The 2018 FOCUS Children's International Film Festival screens only ANIMATED short films (cartoons) that answer the Festival theme's question: "What Does Make the World a Better Place?" We accept animated short Films MADE (CREATED AND DIRECTED) BY YOUNG AMATEUR (meaning those who doesn't get paid for their work) FILMMAKERS ONLY (younger than 16 YEARS OLD). Including opening and closing credits, Films must be less than 3 min. in length for children up to 10 years old, and less than 5 min for 11-15 year olds. The Festival is held at the York Woods Library Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on September 1, 2018. Early Bird Deadline for submissions is June 1. Final Deadline for submissions is July 10, 2018 5 pm. Eastern time Canada and USA. The earlier you submit your film, the more chances you have to be selected as a Finalist (simply because we have a quota of how many films we can include in the final screenings)! The Finalists will be announced on/or before August 1, 2017. The Winners and the Honourable Mention recipients will be chosen by an International Jury on the Day of The Festival. Audience Choice Awards will be awarded by the audience in the Theatre after the screening. Submissions are welcome from Young Filmmakers from all over the world.
The 2018 FOCUS Children's International Film Festival's awards are given for Best Short Animated Film in the age category up to 10 y.o., Audience Choice Award in the age category up to 10 y.o., Best Short Animated Film in the age category 11-15 y.o., Audience Choice Award in the age category 11-15 y.o. These awards have a monetary value (Canadian Dollars). Also, Medals and Honourable mention certificates (no money attached) will be given to short animated films in the age category up to 10 y.o. and 11-15 y.o. Winning Films and other selected entries (Finalists) will be screened at the Festival in front of film professionals, Festival's guests and general public. All Films-Finalists receive a Certificate of Official Selection.
The FOCUS Children's International Film Festival was founded in 2016 by a non-profit organization FOCUS School of Theatre, Arts and Filmmaking and DASH Productions Inc. to highlight children's love for Film and Creativity, as well as to give a possibility to amateur young filmmakers to showcase their work in front of not only their parents and peers but also in front of general public and film professionals. This year is the second year we go internationally. In 2017, we received more than 200 entries and 22 films-finalists from 9 countries: Canada, USA, Brasil, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Croatia, Kyrgyzstan, Iran were chosen and screened at the festival. The intent of the FOCUS Children's International Film Festival is to demonstrate a child's take on the important things in our lives as well as to emphasize the power of animated film in communicating about What Makes the World a Better Place.
There is NO CHARGE (it's free) to submit a Film to the FOCUS Children's International Film Festival, however, if possible, a small donation to our non-profit organization will be greatly appreciated and is going to be used to support the training and skill development of children and young adults in the art of communicating via Film.
Toronto is a vibrant, thriving, multicultural community with a strong tradition of support for the arts. Young Filmmakers from any country and culture are welcome to submit their Films.. .
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