25th International

Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

12 – 18 OCT 2020
Während ein Blitz in den Vulkan einschlägt, laufen die Tiere aufgescheucht umher.
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A New World

2019
Germany

A sudden volcanic eruption poses a new challenge to the animals.

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97 min
German Focus
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A Story 'bout Love

2018
Germany
from 16 years

At the beginning of the 1950s in the Baden-Wuerttemberg village of Sankt Peter: Since the death of his wife, the Bacher farmer, who strictly lives according to traditional rules, has become increasingly bitter. He sometimes vents his anger on his children Maria and Gregor, who are thick as thieves. Although Maria works hard from morning till night and Gregor also helps at the inn, the farm becomes too much for old Bacher. To his chagrin, however, Gregor wants to open a service station instead of taking over the farm as planned. Again and again there are heated disputes about this situation, until the Bacher farmer gives in. He will help Gregor out with money if Maria marries and thus ensures a “proper” continuation of the farm. Hannes, influential Zeiserer’s son, is supposed to take on the role of the new farmer. But Maria refuses. She feels quite capable of running a farm herself, and she passionately loves someone else. When Maria becomes pregnant, a catastrophe begins.

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Ein Vikinger steht inmitten einer malerischen Landschaft neben einem Fluss.
11 min
Short Film
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A Terrible Morning of Bang the Gian

2018
Poland

Tappie lives in the magical Whispering Forest. He’s not a true Viking, because it never occurs to him to use his sword; he prefers to smile ...

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104 min
Children´s Film
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A Wizard Called Rye

2018
Czech Republic
from 8 years

Orphan Žito grows up well cared for by an old farmwoman. She shares her wisdom with him and teaches him to be an honest young man with a pronounced sense of justice. When he, like all young men, is conscripted to perform military service as a soldier at the royal court, he quickly reaches his moral limits. He secretly uses his task as a tax collector to free the citizens from the taxes. Even the princess likes clever Žito, but he is a thorn in the side of evil governor Neklan. In the meantime, all hell has broken loose. Demon Filiština has been watching the young man since his childhood and has fallen in love with him over the years. She would love to drag almost heavenly Žito into devilish abysses. She comes up with an idea: if she equips him with magic powers that enable him to do justice to everyone in the kingdom, power will corrupt him in the end. Žito's heart is put to a demonic test by the dark forces.

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Zwei Jungen hocken im Gras und einer hält sich leicht die Augen zu.
17 min
Short Film
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A land over there

2019
Germany

While 16-year-old Melanie’s boyfriend leaves her to drive “over there” and 13-year-old Axel is looking forward to sex education in color, seven-year-old Marko is on his own to make sense of all that.

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98 min
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Adoration

2019
Belgium, France
from 16 years

The clinic where Paul's mother works and where the two live together offers the 12-year-old little variety. When he gets to know the slightly older patient Gloria, her impetuous nature turns his everyday life upside down, so much that they flee together.

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93 min
Youth Film
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Afterlife

2019
Netherlands
from 14 years

When teenager Sam arrives home one day, her mother is already gone. She is said to have fallen off the ladder, so her father tells her. She was dead immediately. Now Sam is alone with him and her two brothers. She misses her mother and has to be strong and take on many tasks in the family at the same time. Some months pass by and yet her father is so absent he gives her a children’s book for her birthday. Deeply saddened, she overlooks a truck on the country road on her way to school. Sam wakes up in the afterlife, which looks completely different from her expectations. A subway takes her to the friendly city of the dead. Here she meets her mother. Even though both are happy to be reunited, there is a chance for Sam to start her life all over again. She could save her mother by hiding the ladder! But was it really the truth her father told her about her mother’s death? And can the two women escape their fate?

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93 min
German Focus
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Alfons Jitterbit – Countdown to Chaos

2019
Germany
from 7 years

Alfons Jitterbit is unlucky. “Jitterbit, chicken shit!” – call boys from school after him. No wonder the eleven-year-old wants nothing more than being a “normal boy”, just like his parents want him to be. The boy has too much imagination and too little muscle, says his father. Alfons only dreams of becoming a famous astronaut like Alexander Gerst and his first officer Sergej Krumov, who are depicted on the huge poster hanging in his room and whom he tells all his worries. When a competition “for inventions that are groundbreaking for our aviation vision of the future” is announced at school, Alfons knows what to do. Together with his best friend Benni and his new classmate Emilia he wants to construct a water rocket and win the competition. But as always, there are some obstacles in the way of the unlucky boy. Not only does nasty Nico steal his idea, headmistress Dr. Girzig and class teacher Flickendorf give Alfons a hard time after a “little chemical accident”.

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93 min
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All I Want for Christmas

2018
Denmark
from 8 years

Lucia is a very special girl. Her father Julius is the Danish Santa Claus and Lucia later wants to follow in his footsteps. Unfortunately, she as a girl is not allowed to become Santa Claus. Although Lucia attends International Christmas School, she has to learn to knit socks and bake instead of climbing through chimneys like the boys. When Lucia wins the Christmas lottery and one wish has to be fulfilled, she insists on being admitted into Santa class. The headmaster is horrified. Together with the council of elders he finds a trick to prevent this. There has just been an accident in the Danish town of Viborg. Albert’s father, an archaeologist, was attacked by a wild animal or perhaps even by evil Krampus in a cave, and he has been suffering from a mysterious disease ever since. If Lucia manages to heal Albert's father before the next Christmas meeting and thereby makes the boy happy, she will be allowed to join Santa class. So Lucia is bound and determined to fly into the human world...

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Ein Mädchen schaut aus einem geöffneten Fenster durch ein Fernglas.
14 min
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Angel’s Mirror

2018
China

A little boy and his family have just come to live in a large factory complex. As he explores his new surroundings, he discovers that the boys from the playground are fascinated by a cute little girl who spends her days looking out from the window of an upstairs apartment.

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Ein kleiner Anglerfisch betrachtet sein Bett auf dem Meeresgrund.
4 min
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Anglerfish

2018
Germany

The little anglerfish has to go to bed. But the deep waters are full of threatening creatures.

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Ein Mann treibt auf einem Boot zwischen zwei Inseln und einer Menge Plastikmüll.
3 min
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Appeal for Help

2018
Germany

The animals call for help to get rid of our plastic waste.

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Eine Nonne schaut verschmitzt zur Seite.
8 min
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Artem Silendi

2017
France

Sisters are sinners like others.

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85 min
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August

2019
Cuba, Costa Rica, France
from 15 years

Cuba at the beginning of the 90s: the economy is depressed, people are suffering from hunger. Carlos has summer holidays, but he feels that his city and his life are changing. The names of those trying to escape to the USA are read out on the radio. Who will leave next?

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117 min
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Balloon

2018
Germany
from 12 years

At the end of the 1970s, life in East Germany feels musty and repressive. The Strelzyk and Wetzel families finally want to exchange the narrowness of their homeland for freedom in the West. They want to cross the strictly guarded border between the two German states in a balloon.

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67 min
Animated Film
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Bamse and the Thunder Bell

2018
Sweden
from 6 years

Bamse is the kindest bear in the city and – thanks to thunder honey – also the strongest. He is a superhero, so to speak. Grandmother Bear prepares the thunder honey from magic thunder bell flowers. Grandfather once brought them with him from an expedition. He supposedly also found a treasure at that time. When the greedy wolf family hears about it, they secretly rummage about in Bamse’s attic one night and set fire to the dried bell flowers. Now Grandmother Bear can no longer make her magic honey, just when evil Reynard Fox wants to impress little Rose with some mean tricks that make him look like a hero in the city. He has made a secret pact with the wolf family. They have to fake assaults so Reynard Fox can act as the saviour. Soon the whole city cheers him while Bamse’s superpowers dwindle away. But luckily his friends, Little Hop and Shellman, have already set off for rock island, where Grandfather Bear once discovered the thunder bell flowers.

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Ein Junge mit einer Kapuze über dem Kopf steht in einem Wald und hält in seinen Händen einen Ast.
20 min
Short Film
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Baptism by Fire

2018
Germany

Jonas desires to become part of the cool boys group. Suddenly his dream comes true, but he has to ask himself, who he really is.

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75 min
Animated Film
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Before the Day Breaks

2018
Latvia
from 8 years

The daughter of the sun and the moon has been kidnapped. In spite of their powers, they are unable to trace her. From now on the child has to grow up underground in the custody of Selena, the devil’s daughter. It shall be prevented that the sun’s daughter can rise into the sky as the bloom of eternity. All efforts of the masked people and even those of the animals to find the child are in vain. The situation is hopeless. Nabashi, a shady man, seems to be the last hope. Together with his two companions, who observed the kidnapping, he embarks on a journey during which helpfulness, patience and courage are put to the test time and again. They have three days to succeed, otherwise the sun’s daughter will lose all her strength and become an ordinary girl.
It is a seemingly aimless search – only wisdom rooted in the people, transmitted by a mysterious, talking wall, can help them now. The story of Latvia’s path to freedom finds an allegory in heroic characters and poetic chants.

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90 min
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Binti

2019
Belgium, Netherlands
from 9 years

Born in Congo, twelve-year-old Binti and her father Jovial have been living illegally in Belgium for many years. Binti feels like a Belgian and dreams of becoming a popular vlogger, such as her idol Tatyana. Binti also has a video blog and regularly fills it with funny shots of her everyday life, which is suddenly disturbed when once again she and her father have to flee from the police. She discovers a tree house in a forest and hides in it. The tree house belongs to Elias and is the headquarters of his “Save the Okapis” club, for which the eleven-year-old urgently needs members and donations. When Binti suggests that she can set up a club vlog and make videos, Elias is thrilled and takes Binti to his home. Elias lives with his mother Christine after his father left the family. Soon Binti and Elias become close friends and Christine and Jovial get to know each other. The children feverishly work on the new vlog, but the clever girl secretly pursues yet another plan.

