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Entries Cinekid Festival 2023

Cinekid is accepting entries again! Make sure to send us your children’s media productions for Cinekid Festival and Cinekid for Professionals.

On this page, you will find an overview of all entry opportunities for Cinekid Festival.  Our entry opportunities include a wide range of programmes and competitions for talents, experienced makers and professionals.  


  • 1 June – Film & Episodic submissions close
  • 4 June – Script LAB submissions close
  • 28 June – Game & App award submissions close 
  • 11 July – Junior Co-production Market submissions close
  • 1 August – ScreeningClub submissions close
  • 1 September  – Material deadline Film, Episodic and ScreeningClub 

Who can submit?

In light of Cinekid’s mission to amaze, entertain, connect and contribute to the development of children into independent, conscious and well-thinking global citizens, we welcome submissions from filmmakers and industry professionals of all nationalities who support our mission and values. We look forward to receiving and considering films and projects from all over the world, and to connecting with artists and professionals from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.   

Completed works: Film & Series

Film & Series

Submissions are closed.

Films and series can enter the following competitions:  Best Children's Film Competition, Best Dutch Children's Film Competition, Best International Short Film Competition, Best Dutch Short Film Competition and Best Dutch Series Competition. 

We are looking for innovative and high-quality films and episodic productions for children up to 14 years of age, with a preference for those that tackle social issues or stimulate creative thinking. Please carefully read our selection criteria and guidelines before submitting your work.  

You can find the regulations of the competitions of Cinekid Festival 2023  here

Entry deadline for Cinekid Festival’s competitions is 1st of June 2023

International Episodic Productions: 
This year, we are also seeking international high-quality episodic productions that are interested in having their international premiere at Cinekid Festival 2023. If you have a production that you think would be a good fit for the festival, please don't hesitate to contact us.  


Completed works: ScreeningClub


The submissions are now open. Submit your work here.

The ScreeningClub is Cinekid for Professionals' digital video library, offering more than 400 recent children’s productions every year that can be accessed during the festival. The productions come from all over the world, and include short or feature films, episodic content, youth documentaries, animation and live-action. They are curated by Cinekid and are suitable for children from 4 to 14 years old, have been finished in 2022/2023 and include English subtitles or are English spoken. 

Why submit to the ScreeningClub? 
Submitting your project to the ScreeningClub offers a number of benefits for right holders. The platform is designed to connect your production with international buyers, sales agents, programmers and distributors, who can screen your work in a secure environment for programming or acquisition purposes. By being part of the ScreeningClub, you also get access to Cinekid's network of professionals, which can help you gain exposure and make important industry connections. 

What kind of productions can I submit? 
Cinekid welcomes short or feature films, episodic content, youth documentaries, animation and live-action. The productions should be suitable for children from 4 to 14 years old, must be finished in 2022/2023 and include English subtitles or be English spoken. If projects were already presented in the ScreeningClub before, they cannot be submitted again. 

You can find more information about the ScreeningClub here, and the regulations for submitting to the ScreeningClub 2023 here

The deadline for applying to the Cinekid ScreeningClub is 1st of July 2023

Materials for the Cinekid ScreeningClub must be uploaded before the 1st of September 2023

Cinekid LABs

Cinekid Script LAB

Submissions are closed.

For the Cinekid Script LAB, we accept series and feature film projects in development that are either live-action, animation or documentary and can benefit of a tailor-made trajectory under the guidance of specialized coaches. Entry regulations of the Cinekid Script LAB can be found on this page.

Entry deadline for submitting is 4 June 2023.

Cinekid Directors LAB

Submissions for Cinekid Directors LAB are now closed. The selection for the third edition in 2023 can be found here.

Junior Co-production Market

Junior Co-production Market

Submissions for the Junior Co-production Market are now open! Submit your project here

We accept feature films and episodic content (live-action, animation and documentary) in development, as well as works-in-progress from all over the world. During the Junior Co-production Market, two awards will be handed out: the Eurimages Co-production Development Award (€20.000) and the Filmmore Post-production Award (€5.000).

Entry regulations for the Junior Co-production Market can be found on this page.

The deadline for submitting is 11 July 2023

Completed works: Games & Apps for MediaLab

Games & Apps for MediaLab

Submissions are now open! Submit your project here

Cinekid invites artists, designers, studios and agencies to submit games and apps for the upcoming MediaLab and for consideration of the Cinekid Game & App Award. A selection of entries will receive the opportunity to showcase their projects at Cinekid Festival. The selection will be made by a professional panel and from this selection, an all-kids jury will select the winning entry.

Entry regulations for the Game & App award can be found on this page.

The deadline for submitting is 28 June 2023

Open Call MediaLab

Open Call MediaLab

Submissions are closed.

Read all about the Open Call Cinekid x Amarte MediaLab here.

Cinekid and the Amarte Foundation are looking for creators who want to produce a new immersive and interactive new media work for Cinekid MediaLab 2023. We will offer one creator or a creators collective an amount of €12.000 (including fee, material, technical and presentation costs) to develop an interactive work for the MediaLab in collaboration with the Cinekid New Media team. 

The project will be presented in the MediaLab at the main location Amsterdam Noord during Cinekid Festival (autumn break). The creator will participate in creating a workshop during the MediaLab based on the curated work and will take part in one or more activities organized by the industry leg of Cinekid, Cinekid for Professionals.

A committee consisting of representatives of both Amarte and Cinekid will select one project. There may also be an interview with the nominees about their submitted work. The  selection announcement will take place within 4 weeks after the closing of the call. 

Entry regulations for the MediaLab Open Call can be found on this page.


Interested in attending Cinekid for Professionals 2023? Read all about it here.

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