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 22 – 23, 2023 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:
Films made by adult directors
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 Music Video
Films directed by adults and teenagers
Best Narrative Short Film Ages 12 and under
Best Narrative Short Film Ages 13 – 18
Best Animation/Stop Motion Short Film Ages 12 and under
Best Animation/Stop Motion Short Film Ages Ages 13 – 18
Best Documentary Short Film Ages 13 – 18
Best Web Series Ages 13 – 18
Best Mobile Short Film (Cinematic) Ages 13 – 18
Best Mobile Music Video Ages 13 – 18
Best Mobile New Media (Sketches, Skits and Vlogs) Ages 13 – 18
Best Director (10 – 18 years old)
Best Director of Photography (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
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.
Assistant of program director Nika Mitrofanova
At school she studied in the theater class. At the Russian State Humanitarian University for the Humanities she studied theater and film criticism, the history of theater and cinema. In university theater club she worked as a stage designer and screenwriter. Now at the Youth Center she organizes events, concerts and thematic meetings, leads a theater group for children.
PR manager Alina Fedulova