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26th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021
Filters

Ein Junge liegt mit seinen Stiften und einem Malblock auf der Wiese.
12 min
Short Film

The Eyes of the Artist

2020
2020
Malta
from 11 years
Director: Hristijan Kostovski

The dream of a child to become a painter is unconsciously destroyed by his parents who force him to become something what he doesn’t want to be.

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Ein Mädchen malt ein Bild.
4 min
Short Film

Colours

2020
2020
Spain
from 11 years
Director: Melissa Estaba

A mother and daughter spend their evening together in the living room. Mother works whilst her daughter is drawing. But when the kid finishes and starts to colour her drawing, she starts to think about what colour she should use.

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Ein Mann sitzt auf dem Sofa und isst Chips.
1 min
Short Film

The Flat

2020
2019
Moldova
from 11 years
Director: Lev Voloshin

Every day, each and every one of us produces garbage: at work, at school, at home, on a walk. But what is the final destination of our garbage and what happens to it?

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Ein zotteliges Monster steht auf einem Berg.
7 min
Short Film

The Very Hairy Alphabet

2020
2019
Germany
from 4 years
Director: Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez

The fuzzy little Yeti Monster, Nitso, has recently gotten keen on learning the letters of the alphabet.

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Eine Eule betrachtet die an Wolken hängenden Sterne.
4 min
Short Film

Warm Star

2020
2019
Russia
from 4 years
Director: Anna Kusina

A bird that keeps order in the sky accidentally drops a star during cleaning. And on earth, children find it.

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Zwei Kinder sitzen auf einem Fensterbrett.
12 min
Short Film

The Snow Queen

2020
2019
Germany
from 4 years
Director: Britt Dunse

The fairytale is about friendship, but also danger. Sometimes, it is necessary to be careful, other times it is important to be brave. But how do we know whether it is time for courage? Our feelings will be able to exactly tell us!

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Ein Seestern und ein Seepferdchen betrachten eine Muschel.
4 min
Short Film

Patchwork Clam

2020
2019
Germany
from 4 years
Director: Angela Steffen

Patchwork Clam is too shy. Will the Patchwork Pals make her come out of her shell?

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Trailer
75 min
Youth Film

Life Without Sara Amat

2020
2019
Spain
from 14 years
Director: Laura Jou

Pep is 13. As every year, he spends his holidays in his grandmother's house in the country. There he meets again with his friends, who stir up the small town in the summertime. The gang includes Sara, who Pep is madly in love with. Every night the youngsters meet to play hide and seek or spin the bottle.

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90 min
German Focus

The Witch Princess

2020
2020
Germany, Czech Republic
from 8 years
Director: Ngo The Chau

The twin princesses Amalindis and Zottel could not be more different: first-born Amalindis is dutiful and well-behaved; the second-born, called Zottel by everyone, is wild and closely connected to nature. Since Zottel is so different, King Goderic cannot stand her. But he has great plans for Amalindis, who attends to his every whim and fancy.

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61 min
Animated Film

Boxi and the Lost Treasure

2020
2019
Hungary
from 5 years
Director: Béla Klingl

Kartomi is a little lout who likes to paint on everything he can lay his hands on in his town. One day he meets little stray dog Boxi. The boy and the dog become best friends. As a first good deed they clean the city from all graffiti. Soon they find a treasure map and together they embark on an adventure that takes them all over the city and its outskirts.

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Ein Vogel hat auf seinem Bauch eine Biene.
5 min
Short Film

The Little Bird and the Bees

2020
2020
Switzerland
from 4 years
Director: Lena von Döhren

High above, the small bird enjoys the flowers of its maple tree. A mysterious humming that needs to be fathomed sends him on a journey into a magical world of flowers.

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Zwei Bären stehen auf einer Eisscholle.
6 min
Short Film

Blanket

2020
2020
Russia
from 4 years
Director: Marina Moschkowa

A very very grumpy polar bear lives in the far far North. One day he receives an unexpected visitor…

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90 min
Youth Film

Lola

2020
2019
Belgium, France
from 16 years
Director: Laurent Micheli

Lola is young and free. But she has had no contact with her father Philippe since she came out as a transsexual. When Lola’s mother Catherine dies, Philippe even makes sure that Lola is late for the funeral service and deprives her of the opportunity to bid a last farewell. She is feeling hurt and angry when she sets off home, the urn with her mother’s ashes being stowed in her luggage.

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Trailer
100 min
Panorama

Sky Raiders

2020
2019
Israel
from 10 years
Director: Lior Chefetz

Yotam and his classmate Noa are crazy about planes and flying. They find an old plane in a scrap yard and quickly discover that it has historical value. Together they try to breathe new life into it, but they soon reach their limits.

