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San Diego International Children's Film Festival

July-August 2024


The 20th San Diego International Children's Film Festival opens July 28 at Comic-Con International, then repeats the program at the Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library downtown in a full day of free screenings on Aug. 31.

Short films from around the world - animation, live-action, and documentary - plus filmmaker appearances. Special showcase collections from our most celebrated filmmakers of the past 20 years.

Go here to see the film schedule

Go here to reserve free admission for screenings Aug. 31 at the San Diego Central Library


20th anniversary celebration features some of our most prolific and talented filmmakers: 





















Dani Bowman Presents

 (Star of the Netflix series Love on the Spectrum)



















EsaBella Strickland Showcase






















The Dana Koops Collection



The festival is fundraising to bring Marusya Shuvalova, a young Ukrainian filmmaker, and her family to Los Angeles and San Diego to screen her two fantastic short documentary films about life as a child during wartime. Marusya will also make school appearances and have filmmaker learning experiences with industry professionals.

​Please help us support this brave and talented young filmmaker!

 Donate to the fundraiser here!










Thanks to our Principal Sponsor.......








At the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television we are committed to being a world-renowned interdisciplinary professional hub, dedicated to cultivating exceptional humanistic storytellers, trailblazing industry leaders, and insightful scholars. Rooted in our rich heritage as a top-tier entertainment and performing arts institution, we champion diverse and innovative voices that have the power to enlighten, captivate, and usher in transformative change for a brighter future. By seamlessly blending the study and creation of live performance, film, television, and the digital arts through our groundbreaking curriculum, we offer not just education, but experiences. We take pride in our doctoral pursuits in theater, performance studies, cinema, and media studies. Our mission is to inspire, engage, and challenge the next generation of entertainment and academic leaders to create a more inspired and inclusive world. Learn more at


Thanks to our Supporting Sponsor......








The University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television nurtures and develops diverse new filmmaking voices via training and mentoring by internationally recognized faculty, high-level internship opportunities, industry-standard resources, and hands-on production experience. Located a quick flight from Hollywood in the desert southwest, this 'best-kept secret' has been steadily funneling talent into the film and television business for years. Learn more at

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Thanks to our Aug. 31 host.......

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