Finding Felix Project

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Berlin, Germany
The Finding Felix Project is a work for screen and publication from Katy Kavanaugh, a curator and filmmaker ( Funding from Stanford University, The Freie Universität- Berlin and DAAD allowed her to return to the Berlin Film Festival's 35 year-old Generation (formerly Kinderfilmfest) to collect evidence of the directive impact that international films seen in childhood can have toward shaping the breadth of a person's view of the world and the decisions they make. This investigation focuses on one eleven year-old film festival-goer whom Kavanaugh met while serving on the Kinderfilmfest's international jury in 2001. Ten years later, Kavanaugh wants to know how a childhood full of international films influenced Felix's life so far. Meanwhile, with help from Media Consultant Tina Toepfel and Gintare Malinauskaite, PhD History at Humboldt Universität, Felix has been found and is now in post-production. To help meet its completion goal, please consider contributing via our fiscal sponsor,

Monday, May 30, 2011

Finding Felix Trailer with music from Tim Blok/Tuxedo Music

Our trailer, pretty close to perfect thanks to the music of Tim Blok, engaging singer/songwriter met in a moment of Amster-magic at a Suriname take-out joint in Amsterdam. Thanks to Tim and his friends who let me eavesdrop on their rhythmic conversation then start one with them. Thanks to my lovely hosts Sannette Naeye, director of the Cinekid Film Festival and her husband, Arjan.

In veteran festival director Renate Zylla's experienced opinion, The Netherlands, Scandinavian countries and Germany are the most productive European countries in the realm of media content for children. In the German state of Thuringen special funds are earmarked for children's media: education and development of makers. I attended the beginning of the Goldener Spatz festival in Gera and while I was in Amsterdam, the second half of the festival in Erfurt which brings together the makers for TV and Cinema. There in Erfurt, like at the BUFF film festival in Mälmo, Sweden, anotherl Kids Regio pitch session presents possibilty for new works to find funding.