International & Colourful
Long live the children's film!
Berlinale 2017For the second time after 2016 the Vertretung des Freistaates Sachsen beim Bund was the venue of the meeting of the children’s film community within the context of the 67th Berlinale. The evening was characterised by inspiring conversations, new project ideas and innovative cooperations. Highlight was the presentation of the 6th ECFA Award, that was given to the French stop motion animated film “My Live as a Zucchini”.
4th Film Festival Shum BolaThe fourth edition of the German-Uzbek children’s and youth film festival ”Shum bola” started at the beginning of May and offered the audience the possibility to view seven German films in Russian language. Together with Michael Harbauer the filmmakers Tony Loeser (Mullewapp), Alain Gsponer (Heidi) und Alexandra Prochazka (At Eye Level) were there to discuss the films with the young audience in Q&As following the screenings. The Central German Media Fund (MDM) and the Saxon State Chancellery promoted this presentation. Organised was it by Goethe-Institut Tashkent, IFF SCHLINGEL and Uzbekkino, an Uzbek film agency.
German Films in VietnamFor the first time a German film festival has been organised by the Goethe-Institut Hanoi together with the IFF SCHLINGEL. On the occasion of International Children’s Day on June 1 the festival at Kim Dong Cinema in Hanoi / Vietnam was held from May 25 to May 28, 2017. The festival screened six selected films – all in German language with Vietnamese and English subtitles. Additional to this free film activities and workshops to reflect on the films and to inspire the participants to express their views were provided. As special guests, the German filmmakers Florian Gaag (“LenaLove”), Alexandra Prochazka (“At Eye Level”) and Neele Vollmar (“Pasta Detectives 3”) as well as two representatives of SCHLINGEL Film Festival were welcomed.
South Korea & Taiwan 2017In mid-July, representatives of the Chemnitz Film Festival travelled to South Korea and Taiwan to attend the International Children's and Youth Film Festivals BIKY in Busan and ATIFF in Tainan. In addition to presentations of two short film programmes, Michael Harbauer and programmer Antje Schönfeld were also involved in the selection process of the Taiwanese awardees. Besides that Michael Harbauer spoke at an international symposium about the role of audio-visual education for children and young people using the example of SCHLINGEL. The trip was supported by the Goethe-Institut Taipei.
La Matatena 2017For the 22nd time the children’s and youth’s Film Festival La Matatena took place in Mexico City. Besides the screening of 98 movies from 22 different countries, children and youths had the opportunity to attend workshop formats and activities from August 8th until August 13th 2017. Our programme coordinator Elias Rodriguez has been on site to look behind the scenes and to be part of a discussion forum with other film makers from Chile and Mexico about national circumstances and conditions for film festivals. The festival La Matatena puts internationalism at the heart of the learning experience, while also emphasizing the personal and unique nature of children’s experience with cinema.
Tokyo 2017From 27 October till 5 November IFF SCHLINGEL festival director Michael Harbauer visited Tokyo, where he presented six German movies at the Japanese film festivals TIFF and KINEKO. They were screened with English subtitles or with Japanese translation. Q&As complemented the screenings and allowed for intensive exchange.
The following actors and directors were on site: Florian Gaag („LenaLove“), Thomas Heinemann ("Lola on the Pea"), Dagmar Seume & Jule Hermann ("Wendy") and Norbert Lechner & Lynn Dortschack ("Fortune Favors the Brave"). SCHLINGEL’s presentations abroad are kindly supported by Sächsische Staatskanzlei, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM) and German Films. Cooperation parner is the Goethe-Institut.
Jury Work in HyderabadAt the beginning of November Michael Harbauer's next stop was the Indian Children's Film Festival “The Golden Elephant“ in Hyderabad, where he was a member of the International Jury. In a panel discussion he spoke together with other festival directors, producers and scientists about "Market Creation & Festivals to Promote Children's Films". Furthermore he was participating in the CIFEJ's general meeting, which will be followed by a board meeting during the 23rd SCHLINGEL edition next year.
In the meanwhile, Programme Advisor Dr. Volker Petzold visited the 10th International Children's and Youth Film Festival Juniorfest in Czech Republic, where he attended a symposium on the topic of German and Czech co-productions and the phenomenon of czech fairy tales using the example of IFF SCHLINGEL.