2019 UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival Contest

Deadline: July 31, 2019.

Three anniversaries of global significance for children will align with important implications for the city of Florence in 2019:

  • 30th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
  • 30th anniversary of the opening of the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti.
  • 600th anniversary of the founding of Ospedale Degli Innocenti, UNICEF’s host organization partner.

To commemorate these “triple anniversaries,” the inaugural UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival will be held in Florence 25 – 27 October 2019. The festival will showcase the world’s best current film, video, multi-media, with emphasis on young artists and the Global South.

Children’s rights are timeless, but the circumstances of childhood have changed dramatically since the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was signed in 1989. Great strides have been made, but complex new threats have also emerged.

The UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival will take stock of these dynamic forces shaping childhood, spark discussion on the state of children and promote deep reflection on the experiences of children in different contexts. The festival will be produced in collaboration with Cinema La Compagnia di Fondazione Sistema Toscana (Film Commission of Tuscany).



Films to be included in the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival must be explicitly centred on child or adolescent characters. Two categories for entry have been established:

  1. General Entry – filmmakers and producers of any age can submit entries between 20 and 120 minutes duration.
  2. Under 20 – filmmakers and producers who have not passed their 21st birthday may submit entries of any duration.

UNICEF Innocenti will work with young people, the global network of UNICEF offices in 190 countries, Fondazione Sistemi Toscana and other partners to select and curate the festival programme according to the above criteria.



1. Films to be included in the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival must be explicitly centred on child or adolescent characters.

2. Films will promote deep reflection on narratives of childhood and the experiences that shape them – as individuals, in the family, the community, in institutions and societies.

3. They are searching for dramatic and documentary entries of the highest quality visual artistry and production craft.

4. Emphasis will be placed on films and media that authentically represent the thoughts, voices and experiences of children themselves.

5. The ‘General Entry’ category is open to filmmakers of any age but carries duration limits from 20-120 minutes. This is to promote submission of substantive works that develop more in-depth narratives on childhood.

6. The ‘Under 20’ category is limited to filmmakers who have not passed their 21st birthday. This category carries no duration limits in order to provide maximum opportunities for the voices of children and youth who may be exploring shorter, non-traditional formats and modes of expression.

7. No film will be accepted for consideration by the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival without the date of birth of the primary filmmaker(s).

8. They will only consider ONE ENTRY PER FILMMAKER, per category. Filmmakers under 21 may submit one entry in both the ‘General Entry’ and ‘Under 20’ categories.



1. To enter a film for consideration to the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival vist our online submission entry portal.

2. Entries may also be submitted by downloading, filling in and returning the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival Ssubmission Form (right).

3. Completed entry submission forms should be sent to [email protected] attention UIFF unit.




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