26th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL

09.10.2021 to 16.10.2021


The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Chemnitz 2021 went to "Mon cirque à moi" (My Very Own Circus) by Myriam Bouchard from Canada, which also won the Fipresci Prize. The European Children's Jury awarded the European Children's Film Prize of the Saxon Ministry of Culture to "Spaceboy" by Olivier Pairoux (Belgium 2020). The Top Prize of the Saxon State Institute for Private Broadcasting and New Media (SLM) was won by "Fehlt" (Rickshaw Girl, Bangladesh 2021) by Amitabh Reza Chowdhury, the Award of the City of Chemnitz by "Khorshid" (Sun Children, Iran 2020) by Majid Majidi.

The 26th SCHLINGEL 2021 film festival began in Chemnitz on 9 October. Almost 200 films, including 10 world premieres, were shown in three age-related competition sections (children's, junior and youth film), the animation, short film and German competition. In addition, this year there was a country focus on Russia and more films out of competition in the Panorama section.

Link: Festival homepage


My Very Own Circus
Ein Zirkus für mich allein
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Laura has always beeen on the road, as assistant of her father, a professional clown. But at 13, she wants a more stable life and mostly, to go to school regularly. And maybe also to oppose her father.

With bright images, sets and scenes full of poetry, the director subtly unfolds a scenario full of humor, twists and turns, sorrows and small victories. Thanks to the friendship of a neighbor and the kindness of a teacher, Laura will finally be able to continue her studies, without losing  the fantasy of her previous life.

It is with delicacy that the film shows the difficulty of being a parent and letting children live a different life: we can love each other without being alike. Our emotional life is a circus and we all are clowns!