Cinekid Festival has selected 26 animated short films from 19 different countries for the 2019 Best International Animated Short Film Competition. Also, for the first time, the leading children’s media festival is expanding the international shorts programme with the Best International Short Live-Action Film Competition. This competition contains 9 highly promising new short films, from various countries around the world.
Cinekid believes that there is a lack of international competitions for live-action shorts made for children. Since shorts are often a stepping stone for young talents, Cinekid wants to further support these filmmakers and celebrate the diversity and creativity of the live-action shorts that are made worldwide.
All the international selected titles will have their Dutch premiere at Cinekid Festival, running from 19 to 25 October, and will be presented in combined programmes for different ages, or as preludes to the feature film screenings. Cinekid will also showcase the entire line-up of the animated shorts as a sneak preview at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in the UK, which takes place Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September 2019.
A jury of three film professionals will award the filmmakers of the best films from both competitions with a Cinekid Lion Statue and a cash prize of €2,500 each. This year’s jury members are Kirsten Ruber, director of Go Short International Short Film Festival, Thomas Meyer-Hermann, founder of Film Bilder animation studio and screenwriter and director Julia Thelin (Push It and Tweener).
Full selection of Best International Animated Short Competition:
A Tiger With No Stripes | Raul ‘Robin’ Morales Reyes | Switzerland, France
Big Wolf & Little Wolf | Rémi Durin | Belgium, France
Chess | Alexey Pochivalov| Russia
Cloudy | Filip Diviak, Zuzana Čupová | Czech Republic
Dad | Atle S Blakseth, Einar Dunsæd | Norway
Echo | Borisa Simovic, Kosta Rakicevic | Serbia
Elsa and the Night | Jöns Mellgren | Sweden
Good Heart | Evgeniya Jirkova | Russia
Heatwave | Fokion Xenos | Greece, United Kingdom
Hedgehog | Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen, Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Jong-ha Yoon | France
In the Woods | Salomé Bertolone Lopez, Maxime Dartois, Marjorie Grinda, Zoé Guillet, Alissa Mazouz, Rebecca Wahler | France
Nest | Sonja Rohleder | Germany
Overboard! | Filip Pošivač, Barbora Valecka | Czech Republic, Slovakia
Partridge in a Bear Tree | Adam Bailey | United Kingdom
Raccoon and the Light | Hanna Kim | United States
Sam’s Dream | Nolwenn Roberts | France
Saturday's Apartment | Jeon Seungbae | South Korea
Snail the Painter | Manuela Vladić-Maštruko, Manuela Vladić Maštruko | Croatia
The Elephant's Song | Lynn Tomlinson | United States
The Fox and the Bird | Sam Guillaume, Fred Guillaume | Switzerland
The Kite | Martin Smatana | Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic
The Last Day of Autumn | Marjolaine Perreten | France, Belgium, Switzerland
The Wheat Keeper | Haitao Bai | China
The Wiremen | Jessica Patterson | Ireland
this side, other side | Lida Fazli | Iran
Tree High | Martina Svojikova | Belgium