Every year, the Schlingel Film Festival for Children & Young Audiences brings hundreds of international films to Chemnitz. Conversely, however, Schlingel also takes German films out into the world and accompanies them on their journeys to other international festivals.
Since 17 April, Schlingel has been at the 9th Smile Int’l Film Festival for Children & Youth in India with eight German titles in its luggage that will be screened as part of SIFFCY’s German focus programme. Among them are two films running in the international competition: the German-Austrian co-production TALES OF FRANZ and the short film SPARE PARTS. In addition, Schlingel will present the feature films THE SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS 2 and LUCY WANTED as well as the shorts BOOTLEG, MONKEY DOMINO, MORTIMER AND THE VANISHINGS and THE SQUONK. The presentation of the German films at SIFFCY is financially supported by the Saxon State Chancellery and the Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM).
SIFFCY and Schlingel have been partner festivals for about five years now. As part of this cooperation over 40 German feature and short films have found their way into the SIFFCY catalogue. On the other hand, Indian productions can be seen on the big screen in Chemnitz. SIFFCY director Jitendra Mishra is a long-standing expert guest at Schlingel and part of the Club of Festivals, a network of international children’s film festivals that awards three prizes in Chemnitz.
This year Schlingel will take place from 23-30 September in Chemnitz, the European Capital of Culture 2025. Film submissions for the upcoming festival edition are still possible via Filmfreeway. Deadline for long films: 15 July; deadline for short films: 1 June.