The mission of the ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL is to present current world cinema for children and youth in the Czech Republic and have them compete with local film productions for young audiences. An important aspect of the festival is the effort to not only entertain young audiences and bring them joy, but also to educate them through the medium of film, expand their awareness of the outside world, to develop their aesthetic, social, and the moral feelings.
Zlin Film Festival offers space for the presentation of both professional and student works. It is an open platform for professional seminars, discussions and workshops whose goal is to support, develop, inspire, compare and reflect upon the most modern trends in film productions for children and youth.
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF FEATURE FILMS FOR CHILDREN
The cornerstone of the festival with 8 feature films for children up to 12 years of age. The main criterion in choosing movies is the personality of a child. Competitive children´s films are primarily meant to be a high-quality entertainment.
The Golden Slipper - for the Best Feature Film for Children
The City of Zlín Award - for the Best Children Performance in a Feature Film for Children
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF FEATURE FILMS FOR YOUTH
The cornerstone of the festival with 8 feature films for youth from 12 years of age up. The main criterion in choosing movies is the personality of an adolescent. The section is devoted to issues pertaining to young people in various life situations.
Golden Slipper - for the Best Feature Film for Youth
The Miloš Macourek Award - for the Best Youth Performance in a Feature Film for Youth
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF SHORT ANIMATED FILMS FOR CHILDREN
The competition consists of 60 short animations for children made by professionals.
Golden Slipper - for the Best Animated Film
The Hermína Týrlová Award - Award for Young Artists aged under 35
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF EUROPEAN FIRST FEATURE FILMS
Ten feature first films of European directors compete annually. Tha main selection criteria for this category is the young filmmakers´ unusual view of the world today.
The Europe Award - for the Best European First Film
ZLÍN DOG - INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION OF STUDENT FILMS
The International competition of student short films is divided into three categories – animation, live-action and documentary films.
Main Prize for the TOP Film of Zlín Dog with prize money of EUR 1,000
The informative section Panorama offers a large collection of films that have been awarded at other festivals or that have something interesting to present, such as introducing new and refreshing views of the lives of children and adolescents. The idea behind the non-competition sections is to provide a look at quality film productions for children and young people made over the past year.
DAYS OF EUROPEAN CINEMA
This project originated with the goal of introducing European film productions and in the past editions of the festival, the films of Scandinavia and the Baltic regions, Russia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Poland, Germany and France were presented at the previous editions. In 2017, we will focus on the cinematic production of SWEDEN.
Serious and provocative topics – films which incite debate and attract the more mature part of the audience, in particular colleage and university students. The Night Horizons section was created in order to point out the problems which young people currently encounter or are, even indirectly, affected by. Give that adolescence is the phase leading up to adulthood, the Night Horizons section presents films whose creators managed to work with the topic of childhood in a way which will captivate even adults. Screenings take place in the late evening hours.
CZECH FILMS AND TV PROGRAMMES
A significant part of the festival is the presentation of Czech film productions, which also find themselves at other festivals around the world. The aim is to promote the involvement of Czech representatives in the competitive categories, thus increasing the prestige of these works and their chances of being screened abroad.
A section dedicated to a documentary production for children and youth or covering areas connected to questions of children and youth.
Another non-competition part of the program will again be the section Young Stars, in which we regularly introduce young and hopeful actors with whom the audience can meet in person in Zlín.