There is life before and after the Berlinale! Thomas Hailer might be known as the former face of the Berlinale’s “Kinderfilmfest” (since 2002), that he renamed Generation and to which he added a youth competition. Later he became curator of the festival’s international competition. Since 2020, he is the artistic director of the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, a festival that has – by nature – a strong connection with quality films for children.
The Olympia Film Festival for Children & Young People in Pyrgos, Greece is at a pivotal point in its development. With the building of a European Centre for Audio-Visual Creation, the festival aspires to a crucial place in the international chain of festivals. But this project only has a raison d’être if it is anchored in the local community, says Deputy artistic director Pantelis Panteloglou.
Film critic, essayist, editor of publications and exhibitions, screenwriter, director and heretical rapporteur on film education in schools. Alain Bergala, who served the Cahiers du Cinéma for decades as editor and editor-in-chief, is one of those film theorists who are practically active on various levels, including politics.
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Ten amazing short films, all nominations for the ECFA Short Award 2023, are touring the European children & youth film festivals. A new and exciting short film distribution initiative by ECFA.
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If you thought something was lacking in the Nordic young audience film distribution landscape, now that void has been filled by Smorgasbord Picture House. Head of the company Nils-Thomas Andersson explains what it’s all about…
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CEE Animation Experience is a strong brand in online masterclasses about “all things animation”. For their new webinar, forces were joined with ECFA for a masterclass on “Growing Up with Animation: How It Shapes and Connects Generations” on 27 April. An event not to be missed!
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“Children are not made to sit still.” During the recent JEF festival, the experience screenings offered children plenty of space to play. A success formula that also pleases the exhibitors: with a minimum of effort a unique audience involvement is created.
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