FNE at Zlin Fest 2017: Competition Films Announced

    Little Harbor by Iveta Grofova Little Harbor by Iveta Grofova

    ZLIN: The 57th International Film Competition of Children's Films in Zlin, running 26 May - 3 June 2017, has again lined up an international selection of films for the children and youth competition sections, reaching to such diverse territories as India, Iran and Chile, as well as the US, Canada and across Europe. The one domestic film in the two main competition sections, each consisting of eight films, is the Slovak/Czech coproduction Little Harbour by Slovak director Iveta Grofova.

    A total of 62 countries, the largest international representation in the history of the world’s oldest children’s film festival, are represented in the festival, with 326 films being screened.

    The festival will have a special focus on Sweden, including the 110th anniversary of the birth of the Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren.

    This year the festival will introduce a new works in progress section to introduce new children’s films being produced in the Czech Republic. The industry section will also explore online streaming and virtual reality for the first time.

    Films in the Main Competitions:

    International Competition of Feature Films for Children

    Up in the Sky (Sweden)
    Directed by Petter Lennstrand

    Half Ticket (India)
    Directed by Samit Kakkad

    Cloudboy (Sweden, Norway, Netherlands)
    Directed by Meikeminne Clinckspoor

    Heartstrings (France)
    Directed by Michel Boujenah

    Little Harbour / Piata loď (Slovakia, Czech Republic)
    Directed by Iveta Grófová
    Produced by Hulapa film, Ltd.
    Coproduced by  endorfilm,  Katapult Film, Silverart and RTVS
    Supported by the Slovak Audiovisual FundMEDIA Programme, the Czech State Cinematography FundEurimagesBratislava Self-Governing region and the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic

    Oskar’s America (Norway)
    Directed by Torfinn Iversen

    Mountain Miracle (Germany, Italy)
    Directed by Tobias Wiemann

    Number Four (Iran)
    Directed by Mehran Malakouti

    International Competition of Feature Films for Youth:

    The Edge of Seventeen (USA)
    Directed by Kelly Freman

    London Town (UK, USA)
    Directed by Derrick Borte

    Goodbye Berlin (Germany)
    Directed by Fatih Akin

    My First Highway (Belgium)
    Directed by Kevin Meul

    Bad Influence (Chile)
    Directed by Claudia Huaiquimilla

    1:54 (Canada)
    Directed by Yan England

    Just Charlie (UK)
    Directed by Rebecah Fortune

    Railway Children (India)
    Directed by Prithvi Konanur