ZLIN: The Dutch/German coproduction My Extraordinary Summer with Tess by Steven Wouterlood won the Best Children’s film award at the 59th Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth, which concluded on 1 June 2019. The award for Best Youth film went to the Canadian film Giant Little Ones directed by Keith Behrman.
The most successful film of the festival was the German feature Rocca Changes the World by Katja Benrath, which received the Audience Award, the children’s jury award and a special mention.
The festival attracted 2,600 accredited guests. Over 100,000 visitors participated in the festival programmes, which included a town square filled with entertainment that stretched into the evenings.
A major draw for industry professionals was the industry sections, which included a wide range of meetings and presentations, including conferences on education, greening the impact of the film industry, meetings of festivals, a pitching forum for film students and young professionals and a works-in-progress section.
A special award, The Golden Slipper for exceptional interpretation of songs in Czech films, was given to the iconic Czech singer, actor and artist Karel Gott.
During the opening ceremony Petr Koliha, the executive director of Czech TV’s children’s channel ČT :D and the former artistic director of the festival, received the Zlin Festival Grand Prix Award for long-term achievements in developing and presenting children and youth cinema.
This year's festival also introduced a new award in the European Debuts section, the Karel Zeman Award for Special Recognition for Best Visual Concept. It was won by the German film Cleo – If I Could Turn Back Time.
Complete list of award winners:
International Expert Jury for Feature Films:
Golden Slipper - for Best Feature Film for ChildrenMy Extraordinary Summer with Tess (Netherlands, Germany)Directed by Steven Wouterlood
Jury Prize for Best Children Performance in a Feature Film for ChildrenFinn Little for the role of Mike in Storm Boy (Australia)Directed by Shawn Seet
Golden Slipper - for Best Feature Film for YouthGiant Little Ones (Canada)Directed by Keith Behrman
Jury Prize for Best Youth Performance in a Feature Film for YouthBlake Cooper for the role of Bobby in Measure of a Man (USA)Directed by Jim Loach
Special recognition:Rocca Changes the World (Germany)Directed by Katja Benrath
Joint International Jury of Children and Adults for Animated Films:
Golden Slipper - for Best Animated FilmCloudy (Czech Republic)Directed by Filip Diviak, Zuzana ČupováProduced by Tomas Bata University
The Hermína Týrlová Award - Award for Young Artists aged under 35Teofrastus (Estonia)Directed by Sergei KibusProduced by Nukufilm
Special recognitionA Good Heart (Russia)Directed by Evgeniya Zhirkova
International Children’s Jury for Feature Films for Children:
Main Prize of the Children’s Jury - for Best Feature Film for ChildrenRocca Changes the World (Germany)Directed by Katja Benrath
International Youth Jury for Feature Films for Youth:
Main Prize of the Youth Jury - for Best Feature film for YouthPsychobitch (Norway)Directed by Martin Lund
International Expert Jury for European First Films:
The Europe Award - for Best European First FilmThe Unpromised Land (Sweden)Directed by Victor Lindgren
Karel Zeman Award - Special Recognition for Best Visual ConceptCleo – If I Could Turn Back Time (Germany)Directed by Erik Schmitt
International Expert Jury for Student Films Zlín Dog:
Main Prize for the TOP Film of Zlín DogProvence (Belgium)Directed by Kato De Boeck
Best Animated Film:Muteum (Estonia)Directed by Äggie Pak Yee Lee
Special recognition:Inanimate (Great Britain)Directed by Lucia Bulgheroni
Best Documentary FilmApart (Czech Republic)Directed by Diana Cam Van Nguuyen
Special recognition:Ma'MaQueen (Netherlands)Directed by Esmée van Loon
Best Live-Action FilmLast Call (Hungary)Directed by Hajni Kis
Special recognition:Cherries (Czech Republic, Slovakia)Directed by Katarína Gramatová
Prizes awarded by non-statutory juries
EFCA – International juryECFA Award – for Best European Documentary Film for Young AudienceHow Big Is the Galaxy? (Russia, Estonia)Directed by Ksenia Elyan
International Ecumenical JuryEcumenical Jury AwardPsychobitch (Norway)Directed by Martin Lund
Golden Apple – The City of Zlín Audience Award for Best Feature FilmRocca Changes the World (Germany)Directed by Katja Benrath
ČT: D Audience Award – for Best Short Animated FilmAnimanimals – Sloth (Germany)Directed by Julie Ocker