|where:||Zlín - Repubblica Ceca|
|when:||May 267th - June 3rd, 2017|
|address:||FILMFEST, s. r. o.|
761 79 Zlín, Czech Republic
|tel:||+420 577 592 275|
|deadline:||March 10th, 2017|
|entry form:||Online Submission|
Zlín’s festival is one of the largest and oldest festivals of its kind in the world. The structure of the festival’s program is centered first and foremost on the target group of children and youth. The main competitive sections are focused on feature films for children and youth, animated films for children and films from the Visegrad Four countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic). Attention is also given to new European filmmakers in the feature-length European Debuts section. The main prize of the International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Zlín is the Golden Slipper.
In recent years the festival’s film projections have been held not only in Zlín itself, but also in the capital city of Prague and in a number of other towns in the Czech Republic. Attendance at Zlín’s festival is continuously rising. The number of visitors to the 50th annual festival in 2010 approached the magic number of 100,000 children and adults!
One of the most noteworthy projects of the rich supporting program is the well-known Cinematrain – a railway car adapted as a screening place that makes a pilgrimage through the Czech and Slovak republics for several weeks before and after the film festival. The International Film Festival for Children and Youth thus “unloads” films by train to children at dozens of small towns that lack their own cinemas.
There is also a huge response each year to the auction of film clapperboards, which is a project to generate financing for student film productions at Film School Zlín. And it is not only prominent Czech artists and other distinguished personalities who create these creative art works on film clapperboards throughout the year. The collection is then put on display and auctioned off during the film festival. The proceeds of the auction then enable young filmmakers to shoot films.
The established tradition of a regular film festival in Zlín was the logical outcome of efforts by local filmmakers to showcase their own productions in a local environment. The first annual festival took place in 1961, exactly 20 years from the execution of another Zlín film festival, which was the Film Harvest (or Zliennale). Although these predecessors to Zlín’s later film festivals took place in the war years of 1940 – 1941, they attracted a significant amount of attention from the public and independent filmmakers. The Film Harvest was festooned with the presence of most of the stars from that period’s extremely productive and internationally successful Czech and Slovak cinematography. The main program was housed at Zlín’s Grand Cinema, which at that time was the largest cinema hall in Central Europe. The capacity of the building, which was completed in 1932, was at that time for an audience of more than 2500 people. Films are still shown in the Grand Cinema today and the opening festival ceremony is also held there regularly along with screenings of the most popular films of the festival.