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Winners of the 16th SCHLINGEL Festival Determined

With a festive award ceremony on Saturday evening, the 16th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL reached its climax.

For one week nine juries were spoilt with choices, from which they picked their favourites.

146 productions from 38 countries were screened at this year’s festival. In total, prizes worth approximately 25,000 Euro were awarded.

- S     Children’s Film Competition

The European Children’s Jury comprised of 16 children from eight European nations awarded the European Children’s Film Award (5000 Euros) from the “Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst” (Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art) for the best children’s film to:

“Chubby Drums”
The Netherlands / 2010
Director: Arne Toonen

Explanation:
We award the prize to a movie that was amusing from the first until the last minute. It demonstrated that it’s not only important what you look like but also that you can be happy and satisfied with what you are.

The work of the actors was very authentic and the actors were able to empathize with the characters’ roles. The audience learned also about how important it is to have true friends. All in all “Chubby Drums” is a film for the whole family.

Honorary mention: “Koko and the Ghosts“ (Daniel Kušan, Croatia 2011)


The “DIAMOND” Award – a bike from “Diamant-Fahrradwerke Hartmannsdorf” in Saxony – is honoured to the most convincing acting performance by a child:

Partho Gupte („Stanley‘s Tiffin Box“)
India / 2011
Director: Amole Gupte

Explanation:
Partho Gupte is a boy that impressed us with his emotions. The audience truly accepted his role. With his way of acting Partho aroused our curiosity about the culture of his home country. We put ourselves in Stanley’s position and sympathized with him.


The International Expert Jury (This year the team was comprised of Mathias Günther, a representative of the “Saechsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien” (Saxon Regional Office for Private Broadcasting and New Media), film academic Markéta Pášmová from Zlín and actress Sabine Vitua) awarded the Chemnitz Top Award in the Children’s Film Competition (5000 Euros) for the best children’s film to:

“Chubby Drums”
The Netherlands / 2010
Director: Arne Toonen

Explanation:
The content of the film forms the perfect starting point for a funny movie. It contains a lot of nice and funny ideas that never shift in the area of slapstick. Instead, the movie is light fare. There was no critical situation where the movie’s steam seemed to run out. The actors are absolutely worth mentioning as they created lovable characters – also those from Thinhaven.

- M     Junior Film Competition

The Top Award in the Junior Film Competition (4000 Euros) for the best junior film awarded by the International Expert Jury and the “Saechsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien” (Saxon Regional Office for Private Broadcasting and New Media) went to:

“Frisson des Collines“
Canada / 2011
Director: Richard Roy

Explanation:
In spite of the cheerless circumstances in the film’s content it is funny and amusing. The movie is especially characterized by a brilliant screenplay, a good rhythm as well as fantastic actors. Furthermore the movie stands out for its enjoyable atmosphere, its humour and a happy ending.


Honorary mention 1: „Nicostratos the Pelican“ (Olivier Horlait, France 2010)
Honorary mention 2: „Playing With the Dolls“ (Georgi Negaschew, Russia 2010)


The Junior Film Award (1000 Euros) for the best junior film is awarded by a seven-person jury to:

„Nicostratos the Pelican”
France / 2010
Director: Olivier Horlait

Explanation:
We constitute our decision for the awardee in this competition with the brilliant performance of all actors, the amazing scenery and the convincing content of the film. Also working with the exceptional animal species inspired us a lot.

Honorary mention: “Spud“ (Donovan Marsh, South Africa 2010)

- L     Youth Film Competition

The youth jury awarded the Cinestar Youth Film Award (1000 Euros) from the “Greater Union Filmpalast GmbH” for the best youth film to:

„I love you very so much\"
France / 2010
Director: Philippe Locquet

Explanation:
This movie convinced us because of the actor’s amazing performance as well as the humour.

- D     Focus Germany

The DEFA-Foundation Award (4000 Euro) goes to:

“Monika“
Germany / 2011
Director: Christian Werner

Explanation:
Evident camera images/footages alternate with blurred, dark pictures. It is Monika’s view that is traced by the audience to impressively experience a feeling of blindness. In his first feature film, Christian Werner illustrates in a sensitive and realistic way the slow way of living with suddenly being blind. At the same time this way describes the young woman’s process of becoming independent.


