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ECFA Award Winner

Birds of Passage

English title: Birds of Passage
Original title: Oiseaux de Passage, Les
German title: Zugvögel – Wenn Freundschaft Flügel verleiht
Belgium, France, 2015

Director: Ringer, Olivier
Production company: Ring Prod, RTBF
Co-producers: Les Films d'Antoine, Good Lap Production
Age recommendation: 6 years and up
Length: 83 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Having a February 29 birthday is terribly stupid. Especially when you get a duck egg as a gift for your tenth birthday. Cathy and her best friend Margaux hatch the egg and see how the duckling crawls out of the egg. They really want to take care of the little duckling, but her parents don’t want an animal in their house. The duckling is quite likely to end up as canned cat food. Cathy and Margaux leave for an adventurous journey to rescue it.

Marketing strategies:
Interview with director Olivier Ringer and producer Yves Ringer:

Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen Antwerp & Brugge 2015, FIFEM Montreal 2015 (awarded), Cine-Jeune St. Quentin 2015, Zlin 2015 (ECFA Award and other awards), Giffoni 2015, Tokyo CFF 2015 (awarded), Buster Copenhagen 2015 (special mention), Vilnius CFF 2015, Schlingel Chemnitz (awarded), Mannheim IFF 2015, Kinodisea Bucharest 2015 (ECFA Award), Regiofun for Kids Katowice 2015, Chicago CFF 2015 (awarded), Vienna 2015, Just Film Tallinn 2015, Oulu 2015, Olympia Pyrgos 2015 (awarded), Golden Elephant Hyderabad 2015, Castellinaria Bellinzona 2015, Ale Kino Poznan 2015, Seattle CFF 2016, Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen Antwerp & Brugge 2016, ECFA Award 2016, Sehpferdchen Hannover 2016, Luxembourg 2016, New York CFF 2016 (awarded), FIFEM Montreal 2016, BUFF Malmö 2016 (awarded), TIFF Kids Toronto 2016, Kinodisea Arad/Romania 2016, Little Big Films Nürnberg 2016, Vittorio di Veneto 2016, Kristiansand CFF 2016, Eye on Film Slovenia 2016, My First Festival Barcelona 2016, Freeze Frame Winnipeg 2017, Kristiansand 2017, Kinderfilmfest Muenster 2017, China ICFF 2017 (awarded), Zagreb IFF 2018, Olympia CFF Pyrgos 2018, Almaty IFF 2019, Providence CFF 2021, Smile CFF New Delhi 2022

ECFA interview available

Study guide: Danish

Study guide: Flemish (paid version)

Study guide: German

Study guide: Norwegian

Some additional media: Digital filmpage (Flemish)

World sales address/es:
Attraction Distribution (CDN)

Sold to:
Jef (BE)
MDR-Red. Kinder, Fam., Soz. (D)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)
In The Air (NL)
Pack Magic (ES)