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Ein Junge blickt in sein Spiegelbild auf einer Wasseroberfläche.
17 min
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Blue Dog

2018
France

Emile fears the outside world. He stays at home and paints everything in blue. One evening, his son Yoan meets Soraya, a young girl, fond of Tamil dance. She will help him find the right colour.

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Der kleine Junge Boje reicht seinem Vater eine Flaschenpost.
10 min
Short Film
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Boje

2019
Germany

Boje lives with his father Holke at the sea. The boy has many questions that are not easy to answer. Unfortunately, the father literally has no words to explain and so he finally asks the sea for help.

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Zwei Angler sitzen auf einer Brücke in einem düsteren Tal.
6 min
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Booxze

2018
Germany

Two fishermen pull a strange box out of the swamp unleashing forces they barely comprehend.

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110 min
Children´s Film
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Bori

2018
South Korea
from 10 years

Eleven-year-old Bori lives in a happy family save that her parents and her younger brother are deaf and communicate in sign language. Bori’s job is to interpret and conduct conversations - on the phone, in shops, with authorities. Although she is important to her parents and they lovingly care for her, she still feels like a stranger at home. In a taxi she has to sit in the front seat and show the driver the way while her mother and brother can cuddle up in the back seat. “Why was I born as a person who is different from my family?”, Bori wonders again and again, wishing for nothing more than to be deaf as well. When she sees an older diver on TV, who has become deaf because of her long underwater stays, Bori wants to take things into her own hands. Again and again she puts her head into the washbasin filled with water. As this does not help, she plunges off a cliff into the sea. She regains consciousness only in a clinic and pretends she cannot hear anymore. A difficult path full of secretiveness begins...

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104 min
Youth Film
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Broken Mirrors

2018
Israel
from 15 years

Ariella drinks and smokes like other teenage girls. But this is frowned upon in Israel. Her father is an army officer and reacts with a firm hand to his older daughter’s dissolute lifestyle. He humiliates her by having her spend the night outside the house after she returned home late. Anger is mounting in Ariella due to this injustice. So it accommodates her that she can go on a trip to a bathing place with her mother and her little sister. In order to get there, they have to take dangerous desert paths driving in an all-wheel jeep. On the way back, Ariella urges her mother to let her drive. The novice driver loses control of the SUV and a terrible accident occurs. She flees for fear of her father and hides in a place that her father would never go to. Unspoken truths and danger are in the air until a bombshell is about to be dropped and a hidden past comes to light.

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Eine dicke Katze liegt mit dem Rücken auf dem Wohnzimmerboden und streckt alle Viere von sich.
9 min
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Butterboo

2018
Belgium, France

After a “minor” operation at the vets, a young cat starts putting on more and more weight. Her owners start calling her “Butterball” instead of her usual name “Bamboo”. She then gets the nickname “Butterboo”!

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In einem Krankenhaus kümmert sich ein Roboter um einen kranken Jungen.
10 min
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C4RE

2018
Germany

A little boy lives in a hospital and discovers that he is not alone – a robot was installed to take care of him and to observe his illness.

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55 min
Special Programme
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Can You Whistle, Johanna?

1994
Sweden
from 6 years
83 min
Children´s Film
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Casper and Emma Go Treasure Hunting

2018
Norway
from 5 years

Emma visits her grandparents at their summer house by the sea, together with her best friend Casper and the stuffed animals Miss Rabbit and Lion Cub. On the very first day the children go to the beach and make an exciting discovery. While building sand castles they dig up an old tin box with the initials A and J, which once belonged to grandfather Jørgen and his friend Alfred. As children, the two of them spent their holidays together on the island, but unfortunately, they lost sight of each other afterwards. Now Emma and Casper find their memorabilia in the box: a tromp, a coin, some shells and a mysterious message leading to a treasure. Of course, the children have to solve this mystery! Miss Rabbit and Lion Cub help them. The treasure hunt leads the four to the lighthouse, an ice-cream parlour, a rock by the sea and a boathouse. Again and again Emma and Casper discover new signs that show them the way to the treasure. The children and their stuffed animals get into dangerous situations, which they can only master together and with a lot of courage.

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Eine Katze steht mit ihrem Handtuch vor einem Badesee und blickt kritisch auf eine Fischgräte.
7 min
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Cat Lake City

2019
Germany

Percy Cat is looking forward to a relaxing day in Cat Lake City – the cats’ vacation paradise. But the place is not as expected. Not even the spot on the towel is as safe as he thought …

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Ein Mann kauert in der Wüste über einem Skelett, welches er mithilfe einer Harke freigelegt hat.
2 min
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Change

2019
Germany

Alenka gathers a few evolutionary moments.

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90 min
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Chuskit

2018
India
from 7 years

Little Chuskit is looking forward to school. She wants to be as smart as her older brother Stobdan. But then Chuskit has a serious accident and cannot walk anymore. Going to school seems impossible in the remote mountain village. But Chuskit clings to her dream...

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In einem Zirkuszelt sitzen sich ein Clown und ein Pferd misstrauisch gegenüber.
2 min
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Circus

2019
Germany

A clown and a horse change roles in the circus.

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Berühmte Figuren literarischer Meisterwerke von Shakespeare & Co. grinsen um die Wette.
3 min
Short Film
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Classics in 3 Minutes – Romeo and Juliet

2018
Germany

The love story “Romeo and Juliet” as a short rhymed cartoon, located between ingenious, witty and Wikipedia.

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In einem Wald bindet ein kleiner Gnom einen Fuchs an der Leine fest.
5 min
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Cloudy

2018
Czech Republic

Mr. Gnome is sunbathing in his garden when a little cloud hides the sun. Mr. Gnome is pretty annoyed but he knows precisely what to do with such clouds.

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Eine Frau sitzt mit Kopfhörern vor ihrem Computer.
4 min
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Crocodile

2019
Spain

Like every afternoon, Alicia prepares a cup of tea and watches her favorite youtube channel: VictorGaming – a role action video games channel. Victor, the youtuber, is streaming now answering questions from his fans.

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97 min
Junior Film
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Cry of Silence

2019
Russia
from 13 years

Winter of 1942, during the siege of Leningrad: adolescent Katya lost her parents in the war and has to fight her way through the times of hunger and cold all by herself. There are air raid alarms every night; and there is nobody to stand by her in the air-raid shelter. When the sirens howl once again, a bundle with three-year-old Mitya is thrust into her hands. Katya takes the half-famished boy to the shelter. Mitya was left behind by his mother during the evacuation. Katya does not have the heart to take the delicate boy, who does not speak a word, to the overcrowded children's home. She calls him Seryozha and passes him off as her brother. Like a mother, she takes care of the little one, fearlessly wins an apartment for both of them, gets a stove and food stamps. At the hospital Katya meets wounded captain Alyosha. Alyosha has just learned that his little son died while he was fighting in the war. Now he lovingly cares for the children, torn apart by fatherly feelings and the painful memories of his boy...

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Ein Mädchen, das neben ihrem Fahrrad steht, zieht ihren Opa an einem roten Schaal.
2 min
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Cycle

2018
Netherlands

A small round story about a girl who learns to cycle from her grandfather and discovers that where the road ends real adventure begins.

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Ein Mann sitzt mit seinen beiden Kindern telefonierend auf einem Flughafen.
15 min
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Delay

2018
Italy, Iran (Islamic Republic of)

A man and his two children are late for their flight. While they wait for the next flight something happens that changes his point of view about being a father.

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Ein kleiner Spielzeugbagger fährt um ein Gesicht bestehend aus Obst und Gemüse.
1 min
Special Programme
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Diggers’ Dance

2019
Germany

Johannes, Raphael and Kilian drive on big wheels for their pictures.

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92 min
Animated Film
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Dilili in Paris

2018
France, Belgium, Germany
from 11 years

Dilili is a clever girl with New Caledonian roots and part of a human zoo. Horrified by the glances and unjust treatments of the wise French due to her skin colour, she decides to turn her back on the ethnological exposition and stay in picturesque Paris of the Belle Époque for the time being. Here she meets delivery boy Orel, and they become close friends. When mysterious kidnappings of young girls frighten people in the city, the two set out searching for evidence. Through Orel’s contacts and his knowledge of the city, they meet a number of unconventional, famous personalities including Toulouse-Lautrec, Marie Curie, Monet, Emma Calvé and even Gustave Eiffel. Thanks to their help and observations, Dilili traces an entire conspiracy known as the “master men”. When she manages to unmask two of the crooks, she becomes the little heroine of the Parisian citizens. But this has serious consequences. Now Dilili also becomes the target of the master men and is eventually kidnapped herself in a treacherous ambush.

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Ein korpulenter Teenager steht verzweifelt vor seiner Klasse.
7 min
Short Film
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Disrepute

2019
Sweden

Last class of the week. Niklas is about to change school after years of bullying but he refuses to leave the classroom without restitution.

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Eine Putzfrau posiert mit ihrem Staubwedel.
3 min
Short Film
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Diva

2019
Czech Republic

The theater is a magical place where the cleaning lady cannot resist its charm and starts singing opera. A little spider is her only audience and admirer.

