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26th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

9 – 16 OCT 2021
 
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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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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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87 min
Youth Film

Unsound

2020
2019
Australia
from 15 years
Director: Ian Watson

Noah is a guitarist and accompanies 90s pop singer Moniqa, who is also his mentor. Always the same concerts exhaust Noah. This is not how he had imagined his musical career. Without further ado, he quits the band and flies to Australia, where he sees his mother again after many years of absence.

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77 min
Children´s Film

Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers

2020
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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88 min
Youth Film

Man Up!

2020
2019
France, Belgium
from 14 years
Director: Benjamin Parent

16-year-old Tom has mixed feelings about his change of school. He, who manoeuvres through life in a rather insecure and conformist way, only finds the strength to face this new challenge in the strong affection for his big brother Leo. Leo, the golden boy loved and admired by everyone, gives him tips, motivates him and is always there for him.

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101 min
Panorama

My Brother Chases Dinosaurs

2020
2019
Italy, Spain
from 12 years
Director: Stefano Cipani

Jack raves about his younger brother Gio, whom he believes to have super powers. As he grows older and realises that his brother is special in other ways, Jack decides to hide him from his classmates. But he failed to reckon with Gio.

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91 min
Panorama

Schemers

2020
2019
UK
from 16 years
Director: David McLean

A broken leg ends Davies’ football career and a lot of other things go wrong in his life. He gets to know the wrong girls and has gambling debts. With two friends he founds an agency for bands. At last he feels the wind in his sails, but underworld boss Fergie dominates the industry.

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Trailer
95 min
Children´s Film

My Little Sister

2020
2019
Russia
from 9 years
Director: Alexander Galibin

Jamil lives with his mother and grandmother in a small Bashkir village. At just six years of age, he confidently and independently lends his family a helping hand. He is hoping and longingly waiting for his father to return from the war. Jamil would also love to be a hero who fights against the Nazis.

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Ein Junge hält einen Drachen in der Hand, während er mit seinem Großvater auf einer Wolke sitzt.
13 min
Short Film

The Kite

2019, 2020
2019
Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia
from 14 years
Director: Martin Smatana

Summer is coming to an end; the fruit is growing ripe on the trees. Grandpa gives his Grandson a kite. Autumn, the leaves fall and Grandpa has grown weak. Winter comes, then springtime. A warm breeze brings them together again.

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Auf einem Fensterbrett stehen drei unterschiedlich große Topfpflanzen.
2 min
Short Film

Master of Light

2019, 2020
2019
Germany
from 14 years
Director: Stefan Vogt

Friendship happens even in absence!

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82 min
Animated Film

Calamity, a Childhood of Martha Jane Cannary

2020
2020
France, Denmark
from 8 years
Director: Rémi Chayé

A trek of prairie schooners is on its way to the Wild West in 1863. The Canary family, led by their father, are seeking a better life, as are the other travellers. When the father dies in an accident, his twelve-year-old daughter Martha Jane has to take over the responsibility. This is a welcome challenge for the girl, who has never been much good at dolls and clothes.

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119 min
German Focus

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

2020
2019
Germany, Switzerland
from 10 years
Director: Caroline Link

Berlin, February 1933: Hitler and the National Socialist Party clearly show their power. Even nine-year-old Anna notices this when at a carnival party, some boys do not dress up but simply appear in Nazi uniforms. Shortly afterwards, Anna’s father Arthur Kemper, a famous theatre critic, writer and Nazi opponent, receives a secret tip that the Nazis want to arrest him.

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Trailer
93 min
Panorama

The House of Us

2020
2019
South Korea
from 8 years
Director: Ga-Eun Yoon

Hana fears that her parents might separate. Therefore, she wants the family to travel together during the holidays so the parents could reconcile. Her two sisters Yoo-mi and Yoo-jin on the other hand are afraid of having to move again. The three children bravely fight for their home.

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103 min
Junior Film

Spread Your Wings

2019, 2020
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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Eine Katze steht mit ihrem Handtuch vor einem Badesee und blickt kritisch auf eine Fischgräte.
7 min
Short Film

Cat Lake City

2019, 2020
2019
Germany
from 4 years
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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87 min
Junior Film

Triple Trouble

2020
2020
Poland
from 11 years
Director: Marta Karwowska

Excitement at the National Museum of Poznań: The valuable painting “Beach in Pourville” by Claude Monet was stolen – just like 20 years ago! It was about to be ceremoniously unveiled after its restoration. But when 13-year-old Julka and her best friend Olek arrive at the museum, there is an explosion and the painting shatters into a thousand pieces. Julka’s aunt, the museum director, is shocked.

