kfffKIDS FIRST! Film Festival
"It's Like Cannes for Kids!"


Venue Application


Now in its twentieth year, the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is a showcase for children's films from filmmakers worldwide - studios, independents, students. KIDS FIRST! partners with more than 50 venues worldwide that host screenings year-round. The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival showcases new and classic children's films, TV shows, DVDs and digital media.

For Filmmakers: Before you submit, please review our criteria. All accepted titles must meet or exceed the KIDS FIRST! criteria and be appropriate for exhibition on a large screen. Our baseline criteria includes:

  • NO gratuitous violence or abuse.
  • NO inappropriate sexual behavior.
  • NO bias in terms of race, gender, culture or religion.
  • NO condescension toward children.
  • NO replicable unsafe behavior.

Additionally: Note that KIDS FIRST! Film Festival partners do not pay screening fees and films that are played at their events are offered for FREE to their patrons. There is no individual admission charged, although there may be an overall festival admission fee.

Programming Examples

KIDS FIRST! offfers over 450 shorts and features at any given time. We have calls for entry four times a year, so our list is refreshed quarterly.

Venue Partners

KIDS FIRST! partners with more than 50 venues that showcase our acepted films in their kids and family programming. For an annual fee of $175 for non-profit organizations and $200 for for-profit venues, your organization may screen any of the films in the KIDS FIRST! collection your annual festival or special screenings throughout the year. Apply here to become join our KIDS FIRST! Film Festival affiliates Venue Application

Pay your annual member fee via Paypal.

Annual Membership


  • Select from more than 450 short and feature films from independent and student filmmakers that have been vetted by KIDS FIRST!
  • Preview films online, make your selections, download to your computer or flash drive for festival play.
  • No additional screening fees.
  • Your annual fee covers unlimited screenings throughout the year.

Venue Responsibilities

  • Provide appropriate venue and acceptable technical equipment for quality projection.
  • Handle all local publicity and advertising.
  • Manage all aspects of  screenings.
  • Screenings are free to the public, although you may charge a "festival" fee.
  • KIDS FIRST! Film Festival must be given appropriate credit in festival program and all advertising.
  • The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival logo must be prominately displayed in your festival program and all advertising.
  • Your fee covers the right to select and play the films. Additional fees may be charged for curatorial assistance or shipping of special materials.

Contact Us

Please contact our office for more information. Call 505-989-8076 or email us at [email protected]

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