15th SCHLINGEL brings international Films to Chemnitz
The 15th annual International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences SCHLINGEL will open on September 27, 2010 with the German premiere of the Dutch production “De Indiaan” (“The Indian”) from director Ineke Houtman. Over the course of one week, 111 films from 38 countries will give the public a glimpse into the newest productions in international children and youth films. With three international, two European, and twenty German premieres, visitors can enjoy exclusive cinematography. The Czech children’s film “The Rain Fairy” from director Milan Cieslar, the Spanish production “The Diary of Carlotta,” as well as the junior film competitor from India “Lucky Red Seeds” by director Anjali Menon all celebrate their international premiere with SCHLINGEL.
One of the highlights of this year’s jubilee edition features a programme with films from the Canadian francophone province of Québec. Under the title “Focus Québec”, and in conjunction with the Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal” (FIFEM), six features will be shown in Chemnitz – including a Saxon-Québécois co-production. All media representatives are cordially invited to a reception in honour of this program on September 27, 2010 in the Museum Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz, Falkeplatz.
As is traditional, five category prizes totaling approximately 25.000 euro will be awarded this year. Five children and youth juries, as well as two juries of associates from the film and culture sector decide their favourites over the week of the festival. In addition, the best children’s actor will be distinguished. Film-makers are also recognized with the “Ehrenschlingel” (SCHLINGEL’s award of distinction) for special contributions in the area of European children’s films. This year the honour will go to Czech animated film maker Zdenek Miler on September 29. His character – the little mole – has become a symbol of culture that has obtained worldwide recognition. To acknowledge this distinction, the General Consul of the Czech Republic, Doz. PhDr. Jarmila Krejíková, CSc. will also be in attendance.
The International Film Festival SCHLINGEL is the only children’s film festival in the German speaking world supported through the MEDIA-Program of the European Union. The organiser of this event is the Saechsischer Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienst e.V.. Co-Organiser is the Saxon Institute for Private Broadcasting and New Media (SLM). This past year SCHLINGEL achieved a new record for visitors with approximately 10,000 people. The patron of the festival is the Saxon Prime Minister, Stanislaw Tillich.