The audience of the 9th edition of Kino Dzieci (Kids Kino Int’l Film Festival) nowadays are spread over 20 Polish cities! In Warsaw and Wroclaw, the entire programme is available, while the main competition is presented in 18 more locations nationwide. Thus viewers from around the country decide the winning films… and then there’s juries, like the ECFA Jury!
Kids Kino’s ECFA Award went to the Polish film TOO OLD FOR FAIRY TALES (by Kristoffer Rus). Waldek is a talented young gamer. One day eccentric Aunt Mariolka comes to take care of him in the absence of his mother. Gaming is no longer a priority; now it’s all about low-fat food, bike riding and running up the stairs. These are just a few elements in her diabolic plan to make Waldek a better and healthier person. One day, the mysterious ‘Ant’ comes to join Waldek’s gaming team and turns out to be a girl. Not just any girl… but the ultimate girl of his dreams. Not only for Waldek but also for his mum, time has come for drastic changes.
“This heart-warming coming-of-age story could happen in any backyard, maybe even in yours”, stated the ECFA Jury. “When the childhood cocoon slowly bursts, Waldek is facing the dilemma whether to hide back or stand up for himself and take responsibility for his own happiness… The film adds a unique voice to today’s body-positivity debate.” For TOO OLD FOR FAIRY TALES the trip to Warsaw turned into a success story, collecting also the Main Competition Award and the Authors’ Association ZAIKS Award.
The ECFA Jury were Marion Heimlund (Norway), Rose-Marie Strand (Sweden), Anna Stadnik-Wojtowicz (Poland).