Awards & Prizes



With nearly 700 entries submitted each year, the Chicago International Children's Film Festival programs nearly a third, a select number of which are viewed by the Festival's Adult, Children’s, and Youth Juries. Films screened in competition are eligible for first of second prize in over a dozen award categories including: Animated & Live-action Shorts, Features, Documentary, Television, as well as Child and Youth-produced.  Filmmakers also may be awarded in a number of special award categories for both adult and child filmmakers including:

Special Awards 

  • Best of the Fest Prize
  • Liv Ullmann Peace Prize
  • Best Film for Young Children (Ages 2-5)