SA film wins children’s film award in Germany

2013-10-03 00:00

FELIX, the feel-good South African family film, has won the €7 500 (R122 958) award for best children’s film at the 36th Lucas International Children’s Film Festival, which ended on Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany.

The festival received over 400 entries from across the globe. Four children joined industry experts on the jury to select Felix as the winning film.

“We get a multifaceted insight into South Africa today,” the jury said at the award ceremony at the German Film Museum. “The film tells an entertaining and exciting story with ease, great actors and good music.”

In Felix, 14-year-old Felix Xaba (Hlayani Junior Mabasa) dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe (Linda Sokhulu) thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for Grade 8 at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two ageing members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

“We had two incredible screenings at Lucas, complete with ovations and whistles,” said director Roberta Durrant. “The audience absolutely loved the film, but I didn’t expect to receive the main award as the competition was stiff.”

Felix, which won the audience award at the Durban International Film Festival, is currently screening at The Hamburg Film Festival in Germany.

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