The Awards of the 45th International Children’s and Youth Film Competition

68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 30 April – 9 May 2022


The Awards of the 45th International Children’s and Youth Film Competition


Award ceremony: Sunday, 8 May 2022, 4 pm CEST, , Lichtburg Filmpalast/Lichtburg, Elsässer Str. 26, 46045 Oberhausen


35 films from 25 countries were selected from 661 submissions for the 2022 International Children’s and Youth Competition. Prizes worth a total of 3,000 euros were awarded by two juries of children and young people from Oberhausen schools. In addition, an international jury of experts chose the ECFA Short Film Award, which consists of a nomination for the European Children’s Short Film of the Year 2023.



Awards of the Children’s Jury


Members of the Jury:

Haley Brans, Zeynep Gökdemir, Feras Ismaeil, Aylin Sacirovic, Solin Suleman



Prize of the Children’s Jury

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



La Reine des renards

(The Queen of the Foxes)

Marina Rosset

Switzerland 2022, 8'50", colour



We thought the animation in this film was especially beautifully drawn, and the foxes looked quite real. We also liked it that in the story the foxes brought the people together.



Promotional Prize of the Children’s Jury

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



Zuza v zahradách

(Suzie in the Garden)

Lucie Sunková

Czech Republik/Slovakia 2022, 13'19", colour



We think this film is very beautiful because there is so much painting and drawing in it. But we also thought the story was very good.



Special Mention



Tong Zhuang Xian Nu

(Tank Fairy)

Erich Rettstadt

Taiwan/USA 2021, 9'31", colour



We thought the film was very very funny. We also loved the music. We liked it that the film shows that you can be whoever you want.



Prize of the Youth Jury

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


Members of the Jury:

Lara Wolf, Lea Uthmann, Eliana Starke, Ella Holl




Chen Shahuda

Israel 2021, 15'23", colour



We thought the storyline of the film was brilliant, and we like the fact that the film addresses the issue of Pride indirectly, focussing more on the protagonist’s hobby. The film takes up many themes and it states its message clearly. In addition, we liked the way the film was made.



Special Mention



Hong Se Zang Li

(Red Funeral)

Jane Zhang

China/Macao 2022, 15', colour



We believe that the subject of the film is very important and will appeal to children and adolescents from the age of 12. We liked the way it was made, since there are many details, metaphors and symbols in it.



ECFA Short Film Award

(The award consists of a nomination for the ECFA Short Film Award 2023.)


Members of the Jury:

Franciszek Drąg (Poland), Gloria Morano (Luxembourg), Kevin De Ridder (Belgium)




Pauline Morel

Belgium 2021, 7', colour



For the bravery in using different styles of animation to convey a message about how home environment and stereotypes influence children’s space of imagination and their games, blurring the lines between the two realities. The technical mastery of the film along with its brilliant storytelling makes it an exceptional cinematic experience.


Commendation of the Ecumenical Jury




Valéry Carnoy

Belgium/France 2021, 18'56", colour



For its brilliant storytelling, for its powerful portrait of a 13-year-old teenager confronting the violence of a strange initiation ritual, in search of an identity. A touching and realistic chronicle on the body, and on a childhood in turmoil preserved by the unconditional love of a mother. A film that moves both teenagers and adults.


Oberhausen, 8 May 2022


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