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25th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

10 – 17 OCT 2020
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105 min
Junior Film

Of Loves and Lies

2019
2019
France
from 11 years
Director: Julien Rappeneau

Théo’s nickname means ant: A nimble creature with amazing powers – and he has this name for a good reason. Although quite small for his age, as a soccer player he is the guarantor of success for his team. His talent is promoted by his coach, even the talent scout of a famous English team will come to watch the young football players in the French province.

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103 min
Junior Film

Spread Your Wings

2019
2019
France
from 11 years
Director: Nicolas Vanier

Even the thought of a holiday with his father in Provence triggers discomfort and defiance in Thomas. After the separation of his parents, the “crazy” scientist is rather embarrassing to him. His worst nightmares come true when it turns out that there is hardly any network coverage in this rural area and therefore no chance of playing exciting computer games.

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97 min
Junior Film

Cry of Silence

2019
2019
Russia
from 13 years
Director: Wladimir Potapow

Winter of 1942, during the siege of Leningrad: adolescent Katya lost her parents in the war and has to fight her way through the times of hunger and cold all by herself. There are air raid alarms every night; and there is nobody to stand by her in the air-raid shelter. When the sirens howl once again, a bundle with three-year-old Mitya is thrust into her hands.

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80 min
Children´s Film

Emma

2019
2019
Mexico, Spain
from 9 years
Director: Julio Bárcenas S.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Many young girls would probably answer this question with “princess or ballerina”. But ever since Emma was hit in the face by a ball during her communion, she has been firmly convinced that she will become a ‘saint’. Neither the nuns of her Catholic school, nor her parents can dissuade her from this idea.

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109 min
Youth Film

The Runaways

2019
2019
Great Britain
from 14 years
Director: Richard Heap

North Yorkshire, England: Angie lives with her two younger siblings Polly and Ben in a house by the sea. Her father can feed the family very poorly. He travels with his donkeys to let young excursionists ride them. Since her mother left husband and children, the family has a strong bond of togetherness, which slightly makes them forget the hard times.

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94 min
German Focus

My Life as Lotta - Bingo Flamingo!

2019
2019
Germany
from 9 years
Director: Neele Leana Vollmar

Lotta Petermann is eleven, has two parents and two brothers. This sounds quite normal, but it is not. Mother Sabine likes special offers and now works in the meditation studio of crazy Heiner Krishna. Father Rainer is a teacher and loves nothing more than his peace and quiet. And he is jealous of Krishna. The two stupid brothers run around the house all day, while Heester, the turtle, always stands in the way like an inverted bowl.

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85 min
Junior Film

Running to the Sky

2019
2019
Kyrgyzstan
from 11 years
Director: Mirlan Abdykalykov

Jekshen grows up in a picturesque mountain village in Kyrgyzstan. But the idyll is deceptive. The divorce of his parents, the absence of his mother and the care for his alcoholic father have forced the eleven-year-old to grow up at a young age. The only thing that can cheer the lonely boy up is the fascination for his sports teacher. She is also the one who discovers Jekshenʼs talent for running.

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90 min
Panorama

The Orphanage

2019
2019
Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Afghanistan
from 15 years
Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat

Afghanistan in the early 1990s: the country is still governed by the Soviet Union instead of Islamism. Street boy Qodrat is sent to an orphanage, where his everyday life consists of school, Bollywood dreams and true friendship. But threats and violence are omnipresent here as well.

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80 min
Animated Film

Fantastic Return to Oz

2019
2019
Russia
from 8 years
Director: Fjodor Dmitriew

Clever Urfin Jus has lost his wooden soldiers but wants to regain unlimited power. With the help of his clever bear and the sly clown, he gains possession of sorceress Gingema’s book, which is closely guarded in Emerald City. It fulfills every wish of its master, provided that he also owns the magic silver shoes. Meanwhile, brave Elli from Kansas has grown into a delightful teenager and has found shy Tim who is head over ears in love with her.

