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51st International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín 2011, report by Klára Holíková

I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of FICC jury on the 51st International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín, Czech Republic.
The festival was held from May 29th to June 5th and presented the programme of over 250 films. It was aimed mostly for children and young people and so was the competition section, but there also were presented other sections, for example Days of Italian Cinema, New Czech Films, Night Horizons and others. Competition screenings took place at the Big Cinema (“Velké kino”) and the Golden Apple Cinema. In the mornings it was mostly attended by pupils coming there for a school trip, therefore afternoon screenings weren’t attended so much. Other screenings took place in open-air cinema (“Letní kino”) and there also was a rich supporting programme.
As members of the festival jury we were very warmly welcomed and through six days have seen a total of 16 competing feature-length movies, 8 aimed or children, 8 for youth.
Despite some minor problems with the coordinators, it was a very nice experience to be able to attend this festival, to participate in the festival jury as a FICC representative, to meet new interesting people with common interest for film and to share experiences and opinions.
The FICC Jury (consisted of Ross Stevenson (New Zealand), Hauke Lange-Fuchs (Germany) and Klara Holikova (Czech Republic)), after a short pleasant consultation, gave the "Don Quijote" award to the Norwegian film "Keeper’n til Liverpool / The Liverpool Goalie" directed by Arild Andresen. Special FICC Jury Award was given to the French film “Tomboy / Tomboy” directed by Celine Sciamma.
Reasons for awarding those films can be found in the statement of jury: http://mundokino.net/node/884

Klára Holíková, Member of the Zlín FICC Jury 2011, Vyškov / Czech Republic, June 21st 2011