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Cinekid Festival Invites Entries From Game and App Developers

By Iminza Keboge
Published March 2, 2023

Cinekid, one of the world’s largest and most respected film and media festivals for children and youth, invites artists, designers, studios and agencies to submit games and/or apps for the upcoming MediaLab and for consideration of the Cinekid Game & App Award.Cinekid, one of the world’s largest and most respected film and media festivals for children and youth, invites artists, designers, studios and agencies to submit games and/or apps for the upcoming MediaLab and for consideration of the Cinekid Game & App Award.

The 37th edition of the Cinekid festival is scheduled for October 15 – 29, 2023. During the festival Cinekid presents the MediaLab, an exhibition of interactive and immersive installations, workshops and games in Amsterdam and 6 – 8 other cities in the Netherlands.

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Cinekid says its call offers an opportunity to become part of the festival and reach out to an international audience and network of media experts specialized in children’s projects.

Submissions for the 2023 Cinekid Game & App Award are accepted from 1 March until 21 June 2023.

The Cinekid Game & App award underlines the growing role games and apps play in contemporary children’s lives. Gaming has become an integral part of our lives. Games connect, entertain, and enlighten, more so than ever before.

Cinekid says it recognizes the importance of  pointing children towards games and apps that provide more than merely a simple click-and-swipe game, and of providing alternatives to popular RPGs and shooters.

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Submissions should be completed no earlier than 2022, and/or in development to be completed in September 2023. We will consider projects of excellent artistic quality, innovation and/or authenticity. Cinekid welcomes submissions from international game studios, artists, designers, students and collectives. It is imperative that the production can physically be properly presented and played at the festival.

A professional commission will select a maximum of 10 titles. The selection will receive the opportunity to showcase their project in the MediaLab at the Cinekid Festival in the Netherlands. An all-kids jury will decide the winner, who will be awarded the Cinekid Game & App Award.

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Cinekid says it welcomes some 50 000 visitors, 600 international professionals including partner festivals, producers, broadcasters, distributors, agents, curators and artists, and garners a wide variety of national and international media attention every year.

The MediaLab is targeted towards children aged 4-14 and all works presented in it should be suitable for that age group, however it is not necessary for a project to be especially created for children only.

Further information on submitting project or inquiries may be sent to digitalculture@cinekid(dot)nl.

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