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SCHLINGEL Director Michael Harbauer as Jury Member with a Film Festival in France


On the weekend, the 28th International Film Festival for Youth „Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne“ in French Saint-Quentin awarded the prize for the best children and youth film; and a Chemnitzer was involved in the decision making process. Michael Harbauer, the director of the International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences SCHLINGEL, was part of the ECFA jury that premiered this year at the festival in Saint-Quentin.

The name of the jury is derived from the European Children’s Film Association, which was founded in Belgium in 1988. This association works to strengthen the production, development, and distribution of European children and youth films.

Together with the Belgian distributer Gert Hermans, and the program director of the Czech Children and Youth Film Festivals, Jaroslava Hynstova, Michael Harbauer decided on the best European production in the “International Competition.” In this jury position, his knowledge of the film sector was greatly appreciated, “I am very pleased that the festival president Robert Lefèvre and his team chose me for this position. I have had interesting festival days with quality high-definition productions, as well as a fantastic opportunity to exchange ideas with my colleagues in the very first ECFA jury. I am very proud that there were films screened at the Saint-Quentin festival, which were also successfully screened at SCHILNGEL. The films “Forbidden Fruit” (SCHLINGEL 2009), “No Fear” (SCHLINGEL 2009, DEFA-Foundation Award), and “The Indian” (SCHLINGEL 2010) were all seen on the big screen in France,” said Michael Harbauer.

The jury had seven productions from Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden to choose from. In the end, the three person jury decided on the Swedish/Finish production “Sebbe.” The film tells the story of 15 year old Sebbe, whose mother loves everything, but is rarely there for her son due to her alcoholism. In school Sebbe is bullied by his classmates. However, he refuses to give up and still searches for love and hope in his life. “We decided on this film because the audience can relate to the problems, fear, and emotions that the protagonist experiences in the film. The story gets under your skin and the music touches your heart,” explained Michael Harbauer on behalf of the jury.

In conjunction with numerous experiences, Michael Harbauer also took with him a cooperation agreement with the French festival. Thus, in the future the two film festivals will have a partnership that enables them to exchange films and ideas. As the SCHLINGEL team is able to present German films in Saint-Quentin, so will a delegation from “Ciné-Jeune de l’Aisne” travel to Chemnitz with their French films. The 16th Annual SCHILNGEL Festival takes place from the 10th to 16th of October, 2011.

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