The International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience „Schlingel“ at Chemnitz celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. One of the festival's special features is the International Children's Jury with 18 children from nine European countries. This year the children awarded „Paw“ by Adrian Pejó (Hungary, 2015) as best film for children and Félix Bossuet as best child actor for his performance in „Belle and Sébastien, The Adventure Continues“ directed by Christian Duguay (France, 2015).
(11.10.2015) The Professionals' Jury for feature films awarded „Birds of Passage“ directed by Olivier Ringer (Belgium & France, 2015) as best film for children. Their award in the junior competition (11 to 13 years) went to „Enclave“ directed by Goran Radovanovic (Serbia & Germany, 2015).
The Junior Jury consisting of young people has chosen „Labyrinthus“ by Douglas Boswell (Belgium, 2014) as best film for 11- to 13-year old teenagers. The Young People's Jury decided for „Young Tiger“ directed by Cyprian Vial (France, 2014).
Among the German competitions the DEFA sponsorship prize went to „We are Young. We are Strong“ by Burhan Qurbani (Germany, 2014). The award of the Goethe Institute received „Sanctuary“ by Marc Brummund (Germany, 2014). „Sanctuary“ also received the „Fair Play“-award given by a jury of young people.
The ECFA-Jury has given their award to „Enclave“, the same decision made the International Film Critics' Fipresci-jury.
The Professionals' Jury for short and animated films has chosen „The Little Man“ by Radek Beran (Czech Republic & Slovakia) as best animated film and „My Stuffed Granny“ by Effie Pappa (Great Britain & Greece, 2014) as best short film.
The audience voted for „The Secret Society of Souptown“ by Margus Paju (Estonia & Finland, 2014).
The lifetime achievement award of the festival this year received Gert K. Müntefering, who created many TV-productions for children during more than 35 years when he was was responsible for the children’s and family program of WDR in Cologne, one of the biggest public TV stations in Germany.
Hungarian „Paw“ Wins the International Children Jury's Award at 20th Schlingel Chemnitz / ECFA-Award to Serbian „Enclave“, (11.10.2015)
Lucas International Children's Filmfestival Frankfurt 2015: Lucas-Award to Sri Lanka, ECFA-Award to „About a Girl“ (Germany), (04.10.2015)
Enthusiastic About Children's Film Culture, (27.09.2015)
ECFA Welcomes Delegates to Brussels, (18.09.2015)
Italian Film „Grotto“ by Micol Pallucca Wins the 6+-section in Giffoni 2015, (27.07.2015)
Zlin 2015: Olivier Ringer wins ECFA-Award and Golden Slipper for "Birds of Passage", (04.06.2015)
EFA Young Audience Award 2015 to "The Invisible Boy", (03.05.2015)
Tomm Moore's "Song of the Sea" also Wins ECFA-Award at Kristiansand, (28.04.2015)
ECFA-Award at Cine-Jeune in St. Quentin for "Song of the Sea" by Tomm Moore, (26.04.2015)
"X + Y" Wins at BUFF Malmö, (16.03.2015)