Adventurous and diverse selection of the latest European feature films tailored to children of school age. Covering a wide variety of genres and emotional styles, this spectrum of feature-length films will allow the viewer to discover great cinematic storytelling while inspiring reflection. Films that surprise, thrill, and make you gasp in amazement!
The KIDS’ REEL Feature Film Competition seeks high-quality European children’s films that use an articulate cinematic language, respect their young audiences (aged from 7 to 14) and are able to highlight current topical themes.
The KIDS’ REEL Feature Film Competition programme comprises 6 feature films (live action, or animation) with a minimum running time of 60 minutes for which the majority of production credit has been sourced in a European Union or European Economic Area member country as well as the United Kingdom or Switzerland.
The submitted films have to have been completed no earlier than 20 June 2019, and their Latvian premiere must take place during RIGA IFF. There is one exception to this rule – although it is preferable that Latvian films premiere at RIGA IFF, this is not a requirement.
The 6 selected titles are evaluated by 2 juries:
1) an international jury consisting of at least 3 film professionals that are members of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) community (The winning film will be eligible for the Overall ECFA Award, voted on by all ECFA members and presented during the Berlinale each February).
2) children’s jury, composed of at least 5 members, aged from 5 – 12 years old.
The winning film, determined by the children’s jury will receive a prize from Latvian State Television – the television will acquire its screening rights. The award ceremony at RIGA IFF takes place on the second Saturday of the festival.
The call for submissions opens on 17 March 2021 and closes on 20 June 2021. The submission fee per entry is EUR 10 and all submissions are free of charge for one month, until 16 April, 23:59. The results will be announced by 10 September 2021.