At the 29th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, the winner of the Tricks for Kids competition for animated short films for children has been chosen! The prize of 4,000 euros (donated by Studio 100 Media) was awarded at TREFFPUNKT ROTEBÜHLPLATZ of vhs stuttgart on Saturday, May 7. The winning film was chosen by a children’s jury. In addition, this year for the first time there was a award for the audience’s favourite of the ITFS Children’s Film Festival, sponsored by L-Bank Baden-Württemberg. The prize is endowed with 1,500 euros. Children and their families could vote in the Tricks for Kids programme at OnlineFestival.ITFS.de in the ONLINE+ section by giving each short film a star rating.
At the awards ceremony, the children’s jury presented their winning film and the Special Mention from the Tricks for Kids short film competition. The magical host Alexander Merk accompanied the children’s jury and the audience with his magic tricks through the colourful animated film show.
The Tricks for Kids Awardees of ITFS 2022 are:
Award for the best children’s animated film – Winner
Die allerlangweiligste Oma auf der Welt / The most boring Granny in the whole world
Damaris Zielke, Germany 2022, 7:02 min
Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Greta has the most boring grandma in the whole world. When she falls asleep on the sofa, Greta gets the idea, to play funeral with her grandma. This confronts them with some questions they didn’t ask themselves before. Because what remains when you have to leave life behind?
Statement of the children’s jury:
The film convinced us by explaining the serious topic of death in a humorous way. We could easily understand the granddaughter’s thoughts. Younger children can get an access to the subject matter that way. We think that it is a film suitable for all ages. The animation is so detailed and the perspective of the images so fascinating that we felt as if we had slipped under the covers too. We also noticed a good mood in the audience. The film leaves us thoughtful but not sad with the following idea: If there are no beautiful memories, then we should make some!
Maman Pleut des Cordes / Mum is Pouring Rain
Hugo De Faucompret, France 2021, 29:43 min
Production: Dandelooo, Laïdak Films
This Christmas special relates the story of Jane, a tenacious 8-years-old, who thinks she will spend the holidays with her mom but to her surprise is sent to her Grandma’s instead, in the countryside. Against all odds, Jane’s holidays turn out to be a real adventure. There, she meets Cloclo, a gigantic bum with equal talent for jokes and music.
Statement of the children’s jury:
The film has touched us all very much. The topic of depression is very relevant for many people. That’s why we think it is important that films deal with the disease and educate people about it. The portrayal of depression seemed very credible to us. We think that also younger children should be introduced to the topic. The film made this possible in a beautiful way.
Tricks for Kids Audience Award
Isabelle Favez, Switzerland 2021, 26 min
Production: Nadasdy Film
This year, Giuseppe, the little hedgehog, doesn’t want to hibernate because his greatest wish is to see snow for once in his life. In search of the snow that is not coming this year, Giuseppe will have a great adventure and make new friends.