The Awards of the 44th International Children’s and Youth Film Competition

67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 1-10 May 2021


The Awards of the 44th International Children’s and Youth Film Competition


Award ceremony: Monday, 10 May 2021, 5.30 pm CEST,



Awards of the Children’s Jury


Members of the Jury:

Elias Chackroun, Emilia Große-Kleffmann, Mateja Raji, Lewin Leon Synofzik, Marta Vujovic



Prize of the Children’s Jury

worth 1,000 euros, sponsored by Wirtschaftsbetriebe Oberhausen (WBO)



Kiki la plume

Julie Rembauville, Nicolas Bianco-Levrin

France 2020, 5’47’’, colour



We thought the animation in this film was very beautiful. We also liked the music. The end was a bit sad, we thought, because the bird didn’t fly back to the woman. Still, it was a happy ending for the bird.



Promotional Prize

worth 1,000 euros, sponsored by Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG (evo)



In Search of Chok Chok

Dayoon Kim

South Korea 2020, 20’, colour



We liked the fact that this film was about friendship. The idea that the girl found a snail and became friends with it was brilliant. It was funny when the girls set out apples to make the snail return. We liked it that they set the snails free at the end so they could stay with their friends.



Special Mention




Oxana Kuvaldina

Russia 2020, 7’6’’, colour



We liked the music in this film very much. And the polar lights that could change. We also found it nice that the Husky found a friend at the end.




Prize of the Youth Jury

worth 1,000 euros, sponsored by the Rotary Club Oberhausen


Members of the Jury:

Pascal Folkerts, Joel Kohnen, Mitra Miskin, Max Schäfer



Dláp̀ Is Fine

Ethosheia Hylton

UK 2020, 15’, colour



Our winning film expressed very strongly that one doesn’t have to twist and bend and can take one’s own decisions. But it also shows clearly: This doesn’t apply to everyone under the same conditions. Racism can also be hidden in well-meant advice – the young woman in the film showed us that you don’t have to assimilate at all costs. This short film really brings that everyday situation for anyone affected by racism home to us, the audience.



Special Mention



Material Bodies

Dorothy Allen-Pickard

UK 2020, 4’22’’, colour



We want to distinguish an extraordinary film with an important message: many things can be normal! We don’t need pity! We really liked the choreographies – they make us understand in a few minutes that a prosthesis is more than just a replacement or a deficit.




ECFA Short Film Award

(The award consists of a nomination for the ECFA Short Film Award 2022.)


Members of the Jury:

Nicola Jones (Germany), Nóra Lakos (Hungary), Marta Nieto Postigo (Spain)



Shower Boys

Christian Zetterberg

Sweden 2021, 9’20’’, colour



The ECFA Short Film Jury decided to give their award to a film with a daring story about different aspects of masculinity. Through the nuanced script, the outstanding acting and editing the film reflects the complexity of growing up as a boy and freely exploring your emotions and desires. The main characters are being taught that they can be either “man or mouse”, but the story of the film gradually deconstructs this kind of stereotypes.




Certificates of the Ecumenical Jury

In connection with a recommendation to Matthias Film and Katholisches Filmwerk to buy the films for their educational work.




Luca Meisters

Netherlands 2020, 10’39’’, colour



About looking and finding for love and the difficulty of dealing with it. 14-year-old Nova takes on responsibility for her little sister and in this process goes on a journey to discover her feelings. Nova is a film that was perfectly staged and wonderfully photographed. The script works without pathos and heavy content and yet does not remain on the surface. A coherent and profound film at the same time.




Brúsi Ólason

Iceland 2020, 16’11’’, colour



An atmosphere of uncertainty determines a young boy’s weekend-visit at his father. Here, at this remote farm in the sparse and impressive landscape of Iceland begins a rough path of mutual approximation for both. The injury of tthe horse Dalía triggers a decisive change of the relationship of father and son. A film that treats the topic of taking farewell from different perspectives in a quiet and impressive way.

You can download a list of all award winners of the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen here.


Oberhausen, 10 May 2021


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