February 27, 2008

EVENTS / FESTIVALS: Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen - The Kids Are Alright (GERMANY)

The Kids Are Alright

Oberhausen has been presenting special children's cinema programmes for 30 years. In fact, the only international Children's and Youth Films Competition in Germany is held here in Oberhausen. Each year, 45- 48 films and videos from more than 25 countries were presented, selected by an independent committee from submissions to the German and International Competitions.

A children's jury and a youth jury made up of children from Oberhausen judge the programme and select the winners. Cash prizes totalling 2,000 euros are awarded. The filmmakers are invited to Oberhausen to present and discuss their films in person - an event that regularly draws applause from both sides.

The competition programmes are compiled for various age groups ranging from three to 16 years of age and are shown on weekday mornings to give school classes the opportunity to attend. The Children's and Youth Films Competition is one of the most popular sections of the Festival. The last eight years (2000-2007), the Kinderkanal (children's channel of the two public television stations ARD and ZDF) has sponsored of the two prizes, which are each awarded in a different age group.


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