25th International Film Festival

for Children and Young Audience

10 – 17 OCT 2020

Industry Forum 2019 incl. ECFA Seminar

Now that the SCHLINGEL Industry Forum has established itself as the most comprehensive networking platform for the international children's and youth film industry, it is a particular pleasure for us to present the ECFA SEMINAR as one of the highlights this year. The highlighted topics of the event are intended to address the question of what significance children's and youth film festivals have in the film industry and the current exploitation cycle, and what opportunities and problems there are. The dialogue and cooperation between the international children's and youth film festivals and representatives from all sectors of this industry are therefore becoming increasingly important in today's world. In the form of case studies, working groups and networking opportunities, the participants are given the opportunity for an intensive exchange of ideas, which can be deepened in the evening with networking drinks and a get together.


International film experts, producers, directors, distributors, television stations, representatives of funding agencies


The programme consists of different discussion and event formats which will enable a vast variety of opportunities to exchange experiences with other participants. The working languages are English and German. The events will be translated from one language to the other.

Moderation Industry Forum incl. ECFA SEMINAR

Silke Wilfinger

Founded the distribution and consulting company SilkWayFilms in 2016 and has been supporting the programming of the AniMovie section at the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film since 2008. Currently SilkWayFilms is cooperating with clients like Weltkino, Sola Media, Servus TV, Wild Bunch and others. Currently SilkWay Films is working for clients like Weltkino, Servus TV, Wild Bunch etc.


Monday, 07 October 2019

ECFA SEMINAR, Hotel Chemnitzer Hof - Spiegelsaal, Theaterplatz 4, 09111 Chemnitz

09:30 am Opening Industry Forum, welcome coffee

10:00 am Opening speech

10:30 am Panel discussion

12:00 pm Lunch break

01:30 pm Working groups part 1

03:45 pm Case study

04:30 pm Working groups part 2

05:30-07:00 pm Networking drinks at the Hotel Chemnitzer Hof

07:00-10:00 pm Get-together with culinary accompaniments at the event area Galerie Roter Turm / Festival Centre

Tuesday, 08 October2019

ECFA SEMINAR, Hotel Chemnitzer Hof - Spiegelsaal, Theaterplatz 4, 09111 Chemnitz

09:30 am Welcome coffee

10:00 am Panel discussion

11:30 am Closing remarks

01:00 pm Lunch at the event area Galerie Roter Turm / Festival Centre

02:30 Uhr ComingSoon, CineStar der Galerie Roter Turm, cinema 11

06:30 pm Presentation of the research results of last year's symposium on "Children's actors contested subject" by Prof. Sebastian Grobler (Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe (TH OWL) / University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany), conference room Restaurant Michaelis,  Düsseldorfer Platz 1, 09111 Chemnitz

from 07:15 pm dinner at Michaelis

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Project presentations, conference room Restaurant Michaelis, Düsseldorfer Pl. 1, 09111 Chemnitz

09:30 am Welcome coffee

10:00 am Project presentations Treatment / Pre-Production (detailed programme below)

12:30 pm Lunch

ComingSoon | 08 October 2019 | 2:30 pm CineStar

Under the heading ComingSoon, the international professional audience is invited to take a look into the production of upcoming children's movies. In addition to the German cinema hits of tomorrow, international co-productions will also be presented.

The event is organised in cooperation with Creative Europe Desk Berlin-Brandenburg and will take place in the CineStar Galerie Roter Turm on Tuesday, 8 October 2019 at 2:30 pm.

moderated by: Eva-Maria Schneider-Reuter


Lieblingsfilm (Germany)
Directed by: Stefan Westerwelle
The Project will be presented by Philipp Budweg (Producer Lieblingsfilm).


TFP Production (Poland)
Directed by: Mariusz Palej
The Project will be presented by Wojciech Stuchlik (Produzent TFP).


NiKo Film (Germany, Netherlands, Poland)
Directed by: Carolina Hellsgård
The project will be presented by Nicole Gerhards (Producer NiKo Film).


