28/5 — 1/6 & 9 — 15/9/2021
61st International Film Festival
for Children and Youth
  • Poly
    Poly
    International Competition of Films for Children

    Country: FRA
    Year: 2020
    Runtime: 92 min
    Age: 8
    Director: Nicolas Vanier
  • Follow the Light
    Follow the Light
    International Competition of Films for Juniors

    Country: JAP
    Year: 2020
    Runtime: 104 min
    Age: 14
    Director: Yoichi Narita
  • Dating Amber
    Dating Amber
    International Competition of Films for Youth

    Country: IRL
    Year: 2020
    Runtime: 74 min
    Age: 15
    Director: David Freyne
  • Nestling
    Nestling
    International Competition of Short Animations for Children

    Country: RUS
    Runtime: 6 min
    Age: 10
    Director: Marat Narimanov
  • De Schooltuin
    De Schooltuin
    Competition of European Documentary Films for Young Audience

    Country: NLD
    Year: 2020
    Runtime: 60 min
    Age: 10
    Director: Mark Verkerk
  • The NeverEnding Story
    The NeverEnding Story
    The Club of Heroes
    Country: GER/USA
    Year: 1984
    Runtime: 94 min
    Age: 8
    Director: Wolfgang Petersen
  • The Fault in Our Stars
    The Fault in Our Stars
    Young Academy
    Country: USA
    Year: 2014
    Runtime: 126 min
    Age: 13
    Director: Josh Boone
  • The Ape Star
    The Ape Star
    European Corner
    Country: SWE
    Year: 2021
    Runtime: 75 min
    Age: 6
    Director: Linda Hambäck
  • Little Vampire
    Little Vampire
    Comic Book Paradise
    Country: FRA/BEL
    Year: 2020
    Runtime: 85 min
    Age: 10
    Director: Joann Sfar
  • Frankenstein
    Frankenstein
    Classics
    Country: USA
    Year: 1931
    Runtime: 71 min
    Age: 12
    Director: James Whale

Do not overlook

17. 9. 2021

Results and jury statements

Read the motivation of our juries to choose the winning films.

16. 9. 2021

Interview with the Int’l Expert Jury for the Children’s Category – “Sneakers are better than high heels”

I think the Int’l Expert Jury for Children’s Films would not only get along during a festival, they even could grow old together. I can perfectly imagine directors Johanne Helgeland (THE CROSSING) and Vit Karas, and sales & distribution expert Claudia-Rudolph Hartman run their little bookshop together, as two distinguished ladies and one true gentleman. They would serve tea to the costumers in little cups with a flowery imprint.

16. 9. 2021

Interview with the ECFA Jury - “Underestimated and overpriced”

We present this year’s festival juries to you in a series of interviews, based on a collection of rather random questions. You might hear it about nuns in a nunnery, about girls in a band, about female students in a boarding school. When spending too much time together, a certain symbiosis might take place. Like When Julia Jarl (BUFF festival, Sweden) starts a sentence, Nicola Jones (Golden Sparrow Festival, German) will be able to complete it (and vice versa). Like identical twins. Or like two shining pearls on the ECFA crown. Third jury member Michal Sasek can’t be here due to health reasons.

16. 9. 2021

Interview with the Int’l Expert Jury for Short Animations – “A remarkable amount of badgers”

We present this year’s festival juries to you in a series of interviews, based on a collection of rather random questions. If the answers could be drawings, probably all this would have been easier, but now that it had to be words, it was all a matter of creating order in chaos. With the help of Barbora Prikaska (Czech Republic), Géza M. Toth (Hungary) and Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez (Poland / Germany) aka the “Animation Jury”.

15. 9. 2021

The Golden Slipper goes to Ondřej Vetchý. Congratulation!

The 61st annual Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth is at its end. A total of 125 films were shown in the competition categories between September 9 and 15. Of these, the jury selected and awarded the best; the Golden Slippers were awarded to the Norwegian film Sisters: The Summer We Found Our Superpowers, the Iranian film Sun Children, the Brazilian film Valentina, and the animated film Sounds Between the Crowns. The special prize was awarded to the Czech animated film Even Mice Belong in Heaven. The main theme of this year's Zlín Festival was Literature in Film.