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Trailer
85 min
Children´s Film

That Night's Train

2020
2019
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
from 8 years
Director: Hamidreza Ghotbi

Five-year-old half-orphan Banafsheh grows up with her father and her elderly grandmother, who is unable to cope with the lively girl. On a train ride they meet a young teacher who immediately takes the girl into her heart and calms her down. She enchants the girl with stories and her hand puppet.

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Trailer
102 min
Panorama

150 Million Magical Sparrows

2020
2019
India
from 10 years
Director: Brahmanad Singh, Tanvi Jain

Human traffickers roam the villages, recruit impoverished families and their children under false promises and sell the children as child slaves in the city. Nine-year-old Jhalki does all she can to free her brother from their clutches and does not let anyone stop her.

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Trailer
70 min
Youth Film

The Night of the Beast

2020
2020
Colombia
from 14 years
Director: Mauricio Leiva Cock

Quiet Mario and the go-getting Francisco are best friends and love heavy metal. When the “Iron Maiden” band comes to Colombia for the first time, a dream comes true for the boys. Mario even steals money from his mother to attend the band’s live performance with Francisco. When the day of the concert has come, the two of them skip school and take a day off.

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Trailer
101 min
German Focus

Daniel '16

2020
2020
Greece
from 15 years
Director: Dimitris Koutsiabasakos

Instead of serving his sentence in a prison, teenager Daniel is sent to Greece to take part in a project for juvenile criminals. On an ostrich farm in a remote village in Evros near the Turkish border Daniel is to learn to obey rules and take responsibility for the community. In this project, “the community” just includes the leader, an instructor and about 14-year-old Max, who is longing for closeness and sees Daniel as his friend.

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Trailer
99 min
Animated Film

Nahuel and the Magic Book

2020
2019
Chile, Brazil
from 8 years
Director: Germán Acuna

Shy Nahuel lives by the sea with his father, a fisherman. Too bad that the boy has been afraid of the sea for as long as he can remember and does not even dare to get on a rowing boat. But Nahuel would love to help his father with his work. One day, when he is once again being chased by two schoolmates, a cat leads him into an abandoned villa, where Nahuel finds a magic book that might help him overcome his fear.

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Trailer
98 min
Youth Film

The Ride

2020
2019
USA
from 14 years
Director: Alex Ranarivelo

John grows up in an environment full of violent white racists. He spends most of his childhood in a juvenile detention centre and even there, he attracts negative attention time and again. His youth welfare officer does not give up hope and finds a couple who want to take the boy in.

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79 min
Youth Film

Ròm

2020
2019
Vietnam
from 15 years
Director: Tran Thanh Huy

Ròm is a street boy in Ho Chi Minh City. He used to make ends meet as a tipster because his lottery numbers ensured good wins for the neighbours. But when his lucky streak ended, the inhabitants of his poor neighbourhood turned their backs on him. Now the boy lives by himself in a roof alcove and saves money to go looking for his parents.

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Trailer
100 min
Junior Film

Moon Rock for Monday

2020
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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100 min
Youth Film

Piola

2020
2020
Chile
from 15 years
Director: Alejandro Pérez

Martín lives in Quilicura, a district of Santiago, drifting from day to day. His domestic environment is becoming more and more difficult; the family has to move again to an even smaller flat due to a lack of money. No one is interested in Martín’s dream of a career as a rap musician and he gets on rather badly at school. Charly works in a fast food restaurant.

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90 min
Children´s Film

Team Taganok

2020
2020
Russia
from 9 years
Director: Ainur Askarow

The villagers of Berkutnoye lead an idyllic life. The boys Vazir, Aydar and Gabduk are best friends and lend a hand wherever necessary. After attending a performance at the temporary open-air cinema, they sit at a campfire with uncle Sharifullah. He tells them the legend of Mount Kiramet above the village, which will soon destroy it.

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Trailer
110 min
Youth Film

The Promise of Pisa

2020
2019
Netherlands, Belgium
from 15 years
Director: Norbert ter Hall

Samir, known as Sam, has Moroccan roots and lives with his family in a district strongly influenced by Arabic culture in the north of Amsterdam. The gang around his brother Mo and his friend Soesi is shaking the area with ever-increasing thievery. But Sam is supposed to stay out of it and stick to his goals.

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Trailer
98 min
German Focus

God You´re Such a Prick!