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75 min
Animated Film

Before the Day Breaks

2019
2018
Latvia
from 8 years
Director: Roze Stiebra

The daughter of the sun and the moon has been kidnapped. In spite of their powers, they are unable to trace her. From now on the child has to grow up underground in the custody of Selena, the devil’s daughter. It shall be prevented that the sun’s daughter can rise into the sky as the bloom of eternity. All efforts of the masked people and even those of the animals to find the child are in vain.

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86 min
Youth Film

The Unpromised Land

2019
2019
Sweden
from 14 years
Director: Victor Lindgren

Holmsund is a small town in Sweden – picturesquely situated on the archipelago coast, blessed with industrial jobs and a ferry connection to Finland. Here Sabina and two Romanian compatriots are looking for happiness. Her dark hair and brown skin look like a dark spot that seems to irritate and disturb the blond Swedes. Sabina is not welcome, she feels it, she does not even find work.

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105 min
Youth Film

Papicha

2019
2018
Algeria, France, Morocco, Qatar
from 16 years
Director: Mounia Meddour

Algeria, in the early 1990s: civil war is raging in the country. Radical militant groups try to establish an Islamist state, and those standing in their way are eliminated. Nedjima lives during this period of time. The 18-year-old studies French and is enthusiastic about fashion design. Together with her friends, she does everything ‘papichas’, pretty young girls, are not supposed to do – they have parties, wear revealing clothes and show provocative behaviour.

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100 min
Junior Film

The Legend of the Christmas Witch

2019
2018
Italy, Spain
from 11 years
Director: Michele Soavi

Paola seems to be a pretty, caring teacher who lives a normal life. However, she has a big secret: at night she turns into hook-nosed Christmas witch Befana who brings children presents riding on her broom. For 500 years, this has been her task which she loves more than anything else despite the stress. The children and their secret desires mean the world to her.

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98 min
Panorama

Adoration

2019
2019
Belgium, France
from 16 years
Director: Fabrice Du Welz

The clinic where Paul's mother works and where the two live together offers the 12-year-old little variety. When he gets to know the slightly older patient Gloria, her impetuous nature turns his everyday life upside down, so much that they flee together.

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104 min
Children´s Film

A Wizard Called Rye

2019
2018
Czech Republic
from 8 years
Director: Zdeněk Zelenka

Orphan Žito grows up well cared for by an old farmwoman. She shares her wisdom with him and teaches him to be an honest young man with a pronounced sense of justice. When he, like all young men, is conscripted to perform military service as a soldier at the royal court, he quickly reaches his moral limits. He secretly uses his task as a tax collector to free the citizens from the taxes.

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82 min
German Focus

My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

2019
2019
Netherlands, Germany
from 8 years
Director: Steven Wouterlood

A week’s holiday with the family by the sea! For Sam, it is a week full of mystery, happiness and sadness. He is greatly saddened by the thought that his parents and his older brother Jorre will die one day. Probably even before him because Sam is the youngest of the family. So he prepares himself for this painful moment.

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101 min
German Focus

Rocca

2019
2019
Germany
from 9 years
Director: Katja Benrath

“If I was afraid of something, would it do any good?” asks adventurous, always cheerful Rocca. The eleven-year-old does not let anyone talk her into anything; she only trusts her mind and her heart. The girl, whose mother died during childbirth, grew up in the ESA Space Centre in Kazakhstan, where her father was trained as an astronaut.

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Trailer
80 min
Panorama

Harajuku

2019
2018
Norway
from 15 years
Director: Eirik Svensson

Vilde is 15 years old, loves Japanese comics and has a depressed mother. Instead of being at home, she hangs out with her friends in the centre of Oslo. Shortly before Christmas Eve, youth welfare agents suddenly appear at her door bringing a terrible message. Vilde spontaneously plans to flee to Japan.