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Trailer
96 min
German Focus

Lassie Come Home

2020
2020
Germany
from 9 years
Director: Hanno Olderdissen

Twelve-year-old Flo’s life is shaken up when his family has to move. Until then they had lived in a quiet village in southern Germany, together with their faithful collie bitch Lassie. Now Flo’s father has lost his job and can no longer pay the rent. But pets are not allowed in the new flat and the annoying landlady Mrs Möller cannot be dissuaded from her opinion.

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Trailer
84 min
Youth Film

Perfect 10

2020
2019
UK
from 15 years
Director: Eva Riley

14-year-old Leigh lives with her dad on the outskirts of Brighton. She is a talented gymnast and is about to start her first major competition. But due to the sudden death of her mum, she loses an extremely important support. Moreover, strong self-doubts make it difficult for her to deal with people.

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Trailer
82 min
Animated Film

The Bears' Famous Invasion

2020
2019
France, Italy
from 12 years
Director: Lorenzo Mattotti

Juggler Gédéon and his young assistant Almerina travel through Sicily. They entertain people with their cheerful fairy tale of bear king Léonce and his son Tonio. One night they seek shelter in a cave and encounter a bear. In the glow of the fire, out of fear and to put the bear off, they tell the story of how Léonce and his horde set out into the valley of men in search of the missing bear prince.

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Trailer
76 min
Animated Film

The Prince's Voyage

2020
2019
France, Luxembourg
from 13 years
Director: Jean-François Laguionie, Xavier Picard

Tom, a twelve-year-old monkey boy, lives in the land of the Nioukos. One day he finds a wounded old man on the beach. Surprised by this creature, which looks so different from anything he has ever seen before, he takes it with him to his parents, who work as scientists and intensively examine the unknown.

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Trailer
74 min
Animated Film

Raggie

2020
2020
Estonia, Denmark
from 5 years
Director: Meelis Arulepp, Karsten Kiilerich

During the holidays Anu and her older brother Mart play together every day. But even the best holidays come to an end and the new school year is just around the corner. Six-year-old Anu is sad because she does not start school yet and a time of boredom awaits her.

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89 min
German Focus

Madison - A Fast Friendship

2020
2019
Germany, Austria
from 12 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
94 min
Youth Film

The Pack

2020
2020
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Latvia
from 14 years
Director: Tomáš Polenský

David could be fine: His parents are well-to-do, his marks are good and his girlfriend is the envy of the other boys. Were it not for his new ice hockey team “The Wolves”, where he plays as a goalkeeper. His father has ambitious plans and wants David to become a professional player despite his diabetes. But he is treated as “the newcomer” in the team.

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2 min
Short Film

Catastrophe

2018, 2020
2017
Netherlands
from 14 years
Director: Jamille van Wijngaarden

When a little bird suddenly drops dead in it’s cage, all eyes are on the cat. Desperately he tries to make everything right again, but actually making everything worse in the progress.

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15 min
Short Film

The Visit

2018, 2020
2018
Germany
from 14 years
Director: Christian Werner

Klaus works voluntary as a Santa Claus in a shopping mall. After an exhausting day, he considers to hang up his job. But then, he gets a call from the children's intensive care unit.

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23 min
Short Film

Mia and the Owl

2018, 2020
2018
Germany
from 7 years
Director: Constantin Müller

Eight-year-old Mia takes to the road to catch an owl. She wants to redeem the last promise of her older sister who just has died of cancer.

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Trailer
87 min
German Focus

Nothing More Perfect

2020
2020
Germany
from 15 years
Director: Teresa Hoerl

Sixteen-year-old Maya is permanently involved in a suicide forum and imagines her own death, partly in romantic, partly in creepy selfie messages. She lets her imagination run wild and thus finds an attention on the internet that she otherwise misses in her life.

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Trailer
95 min
Junior Film

The Club of Ugly Children

2020
2019
Netherlands
from 12 years
Director: Jonathan Elbers

“Keep it clean, tidy and spotless for our leader Isimo”, these are words children sing at school. Since the new president Isimo has been ruling the country, many things have changed. Everything has to be “clean”, which is controlled by security officers. Nevertheless, people cheer mighty Isimo, also Paul’s father, a famous journalist.

