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27th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

23 – 30 SEP 2023
 
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135 min

Almost Fly

2022
2021
Germany
from 16 years
Director: Florian Gaag

Eichfeld, 1990: The Wall has fallen. While reunification is being celebrated in Berlin, Walter – known as “W” – Ben and Nik are bored with their lives in the West German province. At school, they are ostracised, they do not fit in and are almost invisible to the girls. Everything changes when the outsiders sneak off in a car to the nearby US base to attend a party. This is where, for the first time, the three 17-year-olds come into contact with breakdance, hip-hop and rap – and are full of enthusiasm. In order to escape the exclusion at school and to impress their beloved, they announce that they want to rap themselves at the school festival. But sooner than expected, W, Ben and Nik find themselves facing a major challenge – the English language, which none of the three really speaks. Surrounded by outdated traditions, racism and long-kept family secrets, they try to find their own language. Thus, they end up making German rap music, getting closer to the big stage, and also discovering themselves.

11.10., 19:00 Uhr "Almost Fly - Serie Folgen 1-3"
13.10., 19:00 Uhr "Almost Fly - Serie Folgen 4-6"

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19 min
Short Film

Desert Lights

2022
2022
Chile
from 12 years
Director: Katherina Harder Sacre

In the middle of Atacama desert, Antay sees his town disappearing due to the drought. Alongside his friends and their football team, they will try to hang on to the last sunrays, their childhood fragments and the ties with those who still resist.

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12 min
Short Film

Elsa

2022
2021
Spain
from 6 years
Director: Albert Carbó

Elsa wants, like every child, to live happily and free. She knows that she is different from most, but she knows who she is. Elsa stands for tolerance, diversity and the possibility of choosing who we want to be.

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7 min
Short Film

The Most Boring Granny in The Whole World

2022
2022
Germany
from 6 years
Director: Damaris Zielke

Greta has the most boring grandma in the whole world. Then Greta gets the idea, to play funeral with her grandma. This confronts them with some new questions. Because what remains when you have to leave life behind?

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7 min
Short Film

I'm Not Afraid!

2022
2022
Germany, Norway
from 4 years
Director: Marita Mayer

Vanja discovers that being brave means to face your own fears, and that everyone is scared now and then – even the big ones.

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5 min
Short Film

Hush Hush Little Bear

2022
2022
Latvia
from 4 years
Director: Māra Liniņa

While the bear parents are away looking for berries and honey, the baby bears stay at home with the sheep. The bear cubs have a good time playing merrily with a ball of yarn, but soon enough the cubs find themselves all tangled up and everything is turned upside down!

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4 min
Short Film

Meta

2022
2022
Germany
from 4 years
Director: Antje Heyn

An animated film that takes up topics such as change, cycles, connection, and interaction in a playful and experimental way. The aim is to show that everything consists of many parts and that in the end we are all connected with each other.

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7 min
Short Film

The Big Tantrum

2022
2022
France, Belgium
from 4 years
Director: Celia Tisserant, Arnaud Demuynck

Robert has not had a good day. He comes back from school in a bad mood and gets sent to his room by his Dad. He feels something horrible rising up inside him: it is anger…

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5 min
Short Film

Kiwi & Strit - Things Have Legs

2022
2021
Denmark
from 4 years
Director: Esben Toft Jacobsen

The two funny and furry little creatures Kiwi and Strit have very different approaches to almost everything. When boulders with legs filling up the clearing where Kiwi and Strit live, trouble begins.

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8 min
Short Film

Little Karl and the Elephants

2022
2021
Germany
from 4 years
Director: Friedrich Kießling

At the beginning of World War 1, little Karlchen has a big dream: to see the famous elephants of the Sarrasani Circus! To earn the entrance fee, he delivers potatoes to a merchant. But then everything turns out differently ...

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5 min
Short Film

Fairy Horses

2022
2022
Ukraine
from 4 years
Director: Oksana Nesenenko

The girl dreams of horses while she is travelling on the train. She wants to fly with them.

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4 min
Short Film

Who said Monster?

2022
2021
Italy
from 4 years
Director: Francesco Forti

It’s a dark night and a frightened little bird goes into the woods. He is afraid because during the day the birds that live in the trees, say that hiding in the woods there is a monster.

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4 min
Short Film

Painting by Numbers

2022
2021
Australia
from 14 years
Director: Radheya Jegatheva

A child's encounter with classic masterpieces triggers a confronting epiphany

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17 min
Short Film

Eger, 1552

2022
2021
Hungary
from 12 years
Director: Attila Szász

Two sixth-graders lose their way on a school trip and find themselves in the middle of the siege of Eger in 1552, on the exact day that the Turks unleash their final attack on the iconic Hungarian castle.

