Films for Kids and Young Adults

Films for Kids and Young Adults

Every year our Festival welcomes around 1,000 children to our programme for children and young people. The goal of this section is to inspire young people, with their many and varied media experiences and skills, to get interested in the medium of film and to introduce them to the cinema as an aesthetic and social experiential space.

Thanks to a dedicated committee of teachers who view the films in advance, programmes are created that are both high quality and suitable for classroom teaching. This concrete link to Dortmund schools makes our programme one of the most successful initiatives of IFFF Dortmund+Köln.

Eight screenings show works of all genres and lengths, always geared toward different age groups, ranging from the KITA programme to foreign-language films in their original language for older age groups. Media educators offer introductions and hold film discussion sessions with pupils and filmmakers after the screenings.

Recently, we have also started awarding a prize for the best short film for children, the highly regarded award presented by the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA).

We also now feature a Sunday programme to enable the whole family to enjoy our children’s films together.

The film programme for children and young people is the only Festival section running simultaneously in both Cologne and Dortmund.

In collaboration with:
doxs! documentaries for children and youth
jfc – Medienzentrum
ECFA – European Children’s Film Association
Musenkuss Köln