Zlin Film Festival - Joan on the jury

Posted 10 June 2014

I was, last week, very privileged to be invited to sit on the ECFA (European Children's Film Association) jury at 54th Zlín Film Festival, in the Czech Republic. I am always pleased to take part in juries as I think the process of differing opinions, reactions to films and the process of discussion to agreement is really fascinating. In Zlín there are many juries and I knew quite a few people out there so it was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with international colleagues, make new friends and see some brilliant films. 

Zlín is a small city and the festival really seemed to take over everywhere, it must be impossible for anyone in the city to be oblivious of this fantastic event. With film, music, entertainments, parties, workshops and more there was something for everyone and every age at this festival. What I found most impressive was the ability to present a festival of films for children and youth and yet attract adults also, this is a credit to the great programme and also to the legacy of the festival as many parents and grandparents will have also visited the festival for many years as it has been running for 54 years now! 

I really admire the organisation, commitment and programming skills of all the festival team and I hope one day I will return and see it even bigger! 

To see more about the programme and check out the winning films click here: http://www.zlinfest.cz/en/

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