The Int. Children Film Festival of Valencia called Ficiv (Festival Int. de Cine Infantil de Valencia, founded in 2015) is a multilingual festival, trying to bring cinematographic culture to the world of youngsters and convince children (aged 3-12) that cinema is an art form worth being explored. Ficiv wants to create cultural awareness through entertainment.

During the week the festival opens its doors for primary schools, at the weekend there’s activities and screenings for the entire family. Promoting audio-visual quality isn’t just a one week mission, but is guaranteed year round through exhibitions and workshops in voice acting, stop motion, cut out animation and actor training.

Ficiv’s 3rd edition takes place from 23-29 October in the city centre of Valencia, Spain. A whole week dedicated to (mainly) animated films, including world premieres such as DEEP and LA BOLA DORADA. By becoming an ECFA member, Ficiv wants to present itself on the international market with a strong festival profile, including workshops, exhibitions and a solid feature film competition.

Each year the festival invites films from a country with a strong tradition in production. This year Ficiv has Switzerland as a guest. Furthermore special recognition is given to the work of certain film professionals. The 2017 honourees are Maite Ruiz de Austri (winner of two Goya Awards), Lourdes Bellver & Fina Masgrau (authors and illustrators of the book ‘La Rateta Marieta’), Guillermo García (creator of the POCOYO series), and PAV (Association of Valencia’s Audio-Visual Producers). By launching a festival poster design competition and by spurring families to shoot their own short film (awarded with a cash prize), Ficiv wants to involve its audience as close as possible in all festival activities.

You’ll find all info on Ficiv here.