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25th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

10 – 17 OCT 2020
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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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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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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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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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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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80 min
Panorama

Let Him Be a Basketball Player 2

2019
2019
Slovenia
from 11 years
Director: Boris Bezić

Two years have passed since lanky Ranta became the celebrated basketball star of his school. In the meantime, he and his mate Smodlak have to meet new challenges. An important national game must not be lost. And there are love problems too.

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90 min
German Focus

Snow White and the Magic of the Dwarves

2019
2019
Germany, Czech Republic
from 8 years
Director: Ngo The Chau

After her father’s death, little Snow White is completely at the mercy of her self-loving stepmother. The queen, who wants to be the most beautiful woman in the whole country, has the graceful girl locked up in a tower so no one can see her anymore. But the older Snow White becomes, the more rebellious she is.

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75 min
German Focus

The Elfkins - Baking a Difference

2019
2019
Germany
from 5 years
Director: Ute von Münchow-Pohl

For 200 years the Elfkins have been living under the pavement of Cologne. To this day, they have not forgotten the sneaky act of the curious seamstress with her peas. “Humans are mean, ungrateful and far too tall” say the Elfkins, preferring to accept darkness. But cheeky, somewhat chaotic Elfkin girl Helvi finds it pitch-dark and dead boring down there.

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92 min
German Focus

Double Trouble and the Magical Mirror

2019
2019
Germany
from 8 years
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller

Gesa, Frido’s mother, does not like losers. Unfortunately, the ten-year-old boy just feels like a loser, at least at school. His teacher, Mrs. Klawitter, does not want to give him a recommendation for grammar school secondary education because he is said to be much too playful and first has to learn “to write his numbers into the boxes”.

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90 min
Children´s Film

Phantom Owl Forest

2019
2018
Estonia
from 7 years
Director: Anu Aun

Eia is disappointed: her parents are very busy and have no time for her, even at Christmas. Instead, they send the ten-year-old to her grandfather, who lives in an eerie forest and whom she has never met before. But instead of becoming a horror story, Eia’s Christmas holidays become a fairy tale: legendary phantom owl lives in the forest.

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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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93 min
Children´s Film

All I Want for Christmas

2019
2018
Denmark
from 8 years
Director: Christian Dyekjær

Lucia is a very special girl. Her father Julius is the Danish Santa Claus and Lucia later wants to follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, she as a girl is not allowed to become Santa Claus. Although Lucia attends International Christmas School, she has to learn to knit socks and bake instead of climbing through chimneys like the boys.

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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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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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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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90 min
Panorama

The Last Color

2019
2019
India, USA
from 14 years
Director: Vikas Khanna

Chhoti is a street child and wants to go to school. She therefore saves money with her friend Chintu. When he disappears with their rupees, the girl seeks shelter with the widow Noor. Since both belong to the caste of the ‘untouchables’, their everyday life is marked by injustices.

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87 min
Panorama

The Opera Kids

2019
2018
Singapore
from 8 years
Director: Raymond Tan

Open spends his school days drawing. His father, a teacher working at his school, cares for him lovingly, but his mother is unable to cope with him. However, the autistic boy slowly opens up when outgoing Bao Er joins his class and wants to become his girlfriend.

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86 min
Panorama

The Day of Chocolate

2019
2018
Poland
from 10 years
Director: Jacek Piotr Bławut

When silent Monika moves into the neighbouring house in her hula costume, David immediately makes friends with her. Both have a longing for a loved person who has left them, and both have a secret wish. Can the magic clock and the time hopper help them?

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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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67 min
Animated Film

Bamse and the Thunder Bell

2019
2018
Sweden
from 6 years
Director: Christian Ryltenius

Bamse is the kindest bear in the city and – thanks to thunder honey – also the strongest. He is a superhero, so to speak. Grandmother Bear prepares the thunder honey from magic thunder bell flowers. Grandfather once brought them with him from an expedition. He supposedly also found a treasure at that time.

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104 min
Youth Film

Broken Mirrors

2019
2018
Israel
from 15 years
Director: Imri Matalon, Aviad Givon

Ariella drinks and smokes like other teenage girls. But this is frowned upon in Israel. Her father is an army officer and reacts with a firm hand to his older daughter’s dissolute lifestyle. He humiliates her by having her spend the night outside the house after she returned home late. Anger is mounting in Ariella due to this injustice.

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86 min
German Focus

Too Far Away

2019
2019
Germany
from 10 years
Director: Sarah Winkenstette

Together with his parents and his older sister Isa, almost twelveyear-old Ben has to leave his home village because Niederkirchbach will soon be eaten up by a huge brown coal opencast mine. His only consolation is the Düren football team, for which he, a gifted striker, has already registered. In his new school, however, Ben is stamped as being an outsider.

