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Kids DOK 2020
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Arshan – Der kleine Sopran Nora Ehrmann, André Hörmann
Arshan is ten years old and dreams of becoming an opera singer. When rehearsals for an opera production start in his town, he anxiously goes to the casting.
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Arshan – Der kleine Sopran

Documentary Film
Germany
2019
25 minutes

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Nora Ehrmann
André Hörmann
Heike Kunze
RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Fridolin Schöpper
Mikki Willis
Vincent Assmann
Mathias Ludwig
Nora Ehrmann
Nora Ehrmann
Arshan loves opera. He does whatever he can to become a professional opera singer. Despite him being only 10 years old, he wants to perform in the lead role in the youth opera of his hometown Ojai in California. While contributing to the daily tasks of the family’s farm together with his 5 siblings, he is also practicing his high notes.
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Autumn Winds, Spring Winds and Two Doves Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
A boy sets out on an arduous journey to his friend. A dove and a horse help him reach his destination. Based on an Iranian children’s book.
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Autumn Winds, Spring Winds and Two Doves

Animated Film
Iran
2020
8 minutes

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Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
Mohammadreza Karimisaremi
Fatemeh Mohseni
A bride is awaiting her groom who is crossing the sea to meet her. They keep in touch by means of a dove. But a violent, autumn storm breaks communication and the guests sadly begin to depart. Yet the dove does not wait for spring to come and starts searching.
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Bertha and the Wolfram Tijs Torfs
Bertha is determined to tame the wild wolves in her life. She counters her disease, which limits her in her daily life, with brushes, colour palettes and crayons.
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Bertha and the Wolfram

Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes

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Tijs Torfs
Jurgen Buedts
Tijs Torfs
Tijs Torfs
Meet Bertha, a 13-year-old Belgian girl fighting every day against her ultimate enemy: Wolfram. Wolfram is a rare disease that affects her nervous system with major consequences on her eyesight. To fight Wolfram, Bertha has her own secret weapon: creativity. When she paints, it’s as if her brush becomes a sword that she carefully uses to create extraordinary paintings – and control Wolfram. Together with a renowned Belgian painter, they create inspiring paintings that they sell at the Eye Opener, a yearly fundraising art exhibition.
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Dad Magnet Daphne van den Blink
When Kwinten’s Dad has to go on a naval mission for three months it’s hard. Kwinten plays in nature, counts the days and tries to get used to missing him.
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Dad Magnet

Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
17 minutes

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Daphne van den Blink
Magalie Dierick
Emmy Oost
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Jonathan Wannyn
Febe Simoens
Kwinten Van Laethem
Gedeon Depauw
Stijn Dickel
Magalie Dierick
Magalie Dierick
12-year-old Kwinten loves to play outside. Since his best friend Obi moved to another city, he is often alone. Kwinten now finds comfort with his dog Jagmur, donkey Carmen, and the neighbour’s pig Knorre.
Kwinten’s big hero is his dad. He is the commander of the F931 Louise-Marie, a navy ship of the Belgian Ministry of Defense. His job requires him to be regularly at sea for long periods of time. Kwinten is used to missing his father, but every time he is away on a mission, Kwinten needs to see how to fill the days and cope with “missing”.
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Der Besuch Alexandra Schatz
When a paper plane flutters into Elise’s home one day, she gets an unexpected visit from Emil. Now everything is different. And actually much nicer.
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Der Besuch

Animated Film
Germany
2019
4 minutes

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Alexandra Schatz
Alexandra Schatz
Wolfram Späth
Sonja Schneider
Tobias Becker
Sibylle Brunner
Alexandra Schatz
Alexandra Schatz
Elise is scared of everything – spiders, people, even trees. So she never goes out, night or day. One day a strange thing flies in through the window and lands at her feet. And then there comes a knock at the door. Elise has a visitor.
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Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen Lena von Döhren
What’s this? The little bird wonders about its buzzing neighbour and stumbles after the bee across the meadows. But watch out, the fox is already lurking behind a tree!
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Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen

