European Children's Film Association
Association Européenne du Cinéma pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse

ECFA - European Children's Film Association - Association Européenne du Cinéma pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse

ECFA is the organisation for all, who are interested in high quality films for children and young people: film makers, producers, promotors, distributors, exhibitors, TV-programmers, festival organizers and film educators. Read more about ECFA.


Cinekid Amsterdam: Awards for „Blanka“ and „Little Grey Fergie – Country Fun“
(22.10.2016) The jury's award for the best film for children at this year's Cinekid Film, Television and New Media Festival for Children went to a film, that has been touring through many festivals all over the world: „Blanka“, a co-production between Italy, Japan and the Filippines, directed by Kohki Hasei (2015). Read more ...

Animated Films for Children Awarded at Bratislava
(16.10.2016) The International Festival of Animated Films for Children in Bratislava is with 15.000 admissions one of the most important festivals for this genre. Read more ...

Director Sannette Naeyé announces departure from Cinekid
(16.10.2016) After a twenty-year stint, managing director Sannette Naeyé has decided to bid farewell to Cinekid the Film, Television and New Media Festival based in Amsterdam. From 1 February 2017, she will retire from office, following the 30th anniversary edition of the Cinekid Festival that annually takes place in the fall break. Naeyé: ‘I won’t leave Cinekid behind all alone, but safely in the many hands that jointly turned Cinekid into the largest youth festival of its kind in the world.’ Read more ...

Schlingel Chemnitz: International Children’s Jury awards the Czech Fairytale “Crown Prince”
(09.10.2016) In Chemnitz (Germany) a jury of 16 children from eight European countries awards the best film for children. This year the prize went to Karel Janák for his film “The Crown Prince” (Czech Republic, 2015). Read more ...

Frankfurt: Lucas-Festival’s Award for “Offline”, ECFA-Award for “Rauf”
(26.09.2016) The jury at the “Lucas International Festival for Young Filmlovers” in Frankfurt (Germany) gathers both children and adult experts. This year they have chosen “Offline – Are You Ready for the Next Level?” by Florian Schnell (Germany, 2016) as best film for children in the category 8+. Read more ...


New Films for Children and Young People in our Database

Dancing Hearts, Norway, 2016

Little Grey Fergie – Full Throttle, Norway, 2016

Gold Digger, Finland, 2016

Mine, Finland, 2016

Heavysaurs, Finland, 2016

Children of Chance, France, 2016

Mullewap – A Pig's Tale, Germany, 2016

Urban Hymn, Great Britain, 2016


CHILDREN’S FILM FIRST is a year long project which comprises a number of interlinked peerlearning activities for film literacy professionals including seminars, website and conference.

Upcoming Festivals

Buster - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth, 27.10.2016, Copenhagen

Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 28.10.2016, Chicago

Filem'On – Brussels Children's Film Festival, 30.10.2016, Brussels

Festival International Pequeno Cineasta, 02.11.2016, Rio je Janeiro

Nordic Filmdays Luebeck/ Section Films for Children & Young People, 02.11.2016, Luebeck

Next Festivals to submit your films

International Filmfestival Berlin, Generation, Deadline:31.10.2016

Festival Internacional du Premier Film, Deadline:15.11.2016

Portland's Kids Film Festival – International Children's Film Festival, Deadline:15.11.2016

International Festival of Animated Films (ITFS), Section "Tricks for Kids", Deadline:01.12.2016

Goldener Spatz, Deutsches Kinder-Medien-Festival at Erfurt & Gera, Deadline:16.12.2016