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92 min
German Focus
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Double Trouble and the Magical Mirror

2019
Germany
from 8 years

Gesa, Frido’s mother, does not like losers. Unfortunately, the ten-year-old boy just feels like a loser, at least at school. His teacher, Mrs. Klawitter, does not want to give him a recommendation for grammar school secondary education because he is said to be much too playful and first has to learn “to write his numbers into the boxes”. But Gesa absolutely wants Frido to attend grammar school next school year and imposes even more tuition on her son. So the promise of a mysterious mirror, which he discovered in the magic labyrinth of a funfair, to provide him with a “perfect self”, is very seductive. Frido tries it out and indeed, there is a true reflection of himself, just properly combed and very polite, extending his hand to him. As soon as Frido touches the hand, the boy appears next to him. From now on his mirror image goes to school, brings home excellent marks and amazes Mrs. Klawitter. However, the double also wants to call Gesa “mum” and gain her affection. When Frido’s best friend Emil also wants to have a perfect image – one that is cheeky and courageous –, things start to get rather complicated.

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Eine kleine Staubkreatur sitzt im Bücherregal eines Jungen.
13 min
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Dusty

2018
Latvia

Small dust creatures live in the bookshelf and find the world around them to be their home. One of them, a little wise Dusty, suddenly encounters a boy. Their friendship turns the boring everyday life into a great adventure …

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94 min
Panorama
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Eighth Grade

2018
USA
from 12 years

Kayla is a student in the eighth grade, but she is invisible for her classmates. She makes YouTube videos nobody watches and dreams of a boy who barely notices her. When she is invited to a pool party by the year's most popular student, Kayla panics.

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80 min
Special Programme
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Elina - As If I Wasn't There

2002
Sweden, Finland
from 8 years
Luftaufnahme eines Waldes in der Herbstblüte.
6 min
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Emergency Call out of the Forest!

2019
Germany
80 min
Children´s Film
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Emma

2019
Mexico, Spain
from 9 years

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” – Many young girls would probably answer this question with “princess or ballerina”. But ever since Emma was hit in the face by a ball during her communion, she has been firmly convinced that she will become a ‘saint’. Neither the nuns of her Catholic school, nor her parents can dissuade her from this idea. One day Andrés joins her class. He is not interested in faith and religion. Emma is flabbergasted and sees him as her first mission. In order to make friends with him, her football-mad dad teaches her how to play, so she even makes it into the girls’ team. During a visit to a stadium Emma realises that she can influence the game in favour of her favourite team by praying. In her everyday life as well, she notices that more and more situations develop according to her ideas, if she asks God for it. But this also has consequences. Emma has to learn that as a saint she cannot arrange everything according to her wishes and convince everyone of her faith.

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In einer Schwimmhalle machen die Mitglieder einer Aggressionstheraphie eine Partnerübung.
15 min
Short Film
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Emma and the Fury

2018
Germany

Emma is sentenced to anger management therapy after having thrown a toaster at her ex-boyfriend and broken his nose. During the course of one day, her temper will be challenged several times.

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98 min
Special Programme
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Eskil & Trinidad

2013
Sweden
from 10 years
80 min
Animated Film
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Fantastic Return to Oz

2019
Russia
from 8 years

Clever Urfin Jus has lost his wooden soldiers but wants to regain unlimited power. With the help of his clever bear and the sly clown, he gains possession of sorceress Gingema’s book, which is closely guarded in Emerald City. It fulfills every wish of its master, provided that he also owns the magic silver shoes. Meanwhile, brave Elli from Kansas has grown into a delightful teenager and has found shy Tim who is head over ears in love with her. Together with her faithful dog Totoshka, they return to Oz just in time to help the inhabitants of Emerald City with its ruler Scarecrow the Wise, the Iron Woodman and the Brave Lion. But none of them has expected the cunning of evil Urfin Jus. He has forged a treacherous conspiracy with his cronies, where Tim's clumsiness seems to play into his hands. Urfin’s chances of gaining unrestricted control over Oz are not bad.

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Ein kahlrasierter Junge steht auf einem offenen Tagebau.
17 min
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Fauve

2018
Canada, France

In an open-pit mine site, two boys go ever deeper into a twisted game of power, with nature their only witness.

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100 min
Youth Film
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Float Like a Butterfly

2018
Ireland
from 14 years

As a little girl, Frances travels through her Irish homeland with her family in a horse-drawn caravan. Her beautiful mum with a bellbright voice will soon have another baby, when suddenly the police appear in the camp. In the scuffle her mother falls heavily and is fatally injured. Only the unborn brother can be saved. Her father is put in prison because he wanted to defend his family. Years later he is released and contacts his children again. Frances has become a young woman whose fate has taught her to defend herself, not to resign herself to being pushed around and being treated contemptuously by others. This is why she started boxing, and this is why Muhammad Ali, who is going from strength to strength, has become her role model. But fighting women are inconceivable in her family tradition. The father laughs at his daughter’s sporting ambitions and notices almost too late that men like him have every reason to be proud of their strong daughters.

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86 min
German Focus
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Fritzi - A Revolutionary Tale

2019
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany
from 7 years

Leipzig in the summer of 1989: more and more people from East Germany are fleeing to the West. Fritziʼs best friend Sophie does not come back from her holiday in Hungary either. Fritzi had already been surprised when she was not allowed to go on holiday with Sophie and her mother Kati and that they left their dog Sputnik with her. Now school has just started again and the new, strict class teacher Mrs Liesegang, who is loyal to the regime, does not allow any conversations about Sophie’s absence. On the contrary, she considers ‘desertion from the republic’ a crime. She also constantly discriminates against Bela, the new classmate, just because he is not a member of the pioneer organisation and his father is involved in the peace movement. When Sophie calls from Hungary and tells her that she will definitely not be returning to Leipzig, Fritzi takes a momentous decision: the twelve-year-old wants to travel to Hungary to take Sputnik to Sophie. After this failed, she intends to cross the strictly guarded border to the West during her school trip. And Bela, to whom Fritzi confides her secret, is to help her...

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93 min
Youth Film
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Giant Little Ones

2018
Canada
from 15 years

Parties, alcohol, pretty girlfriends – Franky and Ballas are best friends and lead a perfect teenage life. Just one thing is missing: the first time. Put under pressure by Ballas, Franky and his girlfriend finally want to venture the next step on his 17th birthday. But contrary to all expectations, the two friends get dangerously close. Confused and angry about this incident, the they keep their distance until Ballas openly accuses Franky of being gay and having forced him to have sex. Franky becomes the target of homophobia, gets involved in fights and leaves the swimming team. To top it all, Franky’s estranged father, who left his mother because of another man many years ago, also interferes. Franky does not want to listen to him and his well-intentioned advice about accepting one’s sexual orientation. Only Natasha, about whom other rumours are circulating, seems to understand him in this difficult and lonely time. From now on, the two childhood friends walk through life together – a new start has been made.

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Ein Mann steht in einem abgedunkelten Raum vor seinem Fenster.
10 min
Short Film
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Golden Minutes

2019
Lithuania

Driven to the edge by a huge debt and his impending divorce, a poetic accountant decides to kill himself but he is rescued by a heart attack.

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Ein junger Mann sitzt in einer dunklen Bar.
16 min
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Goliath

2016
France

Nicolas is madly in love with Charlotte, a girl he barely knows yet fantasizes about through the pictures she posts on Facebook. With a friend, he decides to prove his love for her by accomplishing an exploit.

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Eine Frau sitzt auf einer Couch und isst Chips.
9 min
Short Film
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Good Intentions

2018
Great Britain

After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run, strange and spooky things starts to happen…

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Ein Junge steht auf einer Düne mit dunklen Wolken im Hintergrund.
15 min
Panorama
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Grandpa Walrus

2017
France

On a windy and cloudy beach, Granny is praying, Mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care, Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, now he is dead.

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97 min
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Hacker

2019
Denmark, Sweden
from 11 years

Benjamin is a computer genius, lives in an orphanage and has recently been visited by the Danish secret service. They tell the shocked 13-year-old that his mother, who allegedly died in an accident, is still alive. And she is not the only one hunted by the Ministry of Defence.

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91 min
Junior Film
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Halvdan - Almost a Viking

2018
Sweden
from 11 years

East village and West village used to be united. A wise tribal chief led the two villages, which are separated by a gorge, to considerable prosperity. Both sides have essential goods so they can only survive together. But after their father’s death, two sons fought for supremacy and separated the two halves of the village. The bridge over the gorge was torn down and contacts were broken off. Now East village particularly suffers from food shortage. Halvdan grows up there. He is a limping and quiet boy, the old blacksmith’s grandson. During his lonely forays through the forest he meets Meia, a wild girl who he cannot get out of his head. When he learns that she is the West village chief’s daughter, they secretly begin to empty the storeroom and smuggle food to the East side. But their friendship does not remain unnoticed and stirs up old conflicts.

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80 min
Panorama
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Harajuku

2018
Norway
from 15 years

Vilde is 15 years old, loves Japanese comics and has a depressed mother. Instead of being at home, she hangs out with her friends in the centre of Oslo. Shortly before Christmas Eve, youth welfare agents suddenly appear at her door bringing a terrible message. Vilde spontaneously plans to flee to Japan.

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Ein Junge steht vor einer Tafel mit Plakaten und hält einen Vortrag über Igel.
5 min
Short Film
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Hedgehog

2018
France

A little boy speaks about hedgehogs all the time to everybody.

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In einem kargen Zimmer liegt ein junger Mann deprimiert auf seinem Bett.
5 min
Short Film
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Hello Emptiness

2018
Belgium

Eli has lost a part of his being somewhere and now he has a huge void in him. He will seek comfort from his family, look for a cure from a doctor and his friends will try to react somehow.