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Trailer
104 min
German Focus

Auerhouse

2020
2019
Germany
from 15 years
Director: Neele Leana Vollmar

Autumn 1983, in a small provincial Swabian village with a cemetery, an amusement arcade, a pizzeria and a “madhouse”: Frieder was admitted to this psychiatric clinic after a suicide attempt. Now he is “free” again and moves into his empty family home, the Auerhouse, together with his friends Höppner, Vera and Cäcilia.

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Trailer
89 min
Junior Film

The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite

2020
2019
France
from 11 years
Director: Pierre Coré

Two twelve-year-old girls, Margot and Marguerite, live in the same country at different times. While Marguerite grows up in France in 1942, at the time of the Second World War, Margot lives about 70 years later, in 2019. Marguerite lives with her aunt Alice on her grandparents' impressive estate.

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Trailer
84 min
Youth Film

Soundtrack to Sixteen

2020
2020
UK
from 14 years
Director: Hillary Shakespeare

Unconfident Maisy is 16 and has never been kissed. She makes a pact with her best friend: she will kiss a boy until her next birthday! But this is more difficult than she thought because she has a crush on a guy who is out of her reach. Moreover, she often puts her foot in it and cannot find her way in the teenage world.

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92 min
Children´s Film

The Princess and Half the Kingdom

2020
2019
Czech Republic, Slovakia
from 6 years
Director: Karel Janák

Once upon a time there was a king and a queen, who had a single daughter - Kateřina. Handsome king Egon from the neighbouring kingdom asked for her hand in marriage. However, when the wedding preparations were in full swing, something monstrous happened. An evil dragon dragged the princess into his cave.

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Trailer
102 min
German Focus

Oskar & Lilli – Where No One Knows Us

2020
2020
Austria
from 13 years
Director: Arash T. Riahi

Six years ago, eight-year-old Oskar and his 13-year-old sister Lilli fled Chechnya with their mother. In the meantime, the children regard Vienna as their new home and speak fluent German. But now the family is to be deported. Out of desperation, the already severely traumatised mother attempts suicide and is admitted to a psychiatric clinic.

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101 min

Jellyfish

2020
2018
UK
from 15 years
Director: James Gardner

Life is not easy for 15-year-old Sarah. She is being bullied at school, put upon by her overbearing boss at the local arcade and also has to take care of her brother, sister and manic-depressive mother. But when her drama teacher encourages her to use her volatile feelings for a stand-up comedy routine for the upcoming graduation ceremony, she quickly discovers her hidden talent.

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Trailer
87 min
Panorama

Clara

2020
2019
Ukraine
from 6 years
Director: Oleksandr Klymenko

The newborn, light blue baby dragon has magical powers to make the world more colourful. Therefore, a magician has the little dragon kidnapped. But luckily, dwarf Alfred, a good-natured raccoon and fairylike Clara get in the way of the evil magician.

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Trailer
102 min
Junior Film

My Friend Alexis

2020
2019
Chile
from 11 years
Director: Alejandro Fernandez Almendras

Eleven-year-old Tito Rojas and his family live in a modest flat in a quarter of Santiago de Chile. The boy loves playing football with his sister Gloria and the children next door. His father believes in Tito’s talent. Since becoming a professional football player remained nothing but an unfulfilled dream for him, he now invests all his hope and efforts in his quite skilful son.

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Trailer
93 min
Panorama

Young Juliette

2020
2019
Canada
from 14 years
Director: Anne Emond

High school – for many this is the best, for some it is the worst time of their lives. Juliette is stuck somewhere in between. She is intelligent, funny and sensitive, but also very redheaded and overweight. That is enough to bully her. But Juliette learns to defend herself.

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100 min
Junior Film

The Black Mill

2020
2020
Poland
from 12 years
Director: Mariusz Palej

The black mill determines life in the village and employs many people. While watching a shooting star, Ivo wishes that his daddy would read him a bedtime story again. A few hours later his father is dead when the devilish mill goes up in flames. Ivo’s mother is full of worries that trigger premature labour.

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7 min
Short Film

Speechless

2017, 2020
2016
Germany
from 14 years
Director: Robin Polák

A little boy walks through a toy store full of people talking a strange and incomprehensible language. Alone he bonds with a young mother who finds a way to communicate with him without words.

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