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5 min
Short Film

Mister Paper's Birthday

2022
2021
Belgium, Germany
from 4 years
Director: Steven de Beul, Ben Tesseur

Mister Paper lives in a world of paper and creates everything he needs with his scissors. From the decorations to the birthday cake, he has prepared everything for his birthday. He is only missing the guests, which of course he makes himself. 

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9 min
Short Film

Franzy’s Soup-Kitchen

2022
2021
France, Georgia
from 4 years
Director: Ana Chubinidze

Lonely alien chef Franzy discovers that her special pink soup is not just delicious, but also magical, when she shares it with starving creatures living on a strange planet.

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100 min
Panorama

Kings of Rap

2022
2021
Ukraine
from 16 years
Director: Myroslav Latyk

Kazan and Arakhis want to become famous rappers. But Kazan questions the misogyny their song texts reflect more and more. The 17-year-old also wants so win the heart of his beloved Sveta. But when he gets recruited from car thieves, his dreams are in danger of being shattered.

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8 min
Short Film

Toru Superfox: Hungry Beast

2022
2021
Poland
from 5 years
Director: Piotr Szczepanowicz

Little fox Toru decides to become a superhero following the footsteps of his grandma – the legendary Supervixen. Whenever there is trouble, Toru puts on his superhero eye mask and rushes to help.

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67 min
Animated Film

Hug Me - The Movie

2022
2022
Poland, China
from 4 years
Director: Anna Błaszczyk

Today is Teddys birthday. Papa bear wants his adventurous bear cub to have a beautiful cake for the occasion! Alas, the honey reserves of the den and the surrounding hives have run out. Teddy convinces papa bear to go search for the Golden Land where, some say, there is an endless source of honey.

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Trailer
100 min
Youth Film

The Space Among Us

2022
2022
Slovenia, Canada
from 14 years
Director: Rahela Jagrič Pirc

14-year-old Tobi from Canada has to spend the holidays in his mother's Slovenian homeland. There he feels like an outsider. Then he meets the old, blind Herman, who teaches him about the night sky. And then there is also Tjaša, who becomes the centre of Tobi's universe.

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Trailer
80 min
Children´s Film, Special Programme

Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers

2020, 2022
2020
Norway
from 6 years
Director: Silje Salomonsen, Arild Østin Ommundsen

Vega is nine years old and very level-headed. She is “the only normal person in the family”, so to speak. Her five-year-old, wild sister Billie does whatever she wants, her father does not exactly behave like an adult and her mother has to rest in a clinic this summer because “she always thinks so much”.

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Trailer
90 min
Children´s Film, Special Programme

Binti

2019, 2022
2019
Belgium, Netherlands
from 9 years
Director: Frederike Migom

Born in Congo, twelve-year-old Binti and her father Jovial have been living illegally in Belgium for many years. Binti feels like a Belgian and dreams of becoming a popular vlogger, such as her idol Tatyana. Binti also has a video blog and regularly fills it with funny shots of her everyday life, which is suddenly disturbed when once again she and her father have to flee from the police.

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89 min
German Focus, Special Programme

Madison - A Fast Friendship

2020, 2022
2019
Germany, Austria
from 11 years
Director: Kim Strobl

Twelve-year-old Madison has set her mind on becoming as successful as her father Timo, a professional cyclist. Timo, who named his daughter after a discipline in track cycling, namely two-man team riding, often overtaxes Madison. Although she still has a year to go, she is scheduled to take part in the Federal German training camp this summer.

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Trailer
85 min
Youth Film, Special Programme

The Horizon

2021, 2022
2020
France
from 15 years
Director: Emilie Carpentier

Adja and her best friend mock Arthur and other young people who take a stand for climate and environment. Adja wants to live and have fun without thinking about tomorrow. As she gets closer to Arthur, she suddenly understands his motives more and more and becomes his companion in the fight against concrete.

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Trailer
99 min
Junior Film, Special Programme

Sun Children

2021, 2022
2020
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
from 12 years
Director: Majid Majidi

Ali and his friends keep themselves afloat with small cheatings when a big fish beckons. They get the order to cover a treasure buried in a drain shaft. To get into the tunnel, they become part of the “Sun School”, a school for street children.

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Trailer
100 min
Junior Film, Special Programme

Moon Rock for Monday

2020, 2021, 2022
2020
Australia
from 13 years
Director: Kurt Martin

Monday has to take her medication every day because the young girl is terminally ill. She is taught at home and well looked after by her single father Bob. But Monday dreams of seeing the places her father talks to her about. Especially Uluru, the red mountain in northern Australia.

