Ukrainian families and Young Cinephiles @ LUCAS Festival

During its 45th edition, the LUCAS – Int’l Festival for Young Film Lovers (6-13 October) facilitated several guest sections, spinning thematic threads through the programme.





Young people could “Get Involved!” at all levels. The Young European Cinephiles curated a film series on the topic of “Power” and discussed the selection with the audience, the Klassiker.Klasse offered not only cinematic but also biological insights into WHALE RIDER (by Niki Caro, New Zealand/Germany, 2002) in cooperation with Frankfurt’s Senckenberg Museum for Natural History. The positive response was reminiscent of pre-pandemic years – the enthusiasm for cinema and extraordinary stories from around the world have not disappeared.



The Festival Sunday, for families to enjoy screenings, hands-on activities and free exhibitions, made a special effort for Ukrainian families by offering the Hessian co-production LUCY WANTED (by Till Endemann) with live Ukrainian voice over. The positive response was overwhelming. Thanks to the volunteer translators, many families got engaged in the conversation.

The ECFA Jury awarded the German documentary ONE IN A MILLION (by Joya Thome), the story of a multi-talented songwriter, gymnast and YouTuber with hundreds of thousands of followers. One of them is the German girl Yara, quiet and sensitive. While watching the world through social media, they both ask themselves what they want from life. The ECFA Jury were Beate Völcker (Germany), Becky Parry (UK), and Federico Ferrari (Italy).


The MiniCine by the artist collective Taartrovers (developed as a part of Cinemini Europe) made its debut: a portable, multifunctional interactive installation on the themes of film, projection and movement in which children can independently explore and experiment, watch films, play with sound or craft a thaumatrope.


Soon LUCAS’ call for Young European Cinephiles and members for the Youngsters Jury will be launched. LUCAS is looking for young people (16+) who are experienced with cinema and are interested in travelling to Frankfurt from 5-12 October 2023.

  1. Is there someone known to you who is a “film nerd” or aspiring to become one? The Young European Cinephiles are on the lookout for new members. Starting in April, six young people meet in online workshops to curate a special programme. When the festival time comes, they will travel to Frankfurt to present it.
  2. We are also looking for members for our international Youngsters Jury.

For more info, please contact the team: (+49 69 961 220 672).