This year’s Zlín Film Festival has almost come to an end. The International Film Festival for Children and Youth was attended by 125,000 visitors and 53 film delegations. The screenings were attended by 41,000 viewers. The supporting event with the highest number of visitors was the concert of the band Slza. Two of this year’s new features, the French Alley and open-air dancing were a welcome refreshment of this year’s supporting programme.
„We had a lot of films about sports or films featuring main children characters with very busy parent who don’t have much time for them,“ says Markéta Pášmová, the artistic director of the festival, and continues: „Another characteristic feature of this year’s film programme was also a large number of directorial debuts, especially in the children’s film section.“
The most successful film of this year's 56th Zlín Film Festival was the Israeli film Abulele, taking a total of three festival awards - the Audience Award, the Children's Jury Award and the Ecumenical Jury Award. Complete results HERE.
This year’s Zlín Film Festival was devoted to the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Zlín film studios and to French cinema. „The upcoming 57th Zlín Film Festival should be devoted to the cinematographies of the countries of the former Austro-Hungarian empire, namely Hungary and Austria, as well as Switzerland, which was a neighbouring country then,“ said Čestmír Vančura, the festival president.
STATISTICS – NUMBER OF VISITORS
Film screenings | 41,000 spectators
Supporting programme | 84,000 visitors
VISITORS TOTAL | 125,000 festival visitors
A total of 361 live-action, animated and combined films from 56 countries of the world were screened at the 56TH ZLÍN FILM FESTIVAL 2016.
World premieres | 14
International premieres | 43
Czech premieres (first screenings in the Czech Republic) | 135
TOTAL NUMBER OF PREMIERES | 192
The 57th Zlín Film Festival will be held between May 26 and June 2, 2017.