International Film Festival for Children and Youth "WonderFest", 5th edition, September 19-23, 2022, Constanta

The International Film Festival for Children and Youth "WonderFest", the 5th edition, is organized by the Union of Professional Journalists from Romania, in partnership with the Pro Familia Association. The festival takes place annually.

During the festival, the most valuable feature and animation films, full length and short, Romanian and foreign for children and youth will be selected and presented.
The festival will be aimed specifically at children and youth, but not exclusively.

The films will be presented free of charge to the interested public, with a particular emphasis on the attraction and interactive participation of all viewers. Genre filmmakers, distributors, film critics from Romania, educational factors responsible for training the young generation will participate in the screenings, debates, meetings with the public and the press.


The festival will have the following structure:

  1. The "Competition" section. In the official competition will be presented the most valuable feature films and short films for children and youth, which have not been distributed in Romania and which have been produced in the last 3 years in countries on several continents.

Films will be presented for selection and inclusion in the festival on digital media or via online transfer. The films will be screened only once during the festival in their original version with Romanian subtitles.

  1. "Panorama" – a section outside the competition, with representative films from Romanian and international cinema, dedicated to children and young people. The films are screened only once during the festival in their original version, with Romanian subtitles.
  2. "Snapshots". Starting from 2020, the festival has a third section, entitled "Snapshots" - a competition of films made by students, with their mobile phones, with a maximum duration of 1 minute and which capture glimpses, in the children's view, of the surrounding reality. This year's theme: "Blue Wonder".


Selection criteria:

The selection of films presented in the "Competition" section will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic value
  • Thematic diversity
  • Educational character
  • Cognitive input
  • Cultural information
  • Reporting to childhood universe
  • Aspects related to the promotion of general human values: family, social integration
  • Development of positive feelings and attitudes: courage, solidarity, friendship


Regulations for the festival awards:

The films will be evaluated and awarded with Grand Prix by a Jury made up of 100 students from schools of Constanța.

Judging of the films will be carried out exclusively by students - members of the jury. Judging would be organized under the guidance of a jury coordinator (teaching staff) and with the help of the artistic director of the festival, based on individual judging sheets.

The Festival awards are:


The Grand Prix of the Festival, awarded by the Student Jury.

Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Photography, Best Performance by a Child Actor, awarded by the Professional Jury.

The judging criteria that will be taken into account by the students, members of the jury, will mainly focus on the artistic value, the educational message and the specific means of expression in the cinematographic art (acting, image, sets).


Organization of the Festival:

The selection of films ends in August, this year. In view of the selection, the following materials will be presented to the organizers:

  • a DVD with English or French subtitles or the film will be transmitted via online transfer
  • biography and filmography of the director
  • list of dialogues in English or French
  • photo materials for the festival catalog

DVDs not specifically requested to be returned to the distribution rights holders will not be returned and will remain in the festival archive.

Holders of the distribution rights of the films presented will expressly agree to their inclusion and screening during the festival.


In addition to watching films, "WonderFest" organizes thematic shows and non-formal educational workshops.

The actual schedule of the festival by days and hours, including the screening of the films and the organization of events, printed materials, advertising, promotional and press materials, the translations of the films, etc. will be made 15 days before the start of the event.