Thematic section of 60th Zlín Film Festival was 2020: Back to the Future with films about space, science, technology, visual effects. In total 315 films from 50 countries were screened. 61st edition will take place from May 28 to June 5, 2021.
Festival organizers would like to thank all the film professionals that took part and helped make 60th ZFF successful. Congratulations to the winners! We are looking forward to meeting you next year.
12. 9. 2020
The city of Zlin might represent one of the strongest cinematic traditions in the country, but never before we saw the city so outspoken as location for a Czech live action feature as in THE PACK. We wanted to find out what this film really means for local youngsters. What is the opinion of the true target audience, and how much does this film represent the lives of Czech teenagers today? The festival is the perfect occasion to meet with 14-year-old pupils from the Sports Academy, and producers Julietta Sichel and Jan Froněk (8Heads Productions).
11. 9. 2020
Do you want to know about all the juicy details happening in the festival? Then why don't you catch up with Gert, our Zlin festival reporter? (no, not the garbage bin on the left, but the nice guy on the right).
11. 9. 2020
The results of the decisions of all festival juries and their statements can be found here.
10. 9. 2020
The jubilee 60th edition of the International Film Festival for Children and Youth is slowly coming to an end. The juries have seen all films in the competition and chose the winners. This year's festival theme was "2020: Back to the Future" and in addition to commemorating its history, the festival focused on science fiction, science and technology. On an unusual date between September 4 and September 10, 315 films from 50 countries were screened in Zlín. The winners of the Golden Slippers are the Norwegian film The Crossing, the Spanish film Life Without Sara Amat and the Irish animated film The Bird & the Whale.
10. 9. 2020
The great Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov was a versatile man, he adored not only his family and the splendour of nature, but also... fast cars. Fortunately, Cleo is not aware of this trivial fact. Because Rachmaninov's music is one of the few things that still gives her comfort since she lost both her parents in a traffic accident. Now the 17-year-old girl is terrified of cars. In her own somewhat stiff way, her grandmother Bobonne offers Cleo a warm home, but she ends up bearing the brunt of a rebellious teenager. Then Cleo crosses paths with Leos. He is a bit older, not unattractive, and a strange but warm bond grows between the two.
9. 9. 2020
Wherever Tom goes, his older brother Leo is going with him. At school, on the sports field or hanging out with girls, Leo is always there to protect and guide him, like a guardian angel. But who is this Leo? Is there no crack to find in his seemingly perfect façade? How to grow from under the wings of your brother, especially when they’re like angel wings? That is a question that French director Benjamin Parent confronts you with in MAN UP!, a film full of surprises.
8. 9. 2020
Seventeen-year-old Nevia has a lot to escape from. Like living in the Ponticelli suburb of Naples, and feeling responsible for her little sister that she loves so much, and preparing for a life in a world where men make the rules but are not ready to bear the consequences. “Here, being born a woman is a disgrace,” is a lesson that Nevia has learned at a young age. Then the circus comes to town, bringing along big dreams of freedom and wild animals and wide-open roads towards the future. On this promenade through the slums of a chaotic city, debuting director Nunzia De Stefano is the perfect tour guide, who knows all the details of the lives lived here and the people living them.
7. 9. 2020
This should become the best year of Henna's life: she just got her driving license, she only has to pass one more year at school, and then she'll be ready to escape from this small, suffocating Finnish town. Until a new girl enters the scene and shakes the fragile balance in a group of young girls, turning the school into an arena for rivalry, power struggles and pure jealousy. Henna is – literally – blinded by envy and temporarily loses her eyesight. On New Year's Eve, the situation escalates... Maria Veijalainen named her debut film after a musical reality show but the rivalry between two best enemies goes much further than any singing competition.
7. 9. 2020
Today we begin with sad news. One of the greatest Czech directors, the Oscar-winning Jiří MENZEL, has died. He went to the Zlín Film Festival repeatedly, as a reminder we present a photo from his visit in 2010.
3. 9. 2020
The Zlín Film Festival would not exist without you, our audiences! You help us create! You inspire us! You create the best festival atmosphere! You support the art of film! We would like to thank everyone for your support and at the same time invite you to a retrospective exhibition of crowd photographs of 60 years together, which will open on May 29, on the date of the original opening of the 60th ZFF. Maybe you will even find yourself there.
2. 9. 2020
In 2004, Petr Koliha, the director of the films Tender Barbarian and Bringing up Girls in Bohemia, joined the festival team. As artistic director, he opened the way for the festival to join international professional institutions such as ECFA. His participation in the juries of world friendly festivals contributed to the current concept of the Zlín Film Festival as a place for annual meetings of their representatives. In 2012, he became the executive director of the new television channel for children called ČT: D.
31. 8. 2020
The Zlín Film Festival is the largest and oldest event for children and youth in the world. Behind its success and prestige is a team of people who, every year, try to fill the festival days with joy and the family atmosphere the Zlín festival is famous for. Countless members of this huge colossus have passed through the offices on Kudlov Hill during the festival. Some for a short time and some chosen and persevering for more than ten or even twenty years.
30. 8. 2020
Karel Gott enjoyed going to the Zlín festival very much. However, few people know that his connection with Zlín film dates back much earlier. In 1963, the children's film by Zlín director Josef Pinkava Holidays with Minka was released in cinemas, which was the first film to feature a song by Karel Gott.