14. 9. 2021

Interview with the Int’l Expert Jury for the Junior & Youth Category – “We’re having an arms dealer among us”

We present this year’s festival juries to you in a series of interviews, based on a collection of rather random questions. There is nothing in the answers of the Int’l Expert Jury for the Junior & Youth Category that could confirm the rumours that some of them have been spotted in dubious establishments around town, not long before sunset. They  might have a rather dark approach towards cinema, but a much lighter approach towards interviews. Tian Tsering is a filmmakers who was awarded in the Zlin Film Festival a few years ago; Andrea Metcalfe and Niklas Ten have a background in sales and distribution. Andrea can join us only temporary but jury guide Suzanne is so kind to step in for her from time to time.

12. 9. 2021

In the thematic section Literature in Film we are screening almost 40 films

In the thematic section Literature in Film, the Zlín Film Festival will screen almost 40 films, which are divided into minisections: The Club of Heroes, Young Academy, European Corner, Comic Book Paradise, and Classics.This year's festival will be dedicated to two now legendary films, which twenty years ago became an integral part of the history of film craft.

10. 9. 2021

American producer Bill Gerber: When I saw the chemistry between Bradley and Lady Gaga I knew we were onto something.

A Star is Born, Gran Torino, Grudge Match, A Very Long Engagement – these are just some of Bill Gerber's successful projects as a producer. It is a great honor for us that this world-renowned American producer is going to visit us at the festival and personally present a screening of the film A Star Is Born on Friday. He will also actively participate in the program for film experts. A meeting with Bill Gerber entitled "From Rock and Roll to Oscars" will take place on Saturday, September 11 starting at 4:30 pm and will focus on his work on some of the best films of the last thirty years, including the aforementioned film A Star Is Born.

9. 9. 2021

MISSION ULJA FUNK - opening film of the 61st Zlin Film Festival

The 61st Zlín Film Festival – Part Two – will present 280 films from 45 countries and this german comedy Mission Ulja Funk will be opening film of this year’s Zlin Film Festival.

BLOGert

BLOGert

Gert Hermans

As communication officer for ECFA he is chief editor of two leading news platforms for the children’s film industry: the ECFA Journal online magazine and the ECFA Update. He was involved in various surveys and publications on children’s film and media, and served in festival juries and panels in Belgium and abroad. Gert Hermans, has been working in children’s film distribution, content marketing, and publishing for Jekino, a company with a long tradition in children’s film for many years.

16. 9. 2021

Interview with the Int’l Expert Jury for the Children’s Category – “Sneakers are better than high heels”

I think the Int’l Expert Jury for Children’s Films would not only get along during a festival, they even could grow old together. I can perfectly imagine directors Johanne Helgeland (THE CROSSING) and Vit Karas, and sales & distribution expert Claudia-Rudolph Hartman run their little bookshop together, as two distinguished ladies and one true gentleman. They would serve tea to the costumers in little cups with a flowery imprint.

16. 9. 2021

Interview with the ECFA Jury - “Underestimated and overpriced”

We present this year’s festival juries to you in a series of interviews, based on a collection of rather random questions. You might hear it about nuns in a nunnery, about girls in a band, about female students in a boarding school. When spending too much time together, a certain symbiosis might take place. Like When Julia Jarl (BUFF festival, Sweden) starts a sentence, Nicola Jones (Golden Sparrow Festival, German) will be able to complete it (and vice versa). Like identical twins. Or like two shining pearls on the ECFA crown. Third jury member Michal Sasek can’t be here due to health reasons.

16. 9. 2021

Interview with the Int’l Expert Jury for Short Animations – “A remarkable amount of badgers”

We present this year’s festival juries to you in a series of interviews, based on a collection of rather random questions. If the answers could be drawings, probably all this would have been easier, but now that it had to be words, it was all a matter of creating order in chaos. With the help of Barbora Prikaska (Czech Republic), Géza M. Toth (Hungary) and Eliza Plocieniak-Alvarez (Poland / Germany) aka the “Animation Jury”.

14. 9. 2021

Interview with the Int’l Expert Jury for the Junior & Youth Category – “We’re having an arms dealer among us”

We present this year’s festival juries to you in a series of interviews, based on a collection of rather random questions. There is nothing in the answers of the Int’l Expert Jury for the Junior & Youth Category that could confirm the rumours that some of them have been spotted in dubious establishments around town, not long before sunset. They  might have a rather dark approach towards cinema, but a much lighter approach towards interviews. Tian Tsering is a filmmakers who was awarded in the Zlin Film Festival a few years ago; Andrea Metcalfe and Niklas Ten have a background in sales and distribution. Andrea can join us only temporary but jury guide Suzanne is so kind to step in for her from time to time.

