The Boston International Kids Film Festival is a three-day festival of juried films for, about, and by kids, along with classes, workshops and lots of mentoring opportunities.

It kicks off on November 1, 2013 at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts with a gala ceremony announcing Tufts’ biennial Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media (the “Abby”), followed by a keynote address by the winner and a screening of a new film.

Films will run all day Saturday, November 2 and on Sunday, November 3 from 1 – 6 pm, at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville. These films will be selected via online submissions ( and in conjunction with other area children’s film festivals.

Workshops and Classes tailored to children in a range of ages will be offered during the same times both days, held at Tufts University. Younger kids will learn basic media and social media skills and tips; middle schoolers will delve into issues of gender stereotyping and social media ethics; and older teens will be mentored by experienced filmmakers on how to make their own films.


An Awards Ceremony will conclude the festival, with a range of awards given to filmmakers and educators.