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Short report on KID`SCREEN 2002: I AM WHAT I EAT, organised by the ECFA (European Children's Film Association) in Desenzano del Garda/Italy from 3rd t

KID`SCREEN took place as an annual conference of ECFA starting in 1994. FICC/IFFS has become a member of ECFA this year and so FICC/IFFS was invited to attend the above mentioned conference. As responsible for children`s and youth films within the Executive Committee of FICC/IFFS I took part in the event. All costs as well as a contribution to the travel expenses were paid by ECFA and the Lombardy Region.

Beautifully located on Lake Garda Desenzano was a perfect place for an international conference like KID`SCREEN and about 100 international and local guests (coming from Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, UK, USA and, last but not least, Italy) were warmly welcomed and treated carefully.

In the 2002 edition of KID`SCREEN the subject was the coherence of food and image in children's life and its evaluation by professional scientists, teachers and media producers.

The subject was handled in lectures, practice reports and media performances titled for instance: "Nutrition Education"; "Diatory Behaviours of Children"; "Fast Food vs. Selfmade Meals"; "Anorexia"; "Eating Disorders"; "Meals at Schools"; "Granny's Recipes"; "Malnutrition"; "Let's Teach Cooking!"; "From the Field to the Table".

Besides video and stills projections there was a special performance of a new feature film which I will propose for the children's film section of the next Don-Quijote-Film-Festival in Reggio Calabria 2003: "Send Mere Slik" (Send More Candy) by Caecilia Holbek Trier, Denmark/Sweden 2001, 76 min, a very emotional and well made film for children from 6 years which was unanimously appreciated by the audience.

To sum up the conference I can say it was a very well and ambitiously prepared and performed event which had a considerable outcome.

The next ECFA conference will take place in Oslo/Norway in 2003, for the first time out of Italy.

By the way I had many talks with participants from abroad about the possible cooperation of ECFA and FICC/IFFS for instance regarding juries at international children's and youth film festivals. There is perhaps a certain possibility to establish a FICC/IFFS jury at the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People in Greece in December 2003.

For more information please visit the homepage of ECFA: www.ecfaweb.org

Augsburg/Germany, 9th November, 2002

Bernt Lindner