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Film Festival Zlin 29.5.-4.6. 2005, by Birgitte Bratseth, Norway

The FICC jury during the Zlin International Film Festival for Cildren and Youth in 2005 concisted of Sally Murphy, Ireland, Ivan Cech, Czech Republic, and Birgitte Bratseth, Norway.

In addition to the main program the festival, that celebrated its 45th anniversary this year, included a competition of animation films, European Debuts and Visegrad Competitions, plus various other screenings and workshops. A total of 418 films from 43 countries were shown in 7 days. All in all a festival impressingly well run, with great hospitality to its participants.

Apart from some internal language problems, the FICC jury worked well and assessed 16 films before making its descicion:

The Don Quixote Prize went to the Swedish film Fourteen Sucks, directors Filippa Freijd, Martin Jern, Emil Larsson and Henrik Norrthon.

The jury’s comments:
”This debut film was shot on a small budget with inexperienced actors. Yet it captures the beauty and devastation that saturates teenage life with great insight, power and ultimate honesty.”

Fourteen Sucks also won the Main Jury’s Prize, the Golden Slipper, for best feature film for youth, and the Ecumenical Jury Award for Best Feature Film.