THE ELFKINS – theatrical release in South Korea

Starting tomorrow (February 10), THE ELFKINS will be shown in more than 280 South Korean cinemas! The Korean trailer can be found here– and if you’ve always wanted to hear Elfie and her friends sing in Korean, you can do so here. Special thanks to the Korean distributor Boxoo Entertainment. 감사합니다  (Thank you!)

We’re starting the year with great news for Elfie and her friends! THE ELFKINS – BAKING A DIFFERENCE received the award for Best Film at the Giffoni International Film Festival (Italy) in the age section “Elements +6”.

It is a special honor for us to be awarded at the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s most prestigious children’s film festivals. 

Already in November, THE ELFKINS won the Children’s Jury’s Prize for “Best Animated Feature” at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Both Festivals – Chicago and Giffoni – are on the German national film fund’s list of the six most important festivals in children’s entertainment. Overall, THE ELFKINS were screened in competition at two more festivals on this list ( “Goldener Spatz” in Erfurt/Gera and “Schlingel” in Chemnitz).  

We can’t stop cheering!

Such an honor for Helvi and her friends! THE ELFKINS – BAKING A DIFFERENCE won the Children´s Jury´s Prize for Best Animated Feature Film at this year‘s Chicago International Children´s Film Festival!
The CICFF is one of the largest and most renowned film festivals for children and one of only two Oscar-qualifying children’s film festivals in the world. We are very happy that after our successful box office start in the UK, our little Elfkins continue to inspire and bring joy to audiences all around the world!

The festival journey continues! Our Elfkins movie can be seen in competition at this year’s hybrid edition of the “Golden Sparrow –Children’s Film and Media Festival” and will hopefully win over the children jury members’ hearts. We are proud of competing with three other excellent films and keep our fingers crossed for our hard-working helpers. Their adventures will be screened on September 22nd at 9am and 3:30pm and on September 24th at 2pm in Gera and via online festival tickets.

Since January 30th 2020, Elfie, Kipp, Buck and their friends are rockin’ it Elfkin-style on 575 cinemas in German speaking Europe! After only two weekends, more than 180,000 small and big ELFKIN-fans have already experienced the adventures of our little heroes. For those who like to do it the Elfkin-style at home and need some musical support: The brilliant soundtrack incl. the song WIR HEINZELN DAS aka IT’S ELFKIN STYLE is available here.

After almost 30 years of international experience in various roles of animation and VFX production and management, including as Associate Producer for animated feature films at Lucasfilm (Singapore) and Executive VFX Producer for Hollywood feature films at Framestore and Rodeo FX (Canada), she most recently was CEO of Hahn Film AG. Imke is also actively involved with the global organization Women in Animation and is a co-founder of the German group Animationsfrauen Deutschland. Together with Akkord Film’s founder and CEO, Dirk Beinhold, Imke Fehrmann will strategically co-lead the company and will also be responsible for all productions as Executive Producer. We are very happy that Imke has become part of the Akkord Team!

This time our little treasure hunters travel to Portugal where they will continue their adventure at this year´s CINANIMA Film Festival. We are very excited and delighted about the invitation!

At this year’s Cartoon Forum in Toulouse, the biggest European pitching event for animated TV series, Animation Germany invited to a panel discussion focusing on European series co-productions. Over 50 producers, investors and broadcasters from Germany, France, Belgium and Luxembourg met at the event “EU Co-Productions for Series – Producer´s Heaven or Hell”. Akkord’s CEO, Dirk Beinhold, hosted the panel, introducing case studies from three German-European co-productions by Scopas AG and Fabrique Fantastique (Belgium), MotionWorks and Melusine Productions (Luxembourg) and a collaboration by Akkord and 2MInutes (France).

The General Assembly of Animation in Europe, the federation of European Animation Producer Associations, elected its board for the next two years during its annual meeting at MIFA in Annecy last week. The following candidates, who bring together an extensive range of TV, movie, production and distribution experience, were elected to the board: Philippe Alessandri (Watch Next Media – France) as Chairman, Annemie Degryse (Lumiere Publishing/ Lunanime – Belgium) as Treasurer and Moe Honan (Moetion Films – Ireland), Dirk Beinhold (Akkord Film Produktion GmbH – Germany) and Tom van Waveren (CAKE – Netherlands) will serve as Vice Chairs. Mar Sáez Pedrero (PRO-ANIMATS – Spain) was subsequently asked to continue as General Secretary. We are very proud of being elected and congratulate the other board members!

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