24th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience


SCHLINGEL Film Festival curates German Focus in New Delhi

13. December 2018

SCHLINGEL CEO Michael Harbauer is currently in New Delhi to present German productions at the International Children's and Youth Film Festival "Smile". Both festivals have been cooperating for a year now, after Michael Harbauer and the festival director of "Smile", Jitendra Mishra, met at the world's largest children's film festival "Golden Elephant" in Hyderabad. 
The programme includes five German short and feature films from the SCHLINGEL programmes of previous editions. The aim of the focus is to exchange art, traditions and values of the two countries through cinema and to strengthen the cultural relations between the nations. The film presentations are supported by the Saxon State Chancellery and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung MDM, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.
In addition, Michael Harbauer is a member of two juries and select the award winners oft he international competition – together with the US American director, screenwriter and film producer Lawrence David Foldes, the artistic director of the children's film festival in Zlín/Czech Republic, Markéta Pášmová, and the director of the Polish children's film festival KINOLUB, Marta Kraus.

Timm Thaler won spezial award

28. November 2018

From 22 to 27 November Michael Harbauer visited the KINEKO International Children's Film Festival in Tokyo. He was accompanied by Arved Friese, the actor from "The Legend of Timm Thaler or the Boy Who Sold His Laughter". The film won the Children's and Youth Film Award of the Goethe-Institut at SCHLINGEL 2017 and was now screened in Japan. Both festivals have been cooperating with each other for several years and show the respective main prize winners in their programmes. The German film also won an award in Far East - the special prize of the children's jury. The presentation in Tokyo was supported by the Goethe-Institut and German Films as well as the Saxon State Chancellery and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung MDM.

The Awardees of the 23 IFF SCHLINGEL

06. October 2018

# The festival attracted about 25,000 visitors
# Main Prizes go to India, South Africa und Iceland 
# 10 juries awarded 18 prizes worth all together 64,000 Euros  -> Most of them are given as supporting awards, i.e. the prize money has to be used for a dubbed version to make the film available for the German audience.
# The festival screened a total of 235 productions from 51 countries, 124 films in competition

The winners of the short film competition have been announced!

04. October 2018

The Professional Jury Short and Animated Film, consisting of Christoph Bauer (Halle/Saale), Rolf Birn (Dresden), Anne King (Leipzig) and Ines Wolter (Chemnitz), presented the following short film awards:

  1. Short Feature Film Award National endowed by Filmverband Sachsen, 500 euros
  2. Short FEATURE Film Award International endowed by Filmverband Sachsen, 500 euros
  3. Short Film Award Animation National endowed by AG Animationsfilm, 500 euros
  4. Short Film Award Animation International endowed by AG Animationsfilm, 500 euros

The award ceremony for the long feature and animated films will take place on Saturday, 6 October 2018 from 5.30 p.m. in the Small Hall of the Stadthalle Chemnitz. 

Opening Ceremony at IFF SCHLINGEL

28. September 2018

The International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience will once more attract small and big film enthusiasts into the city cinemas. Next to the main event locations CineStar, at Galerie Roter Turm, and the Kino Metropol, the Clubkino Siegmar this year will also be a festival location for, however, the first time.

// Opening Ceremony for all on 30 September at the Opera House Chemnitz
The SCHLINGEL will already commence on the 30 September with the attendance of the Ambassador of the Republic of Island, S.E. Martin Eyjólfsson, the Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, as well as the Lord Mayor of the city of Chemnitz, Barbara Ludwig, with a grand gala at the Opera House. Together with interested citizens of Chemnitz, invited guests from politics, culture and film industry as well as visitors of the city Chemnitz, the opening of the 23. SCHLINGEL will be celebrated. The guests will have an exclusive insight into this year’s festival programme, exciting film clips and interesting film guests. The opening ceremony will be presented by Ben (KiKA). The clue: All guests who show their tickets of the opening ceremony at our cinema cash desk, will receive a free ticket to watch a movie of their preference during the festival.

International Film Festival SCHLINGEL is looking for films "Made by You"

08. May 2018


The International Film Festival SCHLINGEL is expanding its programme for children and young people. For the first time, self-produced films will be presented on the screen during the festival. Children and young people up to 18 years of age from Saxony may participate. The festival is looking for fictional short or animation films with a length of up to 3.5 minutes. The film should have been produced in the last two years. School classes, video companies or trainees in media professions can also take part. The application deadline is 15 July 2018.

From 1st to 20th August 2018 the submitted productions will be presented to the public in two age categories (up to 5th grade & from 6th grade) on the SCHLINGEL website. Here you can vote for the best movie. The ten most popular films in each age category will be shown at the 23rd SCHLINGEL Film Festival in Chemnitz on October 3, 2018. Every filmmaker can present his or her work to the audience. A jury of experts will decide on the three first prize winners.

The aim of the project is to encourage children and young people to actively deal with the topic of "film". Moving images are not only an important cultural asset, they also shapes our ideas of the world. Consequently, dealing with this is a central point in the modern media education. Only those who know how to analyse films are able to use this tools during the reception in a qualified and reflected way.

For the first time: Film Festival SCHLINGEL takes part in an international film screening

03. May 2018

The best European youth film of the year will be selected on 6 May 2018. Young people from 45 cities in 36 countries will screen three films that are running parallel in those different places of the world. At the end, they choose the winner of the 7th EFA Young Audience Award.
The International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL is also sending a youth jury, consisting of students between the ages of 12 and 14. The screening will take place on Sunday in the cinema of the association organizing the SCHLINGEL (Neefestraße 99). The international jury members can get in touch with each other via chat and live transmission, while Facebook allows discussions with the filmmakers of the nominated films during the breaks. The aim of the event is to promote European film culture, which is also an intention of the Film Festival SCHLINGEL.    

International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL present films in Volgograd and Tashkent

26. April 2018

After festival director Michael Harbauer promoted the IFF SCHLINGEL at children's and youth film festivals in Canada and the United States in March, two further foreign presentations are scheduled for next week.
This weekend the president of the Cultural Advisory Board of the city of Chemnitz and long-time SCHLINGEL jury member Egmont Elschner will travel to Volgograd to represent SCHLINGEL during the days of the German and Russian short film "VKRATZE! Together with four other cultural managers and filmmakers, he examines the productions and selects winners in three categories. In 2018, the competition has a new section: "Best Short Film for Children / Families". SCHLINGEL also has a separate competition category for short films, in which four prizes are awarded. In addition to his jury work, Egmont Elschner will present two short film programmes of past SCHLINGEL editions. The event has been held annually since 2013 and will run until 3 May.