Roland Ferge, the 22-year-old Hungarian filmmaker was selected to the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus with his “visual poem” “El” (“Away”). The international jury gave him a special mention today.

In this section the jury members are no older than those of the audience. Eleven children and seven teens award the best films with Crystal Bears. Special Mentions are given for outstanding achievements. Two international juries present further prizes in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competition.

The members of the Generation Kplus International Jury – Christian Bellaj, Boudewijn Koole, Catriona McKenzie – give the following awards:

The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best feature-length film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk:
Ciencias Naturales by Matías Lucchesi

This film shows us a pure, distilled and unsentimental journey towards identity. It is a captivating tale with wonderful acting and a clear vision. Strong in its simplicity, the film touched our hearts.

Special Mention:
Killa by Avinash Arun

A beautifully photographed story about the challenges of being a boy. This film had wonderful pace and rhythm. Never reverting to clichés, the fresh performances left us feeling we were right there with the characters.

The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the best short film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk:
Moy lichniy los‘ by Leonid Shmelkov

A whimsical understanding of the human condition told with a deft hand, and a unique sense of humour. Achieved with great craft skills and heart.

Special Mention:
el by Roland Ferge

An elegant and formal artistic vision that resonates meaning beyond the seams of the film. A visual poem!