8Heads Productions (Czech Republic, Latvia)
Directed by: Tomáš Polenský
The Project will be presented by
Julietta Sichel
(Producer 8Heads Productions).


Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH
Directed by: Tim Trageser
The project will be presented by screenwriter Marc Hillefeld.

© 2018 Carolin Ubl / Sony Pictures Entertainment Deutschland GmbH / Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH


Neufilm, Expanding Focus (Germany)
Directed by Susanne Kim
This project will be presented by director Susanne Kim and VR creative producer Alexander Herrmann (Expanding Focus).

Presentation Day Pre-Production | 09 October 2019 | 09:30 am Michaelis

The newly created series with international presentations of projects in development / pre-production will take place on Wednesday, 9 October 2019 at conference room, Michaelis Chemnitz.

moderated by: Silke Wilfinger

“Apocalypse Meow“ (Canada)

A family adventure about the exciting journey of Little Mimi and her friends in search of their missing cat.
Stage of development: pre-production
Production company: Orange Films Quebec / Canada
Country of production: Canada
Directed by: Martin Cadotte; Target group: Family audience
Language: French
planned shooting: March 2020/ planned release date: winter 2021
Looking for funding, TV, distribution / world sales, festivals
This project will be presented by Adrien Bodson (Orange Medias Quebec)

Adrien Bodson

“Ring of Life“ (Ukraine)

A movie about a girl who gets into the fantasy world of life and death and tries to return home with the help of new friends.
Stage of development: financing
Production company: Trident Film, Pronto Film Kiev
Country of production: Ukraine
Directed by: Sasha Kirienko
Language: English
Planned release date: 2022
Looking for co- producers, funding, postproduction, worldwide distribution, festivals
This project will be presented by producer Sashko Chubko (Pronto Film Kiev)

Sashko Chubko

“Abbababb!“ (Iceland)

A family film, based on the hit musical of the same name, shows an adventure between good and evil, disco and punk and ends with love conquering everything.
Stage of development: pre-production
Production company: The Icelandic Film Company
Country of production: Iceland
Directed by: Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir
Language: Icelandic
planned shooting: 2020 / planned release date: January 2021
Looking for co-producers, funding, distribution / world sales, TV
This project will be presented by Julius Kemp (The Icelandic Film Company Reykjavik)

Julius Kemp

“The Three Marías” (Mexico)

A movie about the unique journey of the three girls to the mythical city "Las Golondrinas".
Stage of development: pre-production
Production company: Aeroplano Films Mexiko
Country of production: Mexico
Directed by: Jorge A. Estrada
Language: Spanish
Planned release date: 2021/ 2022
Looking for co- producers
This project will be presented by director Jorge A. Estrada (Aeoroplano Films Mexiko)

Jorge A. Estrada

“The Tinderbox“ (Russia)

A musical fairytale feature film based on the novel of the same name by Hans-Christian Andersen.
Stage of development: pre-production: Script written; music largely written; 17 songs written; demo versions of the songs recorded in Russian; marionette design developed
Production company: Kamer-Ton-Film-Russia LTD
Country of production: Russia
Directed by: Andjei Petras / Target group: children from 6 years, family audience
Planned release date: December 2020
Looking for international co- producers, financing partners, pre-sales, international cast
This project will be presented by Anastassia Razlogova (Kamer Ton Film Moskau)

Anastasia Razlogova

„Princesses and Dragons“ (Sweden)

Princesses & Dragons is a comical fairy tale musical for the whole family.
Production company: SUPRESTO / The Chapel films
Country of production: Sweden
Directed by: Torbjörn Jansson
Language: Swdish
planned release: 2022 / 2023
Looking for co-producers, world sales, TV, funding
This project will be presented by Torbjörn Jansson.

Torbjörn Jansson

Project coordinator

Franziska Winter

Guest management

Jeannette Süß