Animated Film
Switzerland
2020
4 minutes

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Lena von Döhren
Gerd Gockell
SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Georg Gruber
Lena von Döhren
Lena von Döhren
Fee Liechti
Martin Waespe
Lena von Döhren
High above, the little bird enjoys the flowers of its maple tree. A mysterious humming that needs to be fathomed sends him on a journey into a magical world of flowers. Of course, the fiery red fox is soon on the little bird’s heels. Trailed by bad luck, the fox makes acquaintance with the hard-working bees. The final encounter with the beehive results into a rather unpleasant surprise for the troublemaker. In the end, the little bird is once again enriched with an experience and offers a colourful welcome to his new friends.
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Fien, Jip & Fien Marie De Hert, Ellen Pollard
Jip sends his crush many hearts via smartphone from his holidays. But what is that thing, love? Together with his sister he is looking for answers in this sun-drenched summer.
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Fien, Jip & Fien

Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes

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Marie De Hert
Ellen Pollard
Maarten Schmidt
Maarten Schmidt
Maarten Schmidt
Ellen Pollard
Jip and Fien are set out to discover the new dynamics of their relationship during their annual summer camping trip. Jip seems different. A little distant perhaps. He spends more time alone and is always on his phone, texting Fien, his girlfriend. Fien, his little sister, tries to win her brother back and wants to understand what is going on in his head.
Throughout the film, they look for the meaning of love while discovering the boundaries of their own relationship. The film zooms in on their questions: What is love and what does it mean to be in love? What’s the difference between the love for a boyfriend/girlfriend and the love for a sibling? While Fien, the girlfriend, is always present on the phone or in their thoughts, brother and sister reconnect over the summer holiday.
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For Real Maria Claudia Blanco
Mady and Merouane live in the same neighbourhood and spend most of their time together. They are best friends. The stupid talk of the others won’t change this.
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For Real

Documentary Film
France
2020
21 minutes

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Maria Claudia Blanco
Antoine Devulder
Maria Claudia Blanco
Juliana Brousse
Ondine Novaresse
Théo Cancelli
Danny Guttridge
Mady and Merouane, 11 years old, grow up together as best friends in the North East of Paris. Their neighbourhood feels as big and full as the entire world. The perfect place to pretend to be an adult before becoming one. Their dreams and fears pull them apart and bring them back together.
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Hide and Seek Felix Golenko, Matthias Wölbing
What’s it like to live as a schoolkid in Germany? Especially when you had to flee here from another country? Three children talk about this, animated drawings provide the images.
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Hide and Seek

Animated Film
Germany
2020
2 minutes

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Felix Golenko
Matthias Wölbing
Christine Duttlinger
Sigrid Gairing
Christine Duttlinger
Christine Duttlinger
Sarah Schulz
Michael Bötticher
Three children fled with their families from crisis regions. They found a new home in Germany. What wishes and dreams do they have for the future? Through animated children’s drawings we dive into their world. It’s their view on integration in Germany’s school system.
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Just for the Record Vojin Vasović
The small recording device REC is startled by its own voice. Tirelessly REC tries to attract a bird to record its beautiful song.
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Just for the Record

Animated Film
Canada,
Serbia
2020
7 minutes

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Vojin Vasović
Senka Radivojević
Vojin Vasović
Stevan Mitrović
Ivan Vasiljević
Georg Gruber
Canada Council for the Arts
Vojin Vasović
Vojin Vasović
Nikola Stepković
Mladen Nikolić
Marko Kovačević
Vladimir Kerkez
Dalibor Bekerević
Senka Radivojević
Vojin Vasović
In an abandoned attic, the dictaphone robot REC desperately tries to connect to a bird that stops on its window. Using his play button to say something, he finds himself shocked by the content and scares the bird away. He rushes to make her come back, to record over his “own voice” before his battery leaks.
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Little Forest Paulina Muratore
For many years, Mizu takes care of a tree, cherishes it and grows up with it. When a big flood threatens her life, she takes refuge in its crown.
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Little Forest

Animated Film
Argentina
2020
8 minutes

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Paulina Muratore
Facundo Corsini
Facundo Corsini
Facundo Corsini
Paulina Muratore
Agustín Touriño
Manuel Yeri Racig
Rodrigo Carazo
Mizu discovers a small bud in the forest, she goes back to water it every day. Over the years, Mizu and the small tree grow together. One day, the forest is flooded and the tree helps save her life.
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Long, Live, Love Sine Skibsholt
Rose is a teenager who fights with her mother and, for the second time, against cancer. She records everything in her diary: good and bad moments, photos, memories, drawings.
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Long, Live, Love

