ZLIN: The 57th International Film Competition of Children's Films in Zlin, running 26 May - 3 June 2017, has again lined up an international selection of films for the children and youth competition sections, reaching to such diverse territories as India, Iran and Chile, as well as the US, Canada and across Europe. The one domestic film in the two main competition sections, each consisting of eight films, is the Slovak/Czech coproduction Little Harbour by Slovak director Iveta Grofova.
A total of 62 countries, the largest international representation in the history of the world’s oldest children’s film festival, are represented in the festival, with 326 films being screened.
The festival will have a special focus on Sweden, including the 110th anniversary of the birth of the Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren.
This year the festival will introduce a new works in progress section to introduce new children’s films being produced in the Czech Republic. The industry section will also explore online streaming and virtual reality for the first time.
Films in the Main Competitions:
International Competition of Feature Films for Children
Up in the Sky (Sweden)Directed by Petter Lennstrand
Half Ticket (India)Directed by Samit Kakkad
Cloudboy (Sweden, Norway, Netherlands)Directed by Meikeminne Clinckspoor
Heartstrings (France)Directed by Michel Boujenah
Little Harbour / Piata loď (Slovakia, Czech Republic) Directed by Iveta Grófová Produced by Hulapa film, Ltd. Coproduced by endorfilm, Katapult Film, Silverart and RTVS Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, MEDIA Programme, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, Eurimages, Bratislava Self-Governing region and the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
Oskar’s America (Norway)Directed by Torfinn Iversen
Mountain Miracle (Germany, Italy)Directed by Tobias Wiemann
Number Four (Iran)Directed by Mehran Malakouti
International Competition of Feature Films for Youth:
The Edge of Seventeen (USA)Directed by Kelly Freman
London Town (UK, USA)Directed by Derrick Borte
Goodbye Berlin (Germany)Directed by Fatih Akin
My First Highway (Belgium)Directed by Kevin Meul
Bad Influence (Chile)Directed by Claudia Huaiquimilla
1:54 (Canada)Directed by Yan England
Just Charlie (UK)Directed by Rebecah Fortune
Railway Children (India)Directed by Prithvi Konanur