6th Annual Kids Film It Festival Accepting Submissions

Kids Film It Festival

The 6th Annual Kids Film It Festival is now accepting submissions!

Rules & Details

• Maximum movie length is 5 minutes
• All movies must be PG or G
• Entries must be filmed and edited by person submitting
• You can submit more than one movie
• Judges will decide if movie is appropriate
• Winners will be announced at the festival
• All finalists’ movies will be displayed on website starting a week after the festival
• The age categories are as of August 1st 2021

AGE GROUPS: 8-11, 12-14, AND 15-18


Submit all of your films by December 31st, 2021

Festival Information

  • Date: TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Arrival  Walk the red carpet and take pictures! Welcome by various speakers
  • Viewing of Finalist Films
  • Winners Announced
    • Where applicable, 3 finalists will be chosen in each category in each age group
    • There will be one winner for each age group in each category. Prizes to be announced soon!

“The Kids Film It Festival started with a vision from twelve-year-old Ryan Levine. Ryan’s dream was to find a way to pair his passion for movies with a philanthropic cause that hit very close to home for his family – Parkinson’s Research.

Ever since Ryan was young, he loved movies. Eventually, that passion grew into filmmaking. Unfortunately, he came to find that there weren’t many outlets for young people to showcase their work in filmmaking. Many festivals show films made for kids, but not made by kids.

When Ryan’s grandmother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Ryan wanted to find a way to help. He decided to pair his filmmaking dream with his philanthropic passion, and that mission led to the creation of the Kids Film It Festival.

The Festival affords kids and young people with the opportunity to showcase their work, and all proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation to benefit Parkinson’s Research. With much hard work and dedication, the first ever International Kids Film It Festival was held in 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio at the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. People from more than 97 countries visited the festival website, and more than $32,000 was raised for Parkinson’s Research. With such outstanding support and enthusiastic participation from kids around the country, Ryan was inspired to move forward and create a yearly Kids Film It Festival.

Our second annual Kids Film It Festival was bigger and better! We had over 100 submissions from all over the country and raised a total of over $64,000. In 2019 we grew even more getting 150 total submissions and raising around $65,000, and in 2020 we raised more than $83,000 and added the International Film category.

This past year during quarantine, we held a 48 hour film contest. It was a fun way to bring everyone together and give kids something to do. The challenge was to make a short film using one of the three props-a banana, toilet paper, and soap-while also using the quote: “they do this every time.”

Our main festival was held online receiving over 150 submissions and raising over $30,000. This brought our total for five years to about $280,000.”