LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers

#45 from October 6th to October 13th 2022

Lights out and film on at LUCAS #45: From October 6 to October 13, Germany’s oldest film fes­ti­val for young audi­en­ces pres­ents award-win­ning cine­ma­tic art for ever­yo­ne from four years old to 18plus.
Families and film lovers of all ages can expect out­stan­ding cine­ma expe­ri­en­ces in Frankfurt, Offenbach, and Wiesbaden. School clas­ses, children’s and youth groups in Germany can also access most films of the com­pe­ti­ti­on pro­gram via video-on-demand.

 21 care­ful­ly cura­ted fea­ture films and a selec­tion of short films (all of them German pre­mie­res) will com­pe­te for the cove­ted LUCAS awards. In addi­ti­on to the com­pe­ti­ti­on pro­gram, LUCAS pres­ents clas­sics of film histo­ry, short film pro­grams for the very youn­gest and other seri­es, some of which are crea­ted by child­ren and young adults. During the fes­ti­val week, a spe­cial focus is on film talks, in which filmma­kers from all over the world enter into dia­lo­gue with the audience.

Participation at LUCAS means “Get invol­ved!”. As mode­ra­tors, fes­ti­val repor­ters, film cri­tics, jury mem­bers, or cura­tors – young film fans are invi­ted to par­ti­ci­pa­te in a varie­ty of ways throughout the festival.

For repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the film indus­try, con­fe­ren­ces and panel dis­cus­sions take place that deal with topics of film edu­ca­ti­on and cur­rent trends in children’s and youth film production.

LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers is orga­ni­zed by DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum e.V.

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Competitions & Awards


In the com­pe­ti­ti­on sec­tions 8+, 13+ and 16+ | Youngsters, LUCAS pres­ents a selec­tion of out­stan­ding inter­na­tio­nal fea­ture films, docu­men­ta­ries, ani­ma­ti­ons, and expe­ri­men­tal films. A total of 21 fea­ture-length films and a selec­tion of short films com­pe­te for the cove­ted LUCAS awards.

The fea­ture films have a run­ning time of more than 59 minu­tes and have not yet been shown in German cine­mas. A selec­tion com­mit­tee tra­vels to fes­ti­vals and indus­try mee­tings to select com­pe­ti­ti­on ent­ries for the sec­tions 8+, 13+, and 16+ | Youngsters from the stron­gest cur­rent pro­duc­tions world­wi­de. It’s not pre­mie­re sta­tus, but qua­li­ty that counts!

With its short film com­pe­ti­ti­on, LUCAS has ear­ned its­elf a spe­cial repu­ta­ti­on in recent years. From the best inter­na­tio­nal sub­mis­si­ons of up to 30 minu­tes run­ning time, a selec­tion com­mit­tee puts tog­e­ther several com­pe­ti­ti­on pro­grams for the 8+ and 13+ sec­tions, all of which are German premieres.


Section 8+

  • Best Feature Film (5,000 €) dona­ted by the Sparkassen-Kulturstiftung Hessen-Thüringen
  • Best Short Film (2.000 €)

Section 13+

  • Best Feature Film (5.000 €)
  • Best Short Film (2.000 €)
  • Award for an Outstanding Cinematic Achievement (2.000 €)

Section 16+ | Youngsters

  • LUCAS Youngsters Award (5.000 €)

All Sections

  • Award of the Stadtteiljury
  • ECFA-Award (unen­do­wed)
  • Audience Award (unen­do­wed)
  • MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Award (unen­do­wed)
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Selection Committee

To net­work LUCAS even bet­ter and to streng­t­hen the lively exchan­ge of the pro­gram the fes­ti­val has appoin­ted a selec­tion com­mit­tee for fea­ture films and one for short films to screen the films and select them for the sec­tions 8+, 13+ and 16+ | Youngsters. In addi­ti­on to Julia Fleißig, head of LUCAS Film Festival, the com­mis­si­ons are made up of five other pro­ven film experts.

Selection Committee | Feature Film 

Kirsten Taylor
Editor, Film Educator & Author

Kirsten Taylor is a free­lan­ce edi­tor at the film edu­ca­ti­on por­tal and a film edu­ca­tor, pri­ma­ri­ly for the pro­ject “Filmklassiker sehen – Filme ver­ste­hen”, which has been run by the Deutsche Filmakademie sin­ce 2013. In addi­ti­on, she wri­tes film reviews and crea­tes film reports as well as film edu­ca­ti­on mate­ri­als. One focus of her work is on children’s and youth film.

