The Boston International Kids Film Festival highlights the talent of independent filmmakers everywhere while inspiring young people to share their own stories with the world.


Welcome to a weekend of workshops and screenings of family-friendly films, both professionally and student-made, hailing from countries that span the globe!

Filmmakers Collaborative created the BIKFF in 2013 with a goal of showing kids that making a film can be a powerful way to tell a story, express your emotions, state a point of view and ( more importantly) to have fun!

By screening amazing student-made films from around the world while at the same time offering these young filmmakers a look at professionally-made films created just for them, we are enabling the next generation of filmmakers to realize the power and potential of media.

The young filmmakers that participate in FC Academy, our after-school and summer filmmaking program, are given center stage at special blocks throughout the weekend, as we screen the short films that they have created in front of their family and friends.

Combine all that with VIRTUAL hands-on workshops on filmmaking and stop-motion animation meetups and you are in for an event that families of Greater Boston will be enjoying for years to come!


Films are accepted for the following categories: 

Short Narrative ( filmmakers of all ages, under 20 minutes)
Documentary ( filmmakers of all ages, all lengths accepted)
Student Films ( filmmakers 18 years and under, under 20 minutes)
Student Documentary ( filmmakers 18 years and under, under 30 minutes)
Foreign Language Films ( filmmakers of all ages, must be subtitled in English, all lengths accepted)
Feature Films (filmmakers of all ages, all lengths accepted)


Festival Directors


Laura Azevedo, Co-Director

Laura has been production manager and supervising producer on national PBS series such as NOVA, American Experience and FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, and is the Executive Director of Filmmakers Collaborative. The mother of two young filmmakers herself, Laura is an accomplished multi-tasker who handles partnerships and programming logistics for the BIKFF. 


Kathleen Shugrue, Co-Director

Kathleen is an Emmy Award winning television producer who has worked in television production for close to 30 years.  She worked with Twin Cities PBS in the development and production of their children’s science series SciGirls and DragonflyTV/Nano. Shugrue spent 20 years at WGBH/Boston where she served as Senior Producer for the PBS Childrens’ Series FETCH with Ruff Ruffman and ZOOM. She also worked as production manager in National Productions. At Filmmakers Collaborative, Kathleen oversees accounting, grants management, membership, and daily operations.

Natalia Morgan, Festival Coordinator

Natalia is a recent college graduate from Loyola Marymount University were she earned her Bachelors in Sociology and Film Studies. From there she has worked as a production assistant to many local filmmakers in the Boston area and has also been the Festival Coordinator for the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival in 2018. As a recent addition to the FC and BIKFF team, Natalia looks forward to bringing all that and much more to this years festival! 


Boston International Kids Film Festival is Presented by Filmmakers Collaborative

Filmmakers Collaborative is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a national membership that includes some of the best filmmakers in the country. Our mission is to encourage and support the making of great films by people of all ages and levels of experience. Providing media training, showcasing films, and being mentors to the next generation aligns perfectly with our passion, mission and expertise. This is why we created the Boston International Kids Film Festival. Learn more at