emerging Director Award, The Liv Ullmann Peace Prize, Best Film for Young Children (Ages 2 to 5), Best Child-produced (directed by children aged 6 to 14) Programmer's Choice Award, Science Award, Teacher's Choice Prize.
Live-action Feature Film
LITTLE MISS DOLITTLE (LILIANE SUSEWIND) by Joachim Masannek (DE/BE, Dreamtool Entertainment, Deutsche Columbia Pictures Filmproduktion, Cine Plus)
MATTI AND SAMI AND THE THREE BIGGEST MISTAKES IN THE UNIVERSE (MATTI UND SAMI UND DIE DREI GRÖSSTEN FEHLER DES UNIVERSUMS) by Stefan Westerwelle (DE/FI, Lieblingsfilm)
WINDSTORM – AND THE WILD HORSES (OSTWIND - AUFBRUCH NACH ORA) by Katja von Garnier (SamFilm)
Live-action Television Episode
AND NOW WE ARE HERE: FRIENDSHIP (UND JETZT SIND WIR HIER: FREUNDSCHAFT) by Agnes Lisa Wegner
CAN JOHANNES DO IT?: TAP DANCING (KANN ES JOHANNES?: STEPPTANZ) by Sarah Winkenstette
DID YOU KNOW THAT… ?: HACKING (WISSEN MACHT AH!: EIN PFUND GEHACKTES) by Ralph Caspers
FELIX GOES ON VACATION: KNIGHT GAMES (FELIX MACHT FERIEN: RITTERSPIELE) by Markus Adrian
I AM ME : LUIS FEEDS THE ANIMALS (ICH BIN ICH: LUIS FÜTTERT DIE TIERE) by Monika Gröller
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE: LITTLE HEROES (KLEINE HELDEN) by Lydia Bruna
TIMSTER: FAKE NEWS by Miriam Steinhoff
WORLD TOUR GERMANY: TURKEY, SWEDEN, MOROCCO, AFGHANISTAN by Uli Westerhausen
Live-action Short Film
DARÍO by Manuel Kinzer, Jorge A. Trujillo Gil
THE LITTLE FISH AND THE CROCODILE by Stefanie Plattner
Animated Feature Film
LUIS AND THE ALIENS by Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein (DE/LU/DK, Ulysses Filmproduktion)
Animated Television Episode
RASMUS KLUMP: A LITTLE SHEEPISH (PETZI UND SEINE FREUNDE) by Johannes Weiland and Carston Bunte
THE CHRISTMAS TREE DECORATES ITSELF by Kyne Uhlig
Animated Short Film
A PRIORI by Maïté Schmitt
ANT (AMEISE) by Julia Ocker
CARLOTTA'S FACE by Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
GELATO – SEVEN SUMMERS OF ICE CREAM LOVE (GELATO – DIE SIEBEN SOMMER DER EISLIEBE) by Daniela Opp
HURRY UP, HEROLD! (HÖCHSTE ZEIT, HEROLD!) by Francie Liebschner
ISLAND by Max Mörtl, Robert Löbel
LION (LÖWE) by Julia Ocker
LOVE ME, FEAR ME by Veronica Solomon
MEGA TRICK (MEGATRICK) by Anne Isensee
NEIGHBOURWOOD by Eddy Hohf, Fynn Große-Bley, Patrik Knittel
NIGHT MOVES (BEI NACHT ERWACHT) by Falk Schuster
NIGHTMARE (NACHTMAHR) by Ana Maria Angel
PATCHWORK MOLE (DER MAULWURF AUF MEINER SCHMUSEDECKE) by Angela Steffen
PENGUIN (PINGUIN) by Julia Ocker
RUMOURS by Nicole Aebersold
STUMBLEBEE (AM BODEN DER TATSACHEN) by Monika Tenhündfeld
THE BIRD WEDDING (DIE VOGELHOCHZEIT) by Jana Geisler
THE ROUND by Ceylan Beyoglu
Documentary Short Film
ARI AND THE DAY OF THE DEAD by Andre Hörmann (telekult Film- und Medienproduktion)
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.