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111 min
Youth Film

Psychobitch

2019
2019
Norway
from 14 years
Director: Martin Lund

Marius is a reliable guy: he is popular, never misses his cross-country training, and his father always praises him to the skies. Even when he makes the selfish suggestion that they can form learning groups of two students each, he does everything right. However, instead of working with Lea, the most popular girl in class, Marius is assigned crazy ‘psychobitch’ Frida by his teacher.

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Trailer
97 min
Panorama

Hacker

2019
2019
Denmark, Sweden
from 11 years
Director: Poul Berg

Benjamin is a computer genius, lives in an orphanage and has recently been visited by the Danish secret service. They tell the shocked 13-year-old that his mother, who allegedly died in an accident, is still alive. And she is not the only one hunted by the Ministry of Defence.

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Das kleine Mädchen Mao Mao füttern ihr Haustier, ein Huhn.
13 min
Short Film

Mao Mao

2019
2019
Singapore
Director: Gary Chia Yew Hong

As six year old Ting and her family moves from their country house to a city apartment, Ting defies all odds to keep her pet chicken.

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Koyaa blickt erstaunt auf seinen in der Luft schwebenden Radiergummi.
3 min
Short Film

Koyaa – Jumpy Eraser

2019
2019
Slovenia
Director: Kolja Saksida

Koyaa draws some lovely bunnies on a piece of paper, framing it. As he’s ready to set aside his eraser, it jumps up and starts charging around! Koyaa needs a quick solution for the jumpy mayhem.

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Eine Katze steht mit ihrem Handtuch vor einem Badesee und blickt kritisch auf eine Fischgräte.
7 min
Short Film

Cat Lake City

2019
2019
Germany
Director: Antje Heyn

Percy Cat is looking forward to a relaxing day in Cat Lake City – the cats’ vacation paradise. But the place is not as expected. Not even the spot on the towel is as safe as he thought …

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Ein kleiner Anglerfisch betrachtet sein Bett auf dem Meeresgrund.
4 min
Short Film

Anglerfish

2019
2018
Germany
Director: Julia Ocker

The little anglerfish has to go to bed. But the deep waters are full of threatening creatures.

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Trailer
85 min
Panorama

August

2019
2019
Cuba, Costa Rica, France
from 15 years
Director: Armando Capó

Cuba at the beginning of the 90s: the economy is depressed, people are suffering from hunger. Carlos has summer holidays, but he feels that his city and his life are changing. The names of those trying to escape to the USA are read out on the radio. Who will leave next?

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Trailer
92 min
Panorama

The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies

2019
2018
Philippines
from 12 years
Director: Che Espírito

Pinching, punching, kicking or choking: Aguy can heal people by inflicting pain on them. One day the little girl meets an old baker who suffers from kidney failure. They become close friends, but her gift does not seem to work for him.

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83 min
Animated Film

The Daily Fable

2019
2018
Belgium
from 5 years
Director: Jens Møller, Freek Quartier

There is always something going on in the fairytale forest: many animals with different characters live here. There is Wolf who runs a small forest bistro. Or Mrs. Stork, who is cocksure of herself. Mr. Owl, on the other hand, prefers to sit on his branch and report from the newspaper about the latest forest news, for example how the stork lady invited all her friends to a picnic, but Wolf received no invitation.

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Trailer
103 min
Junior Film

I, the Sunshine

2019
2019
Mongolia
from 11 years
Director: Janchivdorj Sengedorj

In three episodes, the film tells a family story between tradition and modernity. The father grew up in a small village in the Mongolian mountains. Humble circumstances, but also a strong community shaped his childhood. His family was the first to own a television. But when they invite the village community, all they see and hear is white noise.

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Die Trickfiguren Mogu und Perol stehen in der Küche und bereiten eine leckere Mahlzeit zu.
9 min
Short Film

Mogu and Perol

2019
2018
Japan
Director: Tsuneo Goda

A story about two friends living on Yummy Island, where delicious food can be found everywhere! But whenever Mogu is cooking, Perol just pops up and eats the yummy meal.