- XS     Short and Animation Film Competition

The short film jury awards the International Short Film Award (500 Euro) to:

„The Icefisher“
Germany / 2010
Director: Anna Montanyà

Explanation:
Director Anna Montanyà has embedded the fairy tale „The Fisherman and His Wife“ in the film story in a good way. This idea truly impressed us. We also liked the acting of the boy.

Honorary mention: “No Words“ (Bel Armenteros, Spain 2010)


The National Short Film Award (from Filmverband Sachsen, 500 Euro) was given to:

„Precise Peter“
Germany / 2010
Director: Martin Schmidt

Explanation:
Precision is the motto of this absurd family, managed by father Peter and always unsettled by the youngest son. The film caught its audience with the help of its artistic and tonal quality. In few minutes, metronomically rhythmized, cut-and-dried figures are developed to predictable characters, suspense is attached to a compressed storyline, humour is created without rancorousness and a bit of reflectiveness with which the audience is sent on their way.

Honorary mention: „Weather for Frogs“ (Pauline Kortmann, Germany 2011)

The seven-person animation film jury award the Animation Film Award (500 Euros) The award for the best animation went to:

„The Seventh Raven“
Germany / 2011
Director: Jörg Herrmann

Explanation:
Making this film was very extensive and took a lot of time. The story tells us something about former times. Especially the love of the mother was just amazing. It was an thrilling movie with music that matched perfectly.

Honorary mention: “Don’t Go“ (Turgut Akaçik, Türkei 2010)

- Other Awards

The ECFA Award of the European Children’s Film Association ECFA went to:

“Some Dogs Bite“
United Kingdom / 2010
Director: Marc Munden

Explanation:
It is a strong story told by fantastic characters, dialouge, directing, acting and cinematograpy. Last but not least it has humor. The baby is a wonderful actor and the scene with a sheep – kidnapped and tramped to Scotland is unforgettable.


The Audience Award from “Lichtenauer Mineralquellen GmbH” was chosen by the visitors during the festival week. The award went to:

“Spud“
South Africa / 2010
Director: Donovan Marsh



The “Ehrenschlingel” for exceptional commitment to the German children’s and youth film was awarded to Günter Meyer.

When Gunter Meyer shot his documentary “Unter dem Pflaster von Berlin” (1984) – a journey into the sewerage system of the city, he said: “The film should be fun, not only in the sense of humor or slapstick, it’s about the pleasure of thinking, realizing, discovering a variety of problems of our everyday lives.” This was the credo that has guided the director, who was born in Thum in the Ore mountains, in all his work to this day. After graduating from Babelsberg film school Gunter Meyer worked as an assistant director at the DEFA feature film studio before he could realize his first own project, the children‘s film “Let there Always be Sunshine” in the documentary film studio in 1969. This determined the course for Meyer to become one of Germany’s most successful children’s film directors. Henceforth he worked mainly for children, while often extending the target age group very generously upward, and beside documentaries, he shot feature films for cinema and television time and again.

About 9.000 visitors arrived in Chemnitz. Directors, actors and producers from Brazil, India Iran, Croatia, Russia, USA met to exchange ideas.

The director of the festival, Michael Harbauer, looks back on the successful festival week: “The festival was enriched by lots of great films. The competitions with films coming from almost all continents fascinated the young audience and the experts of the film and TV industry alike.
The international films that almost exclusively were German or European premiers aroused the German distributor’s interest this year, so we’re very delighted. After today’s ceremony, the winners will soon have the chance to be dubbed. This is necessary to show the film on the big screen or on German TV. Thereby the International Film Festival SCHLINGEL has a prominent position in the area of film.”

Further information: www.ff-schlingel.de
Download pictures: http://presse.ff-schlingel.de


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International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL
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Mail: press@ff-schlingel.de
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( 16.10.2011 )

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