April 19, 2006

AWARDS: Back at the kids' table - to win at Stockholm


US director Mike Mills? Thumbsucker won one of the main prizes at the Stockholm International Film Festival Junior, which this year took 8,600 admissions

?When I grew up, I preferred to eat at the kids? table instead of the grown-ups? during dinner - the conversation there always felt more real. So, I am very honoured to be invited back to the kids? table, it really means a lot to me,? said US director Mike Mills, whose Thumbsucker won one of the main prizes at the Stockholm International Film Festival Junior, which ended Sunday, 9 April.

From the competition of 19 films, the Junior jury of 10 children between 6-16-years-old chose Thumbsucker as Best Feature for the age group between 13-16. UK director John Henderson?s Mee-Shee: the Water Giant was favoured for the age group between 10-12, and US director Paul Marcus?s Heidi for the age group between 7-9.

A record number of 400 filmmakers-in-spe participated in the 1 minute of film competition, where the prizes are a chance to make another film with a professional team. The winners were 10-year-old Enja Möller and Ella Lundberg?s Bokmonstret (The Book Monster), and 15-year-old Hugo Andersson?s FÄgelinfluensan (The Bird Flue). The children?s showcase took this year 8,600 admissions.

SOURCE: http://www.nordicfilmnews.net/Newsletter/NL-060419.html#Anchor-BACK-47857_________________________________________

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