The Oberhausen Children's and Youth Cinema
40 films from 24 countries in competition
The film selection for the 44th Children's and Youth Cinema in Oberhausen is ready and will start on 5 May. Seven programmes with a total of 40 films from 24 countries await children and young people in all age groups, starting at age three, in the competition. They were selected from a total of 540 previewed films. What is striking is a thematic focus around issues of diversity, identity and racism. This year, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has to take place online due to corona. This means that children and parents, kindergartens and school classes outside NRW can now participate more easily. The Festival is also offering the new Children's and Youth Pass for 5 euros.
Searching and finding: About love, friendship, loss and physicality
The range of the seven children's and youth film programmes is diverse in form and content for every age group. The children's programme for ages three and up invites wonder and laughter with five colourful first film experiences. For six-year-olds and up, the programme includes five short films from countries such as France, Japan or Taiwan, from extraordinary fantastic encounters to Dayoon Kim's In Search of Chok Chok, in which the new child has to look for new friends at school.
The films in the eight-plus programme come from India, Iceland, France and Switzerland – here, among other things, two girls make friends while hiking through a salt desert (in Ankit Kothari's Paanchika) and in Eric Montchaud's Un caillou dans la chaussure a frog ends up in a classroom full of rabbits. In the programme for ten years and older, six short films from Colombia, Sweden, France, Iran and other countries take us right into the middle of a dispute about a drone (in Clélia Schaeffer Dix Ans) or into a motocross race in Corentin Lemetayer Le Brizes Kaolin.
The spectrum in the programme for ages twelve and up ranges from the first French kiss in Emma Séméria's La Chamade to a sleepwalker in Nicolas Birkenstock's Ourse, while in Sylvelin Maakestad's Elveleie two sisters try to fulfil their mother's last wish. The films come from China, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Norway. In the 14 and up films, queer digital utopias are built in Minecraft in Catarina de Sousa and Nick Tyson's Tracing Utopia, while in Dọlápọ̀ Is Fine (Ethosheia Hylton) Dolápò has to cope with some experiences of racism. In the 16+ programme, the theme of corporeality is found again and again, for example when food becomes disgusting in Vevnitř (Inside) by Viktorie Štěpánová and prostheses are worn as jewellery on the body in Dorothy Allen-Pickard's Material Bodies. Six short films from France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Spain and the Czech Republic can be seen here.
Flexible school screenings and a special festival passport
The school screenings on the online festival platform offer many advantages for German-speaking teachers and classes. They are available from 5 to 10 May at flexible times, are free of charge and are available in home schooling or in the classroom. The programmes are tailored for the appropriate age groups and also include pre-produced introductions and interviews with the filmmakers. The fact that the online presentation makes these complete packages available beyond Oberhausen has already been made use of: Schools and kindergartens from Berlin, Hamburg, Wuppertal and the Ruhr region, such as Duisburg, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and of course Oberhausen, have registered so far. Here, some kindergartens are even planning to transform their gyms into improvised cinemas, and entire schools are planning to include the Festival in their timetables. Those who want to enjoy the Children's and Youth Cinema with family and friends can see the complete Children's and Youth Film Competition, the films nominated for the ECFA Short Film Award and the MuVi 14+ programme with the newly introduced Children's and Youth Pass for 5 euros.
"The partner schools are very committed and we are doubly grateful for this commitment because it is of course very time-consuming to plan in such an uncertain pandemic situation. But the jury task seems to be appealing enough for the children and young people, despite the viewings at home instead of at the Lichtburg Filmpalast, which is wonderful" says Cathrin Ernst, director of the Children's and Youth Cinema.
The children’s and youth juries
Five pupils each from a secondary school and a primary school in Oberhausen will act as juries to judge the films in the Children's and Youth Film Competition and award the prizes. This year's two partner schools are the Königschule and the Gesamtschule Osterfeld.
The Königschule children's jury
The Youth Jury of the Osterfeld Comprehensive School
Prize of the Children’s Jury, 1,000 euros, sponsored by Wirtschaftsbetriebe Oberhausen (WBO)
Promotional Prize of the Children’s Jury, 1,000 euros, sponsored by Energieversorgung Oberhausen AG (evo)
Prize of the Youth Jury, 1,000 euros, sponsored by the Rotary Club Oberhausen
For detailed programme information, please go here:
Oberhausen, 3 May 2021
Press contact: Sabine Niewalda, phone +49 (0)208 825-3073, niewalda(at)kurzfilmtage.de