THE SUBMISSION WINDOW IS NOW OPEN for the 10th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival.

Early Bird: September 15, 2018
Regular: October 25, 2018
Late: November 22, 2018

PCFF welcomes international films including documentary, live action, animated, experimental and youth-made films that inspire our viewers to think about the world in a new way.

The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) presents the best of independent and international children’s cinema to inspire, delight, educate and connect a diverse community of children and families from Rhode Island and throughout New England.

The 10th Annual Providence Children’s Film Festival will return February 15 – 28, 2019. The annual Festival brings the world to our children and community through important films made by extraordinary, often unrecognized filmmakers from all over the globe. Each year we search for films appropriate for youth and children with interesting stories that offer wisdom and multiple cultural perspectives and connections across all ages. Through our thoughtfully selected films, we hope to demonstrate the artistry and craft of filmmaking and provide opportunities to discuss the stories, people and connections from near and far.

CRITERIA: The PCFF Film Jury selects films with content that speaks positively to young audiences and families from culturally diverse backgrounds. Please consider submitting if you have created work that can speak to all, including children and/or teens. We seek films that are entertaining and/or challenging to young minds with serious, true-to-life topics and narratives that may span a range of emotions. The film need not have a “storybook” ending to find a place in our Festival. PCFF welcomes foreign films with subtitles, documentaries, live action, animation and even experimental films that may inspire our viewers to think about the world in a new way.



Audience Choice Award Best Feature Live Action Film
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Animated Film
Audience Choice Award Best Feature Documentary Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Live Action Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Animated Film
Audience Choice Award Best Short Documentary Film
Special Jury Award Best Feature Film
Special Jury Award Best Short Live Action Film
Special Jury Award Best Short Animated Film
Global Awareness Short Film Award
Children’s Hospital Jury Award
Emerging Filmmaker Award

SUBMISSION OPTIONS. Click button below.




Pay for your film submission fee with your credit card as a PCFF Donation via Arts People. (Please put your last name and film title in the memo line.) Click button below to proceed.

* The 2018 YFS Film Submission window has closed. We will accept submissions for the 2019 Youth Filmmaking Showcase beginning in May 2018.
(To submit films to the main Festival, click here for General application guidelines.)


As part of our annual Festival, PCFF is committed to nurturing the work of young “amateur” filmmakers. The 2017 Youth Filmmakers Showcase, curated in partnership with the RISD Museum teen program, the RISD Art Circle. This collection of youth-produced films presents inspiring films from near and far about the fun and challenges in the lives of young people today. Both shows includes Q&A with the RISD Art Circle teen jury and some youth filmmakers.

Click to download 2018 YFS Application.

Invite other friends to submit their films. Click here to download and print flier.

Selections from past Youth Filmmaker Showcases:

Click here to view full selection of past YFS short film collections.

2018 YOUTH FILMMAKER SHOWCASE (YFS) GUIDELINES (Please read carefully.):


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