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 premiere of our animated series PETRONELLA APPLEWITCH on KiKA, one of Germany’s prominent tv stations for children, met with huge success. The first 26 episodes about charming Applewitch Petronella and her small and big friends aired daily during primetime at 6:35 pm, starting October 10th and reaching up to 68.9 % of 3-5-year-olds and 46.7 % of 6-9-year-olds.* Since November 8th the little witch has also been casting her imaginative spells on ZDF every Sunday. The series was extensively featured online with episodes and bonus material on the websites, HbbTV and apps of ZDF and KiKA. It achieved high VoD ratings (700.000 views via KiKA alone) and reached, among others, the online top 10 on KiKA (1st place on KiKA HbbTV).
*Data: AGF Videoforschung in collaboration with GfK; VIDEOSCOPE 1.4, 11/10/2020-06/12/2020
This October, our little helpers can be seen on a whopping 459 cinema screens throughout the UK & Ireland (via Signature Entertainment www.signature-entertainment.co.uk/film/the-elfkins/). The film opened among the Top 5 of the British Box Office charts, marking a giant success for a German film. We are very proud and congratulate all partners and collaborators involved.
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.
Starting 11/10/2020, charismatic PETRONELLA APPLEWITCH will put a charm on small and big spectators alike every day at 6:35 pm on KiKA, one of Germany’s prime tv-channels for children. The 26×11′ episodes will also be aired on ZDF, with a further 13 episodes to follow in 2021 on KiKA and ZDF.
The charming stories about the chaotic apple witch and her friends were realized in co-production with SERU Animation and ZDF, in collaboration with 2Minutes, France, and produced by Akkord Film (Dirk Beinhold and Maite Woköck). They are based on a bestselling book series by Sabine Städing and SaBine Büchner. The series‘ concept was developed by Jan Strathmann and Heike Sperling, Emilie Rimetz directed the series. The score was composed by Cherilyn MacNeil.