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Last update: 22 March 2005






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Kidflix Special Malmö 2005


What to do if the films don’t come?

In Germany some of the best films for children from the past years did not appear in the cinemas. Friedemann Schuchardt, former Managing Director of Matthias Film, a non-profit distribution company for educational media, and Reinhold T. Schoeffel, Managing Director of the German federation of young audiences' film clubs Bundesverband Jugend und Film (BJF) wanted to do something about it. Both of their organisations have a long experience in the non-profit distribution of high-quality films and now they became partners to start something new: Together with public TV programmes (who broadcasted these films and thus handled the dubbing) Matthias-Film and BJF decided that German children should have the right to see these films and published them directly on dvd, together with educational materials for teachers and everyone who screens films for children in educational and cultural projects. This way the films Ikíngut (Gísli Snær Erlingsson, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, 2000), Send More Candy (Cæcilia Holbek Trier and Philip Zandén, Denmark, 2001), Mariken (André van Duren, Belgium, The Netherlands, 2000), Wallah Be (Pia Bovin, Denmark, 2002), Elina – As If I Wasn’t There (Klaus Härö, Sweden, Finland, 2002) and Second Hand Child (Who Kisses An Iguana?) (Karola Hattop, Germany, 2003) are finally available in Germany. Sometimes, if the market does not work for culture, ambition and new technologies can help. More information on the above mentioned films are available at and - in German language - at