The Kinderfilmfest will award a new Crystal Bear for the Best Youth Film
At the 54th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2004, a competition for youth films will be held for the first time under the aegis of the Kinderfilmfest (children’s film festival). This new series is conceived to close the gap between the films screened for children and those running in the other Berlinale sections with admission for adults only.
This separate series of youth films within the 27th Kinderfilmfest (Feb. 6-15, 2004) will address audiences 14 years of age and older. In its first year up to six films will be screened. “As in the Kinderfilmfest”, section director Thomas Hailer announced, “we will present an international selection of ambitious and entertaining youth films. The new series will also serve to enhance the image of the children’s film programme.” The Crystal Bear for the Best Youth Film will be awarded by a jury consisting of five persons who are at least 14 years old.
By introducing this new competition, the Berlinale hopes to attract even larger numbers of young viewers to the festival. Hailer: “The interest of young people in our films has been great in the past. We plan a close cooperation with schools, initiatives and youth gateways in the media in the hope of touching off a lively exchange with the target group.”
The children’s film competition will continue with its highly successful format. The selection committee is already working on the programme for 2004 and is looking forward to the many national and international entries.
October 9, 2003