Zlín Film Festival

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Zlín Film Festival
Location Zlín, Czech Republic
Founded 1961
No. of films 363
Website www.zlinfest.cz
The festival's open air area

Zlín Film Festival, also known as the International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Czech: Mezinárodní festival filmů pro děti a mládež) is an annual festival of children's film in Zlín in the Czech Republic. Founded in 1961 in the former Czechoslovakia, the festival gradually gained international attention.[citation needed] The audience consists mainly of children and youth from the Zlín region, but also university students and adult visitors who come to late-night screenings with appropriate dramaturgy, as well as film professionals from around the world.

The 58th Zlín Film Festival will be held from 25 May to 2 June 2018.


Zlín skyscraper at night

The establishment of a regular film festival in Zlín was the result of efforts by local filmmakers to present their work in a local atmosphere. The first festival took place in 1961, 20 years after a previous film festival had been held in Zlín, named Film Harvest (Czech: Filmové žně) or Zliennale. Film Harvest, held in the war years 1940-41, attracted most of the stars of that period's highly productive and internationally successful Czech and Slovak films.[citation needed] The main program was held in Zlín's Grand Cinema, the largest cinema in Central Europe at that time. The capacity of the building, completed in 1932, was over 2,500. The Grand Cinema is still open today, and hosts the opening ceremony of the festival.

In 1936, entrepreneur Jan Antonín Baťa founded a new film studio in the city, which gradually turned into Czechoslovakia's most prominent centre of filmmaking focused on children and youth.[citation needed] Film-makers such as Karel Zeman, Hermína Týrlová, Alexandr Hackenschmied, Břetislav Pojar and Josef Pinkava created their works in the Zlín film studios. The town's film-making tradition continues today in its two film schools.[citation needed]


Opening film

The competitive sections of the festival include new films shot within the last two years. They are accompanied by films from other festivals and classic works of world cinema. Apart from the five competitive sections, the festival includes a number of informative and retrospective sections, including full-length documentary films. Each year the cinematography of one European nation showcased.

Competition Sections[edit]

  • International Competition of Feature Films for Children
  • International Competition of Feature Films for Youth
  • International Competition of Short Animated Films for Children
  • International Competition of European First Films
  • Zlín Dog - International Competition of Student Films

Out-of-competition Sections[edit]

  • Days of European Cinema: This section contains the cinema of a selected European country.
  • Night Horizons: Serious topics, selected to provoke debate among the older part of the audience, in particular college and university students.
  • New Czech Film and TV Programmes: Presentation of Czech cinema and TV production from the year.
  • Documentaries: A section dedicated to documentaries for children and youth or focusing on children and youth as their topic.
  • Panorama: Informative section – presents mostly films awarded at other festivals which cannot compete in one of the competitive sections.
  • Young Stars Films introducing young actors whom the audience can meet in person in Zlín.

Days of European Cinema[edit]

Since 2003 the festival has featured a section called the Days of European Cinema (DEC), consisting of new films in the competitive section and a selection of older films in the non-competitive sections. This project was created with the aim of presenting European cinema, and previous editions of the festival have focused on the cinema of Scandinavia and the Baltic regions, Russia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Poland and Germany. In 2016, the festival focused on the cinematic production of France.

Supporting program[edit]

Entertainment at the festival

Apart from the film projections, the festival offers a supporting programme of charity and entertainment, including concerts, exhibitions, public readings, and parties. The specialist part of the programme includes mostly classes, lectures and workshops. The festival also includes a supporting programme for the Film Industry.

One festival project is the Cinematrain, a railway car modified into a projection room that travels around the Czech Republic and Slovakia for a few weeks before the film festival. The festival is also the annual end of the Minisalon project - an auction of artistically rendered film. Czech artists and other celebrities design these film clapperboards during the autumn and winter. The collection of art works is then displayed and auctioned off during the film festival. The funds raised from their auction go to support student film productions.


Opening with the fireworks
  • Golden Slipper – Main prize awarded to the best feature film for children, youth, and animated film.
  • The City of Zlín Award – for Best Children Performance in a Feature Film for Children
  • The Miloš Macourek Award – for Best Youth Performance in a Feature Film for Youth
  • The Hermína Týrlová Award – Award for young artists under 35
  • Children´s and Youth Jury Awards - prizes awards to the best feature films for children and youth
  • Golden Apple – spectator prize awarded to the most successful feature and animated film
  • The Europe Award – Awarded to the best European debut feature film
  • Ecumenical Jury Award – Awarded by the International Ecumenical Jury
  • ECFA Jury Award - Awarded by the ECFA Jury


  • 2017| 57th ed.