29. 8. 2020
Right after the celebration of the 50th year of the festival in 2011, the organizing center of the Academia Center of Tomas Bata University moved to the newly built Congress Center, designed by the world-famous Zlín native Eva Jiřičná. The beauty of the large hall can be admired by festival visitors at the beginning and end of the festival, at the Gala Evening with the award ceremony, at the auction of film clapperboards, or other concerts and exceptional meetings with Czech actors and artists. The congress center also serves to promote the festival as exceptional photographs are taken of stars on the red carpet or at Gahur's Prospect. Last but not least, during May it also becomes an exhibition of billboards for films in the main competitions.
28. 8. 2020
The most beautiful gift for the 50th Zlín Film Festival in 2010 was the knightly visit by Sir Christopher Lee. "It was the most marvellous experience to attend the Zlín Film Festival. It was such an interesting event, so well organized. The professionalism, together with everybody's hospitality and charm, made it a very unique experience. It doesn't surprise me that it has lasted for so many years! I wish you success in the coming years."
27. 8. 2020
The film festival cannot do without film stars. The stars of Zlín cannot do without Míla Řádová, an assistant to film stars, whose rich portfolio includes working with such stars as Sean Connery, Miloš Forman, Jiří Menzel, Jon Voight, and Barbara Streisand. She shot the film Yentl with the latter in Prague and they have had a long-term friendship, which is remembered at every European concert by the famous actress and singer.
26. 8. 2020
The Zlín Clapperboard Salon is a unique project that has been an integral part of the Zlín Film Festival since 1998 and it has been supporting the most talented fledgeling filmmakers the entire time. Over the 21 years of its existence, the Clapperboard Salon has produced exactly 2492 clapperboards, which have been auctioned off for a total of CZK 35,588,600 (€1,336,803). More than 350 film projects have been supported from the proceeds of the auctions. Each year, as original works of art, the film clapperboards are admired not only by the public, but also by festival guests.
25. 8. 2020
The 5th annual Zlín Festival in 1965 could be proud of the word international in its title. Films from 23 countries (from the USA, Canada, Cuba, the USSR, Great Britain, Pakistan, the Netherlands, etc.) arrived here. More than 100 foreign guests took part. The festival even prepared an exhibition called Czechoslovak Film for Children and Youth in the Liberated Homeland. The symposium What is Film Art for Children and Youth was held. The awards were decided by the jury of CIDALC (International Committee for the Dissemination of Art and Literature through Film). The Golden Slipper was awarded as the main prize for the first time!
10. 9. 2020
The seventh day was the final one for this year's jubilee Zlín Film Festival. Take a look at our photo gallery of what happened.
10. 9. 2020
Of course, there is a lot going on - for example, the arrival of festival guests on the red carpet is very popular and our photographers must not be missed. At the end of the official part of the gala evening comes the less formal one - good food and drink in pleasant company. Although the closing party could not be as spectacular as we originally intended to celebrate the 60th anniversary, we are glad that we celebrated the round anniversary together with you with dignity and joy.
10. 9. 2020
At the final gala evening, Jan Čenský and his robotic assistant announced the main festival awards. Representatives of foreign films could not attend this year, so the awards were teleported to them in various ways during the broadcast. Czech actress Eliška Balzerová received the Golden Slipper for her extraordinary contribution to cinema for children and young people.
10. 9. 2020
Eliška Balzerová also took part in the final press conference, which was awarded the Golden Slipper for her extraordinary contribution to cinema for children and young people. Representatives of the individual juries presented their final statements and the festival management evaluated its course. Information and a detailed press release can be found in the news and press releases section of the festival website.
9. 9. 2020
On the sixth day at the Zlín Film Festival - concert by Jaroslav Uhlíř took place near the chateau, followed by a performance by Barbora Poláková with the band and Martin Hrdinka's disco. Boris Masník lectured on film tricks and effects. The conference block intended for pedagogical experts Children without Borders also continued.
9. 9. 2020
This year, the competition films are judged by experts and children's jurors from the Czech Republic, as well as from other countries around the world. This year, due to the situation around COVID-19, we selected foreign jurors mainly from the ranks of professionals living permanently in our country or in Slovakia. The Czech Republic is represented, for example, by feature and documentary film producer Jiří Konečný, who, together with Slovak actress Judit Bárdos and other jurors from Denmark, Belgium and Germany, evaluates films for children and young people. The jury for European debuts includes, for example, the Czech writer and author of plays Petra Hůlová or the Slovak director and screenwriter Ivan Ostrochovský and, of course, many others.
8. 9. 2020
The fifth day of the festival was marked by the stars on the Walk of Fame. Two new ones were revealed to Czech actors Jiří Mádl and Vojta Kotek. Another tradition followed - Painting on the sidewalk at the Grand Cinema, the oldest accompanying event of the festival. A series of film lectures continued, this time on film effects or festival jingles. The conference block Children without Borders was prepared for pedagogical experts.
8. 9. 2020
Newly placed stars on the Walk of Fame belong to Jiří Mádl and Vojta Kotek this year, the stars are unveiled every year in cooperation with the Kapka naděje. Both actors also received the so-called "Star Doctorate" from the Rector of TBU in Zlín, Vladimír Sedlařík.
8. 9. 2020
Actor Jiří Mádl had a really busy tuesday afternoon. He talked to Vladimír Kroc in the Festival Café, a star was revealed to him on the Walk of Fame in front of the Great Cinema (you can find it in a separate photo gallery) and in the early evening he read a fairy tale from the popular book Krysáci.