Enjoy a series of German films for children, youth, and families

SCHLiNGEL is an international film festival for children and young audiences, founded in 1996 in Chemnitz, Germany. Annually, the festival gives an overview of the latest international productions in the area of children and youth films. The high quality of the films represented is guaranteed by international professional juries, FIPRESCI among them.

For the 1st time the festival is coming to the UAE. Organized by the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region in cooperation with The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, German children and youth films and a program of short films will be presented to the young audiences of Abu Dhabi.

The Festival has been internationally active for years, presenting and curating German productions in multiple children and youth festivals worldwide, e.g. the International Children’s and Youth Film Festival SMILE in New Delhi, the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival FIFEM, the Hakawy International Arts Festival for Children in Egypt or Shum Bola Children’s and Youth Film Festival Tashkent in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Uzbekistan.

SCHLiNGEL is organized by the Saechsischer Kinder und Jugendfilmdienst e. V. (Saxon Children and Youth Films Association in Chemnitz) in Chemnitz with the support of the Saechsische Landesanstalt fuer privaten Rundfunk und neue Medien (Saxon Institution for Private Broadcasting and New Media). Patron of the Festival is the Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony.

See the full lineup:

Thursday, June 6

9:30am Screening

Weekend Rebels | Wochenendrebellen directed by Marc Rothemund – 109 min. For ages 9-15

12pm Screening

A Summer of Surprises | Kannawoniwasein! directed by Stefan Westerwelle – 90 min. Director Stefan Westerwelle will be present. For ages 10+

5:30pm Screening

Into the Beat | Dein Herz Tanzt directed by Stefan Westerwelle – 90 min. Director Stefan Westerwelle will be present. For ages 14+

Friday, June 7

9:30am Screening

Short Film Program Without Language – 11 films, 58 min. For ages 4+

11:30am Screening

A Summer of Surprises | Kannawoniwasein! directed by Stefan Westerwelle – 90 min. Director Stefan Westerwelle will be present. For ages 10+

5:30pm Screening

Weekend Rebels | Wochenendrebellen directed by Marc Rothemund – 109 min. For ages 9-15

Saturday, June 8

11am Screening

Short Film Program Without Language – 11 films, 58 min. For ages 4+

2pm Screening

Weekend Rebels | Wochenendrebellen directed by Marc Rothemund – 109 min. For ages 9-15

5pm Screening

A Summer of Surprises | Kannawoniwasein! directed by Stefan Westerwelle – 90 min. Director Stefan Westerwelle will be present. For ages 10+

Biographies

Stefan Westerwelle

Born in Detmold, Stefan Westerwelle studied film and television at the Academy of Media Arts. His graduation film Solange Du Hier Bist (2006) was shown at Locarno Film Festival in Montreal and was awarded the special prize for medium-length films with a Golden Lola. In 2008, Westerwelle received the North Rhine-Westphalia Film Prize. His documentary Detlef (2012) and the thriller Lose Your Head (2013) both screened in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival. His dance film Into the Beat | Dein Herz Tant was not only shown in cinemas in 2020, but also launched an international Netflix career the following year. Into the Beat was ranked top 10 in 67 countries and reached an audience of millions. With A Summer of Surprises | Kannawoniwasein!, he devotes himself to another children’s film after Matti and Sami and the Three Biggest Errors in the Universe (2018). Westerwelle works as a director and screenwriter.

Marc Rothemund

Marc Rothemund began his career as an assistant for his father, the director Sigi Rothemund, and as an assistant director of Helmut Dietl, Bernd Eichinger, Dominik Graf and Gérard Corbiau. Marc‘s feature debut Love Scenes From Planet Earth | Das merkwürdige Verhalten geschlechtsreifer Großstädter zur Paarungszeit (1998) premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won the Bavarian Film Award for best young director. He then went on to direct the teen comedy box-office hit Ants in the Pants | Harte Jung (2000). Marc’s international breakthrough came with Sophie Scholl – The Final Days (2005), which was awarded the Silver Bear for best director in the Berlin IFF official competition. The film also received a nomination at the 78th Academy Awards. Marc has continued this success in his career with his films achieving commercial and critical acclaim, including the titles My Blind Date with Life (2017) and This Crazy Heart | Dieses Bescheuerte Herz (2018). Weekend Rebels | Wochenendrebellen is his latest film.