22nd International Film Festival

25 SEP - 1 OCT 2017 in Chemnitz

for Children and Young Audience

Networking

Impressions of our daily work

Berlinale

Just like usual also this year SCHLINGEL was on board when it was time to look out for the newest productions at the 65th Berlinale in February. As one of the organisers of the “Meeting of the Children’s Film Scene” in the representation of the federal state of Saxony within the Federal Government the IFF SCHLINGEL assured for a felicitous reception, at which inspiring conversations were held and new project ideas could be made. The evening was crowned with the presentation of the ECFA-Award 2016, which went to the Belgian-French coproduction BIRDS OF PASSAGE.
 

Montreal & New York

At the 19th edition of the FIFEM in Montreal there weren’t only numerous guests but also head of SCHLINGEL Michael Harbauer and director Norbert Lechner, whose film "Fortune Favors the Brave" was officially introduced at the 20th SCHLINGEL last year. Now he had its international debut in Montreal.

Also the 19th edition of the New York International Children’s Film Festival took place this year and - like the FIFEM - it offered the possibility to examine new films for the 21st SCHLINGEL more closely. Beside this there was time for networking.
 

Ciné Jeune

For the film festival „Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne“ in Guise not only head of SCHLINGEL Michael Harbauer made his way to France, but also both of the pupils Henrike and Kilian from the secondary school Dr.-Wilhelm-André in Chemnitz. While Michael Harbauer had been part of the expert jury, the two teenagers from Chemnitz judged the films as a part of the International Youth Jury together with young people from France, Italy and Poland. Deeply impressed they returned from the festival: “We would never have thought that this week would affect us for so long.”
 

Cinemanya

Films allow a much eaasier access to a foreign culture and language. With the film case “Cinemanya”, curated by festival director Michael Harbauer, the Goethe Institute provides German films for the media educational work with refugee children and adolescents. In December 2015 the film case was presented at the Astor Lounge in Berlin. Since then we realise film screenings all over Saxony - for example in March in Dresden, in the reception centre for immigrants in the Hamburger Straße, or in May at Valoki. In the film packages  there are two nonverbal short film programmes as well as 18 German films with Arabic subtitles or in dubbed version. The dubbing of the films was done in cooperation with the company Soundgarten GmbH in Leipzig.
 

Tashkent & Fergana

The third edition of the German-Uzbek children’s and youth film festival ”Shum bola” started at the end of April and offered the audience the possibility to view current German films in Russian language. Jointly with Julia Hanske, leader of the Goethe Institute Taschkent, as well as Ravshan Israilov head of SCHLINGEL Michael Harbauer accompanied the opening of the festival in Taschkent and Fergana. There the film “The Nutcracker and the Mouseking”, which already was the opening film in Taschkent, could attract about 900 visitors. Also producer Katharina Wagner was there to discuss her film with the young audience in a Q&A following the screening. Beside this media educators created animated films with children and adolescents in workshops at local schools. The Central German Media Fund (MDM), the Saxon State Chancellery as well as German Films promoted this presentation.
 

Seattle

This year the Children’s Film Festival Seattle had his focus on films from Southeast Asia. Within the 12 days of the festival 167 international children’s films were shown, including the German production “My Friend Raffi” by director Arendt Agthe. Head of SCHLINGEL Michael Harbauer visited the festival as well and was decisively involved in a new cooperation agreement with the film festival. In 2017 SCHLINGEL is going to present German children’s films from the competition "German Focus" in the United States and show the diversity of the German children’s and youth films industry. The festival director Liz Shepherd will select the films in fall in Chemnitz.

Tel Aviv

The annual Tel Aviv International Children’s Film Festival took place for the 12th time in mid July. As a member of the ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) jury, Michael Harbauer decided on the best European production in the programme. He was accompanied by a delegation of German filmmakers and children’s film experts. Both of the scriptwriters Katharina Reschke and Oliver Schütte as well as the leader of the funding area Central German Media Fund (MDM), Dr. Markus Görsch, informed about their work in the fields of script development, production as well as funding of children’s and youth films. In addition to this the scriptwriters of the German production “Fortune favors the brave”, directed by Norbert Lechner, presented their film at the festival. The presentation was promoted by MDM as well as the Saxon State Chancellery.
 

Japan, Russia & Romania

At the beginning of November, SCHLINGEL representatives travelled again around the world to bring German children's and youth films on an international stage. For this purpose productions of past SCHLINGEL editions have been screened at festivals in Tokyo, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk and Bucharest. Directors and Producers came to those cities to discuss about their films. For example, Alain Gsponer (HEIDI), Philipp Budweg (PASTA-DETECTIVES I-III), Florian Gaag (LENALOVE) and Alexandra Prochazka (AT EYE LEVEL) could be welcomed. The presentations abroad were supported by Sächsische Staatskanzlei (Saxon State Chancellery), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and German Films in cooperation with the Goethe Institute.

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