UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival Narratives of childhood from around the world

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Childhood is a universal theme that filmmakers return to, again and again,

to connect

audiences to memories of the forces that shape human lives in the

earliest years. 

The aim of UIFF is to curate the best world cinema narratives of childhood,

especially from younger artists, though submissions are accepted from

filmmakers of any age.

UIFF will be presented in Florence, Italy through a mixture of live socially


screening programmes at Cinema La Compagnia and virtual screenings

streamed on

demand on MyMovies.it. Public dialogue between cinema artists, UNICEF

experts and

the public will be organized after all screening programmes.



Films to be selected for the festival will

promote deep reflection on the experiences

that shape childhood – within the individual, in the family,

the community, in institutions and

societies, of both the Global South and North. Emphasis will

be placed on films that

authentically represent the thoughts, voices and experiences of

children themselves.

Submissions are now open via Film Freeway until 15 July 2021.

The final selection will be announced in August. Films will be

programmed in three categories:

  • Childhood in the pandemic
  • Under 18
  • Open category

For more details visit the UIFF submission portal


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