The Berlinale's Kinderfilmfest sidebar has confirmed the lineups of films for its traditional competition section and 14plus, the new competition for youth films (see ScreenDaily.com, Nov 2003).
Twelve feature length films, including Inke Houtmann's Polleke, Richard Berry's Moi, Cesar 10 Ans 1/2 1M 39 and Paul Morrison's Wondrous Oblivion, have been selected for the Kinderfilmfest competition which will also have an "out of competition" screening of Dominique Standaert's 2002 Hop, Belgium's first digitally shot feature.
Eight films ranging from Icelandic director Maria Solrun's Jargo to Ntshavheni Wa Luruli's The Wooden Camera will screen in the 14plus competition which will be opened on 7 February by the world premiere of Denmark's Bagland (Scratch).
The competition films are as follows:
Barber Yoshino - dir: Naoko Ogigami (Japan)
Capricciosa - dir: Reza Bagher (Sweden)
Die Blindgaenger - dir: Bernd Sahling (Germany)
Heda Hoda - dir: Vinod Ganatra (India)
Hop - Dominique Standaert (Belgium) - Out of Competition
La Prophetie Des Grenouilles - dir: Jacques-Remy Girerd (France)
La Volpe A Tre Zampe - dir: Sandro Dionisio (Italy)
Magnifico - dir: Maryo J. delos Reyes (Philippines)
Moi, Cesar 10 Ans 1/2 1M 39 - dir: Richard Berry (France)
Polleke - dir: Ineke Houtmann (The Netherlands)
Sagan Kushik Kerek Pe' - dir Kanymbek Kassymbekov (Kazakhstan)
Tur Och Retur - dir: Ella Lemhagen (Sweden/Norway)
Wondrous Oblivion - dir: Paul Morrison (UK)
Bagland (Scratch) - dir: Anders Gustafsson (Denmark)
Bare Bea - dir: Peter Naesss (Norway/Sweden)
Behesht Ja-Ye Digari Ast (Paradise Is Somewhere Else) - dir: Abdolrasoul Golbon (Iran)
Helmia Ja Sikoya - dir: Perttu Leppa (Finland)
Jargo - dir: Maria Solrun (Germany)
Quality Of Life - dir: Benjamin Morgan (USA)
The Wooden Camera - dir: Ntshavheni Wa Luruli (France/UK/South Africa)
United - dir: Magnus Martens (Norway)
Meanwhile, an innovation for this year's Kinderfilmfest will be the launching of a dedicated guest lounge at the Volkswagen Multimedia Center ZOON.COM at Potsdamer Platz for the sidebar's filmmakers and actors to meet colleagues and give interviews and photocalls to the press. In addition, there are plans for daily live online chats with actors and directors from the 14plus section.