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Kristiansand Children’s film festival 2006, report by Hilde Gaard (English)

This was the first year for the FICC jury in Kristiansand, Norway. The award was to be given to the best film in the program for youth films. I was the Norwegian representative in the jury and it was a pleasure to take part in this event for the first time.

It is no coincidence that after having participated in this festival people you place it on your agenda for next year too. The festival is absolutely addictive. It gives you the opportunity to se a wide range of quality films for children and young people and there are many interesting workshops and seminars. I also met people from other children’s film clubs at different social events, but more film society people should go to this festival. We need to meet to exchange ideas and experiences. See you there next year!

As a representative of the jury I was treated very well. In addition to the Youth program I got to see quite a few films from the main program and short- and medium length films. The jury consisted of Jette Carlsen from the Danish federation and Christine Müh from Münster in Germany. It was interesting to learn about children and film in other countries.

Many of the films for young people were not seen by very many, and sometimes we were almost alone in the cinema, but the films were good and deserve a larger audience. The audience between child and grown up is not easy to reach as a group. We saw some of the films with whole classes from local schools and their reaction was a great help in evaluating the films.

It is very nice to participate in a festival where children and young people have priority. Children are in focus and the grown ups are only present as observers. It’s the way to go.

Hilde Gaard
Tromsø Children’s film society

The DQ award winner in Kristiansand was the Finish film KOTI-IKÄVÄ/HOMESICK, by Petri Kotwica