Zlin fest feels the ‘Magic’

'Sebbe' takes youth feature trophy

Czech Republic’s 50th Zlin Film Festival, the region’s top event focusing on pics for children and youths, awarded Polish fairy tale “Magic Tree” by Andrzej Maleszka its top kids’ pic prize Saturday, while Babak Najafi’s Swedish teen angst story “Sebbe” won the youth feature.

British adventure “Lost and Found” by Philip Hunt scored the animation kudo, while Romania’s immigrant tale “If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle,” by Florin Serban won for debut.

“Dear Lemon Lima,” an Alaskan-set high school story of assimilation helmed and scribed by Suzi Yoonessi, took special mention.

Audience prize went to Denmark’s “Storm” by Giacomo Campeotto, about a fight to save the dog of the pic’s title.

Real-life storms in the country’s Moravia province threatened to flood outdoor screenings at Zlin this year, but the fest remained above water, screening some 350 pics from 43 countries.

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