Major prizes were handed out to three projects selected for this year’s Junior Co-production Market (JCM).
The Eurimages Co-production Development Award was granted to the Best Film Project presented during the Market. The Award was given by European support fund Eurimages with the duel intention of supporting European youth film and to further stimulate European co-production. The winner received € 20,000.
The winner of the Eurimages Co-production Development Award 2019 is:
Snot and Splash, directed by Teemu Nikki and written by Ilja Rautsi. Produced by It’s Alive Films (FI). Snot and Splash is a previous Cinekid Script LAB project from 2018-2019.
The jury, consisting of Dorien van de Pas (NL), Derk van den Berg (NL) and Anette Unger (DE), feels that Snot and Splash ‘convinced by bringing an entertaining take on a very urgent and important subject, which is relevant for the new generation of kids all over the world. The film explores different relationships, between the main characters, between them and society and between them and nature. The ecological message of this film is very strong and is told both in a natural and imaginary way. The film will be a genre mix using adventure and fantasy with a sense of humour as an important element in their storytelling.’
A special mention was given to the project Totem, directed by Sander Burger and written by Bastiaan Tichler & Sander Burger. Produced by Volya Films (NL).
Best TV Project Award
A new addition this year is the Best TV Project Award (€10,000 in cash) for the Best TV project within the JCM selection. The award was handed to:
Art Mysteries, directed by Martijn Blekendaal and produced by Cerutti Film (NL, DE).
Jury members were Sabine Brantus-Lauffer (FR), Viki Van Iseghem (BE) and Chrystel Poncet (FR). Statement: ‘We want to support the documentary genre for kids because it’s a rare a product in the world of kids content. As the director said himself, this project doesn’t make any compromises for a young audience and it invites them to learn more about art in a clever and cool way.’
A special mention went to Folk Tales from Papua New Guinea, written & directed by Katherine Winfrey and Ursula Ulmi. Produced by Ulmi Film and Studio Epictus (CH, PG).
Filmmore Post-Production Award
Another newly installed award is the Filmmore Post-Production Award which was awarded to the best live-action project of JCM. This prize is designed to stimulate collaboration with the Dutch Visual Effects & Post Production lab Filmmore. Granting the award, which comes with a €5,000 prize, is an invitation to start a longer and fruitful collaboration with the company.
The winner of the Filmmore Post-Production Award is:
The Summer Dad Went Gay, directed by Petter Naess and written by Endre Lund Eriksen. Produced by Fabelfjord AS (NO).
The jury, with Stine Bomholt-Hansen (DK), Judy Steenman (NL) and Greet Stevens (BE), praises the great storyline, ‘that touches on relevant subjects in a humorous way. Besides that, The Summer Dad Went Gay had a very specific and thought-out idea about how they want to tell this story visually and which role the post-production could play in this process. The team was convincing and had a strong presentation in which they showed a clear vision for their film.’
The Cinekid Honorary Award was handed to Bea Appels and Dick de Jonge for their outstanding contribution to youth film. For almost four decades their distribution company Twin Film released numerous children's films in the Netherlands.
Cinekid for Professionals
During the Cinekid for Professionals industry event you can explore the possibilities of international co-production, give your programme wide international exposure and discuss the major issues in contemporary kids’ media. Cinekid offers various events to expand your professional network, giving you the opportunity to meet more and more like-minded professionals.