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26th International

Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021

It's time to SCHLiNGEL again!


Long enough the worldwide pandemic has determined our living and working. We think it's time to have something to look forward to:

Also in 2021 SCHLiNGEL will bring films, a young audience and the film industry to cinemas - physically, live and "in color". The 26 International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience will take place from 09 to 16 October 2021. After we managed to have 13.000 guests at place in 2020 we're even more optimistically for this year's festival edition. Here you can see pictures of the SCHLiNGEL 2020. We thank all partners, sponsors and helpers for making SCHLiNGEL 2020 in these special times possible.

After the Opening Ceremony on 09 October different locations invite to film screenings. Also the IFF SCHLiNGEL Industry Forum will take place at the Chemnitzer Hof. Well-known and new formats as COMMING SOON and the first CENTRAL EUROPEAN CHILDREN'S FILM MARKET are waiting. The big finale will be the Awarding Ceremony on 16 October.

The extraordinary, brand-new and diverse productions at the SCHLiNGEL International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences have been drawing thousands of young and old cineasts from Chemnitz and the surrounding area to the CineStar in the Galerie Roter Turm every year since 1996.

Beside this IFF SCHLiNGEL offers a challenging and varied fringe programme to accompany the first-class viewing delights, with podium discussions, talks and workshops. There is a particular emphasis on educational sessions on film and media for kindergartens and schools; through practical activities, the participants are given an insight into topics such as film production or using a camera and equipment. Professionals also bring themselves up to date with the latest trends and issues relating to children’s and young adult films at seminars and forums, and can exchange views with each other in lively discussions.

In addition to the annual staging of the SCHLiNGEL International Film Festival, matinee tours have been established across Saxony. Selected productions are brought to a larger international audience outside the festival as well. This is the aim behind diverse international film presentations, for example in Canada, China, India, Japan and Russia.

Picture and sound of the 25th SCHLiNGEL


Together we rocked the 25th SCHLiNGEL! We are happy about the positive feedback and the fantastic festival spirit. As always, we would like to thank all visitors, patrons, partners and sponsors. Thanks also to filmmakers from far and wide, who could not travel as much as in the years before, but used our video wall to communicate with our visitors in live-calls.

The winners 2020


70 long films and more than 80 short films competed against each other in the various categories. Here you can find out who won the coveted SCHLiNGEL trophies this year. Is your favorite one among them?

Made by you


Mädchen schaut durch Kamera

Our project ‘Made by You‘: Also in 2020 short films made by youngsters were shown at SCHLiNGEL.

SCHLiNGEL is over...


Foto wird mit Handykamera gemacht

...but still there's always something new! Stay close and don't miss what's happening with the winning films of SCHLiNGEL 2020.