Documentary Film
Denmark
2020
78 minutes

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Sine Skibsholt
Helle Faber
Kim Christiansen
Camilla Markvardsen
Anne Marie Kürstein
Sine Skibsholt
Ina Lindgreen
Rebekka Lønqvist
Thomas Arent
Martin Juel Dirkov
A young adult film about figuring out who you are in this chaos called life. On top of that, there is a degree of seriousness to Rosemarie’s life, for which she is much too young. She has been diagnosed with cancer, and although the doctors say she will survive, the long treatment leaves a mark on her young life. Not least with regards to her relationship with her mother, whose affection and attention suffocates her. At the same time, Rosemarie gets the feeling that she cannot really reach her mother who is guarding her emotions out of fear of losing her daughter. The film follows Rosemarie’s struggle to move forward with her life – with school and friends – but also to get the rest of her family to move on with theirs.
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Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche Meike Fehre
Charlie explores the history of music with Grandpa Günter, the circus elephant. Today he meets Grandpa’s brother Karl-Heinz, who makes the strangest noises for the sound film.
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Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche

Animated Film
Germany
2019
4 minutes

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Meike Fehre
Meike Fehre
Meike Fehre
Meike Fehre
Grandpa Günter is 200 years old, very heavy and a retired circus elephant. And like his grandson Charlie he loves to sing. Together they make musical excursions to the roaring 20s and 30s.
It’s night. The whole forest is asleep. All of it? No! An elephant makes funny noises. It’s Karl-Heinz, the brother of Grandpa Günter, who is setting up his forest cinema with great anticipation. Only Grandpa Günter feels that someone disturbs the night’s rest and tells singing about his brother, who makes the noises in the sound film: “I find no rest at home. It knocks, it hammers, it thunders all the time ...”

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Mishou Milen Vitanov
When a small dog is forgotten in the midst of the arctic desert, four snow hares take heart-warming care of him. But they don’t know very much about what a dog really needs.
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My Family Is a Circus Nina Landau
Once again Romy must say goodbye to her school class. She travels with her family to the next performance, dreaming of her own circus tent, but also of a reunion.
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My Family Is a Circus

Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes

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Nina Landau
Bram Crols
Mark Daems
Mark Daems
Mark Daems
Jamie MacLean
Kwinten Gernay
Johan Hoogewijs
Romy (10) has to say goodbye to her classmates because she’s going to France. She’s not going on holiday, she’s going to France to work. Her family’s travelling circus will set up camp in an amusement park for a few months.
Romy’s days are filled with activity. In addition to performing, she must also do homework and practise new circus tricks. Luckily, she also finds some time to relax! There’s nothing that Romy and her brother Quintin enjoy more than running around the amusement park after it has closed.
In a letter to her classmates, Romy talks about the ups and downs of her life as a circus artist and about her big dreams.
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Seepferdchen Nele Dehnenkamp
Hanan thinks her little brother should know how to swim. When she came to Europe in a rubber dinghy she was terrified of water. Today she is a swimming instructor.
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Seepferdchen

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
16 minutes

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Nele Dehnenkamp
Christine Duttlinger
Nele Dehnenkamp
Nele Dehnenkamp
Christine Duttlinger
Tobias Winkel
Sina Diehl
Jana Briesner
Johann Meis
Simon Droessler
David Holfelder
Paul Chriske
“The seahorse is a powerful animal – it stands upright in the water and cannot sink”, the swimming instructor encourages the children. A place in the human brain is named after it, the hippocampus, where all memory begins. There we archive what we cannot forget. It is the seahorse in the brain where the terror and beauty of life meet – and for Hanan, it is where she stores her memories of the ocean. When the young Yezidi crossed the Mediterranean Sea with her family in a small rubber dinghy, she could not swim. The images of the deep blue sea and the fear of drowning are irrevocably burnt into her memory. To reconcile her past, she learns how to swim. But the waters still await her with haunting images of the ocean. Seahorse poetically explores the contradictions and unpredictabilities of remembrance.