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83 min
Junior Film
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Here My Village

2019
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
from 11 years

Farhad lives with his mother and his little sister in an unimportant desert village. They own nothing more than a small house and a few sheep. They can only get to the next bigger town in the car of their neighbour, Mr Behrouz. The young man has cast an eye at Farhad’s mother. One day he brings a fashion magazine from the city and gives it to Farhad. He is enthusiastic about the photographs, but his mother thinks it is all nonsense. It is more important that he tends the sheep and takes care of the family as a prospective husband. But his passion for photography has been awakened: Farhad secretly tries to scrape up money for a small digital camera and stops at nothing. His mother is desperate and fears that he will ruin her. But with every beautiful photograph that Farhad takes and hangs on the walls of the house, her reservations dwindle. His next step is writing an e-mail to the editors of the fashion magazine – the outcome, however, is uncertain.

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Ein kleiner Junge trägt einen Raumanzug der NASA.
13 min
Short Film
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Here on Earth

2018
Mexico

Every morning at school, when girls and boys stand in their lines, Sam is confronted with his situation: he doesn’t fit into this society where everything has to be classified. However, thanks to a teacher he will find his place in the world.

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Ein afrikanischer Flüchtling blickt beschämt zu Boden, während ihn ein Ordnungsbeamter mustert.
19 min
Short Film
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Homebound

2019
Finland

A bus waiting to forcefully return refugees to their country of origin. One of the passengers, Xidig, is exited to go home, but his brother Salim knows that a war-torn and dangerous place is no one’s homeland.

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Zwei Rettungskräfte stehen mit einer Trage auf einem verschneiten Berg.
6 min
Short Film
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Hors Piste

2018
France

The two best rescue workers of the region are ready for their new mission. Despite their professionalism and their determination, it will not go as planned.

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103 min
Junior Film
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I, the Sunshine

2019
Mongolia
from 11 years

In three episodes, the film tells a family story between tradition and modernity. The father grew up in a small village in the Mongolian mountains. Humble circumstances, but also a strong community shaped his childhood. His family was the first to own a television. But when they invite the village community, all they see and hear is white noise. When they try to repair it, the boy shows his talent as a future engineer. The mother, on the other hand, grew up in a town and was supposed to pursue a career as a snake woman. She struggles with the shadow lying over her family: her mother is depressed and apathetic; her father is absent because he provides for the family through a job abroad. In the third part, the viewer gets to know their son. He grows up surrounded by the wealth his parents had to earn, and he spends his time playing video games. Only a computer mouse that has become human rouses him from his fantasy world.

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Ein Mann in Gefängniskleidung sitzt auf einem Steinhaufen vor einer Gefängniswand.
2 min
Special Programme
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In Prison

2019
Germany

Sometimes even in prison matters turn out differently.

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Inmitten einer blühenden Waldlandschaft steht eine Milchkuh und breitet die Arme aus.
7 min
Short Film
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In the Woods

2018
France

Once upon a time, there was a dairy cow that had never seen the world beyond her farm. One day, with the help of a little squirrel from the woods, she discovers the wonders of a completely different life. But learning about freedom does not come without risks.

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95 min
German Focus
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Invisible Sue

2018
Germany, Luxembourg
from 10 years

Susanne is twelve and dreamy. In her spare time she escapes into her comic’s world. She wants to be a superhero herself, a superhero named Sue! In reality, however, Sue has the feeling of not being noticed by anyone, of being almost invisible to the conceited girls from her class, but mainly to her mother Maria. She is an ambitious scientist who only has her research on her mind. Only Christoph, her father, understands Sue and her daydreams. When they both want to congratulate Maria on her birthday in the laboratory, an accident occurs. Sue comes into contact with a mysterious liquid and suddenly becomes invisible. But the new superpower soon turns out to be extremely dangerous because her mother Maria is kidnapped and Sue is no longer safe either. Together with stubborn boffin App and her new classmate Tobi, superhero Sue wants to unravel the secret of Maria’s research project and, above all, hunt down the dangerous kidnappers.

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Ein Junge lehnt mit geschlossenen Augen den Kopf an die Stirn seiner Mutter.
20 min
Short Film
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It Gets Better

2018
Germany

Anne, a single and working mother, does not realize that her son Ben hides something from her: At school, he is becoming more and more the target of cybermobbing.

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Ein Wolf steht mit einer Siegerpose in einem Wald.
6 min
Short Film
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I’m the Strongest

2018
Belgium, France

Mr. Wolf has just enjoyed a fine dinner. Replete, he goes off for a walk around the forest, just to make sure that everyone can see that he is indeed the strongest creature around!

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Eine alte Bieberdame föhnt sich vor dem Spiegel ihre Haare.
4 min
Short Film
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Jackie

2018
France

Jackie, an old widow tells the story about her routine and loneliness during an interview.

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90 min
Junior Film
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Kings of Mulberry Street

2019
South Africa
from 12 years

Welcome to Mulberry Street in Durban, South Africa. A small Indian community has been living there for decades. Actually a very nice and safe place – provided you adapt or are protected. Harold Baboo and his father Dev Singh have to learn this the hard way when they move from Johannesburg to Durban after the mother died. They are threatened by infamous gangster Raja. At the same time Baboo meets Ticky, the boy next door, and his family. Ticky is wild, cheeky and lives in a dream world. His great role models are the heroes from Bollywood movies. Baboo on the other hand is rather introverted, well educated and studies a lot. Ticky comes from a poor background, Baboo from a wealthy family. They could not be more dissimilar. Nevertheless, they befriend each other and discover their common passion for freaky adventures. But the biggest one is yet to come. Like their movie heroes, full of courage and with an extra portion of humor, they take on the fight against nasty gangster Raja. But the hard reality of life is not a Bollywood movie.

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Koyaa blickt erstaunt auf seinen in der Luft schwebenden Radiergummi.
3 min
Short Film
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Koyaa – Jumpy Eraser

2019
Slovenia

Koyaa draws some lovely bunnies on a piece of paper, framing it. As he’s ready to set aside his eraser, it jumps up and starts charging around! Koyaa needs a quick solution for the jumpy mayhem.

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81 min
German Focus
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Latte and the Magic Waterstone

2019
Germany, Belgium
from 7 years

The forest animals suffer from a terrible water shortage. Their brook has dried up and now, to make matters worse, hedgehog girl Latte and Tjum the squirrel have broken the pumpkin, which contained their last water supplies, in a fight. Bear king Bantur is to blame for the drought because he stole the magic water stone. Well, this is what tousled Korp the raven claims. Nobody in the forest believes him, except hedgehog girl Latte. She courageously embarks on a dangerous search for the water stone to bring it back to the White Mountain summit. Fearful Tjum secretly follows her because he has a guilty conscience and is worried about Latte. The two experience many dicey adventures. They have to escape from a mordacious lynx and greedy wolves and almost die of thirst. In spite of the many dangers that are all around, the two very dissimilar animal children come into conflict again and again. Until they finally face giant bear king Bantur and his cronies...

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80 min
Panorama
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Let Him Be a Basketball Player 2

2019
Slovenia
from 11 years

Two years have passed since lanky Ranta became the celebrated basketball star of his school. In the meantime, he and his mate Smodlak have to meet new challenges. An important national game must not be lost. And there are love problems too.

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136 min
Panorama
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Let Me Fall

2018
Iceland, Finland
from 16 years

You are young, you are fearless, and the world lies at your feet. You have cool friends called Stella and Toni, but more and more often also cocaine or heroin. And you do everything for your friends: rob men, destroy your family, throw away your life. Is there a way out? Maybe!

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110 min
Special Programme
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Let the Right One In

2007
Sweden
from 16 years
Ein Junge trägt einen Helm mit einem grünen Visier.
5 min
Special Programme
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Level 10

2019
Germany

A gambling addiction can turn into a nightmare.

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109 min
Special Programme
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Lilya 4-ever

2002
from 14 years
Zwei Jungen hocken hinter einem Fels; einer trägt einen Umhang und eine Augenbinde, der andere eine silberne Krone.
29 min
Short Film
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Little Achilles

2019
Germany

The bully Georg steals Alex’s bike. His father confronts his unruly anger over this loss with an epic bedtime story: The Story of the Battle for Troy and the Greek Hero Achilles.

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Ein Braunbär steht majestätisch im Wald.
5 min
Short Film
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Little Big Bear

2018
Germany

The bear is rolling through the books he doesn’t know them, and it looks like everyone is so much taller and he is getting even smaller! He wonders while he’s tumbling how strength and size don’t mean a thing.

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Das kleine graue Wölfchen blickt begeistert auf seine Geburstagstorte.
7 min
Short Film
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Little Grey Wolfy. Summer Party

2019
Norway

Summer is here – short nights and full moon. And Little Grey Wolfy’s birthday is soon! Wolfy wishes for a cake with candles and cream – can anyone fulfill his birthday dream?

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Der kleine Dino-Junge Taami strahlt mit seiner besten Freundin um die Wette.
9 min
Short Film
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Maamuu – Mommy’s Love

2019
Mongolia

One morning, Taami realizes, that his favorite sweets are all gone. His mother tells him, that whatever you use will eventually be empty. Taami gets scared: What if Mommy’s love is empty someday?

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Ein Vogel breitet seine Flügel im Schein des Vollmondes aus.
2 min
Short Film
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Maestro

2019
France

Deep into a forest, a gathering of wild animals start a nocturnal opera, conducted by a squirrel.

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Das kleine Mädchen Mao Mao füttern ihr Haustier, ein Huhn.
13 min
Short Film
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Mao Mao

2019
Singapore

As six year old Ting and her family moves from their country house to a city apartment, Ting defies all odds to keep her pet chicken.

