Selection of International Short Film Competitions revealed

Check out the animation short selection and our new Beste International Live-Action Short Competition.

We've selected 26 animated short films from 19 different countries for the 2019 Best International Animated Short Film Competition. Also, for the first time, we are expanding the international shorts programme with the Best International Short Live-Action Film Competition. This competition contains 9 highly promising new short films, from various countries around the world.

We believe that there is a lack of international competitions for live-action shorts made for children. Since shorts are often a stepping stone for young talents, we want to further support these filmmakers and celebrate the diversity and creativity of the live-action shorts that are made worldwide.

All the selected titles will have their Dutch premiere at Cinekid Festival during the autumn break and will be presented in combined programmes for different ages, or as preludes to the feature film screenings. We will also showcase the entire line-up of the animated shorts as a sneak preview at the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in the UK, which takes place Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 September 2019. 

A jury of three film professionals will award the filmmakers of the best films from both competitions with a Cinekid Lion Statue and a cash prize of €2,500 each. This year’s jury members are Kirsten Ruber, director of Go Short International Short Film Festival, Thomas Meyer-Hermann, founder of Film Bilder animation studio and screenwriter and director Julia Thelin (Push It and Tweener).

Full selection of Best International Animated Short Competition:

The Kite | Martin Smatana | Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Cloudy | Filip Diviak, Zuzana Čupová | Czech Republic
The Last Day of Autumn | Marjolaine Perreten | France, Belgium, Switzerland
The Wiremen | Jessica Patterson | Ireland
Chess | Alexey Pochivalov| Russia
Raccoon and the Light | Hanna Kim | United States
Good Heart | Evgeniya Jirkova | Russia
Partridge in a Bear Tree | Adam Bailey | United Kingdom
A Tiger With No Stripes | Raul ‘Robin’ Morales Reyes | Switzerland, France
In the Woods | Salomé Bertolone Lopez, Maxime Dartois, Marjorie Grinda, Zoé Guillet, Alissa Mazouz, Rebecca Wahler | France
Sam’s Dream | Nolwenn Roberts | France
Elsa and the Night | Jöns Mellgren | Sweden
Tree High | Martina Svojikova | Belgium
Hedgehog | Morgane Mattard, Kaisa Pirttinen, Vaibhav Keswani, Jeanne Laureau, Colombine Majou, Jong-ha Yoon | France
this side, other side | Lida Fazli | Iran
Big Wolf & Little Wolf | Rémi Durin | Belgium, France
The Wheat Keeper | Haitao Bai | China
The Elephant's Song | Lynn Tomlinson | United States
Nest | Sonja Rohleder | Germany
Saturday's Apartment | Jeon Seungbae | South Korea
The Fox and the Bird | Sam Guillaume, Fred Guillaume | Switzerland
Overboard! | Filip Pošivač, Barbora Valecka | Czech Republic, Slovakia
Dad | Atle S Blakseth, Einar Dunsæd | Norway
Snail the Painter | Manuela Vladić-Maštruko, Manuela Vladić Maštruko | Croatia
Heatwave | Fokion Xenos | Greece, United Kingdom
Echo | Borisa Simovic, Kosta Rakicevic | Serbia

Full selection of Best International Live Action Short Competition:

Provence | Kato De Boeck | Belgium
All In Good Time | Bonnie Dempsey | Ireland
The Size of Things | Carlos Felipe Montoya | Colombia
The Stick | Teppo Airaksinen | Finland
She-Pack | Fanny Ovesen | Norway
Jetski | Sharif Abdel Mawla | The Netherlands
Control | Mohsen Habibi | Iran
Slowdance | Christian Zetterberg | Sweden
Little Spicy | Leila Jurdi | Hungary

Still: Heatwave.