SA movie wins first prize at children's film festival

2013-10-01 10:20
Felix wins at Lucas Film Fest
Frankfurt - The heart-warming movie about a township boy's dreams to follow in his jazzy father's footsteps has won a cash prize of €7 500 (R100 000) for Best Children's film at a German film festival.

The 36th Lucas International Children's Film Festival honours film aimed at the young audience and the judging panel consists of industry experts as well as four children.

The festival receives around 400 entries from around the world and the awards ceremony was hosted at the German Film Musuem.

"We get a multifaceted insight into South Africa today," the jury said at Saturday’s award ceremony. "The film tells an entertaining and exciting story with ease, great actors and good music."

A surprise for the director

Director Robert Durrant was surprised that Felix won the main award amongst the other competitors. "We had two incredible screenings at Lucas, complete with ovations and whistles. The audience absolutely loved the film but I didn’t expect to receive the main award as the competition was stiff."

Felix also won the Audience Award at the Durban International Film Festival and will be screening at The Hamburg Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

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