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Ein Astronaut schwebt auf dem Mars neben seinem gelandeten Raumschiff.
2 min
Special Programme
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Mars Landing

2019
Germany

A Mars landing with obstacles and the world of gravity.

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Das Schaf Claude Momäh versucht angestrengt, sich und sein Kunstwerk vor einem Wolf zu retten.
2 min
Short Film
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Master Painter Bah Bizon

2019
Germany

Bah-bizon, an artistically talented sheep, enjoys the afternoon painting a landscape en plein air. Suddenly a wolf’s howl startles the sheep! Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide! Bah Bizon will need all his artistic talent to save himself.

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Auf einem Fensterbrett stehen drei unterschiedlich große Topfpflanzen.
2 min
Short Film
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Master of Light

2019
Germany

Friendship happens even in absence!

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Auf einem blauen Hintergrund liegt ein ganzes Streichhölzchen und viele Stücke eines Zerbrochenen.
12 min
Short Film
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Matches

2019
Hungary

A lonely boy, playing with colorful matchsticks, talks about his dreams, fears and hopes. The matchsticks bring his visions to life.

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Die kleine Matilda blickt verängstigt in ihr Zimmer.
7 min
Short Film
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Matilda

2018
Belgium, Spain, France

Matilda can’t get to sleep and starts playing with her bedside lamp until the lightbulb finally burns out. She finds herself plunged into darkness! She soon overcomes her fear and, using her torch, starts exploring her room in this new light, and discovers all the magic of the night.

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Die kleine Anna wird von einem großen bärtigen Riesen vor ihrem Haus abgesetzt.
11 min
Short Film
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Melting Heart Cake

2019
France

Wanting to share her chocolate coeur fondant with her friend, Anna ventures on through a glacial forest, haunted by a new resident – a terrifying bearded giant. All animals that cross his path disappear. But the Leviathan’s heart is gentler than it seems.

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82 min
Special Programme
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Misa Mi

2003
Sweden
from 8 years
Die Trickfiguren Mogu und Perol stehen in der Küche und bereiten eine leckere Mahlzeit zu.
9 min
Short Film
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Mogu and Perol

2018
Japan

A story about two friends living on Yummy Island, where delicious food can be found everywhere! But whenever Mogu is cooking, Perol just pops up and eats the yummy meal.

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18 min
Short Film
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Mouth of Truth

2018
Croatia, Italy

On a school trip, Stefani navigates her sexual anxiety amid increasing pressures from her friends and the boy she likes.

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Ein Mann schielt auf seine dicke Beule auf seiner Stirn.
2 min
Short Film
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Mr. Grump and his Bump

2019
Germany

About the luck to run against the wall.

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Ein Astronaut leckt an einem großen Lolli auf seinem Süßigkeitenplanet.
3 min
Special Programme
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Munchfred, the Cosmonaut

2019
Germany

A Cosmonaut lands on a planet full of candy. He can’t resist the temptation…

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67 min
Animated Film
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Muzbalak

2018
Kazakhstan
from 10 years

When mean and selfish hunter Shegir holds his bleeding foot into the river, he awakens a dragon that threatens to destroy his village. In a fight to stop the dragon, the village chief dies. Shegir sees his chance to take his place. Only one person suspects the sinister plans Shegir forges: his nephew Aktai, who has serious talks with him again and again. When the local medicine man is told that an even bigger snake will haunt the inhabitants and destroy their village, uncle and nephew set off to find the mighty giant eagle Musbalak. A long way lies ahead of them, up to the icy summits of the Kazakh mountains. Shegir wants to catch the eagle, tame it and make it submissive to his will. Aktai has a big heart and wants to make the magical creature his friend. On the day of the solar eclipse the village is on fire and only one of the two men can save the village with Muzbalak’s help.

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82 min
German Focus
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My Extraordinary Summer with Tess

2019
Germany, Netherlands
from 8 years

A week’s holiday with the family by the sea! For Sam, it is a week full of mystery, happiness and sadness. He is greatly saddened by the thought that his parents and his older brother Jorre will die one day. Probably even before him because Sam is the youngest of the family. So he prepares himself for this painful moment – by means of a secret solitude training: at first two hours a day, four hours the next day, and even ten hours a day at the end of the short holiday. On the other hand, Sam is happy whenever he can roam the island with self-confident, chaotic Tess. But there is something wrong with her. She constantly wants to visit her holiday guests Hugo and Elise and imposes herself on them. Maybe Tess is in love with Hugo? When Sam wants to confront her, Tess tells him who Hugo really is. Of course, now Sam has to help his girlfriend to sort things out. There is no time left for the solitude training, let alone for his family, who want to enjoy their holidays with him.

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94 min
German Focus
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My Life as Lotta - Bingo Flamingo!

2019
Germany
from 9 years

Lotta Petermann is eleven, has two parents and two brothers. This sounds quite normal, but it is not. Mother Sabine likes special offers and now works in the meditation studio of crazy Heiner Krishna. Father Rainer is a teacher and loves nothing more than his peace and quiet. And he is jealous of Krishna. The two stupid brothers run around the house all day, while Heester, the turtle, always stands in the way like an inverted bowl. Luckily Lotta has her best friend Cheyenne. But Cheyenne is not that normal either. Lotta has formed a gang with her and Paul, the best pupil in class: The wild rabbits. The three rabbits do go wild when their conceited classmate Berenike and her glamour girls, or rather “lambs” girls, show up. All the more, when Berenike announces that there will be a big party on Saturday. Everyone from school is invited, and so is Paul. Lotta and Cheyenne, however, are not invited. Of course, the two wild rabbits do not want to put up with that. They have six days to make sure they can still come after all.

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95 min
Special Programme
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My Skinny Sister

2015
Sweden, Germany
from 12 years
Ein bunter Vogel steht neben seinem Nest.
4 min
Short Film
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Nest

2019
Germany

A bird of paradise search with full vigor for a partner.

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Ein Junge steht gebückt und betrachtet seine lange, neonleuchtende Nase.
8 min
Short Film
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Nosis

2018
Germany

When a boy with an exceptionally long nose accidentally falls into a cake, his life changes in unforseen ways. Equipped with a super nose, he begins to re-example life. But everything comes at a price.

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Ein trauriger Mann blickt auf die Überreste seines verbrannten Häuschens auf einer Klippe.
6 min
Short Film
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Nö!

2018
Germany

A guy arrives at a cliff, located on a rough coast. He begins to build a new home in this place, but wind and weather beat him back in his project over and over again.

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105 min
Junior Film
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Of Loves and Lies

2019
France
from 11 years

Théo’s nickname means ant: A nimble creature with amazing powers – and he has this name for a good reason. Although quite small for his age, as a soccer player he is the guarantor of success for his team. His talent is promoted by his coach, even the talent scout of a famous English team will come to watch the young football players in the French province. Suddenly, even Théo’s father takes an interest in him: the alcoholic molester has not achieved anything since the separation from his mother. He hopes to accompany his son to England, thus regaining prestige and money as a player dad, and therefore begins to turn his life upside down. Théo is happy about the new courage of his finally sober father and about the time he can spend with him. To keep it all that way, the English football club simply has to sign him up – if necessary with a few tricks.

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Eine Knetkartoffel spricht mit einer Knetkirsche.
3 min
Special Programme
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On the Scout

2019
Germany

A potato looks for others like it.

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Ein Junge legt seinen Kopf auf einen Schwimmbeckenrand und schließt die Augen.
10 min
Short Film
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Paperboy

2019
Iceland, USA

A small town paper delivery boy peeks through his neighbor’s window and connects with a traumatized woman.

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105 min
Youth Film
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Papicha

2018
Algeria, France, Morocco, Qatar
from 16 years

Algeria, in the early 1990s: civil war is raging in the country. Radical militant groups try to establish an Islamist state, and those standing in their way are eliminated. Nedjima lives during this period of time. The 18-year-old studies French and is enthusiastic about fashion design. Together with her friends, she does everything ‘papichas’, pretty young girls, are not supposed to do – they have parties, wear revealing clothes and show provocative behaviour. Even war cannot stop them from wanting to lead a normal life. But political tension in the country is growing. Women are increasingly oppressed, controls are tightened and the number of violent conflicts increases. But Nedjima continues to refuse the conservative regime. When her sister is shot dead before her eyes, her world is collapsing. In her distress and anger, the longing for political change increases. As part of the struggle for her freedom, Nedjima therefore decides to put on a fashion show despite all risks.

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Ein kleiner Junge steht vor einem Tunnel und schaut verängstigt.
8 min
Short Film
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Payback Tunnel

2018
Israel

One kid hits another, and then his brothers or friends try to get him back. And it all takes place in a tunnel where twelve year old Itamar is faced with the dilemma of revenge and continuing the tradition of payback.

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70 min
Special Programme
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Pettson & Findus IV - Forget Abilities

2009
Sweden, Germany, Denmark
from 5 years
90 min
Children´s Film
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Phantom Owl Forest

2018
Estonia
from 7 years

Eia is disappointed: her parents are very busy and have no time for her, even at Christmas. Instead, they send the ten-year-old to her grandfather, who lives in an eerie forest and whom she has never met before. But instead of becoming a horror story, Eia’s Christmas holidays become a fairy tale: legendary phantom owl lives in the forest. Together with her new friends, including a sophisticated nature photographer, she wants to protect the animal because evil Raivo threatens to cut down his part of the forest. Only if Eia and her friends manage to photograph the rare bird they will have a proof they can present to the nature conservation authority. But the phantom owl secret is not the only one Eia reveals during her Christmas holidays. What separates her father and grandfather to such an extent they still cannot talk to each other? Eia realises that being able to condone disappointments now and then can be a great opportunity.

