During the 25th edition of the Montreal Int’l Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM) two of the most prestigious prizes were taken home by a film that – literally – takes you to heaven.
At FIFEM, probably the leading children’s film festival on the North American continent, the Professional Jury composed of the actress Jessica Barker, filmmaker Alain Jacques and producer Mylène Augustin, awarded the Grand Prix to EVEN MICE BELONG TO HEAVEN (Czech Republic, Denisa Grimmovà & Jan Bubenícek) “for its amazing artistic direction and incredible stop-motion animation, and for the boldness to speak about death with sweetness and lightness.” The film also won the Public Choice Award. EVEN MICE BELONG TO HEAVEN is distributed by Attraction Distribution.
The Professional Jury also crowned the French-Georgian film FRANZY’S SOUP KITCHEN as Best Short Film. The film by Ana Chubinidze tells the story of a lonely alien who discovers that her special pink soup is not just delicious, but also magical, when she shares it with starving creatures living on a strange planet.
The Children’s Jury awarded the Grand Prix de Montréal to Korean film KIDS ARE FINE by Ji Won Lee “for its emotional and bittersweet journey, its inspiring visuals and endearing characters”. The Children’s Jury Award for Best Short went to the Quebecois film MAUVAISES HERBES by Claude Cloutier.
FIFEM will return for its 26th edition during spring break of 2023. Keep yourself updated here.