At the Zlin Film Festival 2017, the ECFA Jury decided to give the ECFA Award to UP IN THE SKY, the Swedish film by Petter Lennstrand.

Due to her parents’ neglect, 8-year-old Pottan is spending her summer holidays at a recycling yard! Sounds rather sad… until Pottan meets the yards bizarre residents: a bunch of life-sized puppets with great plans and ambitions. That’s how Pottan becomes part of a secret space mission!

UP IN THE SKY actress Mira Forsell walking the Zlin red carpet

Motivation of the ECFA Jury: “This highly entertaining film tells an original story in a unique, imaginative and anarchistic style. It stands out as a rare fiction film for younger children which communicates to them through playful images and eccentric characters. A young female heroine enters a seemingly unfriendly environment which becomes the stage for creativity and humanity. We embark with her on a fantastic adventure where the impossible becomes possible.”

Members of the Zlin EFCA Jury were Marjo Kovanen (Koulukino, Finland), Linde Fröhlich (Nordische Filmtage, Germany) and Selma Mehadzić (KinoKino International Film Festival for Children, Croatia).

The ECFA Jury in Zlin