Stefan Stiletto
Film Educator and Film Journalist

Stefan Stiletto is a film edu­ca­tor, film jour­na­list and edi­tor. He designs and crea­tes film edu­ca­ti­on mate­ri­al, wri­tes for Filmdienst, Kinderfilmwelt, the Kinder- und Jugend-Filmportal and He runs trai­ning cour­ses for mul­ti­pliers and work­shops for child­ren and young peop­le on all kinds of edu­ca­tio­nal film topics.

Henning Adam
Berlinale Co-Production Market, FSK & FSF

As audi­tor of the FSK (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle der Filmwirtschaft in Wiesbaden) and FSF (Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Fernsehen, Berlin), Henning Adam inten­si­ve­ly deals with issu­es of youth pro­tec­tion and media effects. He is invol­ved in the pro­duc­tion and eva­lua­ti­on of films in an inter­na­tio­nal con­text at the Berlinale Co-Production Market, whe­re he is co-respon­si­ble for the coope­ra­ti­on with the Frankfurt Book Fair. Among others, he pre­vious­ly worked for the film dis­tri­bu­tor Rapid Eye Movies in Cologne.

Selection Committee | Short Film 

Holger Twele
Journalist and Film Educator

Holger Twele is a free­lan­ce film jour­na­list and film edu­ca­tor and has worked for many years for the Bundesverband Jugend und Film, the Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendfilmzentrum and the Bundeszentrale für poli­ti­sche Bildung, among others.

Dr. Ursula Vossen
Producer & Author / HessenInvestFilm

Dr. Ursula Vossen has long-stan­ding expe­ri­ence as a pro­du­cer for tele­vi­si­on and film as well as in film pro­mo­ti­on. She is the aut­hor of nume­rous books and arti­cles on film studies.

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The juries 8+ and 13+ are equal­ly com­po­sed of young film fans and indus­try pro­fes­sio­nals. They deci­de on the awar­ding of five LUCAS pri­zes in the com­pe­ti­ti­ons 8+ and 13+. A jury of young European film enthu­si­asts reward the LUCAS Youngsters Award to a film in the 16+ | Youngsters section.

An ECFA jury also awards an ECFA Award in the 8+ sec­tion, sin­ce 2018 Cinema without Borders has awar­ded a pri­ze to a com­pe­ti­ti­on film and the audi­ence award is deci­ded by the fes­ti­val visitors.

This years juries will be announ­ced at the end of August.

Jury 8+
Jury 13+

ECFA juries are made up of European experts of children’s and youth film. At nume­rous fes­ti-vals they award films with the “ECFA Award”. This award qua­li­fies the films for the annu­al com­pe­ti­ti­on for the “Best European Children’s Film of the Year”, which is awar­ded during the Berlin International Film Festival.

Cinema Without Borders 

»Cinema Without Borders« is an inter­na­tio­nal net­work of film indus­try actors that pro­mo­tes diver­si­ty, inclu­si­on and social jus­ti­ce in film. »Cinema Without Borders« pres­ents the annu­al »MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Award« at selec­ted film fes­ti­vals. The award reco­gni­zes films that bring peop­le clo­ser tog­e­ther across geo­gra­phi­cal, reli­gious, eth­nic, cul­tu­ral, and eco­no­mic bounda­ries and address issu­es of social justice.

New: Stadtteiljury

The »Stadtteiljury« con­sists of young peop­le aged ten and over from one of Frankfurt’s neigh-bor­hoods. LUCAS #45 starts off with kids, who pre­pa­re for their jury duties in the fes­ti­val week with a one-week work­shop. At the end of the fes­ti­val, they will select a win­ning film from the short film com­pe­ti­ti­on. The pro­ject offers the oppor­tu­ni­ty to com­bi­ne film with various cul­tu­ral, artis­tic, and crea­ti­ve forms of expres­si­on. This inclu­des film reviews, pod­casts, inter­views and much more. By doing so, Frankfurt’s young, diver­se voices get the reco­gni­ti­on they deser­ve. The »Stadtteiljury« is spon­so­red by the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft.

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Film Guests

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Film Talks

At LUCAS, all scree­nings are accom­pa­nied by film talks, sin­ce the inten­si­ve exchan­ge with what has been seen and with the filmma­kers is at the core of a film festival.
LUCAS wel­co­mes film guests on-site in the cine­ma and all film scree­nings are accom­pa­nied by film media­tors. Due to the pan­de­mic, new dis­cus­sion for­mats have also been deve­lo­ped: The fes­ti­val offers live-online con­ver­sa­ti­ons with filmma­kers fol­lowing the scree­ning, and a “Get invol­ved!” pro­ject has pro­du­ced pre-recor­ded online Q&As bet­ween young LUCAS alum­ni and inter­na­tio­nal filmma­kers of nine com­pe­ti­ti­on films.

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