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Trailer
93 min
German Focus, Special Programme

Mission Ulja Funk

2020, 2021, 2022
2021
Germany, Luxembourg, Poland
from 10 years
Director: Barbara Kronenberg

Incredible! The twelve-year-old Ulja has discovered an asteroid that will crash into the earth in exactly four days in far-away Belarus. But the deeply religious grandma Olga thinks, that this is hellish stuff. However Ulja desperately wants to greet VR-24-1720 at the crash site.

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90 min
German Focus, Special Programme

Into the Beat

2020, 2022
2020
Germany
from 12 years
Director: Stefan Westerwelle

Katya Orlow comes from a famous ballet family. She has every chance of following in the footsteps of her late mother and that of her father Victor, who is still celebrated as a master dancer. At the moment she is training very hard to apply to the prestigious New York Ballet Academy. Then an accident happens ...

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Trailer
74 min
Children´s Film, Special Programme

Mezquite's Heart

2020, 2022
2019
Mexico
from 9 years
Director: Ana Laura Calderón

Lucía belongs to the Yoreme people and lives a secluded life with her father, a harp player, and her grandparents in a small village in Sonora, Mexico. Lucía’s father Fidel cannot get over the death of his wife and drowns his grief in alcohol. The little girl’s biggest wish is to play the traditional harp like her father, to touch his heart and be loved by him again.

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100 min
Youth Film, Special Programme

VS.

2019, 2022
2018
UK
from 15 years
Director: Ed Lilly

Eminem’s “8 Mile” in a British seaside resort: rage is the sensation Adam feels most often. He is furious with his foster families, his social worker and especially with his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. After destroying his room at his new foster parents’ home in a dispute, he has to move again.

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19 min
Short Film

When the Swallows Fly Away

2022
2021
Belgium
from 16 years

In a small rural village, a young boy befriends Fernand and Andrée, a farmer couple who, at the age of 80 years, find themselves at trouble feeding their remaining livestock.

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10 min
Short Film

Bootleg

2022
2021
Germany
from 11 years
Director: Free Ponys (Caroline Hellwig, Alena Kolbach)

It´s 2002. She loves listening to music and creating perfect duplicates of her favourite hits on CD. Why not try to make some money with it? The new Anti-Shock Discman doesn´t seem that far out of reach anymore.

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20 min
Short Film

Our Name is Anna

2022
2021
Italy
from 12 years

Anne Frank is the symbol of all the children who were victims of the Shoah but also of those who today continue to be discriminated against. Her ideals are shared through the eyes of a contemporary teenager named Anna.

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10 min
Short Film

Sand Pie

2022
2022
Czech Republic
from 6 years
Director: Kateřina Karhánková

Mína and her toy friend are having fun in a sandpit. Suddenly, mud pies are stamped out and her toy is captured by cycling Totemites! Saving the toy Mina has to overcome risky challenges.

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5 min
Short Film

Giovanni

2022
2021
Italy
from 6 years
Director: Ludovica Gibelli, Marco Di Gerlando

The six year old Giovanni is engrossed in the play with his doll. On the bench in the park, the man next to him does not seem to agree with his interests …

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13 min
Short Film

The Biscuiteers

2022
2022
Bulgaria, Spain
from 6 years
Director: Yavor Kalatchev

Ellie's family moves in an old house. The three Biscuiteers  - Pepper, Basil and Rosemary - wake up after a very long sleep just to find their house completely changed and meet the new family.

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25 min
Short Film

Spare Parts

2022
2021
Germany
from 6 years
Director: Niva Ehrlich

Lina is in urgent need of a new heart. But she certainly does not want one from a dead child! At a junkyard, she looks for of parts in order to build herself an own heart. There, Kalle comes in her way. After initial difficulties, she convinces him to join her search.

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4 min
Short Film

Hiding

2022
2021
Großbritannien / UK
from 14 years
Director: Thomas Carey

A young boy named Will is starting to come to terms with his sexuality. When his friends start to put pressure him to admit things that he’s not ready to share, Will has to learn the hard way that true acceptance won’t come from anyone else, but himself.

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8 min
Short Film

Dot

2022
2022
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
from 14 years
Director: Mohammad Zare

In the not-too-distant future depression and loneliness are rampant. Human limbs have been bent by the extreme use of technological tools, their field of vision has been limited to the screen in front of them. A young man accidentally notices the beauty of nature.

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