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Ein junger Athlet steht erschöpft in seinem Zimmer.
20 min
Short Film
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Pommel

2018
Great Britain, Croatia

Brothers Isaac and Noah are young British gymnasts. Their strict East Asian father favours Noah. Isaac is excellent in gymnastics, but as Noah is becoming as good or even better than him, Isaac decides to sabotage his brother at the upcoming competition.

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111 min
Youth Film
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Psychobitch

2019
Norway
from 14 years

Marius is a reliable guy: he is popular, never misses his cross-country training, and his father always praises him to the skies. Even when he makes the selfish suggestion that they can form learning groups of two students each, he does everything right. However, instead of working with Lea, the most popular girl in class, Marius is assigned crazy ‘psychobitch’ Frida by his teacher. Marius accepts his fate and meets her. Everyone knows that she has already tried to kill herself and always reacts waspishly to others. But her cheeky and unconventional nature touches something inside him and soon they secretly become friends. Marius fights his feelings, especially his fear of other people’s opinions, and does not dare to admit that he likes the ‘crazy one’. Shouldn't he rather have sex with Lea at the next party? For the first time in his life Marius does not know what is the right thing to do – and is in danger of doing everything wrong.

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110 min
German Focus
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Red Bracelets – The Beginning

2019
Germany
from 10 years

The story behind the TV series: Six young people – all seriously ill – form the Red Bracelets Club at Albertus Clinic in Cologne. First there is Leo, a life-affirming, happy teenager who loves to play on the football ground. But unbearable pains in his leg force him to see a doctor. He is diagnosed with bone cancer and has to undergo chemotherapy. Toni is different from the teenagers of his age. His father cannot cope with this, so Toni moves in with his grandpa. However, the understanding old man cannot replace a friend. Jonas has been harassed by his brother for years and does not know how to defend himself. Alex is very disappointed by his father, while Emma wants to please her dad. Hugo, the youngest, is really brave once in his life. But jumping from the ten-meter diving tower has serious consequences. There are six young people, six different fates. Soon they will all meet at Albertus Clinic.

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Ein Mädchen mit hält ihre Hand, aus der rote Farbe tropft, an die Wange eines Jungen.
30 min
Short Film
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Red Hands

2018
France, Italy

Ernesto is a smart but also hyper-protected and lonely boy. One day he discovers some wonderful red wall drawings, made by Luna, a mysterious girl who has the magic power to produce a vivid red colour from her hands.

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Ein Junge stützt genervt seinen Kopf auf seinem Arm ab.
3 min
Short Film
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Resistance

2019
Germany

A family discussion that goes round in circles can only be concluded by extreme measures.

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101 min
German Focus
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Rocca

2019
Germany
from 9 years

“If I was afraid of something, would it do any good?” asks adventurous, always cheerful Rocca. The eleven-year-old does not let anyone talk her into anything; she only trusts her mind and her heart. The girl, whose mother died during childbirth, grew up in the ESA Space Centre in Kazakhstan, where her father was trained as an astronaut. Now he has set off on his first mission into space – to heaven, as he says, to meet Rocca’s mother. Rocca therefore is to stay with her grandmother Dodo in Hamburg for a while. She is received quite dismissively there as Dodo has not overcome the fact that she lost her daughter because of Rocca. So her granddaughter cannot talk about her adventures or about Klichko, her sick squirrel. The nimble animal frightens her grandmother to much an extent she accidentally falls and is taken to hospital. Now Rocca has to master her life in the villa all by herself. But that's not all: the fearless girl begins to fight for justice at school and in the streets of Hamburg.

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90 min
Panorama
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Romy's Salon

2019
Germany, Netherlands
from 8 years

After school, ten-year-old Romy reluctantly goes to see her grandmother. Strict Stine has a hairdresser's and no time for her granddaughter anyway. Only when Romy realises that Stine is messing things up, they do grow into a super team.

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86 min
Special Programme
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Rosa - The Movie

2007
Sweden
from 14 years
85 min
Junior Film
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Running to the Sky

2019
Kyrgyzstan
from 11 years

Jekshen grows up in a picturesque mountain village in Kyrgyzstan. But the idyll is deceptive. The divorce of his parents, the absence of his mother and the care for his alcoholic father have forced the eleven-year-old to grow up at a young age. The only thing that can cheer the lonely boy up is the fascination for his sports teacher. She is also the one who discovers Jekshenʼs talent for running. Encouraged by his grandparents and friends, Jekshen takes part in his first race – with success. But even this newly discovered passion cannot solve his everyday problems. Then Jekshen learns about a traditional race in which a toddler is shackled in footcuffs. The first runner who reaches the child is allowed to cut the footcuffs open. According to Kyrgyz tradition, the child is blessed from now on and will be able to overcome every obstacle in life. Hoping for a better future, Jekshen decides to take part in the race and finally free himself from his own ‘shackles’.

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Auf einem Tisch steht in der Mitte eine Salatschüssel, die von Löffeln und Gemüsezutaten umringt ist.
2 min
Special Programme
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Salad Olé

2018
Germany

Watch this tasty colourful salad come together.

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Ein Teenager sitzt mit seinen Eltern am Tisch und isst.
5 min
Short Film
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Savegame

2019
Germany

As a teenager loses himself more and more in the virtual world, he snaps back into the harsh reality.

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92 min
German Focus
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Scent of Oranges

2019
Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia
from 12 years

Darek lives in a Czech village in the border triangle of the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, where he attends the 9th form. After his mother’s death, he has to look after his eight-year-old, mentally handicapped sister Ema and his father, who has difficulty coping with the loss of his wife and is increasingly seeking consolation in alcohol. But that’s not all: Darek has to fight a running battle with his former friend Hugo on a daily basis. Hugo seizes every opportunity to harass him and defenseless Ema. But then the summer also brings rays of hope into his life. Uli, his father’s friend, wants to feed and sell sick horses that have become useless for their owners on their land. Darek takes a liking to the “angels who give people wings” and dreams of opening a stud farm later. One day, 15-yearold Hanna comes to their farm to have Darek build a circuit for her school. Hanna is open and direct and beguilingly smells of oranges. Enchanted by the scent of oranges Darek is having a wonderful time, which suddenly ends at the end of the summer holidays...

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Drei Männer eines Rettungsteams stehen vor dem beleuchteten Eiffelturm in der Abenddämmerung.
8 min
Short Film
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Secrets of Paris

2018
Latvia

“The Rescue Team” men travel to Paris to help fix problems with electricity at the Eiffel tower security guard’s office but end up turning off power in all Paris.

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Ein Junge trägt ein weißes Hemd und beobachtet das Treiben auf seinem Abschlussball.
6 min
Short Film
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Slowdance

2018
Sweden

A shy boy at a middle-school dance tackles the new concepts of identity, sexuality and love.

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Eine Maus versucht im Kerzenschein ein Buch zu lesen.
3 min
Short Film
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Small Spark

2019
France

A small mouse lives in the middle of books and their epic adventures. When the candle goes out and when the matchbox is empty, it’s her turn to live a dangerous adventure through the house, in search of a small spark.

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Zwei Eulen sitzen auf einem Baum.
5 min
Short Film
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Small Tales - Big Dream of Small Frog

2017
Poland

Sitting at the banks of a pond, a frog is staring at the Moon with delight. She would like to jump on it – a dream she shares with the owls. One of the birds is supportive and understanding, the other is determined to talk the frog out of this ridiculous idea.

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Ein Mädchen fährt auf einem Fahrrad durch die Stadt und filmt sich dabei selbst.
15 min
Short Film
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Smartagers

2019
Germany

Summertime in Berlin: Coco and Mimi, two twelve-year-old girls want to meet at the public swimming pool. Things are at ease, until their smartphones interfere and start dominating everything. As grown-ups get involved, things don’t get easier.

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Eine Schnecke hinterlässt eine kunterbunte Farbenspur.
8 min
Short Film
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Snail the Painter

2018
Croatia

As snails crawl across patches of paint, they leave behind coloured trails that overlap and mix, creating new colours.

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90 min
German Focus
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Snow White and the Magic of the Dwarves

2019
Germany, Czech Republic
from 8 years

After her father’s death, little Snow White is completely at the mercy of her self-loving stepmother. The queen, who wants to be the most beautiful woman in the whole country, has the graceful girl locked up in a tower so no one can see her anymore. But the older Snow White becomes, the more rebellious she is. Again and again she flees from her tower room and secretly helps the old blacksmith at his work. There she meets Prince Kilian, who immediately falls in love with the cheeky girl.
When the court urgently needs money, the queen forges out a diabolical plan. In order to secure the financial support of rich count Sebalt, she wants to marry Snow White to this vain man. But when the bride is introduced, the entire court is fascinated by Snow White’s beauty and has only eyes for the princess. Beside herself with rage, the queen demands that her brother Gilig kill the unsuspecting girl. In the deepest forest, Snow White is rescued by seven dwarves, while Prince Kilian searches for the supposed blacksmith’s assistant.

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Ein Junge, gemalt auf eine bläuliche Wand, sitzt auf einem Holzstuhl.
10 min
Short Film
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Son Of The Sea

2018
Iran (Islamic Republic of)

A man lives in a house with his wife and the illusion of their son on the wall. This hallucination gradually creates some complications in their life.

