25th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

12 – 18 OCT 2020

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

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.

On April 30, SCHLINGEL director Michael Harbauer travels to Tashkent to present seven German films from the competition category "German Focus" at the 5th German-Uzbek Children's and Youth Film Festival "Shum Bola". The festival director will be accompanied by actress Anna Lena Klenke (ROCK MY HEART) and director Christian Theede (THE PEPPERCORNS AND THE CURSE OF THE BLACK KING). The festival will take place from 2 to 6 May 2018.

This trip is Michael Harbauer's fifth visit to Uzbekistan and one of the reasons for the annual festival. "There are only few cultural activities for children and young audiences in a city like Tashkent, which is surprising in view of the fact that around 40 percent of the Uzbek population is under the age of 18. So I am very pleased that SCHLINGEL films will once again provide a small insight into the German film culture.“

The film festival "Shum Bola" is organized by the Goethe-Institut Tashkent in cooperation with the Film Festival SCHLINGEL and the Uzbek agency "Uzbekkino". The presentation is supported by the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung MDM, the Saxon State Chancellery and German Films.