13. 9. 2021

Monday 13 September: “I hate cinema”

Today my favourite film from the entire festival is on. In the documentary BANGLA SURF GIRLS three girls from Bangladesh tell with superb authenticity about their perspectives for the future and how surfing had an impact on that. The film and the contacts with director Elizabeth D Costa got deep under my skin. Jaroslava feels exactly the same and has one school class recording their first reactions, as a gift to the director. The teacher’s statement would sound exactly like mine: “If you girls would have been here, we would have embraced you, stolen you, taken you into our homes and never have let you go for as long as you wanted.

12. 9. 2021

Sunday 12 September: A boom box on an electric scooter

My day starts with a beautiful tableau: a little girl comes walking up to the Moskva Hotel with a magic wand in her hand. Walking up to the sliding doors, she waves her magic wand and the doors open. She comes out again to do it once more: waving her stick, sliding doors, … she is so proud. She does magic!

11. 9. 2021

Saturday 11 September: Poisoning the Peanuts

For all guests staying in Hotel Moskva, we wonder: do you also have this weird set of white pebble stone decoration in your room? Not everyone has them (I for instance have been deprived of that privilege) and nobody trusts them! Why would they be there? It is a recurring topic of conversation, and theories are growing wilder all the time. Is it a Feng Shui thing? Do they cover up a surveillance system, secretly taping all your hotel room activities? I am getting curious to study them from close by, but “Can I come to see the pebble stones in your room?” doesn’t exactly sound like a credible opening of a conversation.

10. 9. 2021

Friday 10 September: All you need to know about throwing cowshit

I never mention covid in my writings – the topic is too obvious. But in festival conversations the word is everywhere. You might wonder what we’ll be talking about once all this will be over. Every day adds new elements to the discussion. Like, in German festivals it is impossible to ask your guests for a vaccination certificate; it belongs to people’s medical privacy. Not in Zlin: “We tell them, these are our rules, and if you can’t accept them, then don’t come.” All covid-safe guests get to wear a bracelet. There were times that in conversations you checked whether the other person was wearing a wedding ring or not; nowadays we check whether he or she is wearing a bracelet. Talking about wedding rings … did you notice that one of the most splendid members of the festival team is now wearing one, since a week or two? Congratulations, Princess Lucie!

9. 9. 2021

Thursday 9 September: A room representing a successful airplane model

Driving down from Vienna airport to Zlin, sharing the car with another festival guest on his maiden trip to the Czech Republic, I try to summarize the country for him in one sentence: every village has a castle, there always pop metal on the radio, and roads are always blocked. Three minutes later we cross the border … in a village under the shadow of a huge castle, with pop metal on the radio. And guess what happened with the traffic?!

Interviews

12. 9. 2021

Lee Ji Won on KIDS ARE FINE: “When the fence is broken, kids can grow up”

Da-yi’s mother is in the hospital. Why exactly? Da-yi doesn’t know, as his father hasn’t told him. In fact, he doesn’t tell him much at all. But when his mother is transferred to another hospital, Da-yi is determined to go and visit her, even if he has to head out on a trip to a far and unknown destination in the company of some new friends and classmates.  

11. 9. 2021

Interview BANGLA SURF GIRLS: “If it tastes like sand, you have to clean it”

In Cox’s Bazar, at the Bangladesh coast, a young girl is riding the waves on her surfboard, all confidence and grace. “All my dreams are about surfing”, says Shobe. But those dreams might be different from the future that is awaiting her and her friends. The local community has very different expectations, and only one surf club accepts girls among its members. Now that the girls are growing up, sooner or later choices need to be made, and conflicts will be unavoidable. Canadian documentary filmmaker Elizabeth D Costa captures this gang of young surfettes at a crucial moment in their lives. BANGLA SURF GIRLS is a coming-of-age story like you might never have seen before.

11. 9. 2021

Cássio P. Santos on VALENTINA: “She's just a girl trying to fully live her life”

Tonight, Valentina wants to party until she drops, as tomorrow she’ll be leaving the city. Maybe moving to the countryside will help her escape from the obstacles she faces everywhere as a transgender teen in Brazil – with peers and grown-ups, in the big city and in the villages, at the streets and in the school office. In her new town, she builds a loyal network around her, only trusting her mother and two dear friends, who somehow feel like social outcasts themselves. But when information about her gender identity leaks out, trouble might start all over again unless Valentina can learn to firmly look her haters in the eye. With boundless anger and maturity, will she be strong enough to take on one more showdown?

10. 9. 2021

Yoichi Narita on FOLLOW THE LIGHT: “She can’t help but get angry.”

