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Denmark, Norway top Cinekid kudos

'Wallah Be' nabs two nods, 'Summer' takes aud prize

AMSTERDAM — Denmark and Norway picked up the big money awards at the Cinekid Festival this year, with Danish director Pia Bovin’s “Wallah Be” winning the e15,000 ($17,368) Cinekid Film Jury Award and Norwegian lenser Peder Norlund’s “Wolf Summer” taking home the $17,368 Postbank Cinekid Film Audience Award.

Pics also won Cinekid Golden Lions in a ceremony held in the city on Saturday evening.

Zentropa Prods.’ “Wallah Be” concerns a Danish boy who wants to become a Muslim; Northern Lights’ “Wolf Summer” is about a Norwegian girl who tries to save a wolf and its cub from shepherds that are hunting it.

“Wolf Summer” and Ineke Houtman’s “Polleke,” the latter the fest’s opening film, went neck and neck for the audience award throughout the event, with “Wolf Summer” pulling ahead in the event’s closing hours.

Fest shuttered in Amsterdam on Sunday but runs through Oct. 26 at 33 locations around the country. Final visitors figures won’t be tallied until then, but numbers were running close to last year’s draw of some 36,000 visitors.

Film fest director Sannette Naeye blamed unseasonably good weather for holding stats down. But she added that in some cases, a lack of screens prevented the fest from selling as many tickets as it could have.

Golden Lions for the Cinekid New Media Jury Prize went to the CD-ROM “Alphons and his Friends” and for the Cinekid New Media Audience Award to the CD-ROM “Flipperfun,” both by the Belgian publisher Lannoo.

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