2020
2020
Germany
from 13 years
Director: André Erkau

Life couldn't be better for 16-year-old Steffi: She has successfully finished school, will soon start her training as a police officer and is looking forward to the class trip to Paris, where she wants to spend her first night with her boyfriend Fabian in a romantic hotel. The only thing left to do is a health check for the police, then off they go.

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90 min
German Focus

Into the Beat

2020
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
91 min
Panorama

Tiger: My Life as a Cat

2020
2019
Japan
from 16 years
Director: Kakehi Masaya

Miyu’s father Suzuo used to be a celebrated manga author. But these successful times are long gone and the family lives modestly. Suzuo is a passionate gambler and gambles away his last money. After a serious accident he gets a chance to make up for everything.

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Trailer
94 min
Children´s Film

Pirates down the Street

2020
2020
Netherlands
from 10 years
Director: Pim van Hoeve

The peaceful life in the small town Sandsborough gets turned upside down as the Blunderbuss family moor down the street. Together with their octopus Freddy and their Shark Roy they are on the run from the family’s arch enemy Crooked Cornelius. Hector, Betsie, son Billy and the grandfather finally want to start an honest life on land.

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Trailer
100 min
Children´s Film

The Secret Garden

2020
2020
UK
from 10 years
Director: Marc Munden

Ten-year-old Mary Lennox lives with her parents in India during the British colonial period. After the sudden death of her parents she is taken to her uncle Lord Archibald Craven living on the English country estate Misselthwaite Manor on the Yorkshire Moors. In the huge manor house, Mrs Medlock takes care of the young lady and a nanny provides the girl with the bare necessities.

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Trailer
90 min
Junior Film

Jackie & Oopjen

2020
2020
Netherlands
from 11 years
Director: Annemarie van de Mond

Jackie is the daughter of a curator working at the famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. A Rembrandt painting from the 17th century showing a young woman named Oopjen Coppit has just been borrowed from Paris. Jackie is fascinated by the work. It almost seems as if Oopjen was alive and watching her.

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Trailer
87 min
Panorama

Young Sangye

2020
2019
China
from 10 years
Director: Guodong Zhang

Little Sangye lives with his family in very humble and traditional circumstances in the Chinese mountains. Although he does not care about school, he is eager to learn and interested in nature, the world and the cosmos. He would do anything for an encyclopaedia.

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90 min
German Focus

The Peppercorns and the Treasure of the Sea

2020
2020
Germany
from 8 years
Director: Christian Theede

The holidays get off to an exciting start for Tarun and his girlfriend Alice, because top secret documents are stolen from Tarun's mother Jaswinder's research base in Ireland. As a dedicated marine researcher, Jaswinder is working on a project that aims to reduce plastic waste in the oceans.

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92 min
Children´s Film

Team Marco

2020
2019
USA
from 9 years
Director: Julio Vincent Gambuto

Together with his lonely helicopter-mum, twelve-year old Marco lives in Staten Island. After the divorce of his parents, his mother decides to leave busy and buzzling New York City and move back to the place where she was born and grew up. Things become complicated when Marco’s Italian-born grandfather “Nonno” accidentally burns down his own house.

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Trailer
120 min
Panorama

Show Me the Way to the Station

2020
2019
Japan
from 12 years
Director: Naoki Hashimoto

Sayaka and her dog Lou are inseparable. Together they discover the hidden entrance to a mysterious place where they find the old tracks of a disused train. The little girl only finds out where these tracks lead to when Lou suddenly dies.

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Trailer
74 min
Children´s Film

Mezquite's Heart

2020
2019
Mexico
from 8 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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93 min
German Focus

Dear Mr. Führer

2020
2020
Germany
from 12 years
Director: Christan Lerch

Spring 1945: Eleven-year-old Felix lives with his mother Anna in Munich. His father Bernd, a well-known trumpeter, is at the front. When bombardments of the city do not stop, Anna and Felix flee to the countryside. They set up a new home on the farm of a deceased aunt.

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Trailer
82 min
Children´s Film

JerryMaya and the Secret of the Train Robber

2020
2020
Sweden
from 8 years
Director: Moa Gammel

The young detectives Maya and Jerry are currently in the doldrums and no assignment is in sight. They are all the more excited when a friend of theirs, police officer Randolph, entrusts them with an important case. Thief Ferdinand Fransson alias "Marzipan" has broken out of prison and is on the run!

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Trailer
94 min
Junior Film

The Raft

2020
2020
Israel
from 12 years
Director: Oded Raz

Ido’s enthusiasm for sailing and the sea was inspired by his mother. When she died, something inside him broke. The teenager finds no answers with his father, they become increasingly estranged from one another. Ido’s best friends, quiet Yoni and impulsive Erez, give him security.

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