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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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95 min
German Focus

Invisible Sue

2019
2018
Germany, Luxembourg
from 10 years
Director: Markus Dietrich

Susanne is twelve and dreamy. In her spare time she escapes into her comic’s world. She wants to be a superhero herself, a superhero named Sue! In reality, however, Sue has the feeling of not being noticed by anyone, of being almost invisible to the conceited girls from her class, but mainly to her mother Maria. She is an ambitious scientist who only has her research on her mind.

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Eine Nonne schaut verschmitzt zur Seite.
8 min
Panorama

Artem Silendi

2019
2017
France
Director: Frank Ychou

Sisters are sinners like others.

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136 min
Panorama

Let Me Fall

2019
2018
Iceland, Finland
from 16 years
Director: Baldvin Z

You are young, you are fearless, and the world lies at your feet. You have cool friends called Stella and Toni, but more and more often also cocaine or heroin. And you do everything for your friends: rob men, destroy your family, throw away your life. Is there a way out? Maybe!

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Eine kleine Staubkreatur sitzt im Bücherregal eines Jungen.
13 min
Short Film

Dusty

2019
2018
Latvia
from 7 years
Director: Dace Riduze

Small dust creatures live in the bookshelf and find the world around them to be their home. One of them, a little wise Dusty, suddenly encounters a boy. Their friendship turns the boring everyday life into a great adventure …

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Ein kleiner Junge steht auf einem Schulhof voller Schnee.
8 min
Short Film

The Shrove Sunday

2019
2018
Ukraine
from 7 years
Director: Olexander Kyrienko

A little orphaned boy from children’s home faces violence of other children. But everything he dreams about is to visit church on the Shrove Sunday and ask forgiveness for his hatred.

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Eine Maus versucht im Kerzenschein ein Buch zu lesen.
3 min
Short Film

Small Spark

2019
2019
France
from 7 years
Director: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin

A small mouse lives in the middle of books and their epic adventures. When the candle goes out and when the matchbox is empty, it’s her turn to live a dangerous adventure through the house, in search of a small spark.

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Ein Junge steht vor einer Tafel mit Plakaten und hält einen Vortrag über Igel.
5 min
Short Film

Hedgehog

2019
2018
France
from 7 years
Director: Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen, Jong-ha Yoon

A little boy speaks about hedgehogs all the time to everybody.

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Ein Wolf steht mit einer Siegerpose in einem Wald.
6 min
Short Film

I’m the Strongest

2019
2018
Belgium, France
from 7 years
Director: Arnaud Demyunck, Anais Sorrentino

Mr. Wolf has just enjoyed a fine dinner. Replete, he goes off for a walk around the forest, just to make sure that everyone can see that he is indeed the strongest creature around!

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Ein kleiner Junge trägt einen Raumanzug der NASA.
13 min
Short Film

Here on Earth

2019
2018
Mexico
from 7 years
Director: Rebeca Trejo

Every morning at school, when girls and boys stand in their lines, Sam is confronted with his situation: he doesn’t fit into this society where everything has to be classified. However, thanks to a teacher he will find his place in the world.

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Ein Mädchen schaut aus einem geöffneten Fenster durch ein Fernglas.
14 min
Short Film

Angel’s Mirror

2019
2018
China
from 7 years
Director: Cheng Chao

A little boy and his family have just come to live in a large factory complex. As he explores his new surroundings, he discovers that the boys from the playground are fascinated by a cute little girl who spends her days looking out from the window of an upstairs apartment.

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Ein kleines Mädchen sitzt mit ihrem besten Freund auf einem Baumstamm an einem kleinen Fluss und beobachtet ihren Stock, den sie an einer Leine befestigt hat.
12 min
Short Film

The Stick

2019
2019
Finland
from 7 years
Director: Teppo Airaksinen

A little girl really wants a dog. Her father gives her one chance to get it. Will she succeed?

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Ein Mann in Warnweste steht auf einem Zebrastreifen und winkt die an der Seite wartenden Jungs nach drüben.
14 min
Short Film

The Crossing Guard

2019
2019
Belgium
from 7 years
Director: Marguerite Didierjean

Lucas pretends his father is a pilot to impress his friends. It’s still better than a father who does nothing of his days. But Lucas’s father finds work again: he is the one who will now help children to cross the road in front of the school.

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Ein Mädchen, das neben ihrem Fahrrad steht, zieht ihren Opa an einem roten Schaal.
2 min
Short Film

Cycle

2019
2018
Netherlands
from 7 years
Director: Sophie Olga de Jong, Sytske Kok

A small round story about a girl who learns to cycle from her grandfather and discovers that where the road ends real adventure begins.

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