Zlín Film Festival 2019 discovers & explores
The 59th edition of Zlín Film Festival for children and youth (May 24 – June 1, 2019), with its main topic Discover & Explore, will screen Slovak features and shorts in multiple program sections.
Two Slovak minority co-productions The Magic Quill (d. Marek Najbrt) and Winter Flies (d. Olmo Omerzu) will be presented within Czech Films and TV Production. The non-competitive section will also show crime TV series closely connected with Zlín ZOO Little Detectives (d. Juraj Nvota, Tereza Nvotová) and TV fairytale Christmas Wish directed by Peter Bebjak.
Slovakia will be represented within various International Competition categories. Seven-country co-production My Grandpa Is an Alien (d. Dražen Žarković, Marina Andree Škop) will compete in Features Films for Children category. Sci-fi story depicts nine-year-old Una trying to save her grandpa, who was abducted by aliens. Scent of Oranges (d. Ivan Pokorný), contestant of Features Films for Youth category, depicts first love between Darek and German girl Hana. The Kite (d. Martin Smatana), recent recipient of the Award for the best children’s animated film at the 26th Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film, will compete in Short Animated Films for Children category.
Four Slovak student films will vie for Zlín Dog Award in International Competition of Student Films: animation Journey by Marek Jasaň, fiction Cherries by Katarína Gramatová, documentaries (A)way by Soňa Nôtová and (In)visible Worlds by Zuzana Hudáčeková.
The topic of the festival’s 59th edition will be also reflected in Discover & Explore: Countries section which includes short film Oymyakon: The Story of the Coldest Inhabited Place by young Slovak director Dominik Bari, bringing an interesting probe into the lives of people in one of the coldest inhabited places on Earth – in the Russian village of Oymyakon.
Youngest audience will be pleased by the first Slovak 3D animated TV series The Websters (d. Katarína Kerekesová).