Moscow International Children’s Film Festival invites children, teenagers, youth, parents and teachers to get acquainted with the best films for children, teenagers and youth and films made by children and teenagers (under 18) under the guidance of adults.

The film festival presents to the public the best films from all over the world made by adults for a children’s audience, as well as films made by children and teenagers from different cities and countries, trying themselves as producers, screenwriters, actors, directors, animators.

The extensive program of the Moscow International Children’s Film Festival is designed for children (6+), teenagers planning to go to the film and art schools, their parents and teachers.

The film festival brings together filmmakers making films for children with young filmmakers who make their first steps at film and video creation. Our goal is to inspire and support young filmmakers, and give wide audiences the opportunity to get acquainted with modern films for children and teenagers.

The Moscow International Children’s Film Festival is a large-scale festive event with an extensive and vibrant program of films on the big screan for children and teenagers, as well as parents, a series of meetings with directors and master classes from leading film experts representing various film schools.

All best films that were selected for the screening, will be shown on the big screen during the solemn final ceremony on April 15 – 19, 2025 in Moscow, Russia and will be able to struggle for the main prize and the title of the “Best film”. As well as for the prizes in the standalone nominations.

Awards & Prizes

Our jury selects the winners of each category:

Categories for professional filmmakers

The Grand Prix

Best Feature Film

Best Short Narrative Film

Best Feature Documentary

Best Short Documentary

Best Feature Animated Film

Best Short Animated Film

Best TV Pilot / Web Series

Best AI-film

Best Music Video

Best Director

Best Cinematography

Best Screenwriter

Categories for students, amateur filmmakers and children

Best Narrative Short Film 

Best Animation/Stop Motion Short Film 

Best Documentary Short Film 

Best Web Series 

Best AI-film

Best Mobile Short Film (Cinematic) 

Best Mobile Music Video 

Best Mobile New Media (Sketches, Skits and Vlogs) 

Best Director  (10 – 18 years old)

Best Director of Photography (10 – 18 years old)

Best Screepwriter (10 – 18 years old)

The winners are awarded with diplomas and prizes from the organizers, sponsors and partners of the film festival. 

Terms and conditions

All films must be suitable for an audience of up to 18 years old.

Official languages of the film festival: Russian and English

Our team

Valery Shanin’s Film Club

Festival President Valery Shanin

Valery Shanin — journalist, writer and filmmaker, producer of TV programs on the Ocean-TV channel, director of “Valery Shanin’s film club”, resident of “TRAVEL FilmFest International Film Festival”, director of “Gelos Comedy Film Festival” and “Ambrosia Food & Drink Film Festival”.

Festival Director Irina Spirina

Irina Spirina – professional psychologist, coach, theta-healing instructor, graduated from the Erickson Coaching University, worked at the Moscow Training Center, has authored self-development courses, and has been organizing international film festivals since 2016. Director of nonprofit organisation “Valery Shanin’s Film Club”.

Festival Programming Director Slava Krasko

Slava Krasko was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, made a career as a financier and when he was 35 years old left the business to go on a round-the-world trip. He described his impressions of the trip in the book “The Year of Spring”. In 2014, Slava traveled by motorcycle across South America on the route of Ernesto Che Guevara and shot a documentary about it. Since 2017 he has been studying at the Higher Courses of Scriptwriters and Directors in Moscow.

Film Festival Development Manager Alina Fedulova

A graduate of the Faculty of Journalism at Saint Petersburg State University (SPbGU) with a specialization in “International Journalism”. At the film festival, she coordinates participants and develops partnerships. As a digital nomad, she combines traveling the world with organizing various international film festivals.