Final gala evening of the 63rd Zlin Film Festival for Children and Youth, June 7, 2023. The Golden Slipper award for the best feature film for children was received by German director Stefan Westerwelle.
Zlín – The Golden Slipper award for the best feature film for children was won by the German film To je husty, kamo at this year's 63rd Zlín Film Festival for Children and Youth. In the category of films for teenagers, the jury awarded the British film The World According to Georgia, and the Polish-Israeli-German film Delegation was chosen as the best feature film for young people. The joint international jury of children and adults for a short animated film awarded the Polish-French film Krab with the Golden Shoe. The Norwegian film Titina, the Polar Dog, the Swedish film Forever and the Australian film The Landscape Inside won two prizes each.
The festival awards were presented today at the final gala evening in the Zlín Congress Center. The organizers also awarded the Golden Shoe for her contribution to cinematography for children and young people to actress Zlata Adamovska.
Director Kajsa N?ssová directed the film Titina, the canine polar bear, the film won the Karel Zeman Award for the visual representation of the film in the category of feature film for children. According to juror Jitka Schneiderová, it is a “beautifully crafted film full of fantasy and adventure, in which the heroes are accompanied by an amazingly cute dog”. The film also won the Children's Jury Award for Best Feature Film for Children.
The Swedish film Forever received a special jury award in the category of feature film for teenagers and young adults, as well as the Zlína Golden Apple Audience Award. “The film made us happy and inspired us to value those close to us and to follow our passions. It shows how important it is to choose our own path, even if it doesn't match the opinions of the people around us,” said the juror and actress Hana Vagnerová. The Australian film Landscape Inside received the Youth Jury Award for Best Feature Film for Teens and Youth. “It is a story of a sovereign coming of age that knows no bounds until the time when mutual help is needed,” said the judges. The film also received special recognition from the international ecumenical jury.
The Golden Shoe for the best feature film for children was awarded to the film It's Thick, Dude, directed by Stefan Westerwelle. “The film stood out with beautiful storytelling, excellent direction and excellent performances by two very talented child actors, Lotte Engels and Miran Selcuk,” said Schneiderová.
The Golden Slipper for the best feature film for teenagers was awarded to the film The World According to Georgia, the Golden Slipper for the best feature film for young people was awarded to the film Delegation. In the category of short animated films for children, the Golden Slipper was awarded to the film Krab, the Hermína Týrlová Award for the best short animated film for children under the age of six went to the Swiss film Tůňka and a special recognition for the short animation for children went to the Dutch film Piglet. Zlínské psa for the best student film was awarded to the German film Love with a Handicap, special recognition was also given to the Czech student documentary film All is well, potatoes on the row.
Europa Award, European Film Association award for children's film for the best European documentary the film for young audiences was won by the French-Polish-Ukrainian film Nevyhasneme. The international ecumenical jury awarded the prize for the best feature film for teenagers and young adults to the French film Juniors. The ČT:D audience award went to the French film Polarí hvězda.
“I am very satisfied with the results of the juries' decisions. The results are very diverse, it means that the films were of high quality, the same films were not always awarded. There is a great variety , diversity. They are films that deal with important topics, and at the same time they can entertain young people,” the artistic director of the festival, Markéta Pášmová, told ČTK. This year, the festival offered 295 films from 50 countries, 132 films were included in the competitions.