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International Film Festival SCHLINGEL awards Germany’s largest monetary prize for a children’s film


In this year the Top Award of Chemnitz City and the MDR, which is awarded by the International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL is endowed with 11,000 euros, Germany’s largest monetary prize for a children’s film. This prize is awarded within the competition category International Children’s Film and is donated by the City of Chemnitz and the MDR. The prize money is divided: The director of the winner film receives 1,000 euros. The other 10,000 euros are given as a supporting grant to a German distributor to release the film in German cinemas.
At the end of the festival the Professional Jury Feature Film International, which consists of professionals of the film and television industry, decide on the winner film. Festival director Michael Harbauer was pleased about the prize: “It’s great that both institutions care as much about original children’s film as we do. So far, both partners awarded their prizes separately.  Combining both prizes means to facilitate the acquisition of the necessary licenses as well as the financing of a German voice over and advertising material for a cinema release of the film. The prize money can be a great help in this regard.”

The 19th edition of IFF SCHLINGEL will be held from 13 – 19 October 2014 in Chemnitz. The organiser of the festival is the Sächsische Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienst e.V. Furthermore, the festival is organized in cooperation with the Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien (SLM).
SCHLINGEL is an independent film festival with international competition categories and a diverse programme that accompanies the film screenings. The festival is the largest platform for international children’s and youth films in Germany. Each year in autumn, SCHLINGEL gives an overview of the latest national and international film productions. Moreover, it is intended to motivate distributors and TV channels to buy the films.
Professionally produced films from Germany and abroad can be submitted until 1 July 2014. Please note that only those children’s and youth films will be approved, which were produced after 1 January 2013.
The feature films submitted to the international competition categories need to have a running time of at least 45 minutes and need to be at least German premiers. More information on formalities and registration can be found here
The submitted films are categorized and presented in national and international competition categories at SCHLINGEL. The choice of the films to be screened at SCHLINGEL is done by a selection committee, which has been appointed by the host. Each competition section is endowed with prize money totaling 35,000 euros.

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