Our Mission

BAICFF’s mission is to present engaging, culturally diverse films and education programs for children and families.

Our Vision

BAICFF is an annual Playdate for the Imagination where education and imagination collide. The festival offers families a cinematic view of the world’s varied cultures and traditions. The films inspire curiosity and conversation, and allow children to experience a wide range of cultural perspectives.

Our Start

In January 2009, The Renaissance International School and Screen 360: Films for Children of the World produced the first Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival in the San Francisco East Bay. The festival began as a creative community event to support education programs that foster global understanding and cultural exchange. BAICFF has since produced nine annual festivals, presented over 450 family-friendly films of high artistic value from around the world, and held workshops for over 800 children designed to introduce kids to the world of animation and live-action filmmaking.

Our Advisory Board

Liz Austerman, Visitor Engagement Manager, Chabot Space and Science Center
Jim Capobianco, Former Story Supervisor & Artist, Pixar Animation Studios
Shelley Trott, Director of Arts Strategy and Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation
Tiffany Woolf, Public Relations, The Battery SF & Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Our Supporters

The festival is made possible by the generosity of our partners and funders.


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BAICFF is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas.

Our Contact Information

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2600 10th Street #620
Berkeley, CA 94710

For instructions on how to submit a film to BAICFF, click here.

To learn about other ways to contribute to BAICFF, click here.