The World's Largest Film Festival for Kids!kfff

Celebrities and paparazzi have Cannes,
but kids and families have the . . .KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

KIDS FIRST! Best Awards
New Mexico History Museum

KIDS FIRST! Best Awards
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hollywood, Ca

Mallory Lewis
Mallory Lewis
Host of KIDS FIRST! Best Awards
Studio Luncheon


Emily Osment (Soccer Mom)
Girl Scout Volunteer
KIDS FIRST! Best Awards


Cassie Scerbo, co-star, Soccer Mom


Kay Panabaker
(Moondance Alexander,
Prince & the Pauper)
KIDS FIRST! Best Awards


Brittany Curran and girls from audience

KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

Now in its seventeenth year, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals which offers a showcase for short and feature films from major studios as well as independent and student filmmakers. The Festival partners with more than 50 venues nationwide that host screenings of our juried films year-round.

Youth are given a true voice - as curators, audience members, critics, volunteer staff and as filmmakers showing their own work. Almost one-third of the films accepted every year are from student filmmakers from all around the world.

When filmmakers submit their films to KIDS FIRST!, it is like submitting it to more than 50 venues.

Film Screenings in Communities Worldwide

The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is hosted locally by established film festivals such as the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Beloit International Film Festival, Gig Harbor Film Festival and the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Festival as well as children's museums, nonprofit film centers, schools and other local organizations that showcase films at daily, weekly and monthly screenings. 

Screenings for the KIDS FIRST! Film Festivals are FREE. Although there is no charge for screenings, there may be a fee to attend the entire event. Check your local festival for more information.

To become an affiliate of the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival go here.


The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival accepts more than 200 films every year, changing the programming frequently. To find what films are currently playing, visit our online programming page.

Criteria for programs accepted to the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival: one of the strengths of our programming is that 1) All the films must meet the KIDS FIRST! baseline criteria so they contain no inappropriate sexual behavior, violence, language or anti-social behaviors. 2) All films have been screened with the purpose of identifying the most appropriate age category for which they are suitable.

Filmmakers should also be aware that KIDS FIRST! does not pay a screening fee for films that are accepted and the only way to submit your film is through our filmfreeway site here:

Programmers can view online screeners of short films and trailers for features on our password protected programmers' site on vimeo. For access, please contact us.

The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival

is a project of the Coalition for Quality Children's Media, a national nonprofit (501-c-3) organization established in 1991 that is a voluntary collaboration between the media industry, educators and child advocacy organizations. The mission of the Coalition is: 1) To teach children to become critical media users and; 2) To increase the visibility and availability of quality children's media.


Cassie Scerbo signing autographs for Girl Scouts.


Brittany Curran KIDS FIRST! Best Awards




The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is
a project of the 25-year-old, national nonprofit Coalition for Quality Children's Media.



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