The Olympia Film Festival is one of the festivals that has the courage to host no less than three ECFA competitions. We’re happy to welcome three new winners: WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (Best Feature), MATILDA AND THE SPARE HEAD (Best Short) and LITTLE BALLERINAS (Best Doc).
WHEN HITLER STOLE PINK RABBIT (Caroline Link, Germany / Switzerland) follows Anna’s escape from pre-war Germany and we travel with her through Europe to start a new life with her family. “A beautifully directed and acted adaptation of Judith Kerr’s semi-autobiographical novel, making us revisit shared childhood experiences against the backdrop of growing conflict – sadly still all too relevant today.”
In MATILDA AND THE SPARE HEAD (Ignas Meilūnas, Lithuania), awarded Best Short, a girl wants to become the smartest person in the world. When all her learnings no longer fit into one head, mum buys her a spare one. Two heads are better than one. Matilda soon gets confused about which head to wear at what time. A ball crashing through the window will change Matilda’s life forever. “In times of restriction, this film provides a message of freedom for both kids and parents”, the ECFA Jury said.
Feature length documentary LITTLE BALLERINAS (Anne-Claire Dolivet, France) observes 4 girls aged 6– 11. “The film amazed us with its method to capture emotions and the complex balance between friendship and competition.”
An overview of all jury members can be found here.