27th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL

08.10.2022 to 15.10.2022


The Ecumenical Jury of the SCHLINGEL 2022 awarded its prize to "La traversée" by Florence Miailhe (France, Germany, Czech Republic, 2020), which also received the Prize of the European Children's Film Association (ECFA) and the Award of the DEFA Foundation.   A Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury went to "Rhino" by Arturo Castro Godoy (Argentina, 2021), which was also awarded by the FIPRESCI Jury and the Jury Club of Festivals Junior, as well as winning the Prize of the City of Chemnitz. The top award of the Sächsische Landesmedienanstalt (SLM) went to "A Second Life" by Anis Lassoued from Tunisia. The winner of the Audience Award was "Familie Weber - Der Film" by Katarina Kerekesóva (Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2022).

Link: Festival-Website


The Crossing
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Kyona, the female protagonist, tells of the raid on her home village, the family's escape, the loss of her parents and younger siblings. Together with her brother Adriel, she embarks on an odyssey to reach the continent of freedom beyond the sea.

As a universal escape story the animated film, realised in strong and colorful hand-painted oil-on-glass images, tells a stirring and multifaceted story of flight and migration, exploitation and violence, solidarity and friendship – and of growing up.

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Eleven-year-old Damián lives alone in a run-down flat with his violent father. The authorities hand Damián over to the care of the social worker Leandro, who places him in a children's home. Damián needs time and patience to develop a new perspective for his life.

The sensitive feature film with great acting, convincing dramaturgy and poetic images tells a quiet story which shows that empathy and love are the most important things to help people in need.