Three titles from Flanders got awarded at this year’s Cinekid, the world’s largest children’s media festival. While Frederike Migom’s Binti won the Cinekid Lion Grand Prize, Kato De Boeck’s Provence was awarded Best Live-Action International Short, and the animated series Fox and Hare took home the Audience Award.
It’s not the first award for Migom’s feature debut Binti. Prior to Cinekid, it won the Grand Prize of Montreal and received a special mention from the kids’ jury at FIFEM. The film follows 12-year-old Binti who was born in the Congo but has lived with her father Jovial in Belgium since she was a baby. Despite not having any legal documents, Binti wants to live a normal life, and dreams of becoming a famous vlogger like her idol Tatyana. Elias (11) runs his ‘save-the-okapi-club’ without the help of his father, who has moved to Brazil following his divorce with Elias’s mother Christine. When their annoying neighbour invites Christine on a romantic trip to Paris Elias, upset and angry, runs away to his treehouse. At the same time, police raid Binti and Jovial’s home, sending the two on the run and Binti into the Elias’s path. When their parents meet shortly after, Binti quickly sees the perfect solution to all her problems: if she can match her dad with Elias’s mum, they can get married and stay in Belgium. Produced by Katleen Goossens for Bulletproof Cupid, and starring Bebel Tshiani Baloji, Mo Bakker, Joke Devynck and Baloji Tshiani, Binti is represented internationally by LevelK.
Kato De Boeck’s Provence takes viewers on a summer holiday where 11-year-old Camille and her older brother Tuur explore the new camping site in Provence. When they meet two Dutch teenage girls, Camille’s admiration for her brother turns into jealousy. A carefree holiday becomes the awakening of adolescence.
Finally, Fox and Hare is a comic and imaginative animation series about a surprising mix of animals living in a forest. All the storylines revolve around Fox, a good-humoured extra-large-sized fox, and sensitive friendly Hare, along with their forest friends. During their daily activities, they experience funny, scary, crazy, challenging and exciting moments. Through friendship and imagination, they answer questions and solve their problems in a creative way. Written by Bart Uytdenhouwen, Fiona Van Heemstra and Ilka De Bisschop, and directed by Tom Van Gestel and Mascha Halberstad, the series is based on Thé Tjong-Khing’s children’s books. APC Kids sells the series internationally.