Kids Film It Festival Now Accepting Submissions

The Kids Film It Festival is now accepting submissions!

Filmmakers, show off your skills for the 5th annual Kids Film It Festival. Hollywood judges, fantastic prizes, and a virtual festival!


  1. Know the rules (see below)
  2. Make your film! Remember, this is a film festival by kids, for kids.
  3. Submit your film. Once you are ready, fill the submission form HERE and you’ll be prompted to upload your film.
  4. Make a donation if you want! No donation required to enter, but all proceeds from this festival benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation to benefit Parkinson’s Research. Support Team Fox HERE.

Submission deadline is December 31st, 2020. 


This years categories are short film, animation, and music video.

Age groups are 8-11, 12-14, and 15-18.

  • Maximum movie length is 5 minutes.
  • All movies must be rated 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 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.

Team Fox is the grassroots community fundraising program at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). MJFF accelerates high-impact science through smart risk taking and problem solving with a commitment to urgency and efficiency. Ryan is one of thousands of people around the globe who are turning their passions into Team Fox fundraisers to help them speed a cure for Parkinson’s. When you give today, 100 percent of Team Fox proceeds go straight to MJFF research programs.