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Das Schaf Claude Momäh versucht angestrengt, sich und sein Kunstwerk vor einem Wolf zu retten.
2 min
Short Film

Master Painter Bah Bizon

2019
2019
Germany
Director: Uli Seis

Bah-bizon, an artistically talented sheep, enjoys the afternoon painting a landscape en plein air. Suddenly a wolf’s howl startles the sheep! Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide! Bah Bizon will need all his artistic talent to save himself.

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Die kleine Matilda blickt verängstigt in ihr Zimmer.
7 min
Short Film

Matilda

2019
2018
Belgium, Spain, France
Director: Irene Iborra Rizo, Eduard Puertas Anfruns

Matilda can’t get to sleep and starts playing with her bedside lamp until the lightbulb finally burns out. She finds herself plunged into darkness! She soon overcomes her fear and, using her torch, starts exploring her room in this new light, and discovers all the magic of the night.

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Die kleine Anna wird von einem großen bärtigen Riesen vor ihrem Haus abgesetzt.
11 min
Short Film

Melting Heart Cake

2019
2019
France
Director: Benoît Chieux

Wanting to share her chocolate coeur fondant with her friend, Anna ventures on through a glacial forest, haunted by a new resident – a terrifying bearded giant. All animals that cross his path disappear. But the Leviathan’s heart is gentler than it seems.

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Das kleine graue Wölfchen blickt begeistert auf seine Geburstagstorte.
7 min
Short Film

Little Grey Wolfy. Summer Party

2019
2019
Norway
Director: Natalia Malykhina

Summer is here – short nights and full moon. And Little Grey Wolfy’s birthday is soon! Wolfy wishes for a cake with candles and cream – can anyone fulfill his birthday dream?

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Ein Braunbär steht majestätisch im Wald.
5 min
Short Film

Little Big Bear

2019
2018
Germany
Director: Sarah Schulz

The bear is rolling through the books he doesn’t know them, and it looks like everyone is so much taller and he is getting even smaller! He wonders while he’s tumbling how strength and size don’t mean a thing.

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Eine Schnecke hinterlässt eine kunterbunte Farbenspur.
8 min
Short Film

Snail the Painter

2019
2018
Croatia
Director: Manuela Vladić-Maštruko

As snails crawl across patches of paint, they leave behind coloured trails that overlap and mix, creating new colours.

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Ein kleiner Roboter und sein Roboter-Hund stehen vor einem riesigen gestrandeten Wal.
7 min
Short Film

The Robot & the Whale

2019
2018
Sweden
Director: Jonas Forsman

A long time ago, humans left planet earth. Alone remained Lobo, a cheerful robot who loves animals and plants. One day Lobo and her best friend Banjo, a curious robot dog, meet a stranded whale on the beach.

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Ein kleiner Junge hält erstaunt ein Diktiergerät in der Hand.
10 min
Short Film

Tape

2019
2018
Russia
Director: Alexei Jushakow

Investigator Igor shows his voice recorder to his son Sasha. For a child, a strange thing that “steals” his voice becomes another toy given by a caring father. Moreover, without understanding, Sashka erases all the recordings from the dictaphone.

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Ein Mann kehrt mit einem Besen Wolle zusammen.
10 min
Short Film

Woolworld

2019
2018
Poland
Director: Joanna Polak

Have you ever wondered what live would be in a world made of wool? In Woolworld, people, animals and everything that surrounds them is made of wool and all is closely tied together.

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Ein afrikanischer Flüchtling blickt beschämt zu Boden, während ihn ein Ordnungsbeamter mustert.
19 min
Short Film

Homebound

2019
2019
Finland
Director: Marika Harjusaari

A bus waiting to forcefully return refugees to their country of origin. One of the passengers, Xidig, is exited to go home, but his brother Salim knows that a war-torn and dangerous place is no one’s homeland.

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