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103 min
Junior Film
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Spread Your Wings

2019
France
from 11 years

Even the thought of a holiday with his father in Provence triggers discomfort and defiance in Thomas. After the separation of his parents, the “crazy” scientist is rather embarrassing to him. His worst nightmares come true when it turns out that there is hardly any network coverage in this rural area and therefore no chance of playing exciting computer games. His father may try very hard to get the boy enthusiastic about his research projects, but what is so fascinating about how a few birds get from A to B? It takes time for Thomas to understand what his father’s idea is all about: He teaches orphaned goslings that they have to follow a certain flight pattern to survive and find enough food in the different seasons. But this is not so easy, because the animals have to be influenced by humans before they can recognise them as “teachers”. And here finally comes the boy’s chance to have a very special experience: Since he is present when the goslings hatch, they recognise him as a “mother”. Now all he needs is a suitable flying device, and the adventurous journey can begin.

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88 min
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Stars by the Pound

2018
France
from 12 years

Loïs weighs a lot – too much to become an astronaut. She therefore decides not to eat anymore. But her body collapses, she faints at school and wakes up again in the psychiatric ward. Together with the new, extraordinary friends she finds there, she plans to set off for the stars.

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Zwei Polizisten, ein Schaf und ein Schwein, stehen vor der Kamera als Teil einer Reportage.
3 min
Short Film
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Street Credibility

2018
France

In an anthropomorphic animal world, we follow, through the camera of a reporter, the two cops Michel and Regis during their daily patrol.

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Am Strand streckt eine alte Frau mit Schwimmring ihren Fuß ins Wasser.
3 min
Short Film
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Swim

2018
Germany

Despite her advanced age, an old woman overcomes the challenge of swimming and awakes the attention of deep sea creatures.

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102 min
German Focus
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Swimming

2018
Germany
from 14 years

15-year-old Elisa suffers greatly from the separation of her parents. She now has to move to a council flat in Berlin-Neukölln with her mother. The young people at her new school behave quite differently from those living in the tranquil neighbourhood on the outskirts of the city. Elisa reacts to her stress and loneliness with fainting spells and is soon declared a victim by the boys in her class. They take advantage of one of Elisa’s fits to shoot a compromising video. Fortunately, her classmate Anthea arrives on the scene and saves the new kid in class. Anthea is the exact opposite of Elisa: beautiful, self-confident and fearless. She also sets the tone as the two become friends and hang out together every day. Together with Anthea’s older brother, they go out clubbing in Berlin and play a game: everything they do together has to be filmed on a mobile phone. Later, they secretly record their classmates who used to bully Elisa and share the videos. Soon the filming of humiliation videos develops into a compulsion that becomes highly dangerous for the girls and for all those who get in their way.

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Drei kleine Papierrollen mit Augen und Mützen unterhalten sich auf dem Schulhof.
2 min
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Tam, Dodu and the World

2019
Germany

Dodu goes on a journey around the world and makes a lot of new friends.

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Ein kleiner Junge hält erstaunt ein Diktiergerät in der Hand.
10 min
Short Film
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Tape

2018
Russia

Investigator Igor shows his voice recorder to his son Sasha. For a child, a strange thing that “steals” his voice becomes another toy given by a caring father. Moreover, without understanding, Sashka erases all the recordings from the dictaphone.

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Ein gemaltes Bild von einem Schauspieler steht zwischen Pinseln, Zeitungsausschnitten und Dosen.
6 min
Panorama
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The Actor

1975
France

Face to face with himself, a comedian makes up as an old man for the needs of a role. But what’s on the other side of the mirror?

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105 min
Special Programme
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The Brothers Lionheart

1977
Sweden
from 10 years
Ein Mann in Warnweste steht auf einem Zebrastreifen und winkt die an der Seite wartenden Jungs nach drüben.
14 min
Short Film
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The Crossing Guard

2019
Belgium

Lucas pretends his father is a pilot to impress his friends. It’s still better than a father who does nothing of his days. But Lucas’s father finds work again: he is the one who will now help children to cross the road in front of the school.

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83 min
Animated Film
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The Daily Fable

2018
Belgium
from 5 years

There is always something going on in the fairytale forest: many animals with different characters live here. There is Wolf who runs a small forest bistro. Or Mrs. Stork, who is cocksure of herself. Mr. Owl, on the other hand, prefers to sit on his branch and report from the newspaper about the latest forest news, for example how the stork lady invited all her friends to a picnic, but Wolf received no invitation. When the excursionists got lost in the scary forest, only one animal could save them. Owl also talks about how his friend, the turtle, wished he could fly for his birthday – would that work? Only recently the annual forest sports games took place, where Mrs Stork’s white team seemed to win again. But smart Raven and his black team had an ace up their sleeves that nobody expected: Chico, the fastest alpaca in the fairytale forest. Even the game leader, Panda Bear, was looking surprised.

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86 min
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The Day of Chocolate

2018
Poland
from 10 years

When silent Monika moves into the neighbouring house in her hula costume, David immediately makes friends with her. Both have a longing for a loved person who has left them, and both have a secret wish. Can the magic clock and the time hopper help them?

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75 min
German Focus
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The Elfkins - Baking a Difference

2019
Germany
from 5 years

For 200 years the Elfkins have been living under the pavement of Cologne. To this day, they have not forgotten the sneaky act of the curious seamstress with her peas. “Humans are mean, ungrateful and far too tall” say the Elfkins, preferring to accept darkness. But cheeky, somewhat chaotic Elfkin girl Helvi finds it pitch-dark and dead boring down there. She would love to learn a real trade in the human world. Especially when she finds a picture of a man with a garden gnome. Human beings cannot be that bad! When Helvi secretly sets off, she is surprised by good-natured Butz and annoying Elfkin boy Kipp. They join her – one voluntarily, the other enforcedly. After arriving in the human world, the three meet bad-tempered confectioner Theo, who used to be well known for his homemade cathedral tartlets and is now facing bankruptcy. When Helvi nibbles on the tartlets, she immediately knows that she wants to become a cake baker and help Theo out of his misery.

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99 min
Panorama
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The Footballest

2018
Spain
from 9 years

The Soto Alto football matches are being sabotaged. The referees constantly fall asleep on the pitch. To prevent the imminent end of their team, Pakete and his friends found the Footballest. Together, they set out on the trail of the mysterious events.

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96 min
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The Home in the Tree

2018
China
from 9 years

Chinese school children are under an enormous pressure to perform well. In the small village school, where the boy Ba-Wang is a student, texts are memorised and recited even during the breaks. Soon the major comparison test will take place and the director demands one of the best results in the country. Ba-Wang does not care about all this hustle and bustle. He is a teaser, takes it easy and prefers splashing around to swotting. His parents and teachers do not like his attitude and his poor marks. But when young teacher Ms Wen comes to his school, the class clown’s life changes. She sees him as a creative boy who needs assurance in order to develop his talents. She encourages him and gives him responsibility. His marks improve and he even wins an award. But when Ms Wen’s boyfriend shows up, Ba-Wang is seized by jealousy – and this has serious consequences.

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91 min
Special Programme
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The Ketchup Effect

2004
Sweden
from 14 years
Ein Junge hält einen Drachen in der Hand, während er mit seinem Großvater auf einer Wolke sitzt.
13 min
Short Film
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The Kite

2019
Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia

Summer is coming to an end; the fruit is growing ripe on the trees. Grandpa gives his Grandson a kite. Autumn, the leaves fall and Grandpa has grown weak. Winter comes, then springtime. A warm breeze brings them together again.

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90 min
Panorama
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The Last Color

2019
India, USA
from 14 years

Chhoti is a street child and wants to go to school. She therefore saves money with her friend Chintu. When he disappears with their rupees, the girl seeks shelter with the widow Noor. Since both belong to the caste of the ‘untouchables’, their everyday life is marked by injustices.

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Zwei Teenager liegen im Bett.
15 min
Short Film
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The Last Day of School

2018
Lithuania

On the last day of school, Edgaras goes on an illegal cigarette run in order to afford a better life with his girlfriend.

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100 min
Junior Film
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The Legend of the Christmas Witch

2018
Italy, Spain
from 11 years

Paola seems to be a pretty, caring teacher who lives a normal life. However, she has a big secret: at night she turns into hook-nosed Christmas witch Befana who brings children presents riding on her broom. For 500 years, this has been her task which she loves more than anything else despite the stress. The children and their secret desires mean the world to her. Due to a turbulent mistake Paola is filmed riding her broom at night and now everyone knows that Befana really exists. To make matters worse, vengeful toy maker Mr. Johnny takes advantage of this knowledge and kidnaps her. By chance, her student Riccardo witnesses this kidnapping and drums five of his classmates up to free their teacher. They bravely get on their bicycles and set off together on a long and rugged road to Mr. Johnny. But it is not that easy and fighting is inevitable. The rescue squad has to patch things up and overcome all differences. This is the only way to save Paola/Befana and the Christmas festival. But they have no idea how difficult this rescue mission is going to be.

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In einer Unterwasserlandschaft begibt sich ein kleiner Pirat auf die Suche nach einer Schatzkiste.
2 min
Special Programme
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The Lost Treasure

2019
Germany

A pirate loses his treasure to a vile sea beast.

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Ein Mädchen mit einer Brille, die sie sich zur Beobachtung einer Sonnenfinsternis gebastelt hat, schaut erwartungsvoll nach oben.
13 min
Short Film
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The Motion Of Stars

2018
Austria

Eight-year-old Lena’s favourite book, about the secret relationship between stars and humans, gains special significance as she watches a solar eclipse with her father; changing both their worlds forever.

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Ein Angler sitzt auf einem kleinen Teich in seinem Boot.
2 min
Special Programme
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The Mystery of the Lake

2019
Germany

A fisher on a small lake makes a big catch.

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87 min
Panorama
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The Opera Kids

2018
Singapore
from 8 years

Open spends his school days drawing. His father, a teacher working at his school, cares for him lovingly, but his mother is unable to cope with him. However, the autistic boy slowly opens up when outgoing Bao Er joins his class and wants to become his girlfriend.

