Facets announces Children’s Film Fest winners

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Ainslie Henderson’s
‘Archie’ wins
Best of Fest;
Jerome Boulbes’
‘The Bridge and the Brogs,’
wins Milos Stehlik Award

Facets’ 36th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival hosted its Closing Night Ceremony on November 10, 2019 at Facets (1517 W Fullerton), to celebrate the award winning films selected by the Festival’s juries. The Festival awards over 30 prizes in over 20 categories, including live-action, animation, and documentary films. Prizes are given by the Children’s, Youth, Professional, and Special juries, and the Professional Jury Live-Action Shorts category is Academy Award qualifying.

The inaugural “Milos Stehlik Global Impact Award” was presented to The Bridge and the Brogs, Jerome Boulbes (France), for its commitment to building bridges, overcoming divisions, and promoting diversity and global understanding through film.

Facets created the “Milos Stehlik Global Impact Award” this year to celebrate the memory of Milos Stehlik, founder and executive director of Facets, who passed away this July.

SPECIAL PRIZES
Best of the Fest Award
Archie, Ainslie Henderson (Scotland)

Milos Stehlik Global Impact Award
The Bridge and the Brogs, Jerome Boulbes (France)

Best Production for Early Childhood
The Tiger with No Stripes, Raul “Robin” Reyes (France and Switzerland)

Programmer’s Choice Award
Tadpole, Jean-Claude Rozec (France)

Teacher’s Choice Award
The Last Day of Autumn, Marjolaine Perreten (France and Switzerland)

Parent’s Choice Award
Dad, Atle Blakseth and Einar Dunsaed (Norway)

Girl Empowerment Award
First Disco, Helen O’Reilly (Ireland)

STEM Award
Thomas and Korduni: Bees Saving Elephants, Frank Feustle (Germany)

 
CHILDREN’S JURY PRIZES
Children’s Jury: Best Animated Short
1st Prize: The Most Magnificent Thing, Arna Selznick (Canada)
2nd Prize: Final Chapter, Taro Otani (Taiwan)

Children’s Jury: Best Live-Action Short
1st Prize: The Confirmation, Marie Louise Damgaard (Denmark)
2nd Prize: Flight, Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald (Jamaica)

Children’s Jury: Best Live-Action Feature
1st Prize: Hacker, Poul Berg (Denmark)

2nd Prize: Land of Glass, Jeppe Vig Find and Marie Dalsgaard Ronn (Denmark)

Children’s Jury: Best Animated TV
1st Prize: My Life in Versailles, Clemence Madeleine-Perdrillat (France)
2nd Prize: A Town Called Panic: “The County Fair”, Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier (France and Belgium)

Children’s Jury: Best Live-Action TV
1st Prize: Quick and Slow, Jean-Sebastien Busque (Canada)
2nd Prize: Message in a Bottle: Made with Love, Karel Janak (Czech Republic)

 
YOUTH JURY PRIZES
Youth Jury: Best Animated Short
1st Prize: Odon, Andre Hormann and Anna Samo (Germany)
2nd Prize: Final Chapter, Taro Otani (Taiwan)

Youth Jury: Best Live-Action Short
1st Prize: Something About Alex, Reinout Hellenthal (Netherlands)
2nd Prize: Crocodile, Jorge Yudice (Spain)

Youth Jury: Best Animated TV
1st Prize: Duodrom, Basil Vogt (Switzerland)
2nd Prize: The Woman in Love, Lea Krawczyk (France)

Youth Jury: Best Documentary Feature
1st Prize: Buddha in Africa, Nicole Schafer (South Africa)
2nd Prize: Personal Statement, Juliane Dressner (USA)

 
PROFESSIONAL JURY PRIZES
Professional Jury: Best Animated Short
1st Prize: Uncle Thomas – Accounting for the Days, Regina Pessoa (Portugal, France, and Canada)
2nd Prize: My Brother Luca, Carlos Algara and Catalina Serna (Mexico)

Professional Jury: Best Live-Action Short
1st Prize: My Time, Giulia Gandini (England)
2nd Prize: The Confirmation, Marie Louise Damgaard (Denmark)

Professional Jury: Best Live-Action Feature
1st Prize: My Extraordinary Summer With Tess, Steven Wouterlood (Netherlands)
2nd Prize: Romy’s Salon, Mischa Kamp (Netherlands)

Professional Jury: Best Documentary Feature
1st Prize: Personal Statement, Juliane Dressner (USA)
2nd Prize: Buddha in Africa, Nicole Schafer (South Africa)

Professional Jury: Best Animated TV
1st Prize: My Life in Versailles, Clemence Madeleine-Perdillant (France)
2nd Prize: A Town Called Panic: “The County Fair”, Vincent Patar and Stephane Aubier (France and Belgium)

Professional Jury: Best Live-Action TV
1st Prize: Hardball: Across the Ditch, Darren Ashton (Australia)
2nd Prize: Message in a Bottle: The Girl at the End of the Garden, Bonnie Dempsey (Ireland)

Facets’ 36th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival: Since 1983, the Festival has set an internationally-recognized standard of excellence in film for children and youth through film screenings and educational experiences. The 36th annual Festival presents an official selection of 248 films from 49 countries from November 1 – 10, 2019, along with school field trips and education programs. Learn more at Facets.org/CICFF.

The Festival is presented by Facets, a nonprofit that connects people to independent ideas through transformative film experiences. Learn more at Facets.org.

 
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