Best feature film for children: Mountain Miracle – The Unexpected Friendship, dir. Tobias Wiemann , Germany, Italy
Best feature film for youth: Just Charlie, dir. Rebekah Fortune, United Kingdom
Best Animated Film: Two Trams, dir. Svetlana Andrianova, Russia
Best European first film: Heartstone, dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Iceland
Best student film: Shujayya, dir. Mohammed Almughanni, Poland, Palestina

  • 2016| 56th ed.

Best feature film for children: The World of Us, dir. Yoon Ga-eun , South Korea
Best feature film for youth: Keeper, dir. Guillaume Senez, Belgium, Switzerland, France
Best Animated Film: The Orchestra, dir. Mikey Hill, Australia
Best European first film: Rag Union, dir. Mikhail Mestetskyi, Russia
Best student film: Peacock, dir. Ondřej Hudeček, Czech Republic

  • 2015| 55th ed.

Best feature film for children: Birds of Passage, dir. Olivier Ringer , Belgium
Best feature film for youth: Behaviour, dir. Ernesto Daranas, Cuba
Best Animated Film: The Elephant and the Bicycle, dir. Olesya Shchukina, France, Belgium

  • 2014| 54th ed.

Best feature film for children: The Nightingale, dir. Philippe Muyl, France, China
Best feature film for youth: The Kings of Summer, dir. Jordan Vogt-Roberts, U.S.A.
Best Animated Film: Mythopolis, dir. Alexandra Hetmerová, Czech Republic

  • 2013| 53rd ed.

Best feature film for children: My Sweet Orange Tree, dir. Marcos Bernstein, Brazil
Best Feature Film for Youth: So Much Water, dir. Ana Guevara Pose, Uruguay, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany
Best Animated Film: Pilipka, dir. Tatiana Kublitskaya, Belarus

  • 2012| 52nd ed.

Best feature film for children: Chubby Drums, dir. Arne Toonen, Netherlands
Best Feature Film for Youth:Death of a Superhero, dir. Ian Fitzgibbon, Germany, Ireland
Best Animated Film:Harbor Tale, dir. Yuichi Ito, Japan

  • 2011| 51st ed.

Best feature film for children: The Liverpool Goalie, dir. Arild Andresen, Norway
Best feature film for youth: Hold Me Tight, dir. Kaspar Munk, Denmark
Best animated film: Larghetto, dir. Jaroslav Nykl, Czech Republic

  • 2010| 50th ed.

Best feature film for children: Magic Tree, dir. Andrzej Maleszka, Poland
Best feature film for youth: Sebbe, dir. Babak Najafi, Sweden
Best animated film: Lost and Found, dir. Philip Hunt, United Kingdom

  • 2009| 49th ed.

Best feature film for children: Who Is Afraid of the Wolf?, dir. Mária Procházková, Czech Republic
Best feature film for youth: Max Embarrassing, dir. Lotte Svendsen, Denmark
Best animated film: Post!, dir. Christian Asmussen, Matthias Bruhn, Germany

  • 2008 | 48th ed.

Best feature film for children: Where Is Winky's Horse?, dir. Mischa Kamp, The Netherlands, Belgium
Best feature film for youth: The Substitute, dir. Ole Bornedal, Denmark
Best animated film: The Bears Stories, dir. Marina Karpova, Russia

  • 2007 | 47th ed.

Best feature film for children: Little Heroes, directed by Itai Lev, Israel
Best feature film for youth: Hoppet, dir. Petter Næss, Sweden
Best animated film: Tyger, dir. Guilherme Marcondes, Brazil

  • 2006 | 46th ed.

Best feature film for children: Bonkers, directed by Martin Koolhoven, The Netherlands
Best feature film for youth: We Shall Overcome, dir. Niels Arden Oplev, Denmark
Best animated film: Cartoon, dir. Pál Tóth, Hungary

  • 2005 | 45th ed.

Best feature film for children: The Color of Milk, directed by Torun Lian, Norway
Best feature film for youth: Fourteen Sucks, dir. Filippa Freijd, Martin Jern, Emil Larsson, Henrik Norrthon, Sweden
Best animated film: Music Shop, dir. Sofia Kravtsova, Russia

  • 2004 | 44th ed.

Best feature film for children: Strong as a Lion, directed by Manne Lindwall, Sweden
Best feature film for youth: 4th Floor, dir. Antonio Mercero, Spain
Best animated film: Music Shop, dir. Michéle Lemieux, Canada

  • 2003 | 43rd ed.

Best feature film for children: The Flying Classroom, directed by Tomy Wigand, Germany
Best feature film for youth: White Oleander, dir. Peter Kosminsky, Germany, USA
Best animated film: I Want a Dog, dir. Sheldon Cohen, Canada

  • 2002 | 42nd ed.

Best feature film for children: Children of Petroleum, directed by Ebrahim Forouzesh, Iran
Best feature film for youth: And Your Mother Too, dir. Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico, USA
Best animated film: Choo-choo-2, dir. Garri Bardine, Russia


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