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90 min
Panorama
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The Orphanage

2019
Afghanistan, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg
from 15 years

Afghanistan in the early 1990s: the country is still governed by the Soviet Union instead of Islamism. Street boy Qodrat is sent to an orphanage, where his everyday life consists of school, Bollywood dreams and true friendship. But threats and violence are omnipresent here as well.

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Ein junger Mann blickt erschöpft und übermüdet drein.
29 min
Short Film
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The Overcoat

2018
Estonia, Ireland

An office worker saves all his money to buy a new coat in time for Christmas, only to have fate take a ghostly hand.

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Eine Großfamilie aus Kartoffeln steht um ihren Abendbrottisch herum und genießt frische Petersilie.
3 min
Special Programme
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The Potato Family

2019
Germany

Hanna watches the day of a completely normal family.

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Ein indischer Junge blickt traurig nach unten.
10 min
Short Film
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The Priceless Art

2018
India

A little boy named Shiva hails from a needy family and the struggles he undergoes in life to satisfy his younger sister’s medical needs for which he sells his own artworks on the streets while also tacking external interventions.

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Ein kleiner Roboter und sein Roboter-Hund stehen vor einem riesigen gestrandeten Wal.
7 min
Short Film
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The Robot & the Whale

2018
Sweden

A long time ago, humans left planet earth. Alone remained Lobo, a cheerful robot who loves animals and plants. One day Lobo and her best friend Banjo, a curious robot dog, meet a stranded whale on the beach.

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109 min
Youth Film
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The Runaways

2019
Great Britain
from 14 years

North Yorkshire, England: Angie lives with her two younger siblings Polly and Ben in a house by the sea. Her father can feed the family very poorly. He travels with his donkeys to let young excursionists ride them. Since her mother left husband and children, the family has a strong bond of togetherness, which slightly makes them forget the hard times. One day her father’s body is recovered from the sea and brought to their house by the children. In a touching ceremony they say goodbye and try to look into the future at the same time. They are not only afraid of being separated by being accommodated in different children’s homes. The return of their uncle from prison poses an even greater threat to the children. He talks about money his brother would have owed him, which Angie should finally return. The children have to flee. With their donkeys, they battle their way through North York Moore, uncles and authorities being close on their heels. Their only hope is their mother, although they do not even know if she is still alive.

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Zwei Jungen unterhalten sich im Wald.
5 min
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The Sacred Amulet

2018
Germany

On a school trip Ben finds a mysterious amulet. It turns out to be not just pretty, but also extremely useful…

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Ein kleiner Junge steht auf einem Schulhof voller Schnee.
8 min
Short Film
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The Shrove Sunday

2018
Ukraine

A little orphaned boy from children’s home faces violence of other children. But everything he dreams about is to visit church on the Shrove Sunday and ask forgiveness for his hatred.

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Eine Schnecke sitzt in ihrer Wohnung am Esstisch.
2 min
Special Programme
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The Snail

2019
Germany

A snail in a restaurant with an unusual order.

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In einer dunklen Höhle hängt eine Spinne an ihrem Faden.
2 min
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The Spider

2019
Germany

Surely the poacher didn’t anticipate a spider.

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Ein kleines Mädchen sitzt mit ihrem besten Freund auf einem Baumstamm an einem kleinen Fluss und beobachtet ihren Stock, den sie an einer Leine befestigt hat.
12 min
Short Film
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The Stick

2019
Finland

A little girl really wants a dog. Her father gives her one chance to get it. Will she succeed?

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92 min
Panorama
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The Sweet Taste of Salted Bread and Undies

2018
Philippines
from 12 years

Pinching, punching, kicking or choking: Aguy can heal people by inflicting pain on them. One day the little girl meets an old baker who suffers from kidney failure. They become close friends, but her gift does not seem to work for him.

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Ein alter Mann gießt einen kargen Baum in einer Wüste.
7 min
Short Film
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The Tree

2018
France

In a world of drought, an old man spends his days collecting drops of water to quench the thirst of a dead tree.

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86 min
Youth Film
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The Unpromised Land

2019
Sweden
from 14 years

Holmsund is a small town in Sweden – picturesquely situated on the archipelago coast, blessed with industrial jobs and a ferry connection to Finland. Here Sabina and two Romanian compatriots are looking for happiness. Her dark hair and brown skin look like a dark spot that seems to irritate and disturb the blond Swedes. Sabina is not welcome, she feels it, she does not even find work. But there is also hope: one day she meets Elin. At first glance she looks like all the others. But she does not behave like that: she approaches Sabina and tries to communicate in Pigeon English. Her outsiderism unites the two dissimilar girls. Elin also feels like an alien in Holmsund with her scratched arms and her crazy father. The two teenagers dream of another place where they can enjoy their friendship and their lives without suspicious looks. But what if one of them leaves?

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Viele verschiedene Gemüsesorten sind auf einem orangefarbenen Hintergrund farblich sortiert aufgereiht.
3 min
Special Programme
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The Winner is

2019
Germany

These Protagonists are as various as the three authors are. And maybe that’s, why they make such a great team.

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Eine Teenagerin steht auf einem vollen Esstisch und blickt wütend auf die Löcher in der Decke, aus denen Wasser fließt.
5 min
Short Film , Panorama
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Thermostat 6

2018
France

Diane can no longer pretend she doesn’t see the leak that drips above the dining table.

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Zwei Kinder spielen miteinander Ball über eine gestrichelte Linie.
9 min
Short Film
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This Side, the Other Side

2019
Iran (Islamic Republic of)

No boundary can prevent the formation of friends and affection between children.

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109 min
Panorama
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This is Not Berlin

2019
Mexico
from 18 years

Carlos and his best friend Gera are almost of age. After a visit to the infamous Aztek punk club, Carlos joins the art scene. Here he thrives and experiences drugs and free love. If only Gera’s sister, frontwoman of a band, would love him too...

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108 min
Panorama
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Tofu

2018
Japan
from 12 years

Widower Yusaku makes the best tofu in the area and is highly appreciated both by housewives and by chief executives. He lives modestly with his adult daughter in the mountains. When orphan boy Masami enters his life, the old man is faced with completely new challenges.

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Ein junger Mann steht in der Tür mit einem pompösen Outfit und einer Gitarre um den Hals.
19 min
Short Film
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Tommi & Wolf

2018
Germany

Spring-time 1976, somewhere in the countryside of Lower Austria: the 19-year-old boys Thomas and Wolfgang decide to found a rock band to get super famous. Since they are not really good at playing their instruments they shoot an album cover first.

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86 min
German Focus
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Too Far Away

2019
Germany
from 10 years

Together with his parents and his older sister Isa, almost twelveyear-old Ben has to leave his home village because Niederkirchbach will soon be eaten up by a huge brown coal opencast mine. His only consolation is the Düren football team, for which he, a gifted striker, has already registered. In his new school, however, Ben is stamped as being an outsider. The fact that the other “newcomer”, a Syrian refugee boy named Tariq, belongs even less to the class does not comfort Ben. Especially since Tariq unintentionally competes with him on the football field with his “moves”, his football tricks. But then Ben, who secretly wants to go to his old village, discovers Tariq all alone at the train station. At first Tariq denies everything, but later Ben learns that the Syrian boy lives in a children’s home. His parents are still in a camp in Turkey, his brother Kheder has disappeared during the flight. Now Ben’s jealousy is blown away. He senses how the Syrian refugee boy feels and shows Tariq his greatest secret: the abandoned home village.

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In einem Wald steht ein Pferd vor einem Stapel Baumstämme.
12 min
Short Film
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Traces

2018
Belgium

Over the seasons we follow a logger and his horse in the depths of the Ardennes forest, and see him live his passion through the eyes of an odd young girl …

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91 min
Special Programme
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Tsatsiki - Mum and the Policeman

1999
Sweden, Denmark, Norway
from 6 years
Ein Kohlrabi-Monster sorgt bei den Pilzen und Trauben für Angst und Schrecken.
1 min
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Turnip Cabbage Monster

2019
Germany

A monster kidnaps the mushroom child. Its family can’t let that happen.

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100 min
Youth Film
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VS.

2018
Great Britain
from 15 years

Eminem’s “8 Mile” in a British seaside resort: rage is the sensation Adam feels most often. He is furious with his foster families, his social worker and especially with his mother, who abandoned him when he was little. After destroying his room at his new foster parents’ home in a dispute, he has to move again. This is supposed to be his last station: an elderly lady who is familiar with difficult cases and who takes him in until he has to move to a new family or comes of age. Thus Adam gets back to his birthplace of Southend-on-Sea. In a gambling hall he meets Makayla, a bright young woman who takes him to a secret rap battle. It quickly becomes clear: Adam has great talent. Instead of screaming or throwing things, he can put his anger and disappointment into tough lines and is rewarded with applause. Thanks to his growing self-confidence, he can deal with his past and even assume responsibility for his own future.

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89 min
Special Programme
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We Can Be Heroes

2002
Sweden
from 8 years
Auf einer Waldlichtung sitzt ein Wolf auf einem Felsvorsprung.
10 min
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Wolf Paths

2018
Czech Republic

A chronically sick boy leads a peaceful but lazy life with his mother. Everything changes when his indispensable inhaler falls out of the window and he is forced to go out.

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Ein Mann kehrt mit einem Besen Wolle zusammen.
10 min
Short Film
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Woolworld

2018
Poland

Have you ever wondered what live would be in a world made of wool? In Woolworld, people, animals and everything that surrounds them is made of wool and all is closely tied together.

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