An audience favourite, the selection of animated short films is especially suitable for preschoolers. With a total running length of under an hour, the selection of shorts brings together works from the best and most tradition-rich animation studios in Europe. Masterfully designed, diverse and different from everyday options, these are animated works that touch and delight the soul.
The KIDS’ REEL Short Film Competition (European Children’s Film Association prize) seeks high-quality European children’s films that use an articulate cinematic language, respect their young audiences (aged from 3 to 7 years old) and are able to highlight current topical themes.
The Children’s Short Film Competition programme comprises no less than 8 and no more than 12 short films with a maximum running time of 30 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 selected titles are evaluated by an international jury consisting of at least 3 film professionals that are members of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA). The winning film will be eligible for the ECFA Short Film Award, voted on by all ECFA members and presented during the Berlinale each February. 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.