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25 May 2012

Call for entries: KUKI 5th Int'l Short Filmfest for Children & Youth Berlin

The fifth edition of the KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin will be held 11 - 18 November 2012.

The coming festival edition will present more than 100 films during six festival days in various competition categories and special programmes. Prizes valued at a total of 3,000 Euro (4,200 US$) will be up for grabs for those films selected to run in competition.

Children and youth juries will bestow ‘KUKI Short Awards’ in the following categories:


  • International Films for Children

  • International Films for Youth

Special Programmes:

  • Documentary Films

  • Thematic Programmes: Environment

  • English, French and Spanish Language Film Programmes

About the festival

From its humble beginnings as a children's film section at interfilm's International Short Film Festival Berlin in 2000, KUKI's growing success led to its eventual emancipation in 2008 when KUKI celebrated its first edition as a festival in its own right. Known for its exceptional programming the International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin is dedicated to presenting fabulous and unusual films that young people would otherwise rarely get a chance to see.

From the approximately 800 short films entered to the festival from all over the world, we assemble programmes bursting with entertaining and imaginative films. Carefully selected to suit audiences of varying age groups, the films are organised into programmes for children aged 4+, 6+, 10+, 12+ and 14+. Each film is screened in its original version and professional actors provide live German voice-overs when required.

The KUKI Festival comprises 3 competition programmes for children and 1 competition programme for youth, the tremendously popular and lively kindergarten screening for 4-6 year olds (with presenters and live-music), short documentariesforeign language programmes (for ages 14+) in English, Spanish, and French as well as an Environmental Programme that highlights a different focus each year.  After every screening the audience is encouraged to participate in open discussions and question and answer sessions with filmmakers.

Winners of the Best Film for Children are selected by a jury of children and the Best Film for Youth is an audience competition.

The KUKI Festival takes place in the same week as the International Short Film Festival Berlin and is therefore a hub of networking opportunities for filmmakers from all over the world.

Boasting an enthusiastic audience of approximately 3,000 (predominantly young people aged between 4 and 17 years of age), the KUKI festival week starts with a celebratory Opening Matinee, continues with a week full of diverse screenings and traditionally ends with a free family programme, loads of popcorn and a colourful Closing Party!

KUKI- A world of wonders for growing minds!

Rules and regulations can be found here (as pdf).