Our FIN Kids Film Competition is a challenge for young filmmakers to grab a camera and tell a story! For many young Atlantic Canadians, this is a first opportunity to see their work on the big screen and have it evaluated by our panel of industry professionals.

Presented by DHX Media, FIN Kids is a proven launching pad for the next generation of talent. Past FIN Kids competition participants have gone on to present their work at FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, take part in other festivals across Canada and the world, and even study at film school to become professional filmmakers. So, what are you waiting for? Start making your film today!


FIN Atlantic International Film Festival has announced its award winners for the 2019 FIN Kids Film Competition presented by DHX Media. Fifty-five youth-made short films were showcased as part of four screenings that took place at the Scotiabank Theatre Halifax on Saturday, April 27. 


People's Choice | DEAR BIG SISTER | Maddie Gillis


Best Film by a Filmmaker 12 Years Old or Younger | LOPEZ | Ian Mackinnon



 Best Documentary First Place | FINDING ART | Eva Redmond

 Best Documentary Runner Up | DEAR BIG SISTER | Maddie Gillis

This year's jury was made up of members from the Atlantic Canadian film community, including Shelley Thompson, Nicole Steeves, and Israel Ekanem and awards were presented by David Regan, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development of DHX Media Ltd, and Wayne Carter, Executive Director of FIN.

“There’s an incredibly strong alignment between DHX Media and the FIN Kids Film Competition’s commitment to bring together young people and content that highlights and inspires creativity,” said David Regan, Executive Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at DHX Media. “We’re proud to offer our continued support to an initiative that showcases Atlantic Canada’s best young filmmakers.”

Filmmakers must be 18 or under and a resident of one of the four Atlantic Canadian Provinces (NB, NS, NFLD and PEI).

  • Film Submissions must be under 5 minutes.

  • Film Submissions must be suitable for all-ages. No mature subject matter (ie. murder, substance abuse, violence, coarse language).

  • Music must be original copyright, copyright with permission, or public domain.

  • Film Submissions must be an original work created by the filmmaker or a filmmaking group. The film must be completed without professional assistance (mentoring by an adult, whether professional or non-professional, is permitted, but all hands-on efforts must be completed by the submitting filmmaker.

  • Film Submissions must have been completed AFTER March, 2018.