Films about a Cossack in Hell and a flying penguin won at the Children Film Festival

The films about a Cossack in Hell and a flying penguin won at the Children Film Festival

The 9th International Film Festival for Children and Teenagers Children Film Festival was held this year in online format. More than 26 thousand viewers from Ukraine and Poland joined the online shows. It was they who chose the best film – “Infernal Banner, or Cossack Christmas”. Recall that the film was directed by Mikhail Kostrov based on the fairy tale Sashko Lirnik and tells about the adventures of a Cossack trying to get out of hell itself. This was reported on the page in the social networks of the festival.

Also during the festival, a competition of short films made by children was held. Of the 100 contestants, 17 finalists were selected. The winners were determined by a professional jury: director and screenwriter of the film My Thoughts Are Quiet Antonio Lukich, director and screenwriter of the film Stop Earth Ekaterina Gornostai, actress Oksana Cherkashina (Bad Roads, Klondike).

Therefore, the awards were given to:

The best Ukrainian children's film – animation work “I am a bird!” 14-year-old Maria Azhislapova from Dnipro – about a penguin who decided that his mother was a seagull, and therefore he was able to take off (award of 15,000 UAH).

A picture of a Cossack in Hell and a flying penguin won at the Children Film Festival

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Best Film 7-10 Years received animation Furfish Attack 9- summer Anastasia Shinkarenko from the city of Vyshneve, Kyiv region, about two owls who are saved from trouble by a new unexpected friend (UAH 4,000).

Best animated film in the category 11-14 years old“Black February” 12-year-old Matvey Glazunov. The young director has already run away from the war twice, now he lives in the city of Mukachevo in Transcarpathia. His work reflects the theme of Russia's war in Ukraine.

The best feature film in the category of 11-14 years old is the horor “Ghosts of the Miklashevsky Estate” 13-year-old Polina Lavrinenko, p. Beloye, Zaporizhia region

In this category Special Insignia of the Jury the following works were also received: “Charms” 11-year-old Dasha Yarmolyuk from Fastov, Kyiv region , about teenagers who hide in the basement from the bombing and find messages from the past; and a comedy film “Need a new phone” by 13-year-old Ivan Kudrenko from Dnipro.

People's Choice Award based on the voting results of the audience received animation ” Where does Salamander's spots come from?” 8-year-old Vasily Karp from Kyiv (UAH 8,000).

Finalist films can be viewed on the YouTube channel of the Children Film Festival.

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