About the festival

Cinekid Festival


Every autumn, Cinekid organises the Cinekid Film, Television and Digital Media Festival for children during the school holidays. The international festival celebrated its 30th anniversary in October 2016. The ten days’ event in Amsterdam and throughout the country (35 cities in the Netherlands) covers all aspects of the media industry for young audiences and offers workshops and masterclasses as well as high-quality media. Every year more than 50.000 children are given the opportunity to visit over 500 media productions selected by the festival: feature films, children’s documentaries, short films, animation, television series and single productions, cross media productions, interactive installations and set-ups as well as workshops.

Cinekid takes place every year during the Dutch autumn break. Have a look at the festival programme of 2016.

Cinekid is part of the EFFE festival community, facilitated by the European Festivals Association, which consists of festivals that stand for artistic quality and have a significant impact on the local, national and international level.   

Cinekid for Professionals
This four day industry event during the Cinekid Festival brings media professionals from over 40 countries to the Netherlands and supports the media industry with the ScreeningClub, the Co-Production Market, seminars, an expert conference and network meetings.

For more information about Cinekid for Professionals, please click here.

Mission and Vision

The aim of the Cinekid Foundation is to promote the quality of visual culture for young children (3 -14).  Cinekid wants to strengthen the position of youth towards the media through their active and creative participation.

Media have a direct influence on the emotional, social, creative and cognitive development of children. Focusing on the quality of media is focusing on the quality of life of our children. 


Digital Media

The MediaLab 
The MediaLab connects new technologies to the exciting and sometimes confusing digital media age we live in. Does the digital age leave any space for new forms of beauty? Does digital identity mean we are one step away from becoming our own avatar? Do digital media change the way we see the world? Or is it all just a flashy bombardment? The MediaLab presents artworks for the digital natives and critical experiments about our visual storytelling culture, questioning how film and the cinematic narrative will evolve in the coming years.

Cinekid Lion for Best New Media Production
An important part of the MediaLab is the Cinekid Lion for Best New Media Production, an annual competition for apps, cross-media productions, installations, and (online) video games presented in the Netherlands and Flanders between June1st 2016 and June 1st 2017. Every year the jury chooses the 12 best entries, which will become part of the program of the MediaLab. During the festival the Professionals jury will choose the main winner, who will receive a prize of €7.500,-. The audience of kids will select their own MediaLab favorite, who will be rewarded with the Audience Award. Both prizes will be awarded during the award ceremony at the end of the festival. For the entryform, click here.

Cinekid Lion AppLab Award
The Cinekid Lion rewards the best and most unique apps for children from the past year. With this prize, Cinekid and collaborative partner the Fiep Westendorp Foundation, wants to further the quality of apps for young target groups. The apps were selected from Cinekid AppLab: a Dutch-language tool in the form of a free app to search for beautiful, creative, artistic, safe and high-quality apps for children.   

For further information, please contact: Head of Digital Culture- Ward Janssen: w.janssen@cinekid.nl


Cinekid film programme

Best Children’s Film Competition
International feature films for children and young people, 3-14 years.

Best Dutch Family Film Competition
Selection of the best and most recent Dutch feature films for children and young people, 3-14 years.

Feature length films from all over the world that push the boundaries of creativity and offer a unique view on the world.

Dutch Shorts
Celebration of Dutch short films for children and young audiences from the past year.

European Short Animation Film Competition
New European short films (<20 min) presented in thematically combined programmes.

Special Theme Programmes
Each edition a number of special theme programmes and/or retrospectives are presented at the festival.

Best Children’s Film Competition
Each year Cinekid presents its prestigious Best Children’s Film Competition showcasing the best new films for children and young people from all of the world. Cinekid takes great care selecting films of all genres and including works for children in each of Cinekid’s age categories (from 3 until 14 years old). On average, 15 feature length films are invited.

All films competing in the Cinekid Best Children’s Film Competition are eligible for two awards:

Cinekid Lion (Jury Award)
An international jury of children’s film professionals decides which film is awarded a Cinekid Lion Jury Award together with the prize of € 10.000,- to the winning film’s production company.

Cinekid Lion (Audience Award)
The Cinekid Lion Audience Award is awarded to the production company of the winning film by the children's audience attending the Cinekid Festival in Amsterdam, both nationally as internationally.

To qualify for selection, we must receive an English subtitled DVD for preview and a completed entry form, which can be submitted online. In order to submit an entry for inclusion in our festival programme or to enter one of our (international) competitions, kindly create an account and complete the entry form accordingly. No entry fee is required.

Additional specified information, conditions and regulations can be found here.
For further information, please contact Head of Film Department - Erik Tijman: e.tijman@cinekid.nl


Cinekid’s TV Programme
Every year Cinekid presents the best Dutch tv productions and leading international series. Cinekid is the location for children to meet their heroes live and have the opportunity to interact, ask questions, get acquainted and learn from them. We have numerous fiction series, documentaries and factual programmes premiering in our renowned programme. For each selection we organise something additional. A workshop given by their favourite actors or a toddler workshop with characters from top pre-school series complete with green screen recording, and many more!

Kinderkast competition
Competition for best Dutch (or Flemish) television series (fiction and non-fiction). Cinekid’s mission, by means of the Cinekid Kinderkast Prizes, is to stimulate the position and quality of Dutch television programmes for children and youth.

Several awards are handed out during the Cinekid festival. Each winner receives a bronze award created by famous Dutch artist Jan Wolkers.

  • Jury Award: a jury of 5 national connoisseurs of Dutch youth television select 3 awards across all entries.
    - Award Best Fiction Television Production
    - Award Best Non-Fiction Television Production
    - Golden Kinderkast (the best overall programme receives an award valued at €7.500,-)
  • Audience Award: school children from all over the country can vote for their favourite programme, from a shortlist composed by the jury.
    - Best Audience Award 4 - 6 years
    - Best Audience Award 6 - 12 years

For further information, please contact: Head of TV Department - Mirjam Marks: m.marks@cinekid.nl

Cinekid is part of the EFFE festival community, facilitated by the European Festivals Association, which consists of festivals that stand for artistic quality and have a significant impact on the local, national and international level.