Here is to another successful year at children’s short film festival were 52 short films in total. There were three prizes given out. One is the Friese-Preis which was given to a film from the programs for children ab 4 and ab 6 years old and the Mo-Pries for a film from the ab 9 and ab 12 years old programs. These two prize winners received 1250 euros and third prize was the Freischwimmer prize which is for 1000 Euros and went to a film from the ab 14 years old program.
The Friese-Preis went to a German film called “Ein Märchen von einer unmoglichen Stelle im Universum” from the director Markus Wulf. This film is not only humorous but was extremely creative in the costumes as well as in the animation. It is a film that sets itself apart from the other film due to the extra effort which was used as well as the director’s vision in telling this story.
The Mo-Pries went to a film from the Netherlands called “Ninnoc” from Niki Padidar. This is a documentary film which dives into the life of a twelve year old that is described from other people around her. It is a very fresh point of view giving us a new perspective into the world of Ninnoc.
Two films “Barriere”(Muuri) from the Finnish film makers Jussi Rastas and Jenni Kivistö and the film “Egal wer” (Aqui la Faute) from Anne-Claire Jaulin from France received special recognition for their achievements.
The Freischwimmer prize went to the Swedish film Zehmeterturm from Maimilian van Aertryck and Axel DanielsonThe film had a simple idea yet due to its editing which would reveal new ideas made this film completely entertaining.
The film “Eine Nacht in Tokoriki” (O naopte in Tokoriki) from the Romanian director received special recognition.
The last awards to be given were the Gib Mir FÜnf awards which is divided into three winners. These awards are for films that children direct and film themselves. It is the 12th year that this has been given out.
First place went to “Der entscheidende Moment” from Niko Albers
Second place went to “5 for Life” from the SFO-Förde-Schule-Gravestein which is a school in Denmark.
Third place went to “Giganten der Tiefe” from the Medienwerkstatt AG which is an elementary school in Tennenbonn Germany.
If you ever want to see a wide range of fun film with an audience who are enjoying every moment, then I would encourage you to go to either this short film festival or the Michel Festival. Both festivals are a lot of fun and the quality of the films are surprisingly wonderful.