Endless rice fields, as far as the eye can see. They appear as geometrical shapes, criss-crossed by the straight lines of empty roads in a region where everybody seems to be moving away – to start a new life in the city. Amidst all these rigid shapes, there’s suddenly a circle: a crop circle in the rice paddies, where two lonesome classmates meet. The secret that Akira and Maki share makes them grow closer. But while bonding, will they still leave a door open to let the outside world ooze in?

9. 9. 2021

Barbara Kronenberg on MISSION ULJA FUNK: “Comedy comes in many different disguises”

Ulja Funk… the name sounds different, cool, almost… funky. Which is not the first impression you get when meeting the film’s main character, a rather nerdy girl with a passion for astronomy and a habit of speaking her mind straightforwardly, directly addressing the camera (and the audience). Her quest now is to travel to Belarus to observe the impact of an asteroid, which she does in a stolen car, with an underage classmate behind the wheel, while being chased by a bunch of religious fanatics. This zany adventure, which cracks a hard nut with the hypocrisy of organised religion, is the opening film of this year’s Zlin Film Festival.

9. 9. 2021

Majid Majidi on SUN CHILDREN: “Dreams flying up in the sky like pigeons”

When you see 12-year-old Ali handling his business in the streets of Tehran, you’re looking at a boy who walks and talks like a grown man. He and his friends work and live like adults. One day they are hired for an important task; it is said that a treasure is hidden in an underground river underneath a school building. It’s only by enrolling into that school that they might be able to get their hands on the valuable goods. But for a child labourer like Ali, a school might be a more adventurous and thrilling environment than the city streets.

8. 9. 2021

Linda Hambäck on THE APE STAR: “Cheaper for the poor, expensive for the rich”

Jonna, a well-behaved orphan girl, dreams of finding a mother. That wish might come true when one day a gorilla comes knocking, asking to adopt her. The situation doesn’t seem ideal at first, but ultimately the two have great times together. The odd couple naturally arouses suspicion among the decent citizens of town, but Jonna and Gorilla gracefully challenge their prejudices, in a moving Swedish animated film by Linda Hambäck. Although Jonna is brave enough to drive a car, the story begins… with a bicycle!

7. 9. 2021

Miryam Bouchard about MY VERY OWN CIRCUS: “Slicing tomatoes when preparing a sandwich”

When your father is a clown, does that mean your life is about nothing but fun and laughter? Not for 12-year-old Laura. She is a good student, a well-organised kid, and she dreams of a more steady lifestyle instead of this hectic, nomadic caravan existence. For Bill it is not easy to accept how his daughter has her own dreams to fulfil, that might greatly differ from his own. 

6. 9. 2021

Pan Nalin about LAST FILM SHOW: “A station that was nobody’s destination”

Must you be a film lover to become a filmmaker? If so, Pan Nalin, director of LAST FILM SHOW, must be a total film freak, as this story breathes a passion for cinema through every image. Once 9-year-old Samay has picked up the taste of film, he sneaks inside the theatre every day. He even infects his gang of friends with the cinema virus, and together they try to construct a film projector. Only his father, the owner of a tiny tea stall at the local train station, is not happy with his plans and Samay has to take several beatings to cure him of the cinema disease. LAST FILM SHOW invites you to a cinema in the Indian countryside, where the audience – chanting and clapping – actively take part in every screening.

Tips for film programme

Tips for supporting programme

Hot galleries

15. 9. 2021

Top moments of the 6th festival day

This day has been accompanied by the sun since the morning, we are happy not only for the fact that the weather wishes us, but mainly for your favor. Thank you to all festival visitors.

15. 9. 2021

Festival stars on Tuesday's red carpet

The signature wall is almost full and a lot of other autographs were added on Tuesday. You can find many interesting photos in our photogallery.

14. 9. 2021

What happened on the festival Tuesday?

Many interesting events...

13. 9. 2021

Top moments of the 5th festival day

Great festival monday with great festival atmosphere!

13. 9. 2021

Red carpet on the festival monday

Not only Klára Issová was present on the red carpet on monday. See more festival celebrities in our photogallery.

13. 9. 2021

Program of the festival monday in photostory

The fifth day of the festival brought a varied offer of where to go. More in our photogallery.

12. 9. 2021

Top moments of the 4th festival day

The best moments of the Sunday from the point of view of our photographers.

12. 9. 2021

The delegation that we welcomed to the festival on Sunday

In the Sunday photogallery dedicated to delegations you can find many festival celebrities.

12. 9. 2021

Winners of the half marathon

Did you run or cheer? Anyway, thank you for your attendance! See who stood on the podium.

Orientation plan