Our Visit to the TeenFest – the International Children and Youth Film Festival in Prague, Czech Republic

 

This past weekemd, Sparks were thrilled to attend the #TeenFest debut film festival in the Czech Republic. We were proud to share a film made by Sparks movie makers over the summer, which had been chosen for inclusion by the festival panel. 

The Teen Film Festival showcased films from across the world, each made by young filmmakers, from age 8 through to 21. Entrants ranged from across Europe to South Korea, Australia and Canada.

Dan and Sheena were there to represent the Sparks filmmakers involved in the production ‘Soap’, which was shown alongside other films made by 13-18 year olds. As well as celebrating all the incredible work by the talented young filmmakers, they also enjoyed learning about Prague. They tried out some of the local delicacies and explored the beautiful city, soaking up as much of the festival atmosphere as possible. You can catch up on their trip on instagram

It was so inspiring to watch so many films made by young and talented filmmakers. There were some truly brilliant films. It was a pleasure to watch all the talent and flair on show and to be a part of such a fun event. 

The festival was directed by Zuzana Dražilová, who led a brilliant team of young comperes and hosts. We were so impressed to see these Czech teenagers deliver the entire event in two languages! It was a very inspiring event to be a part of.

Soap – A Production by Studio 5

‘Soap’ is a brilliant film made by our Studio 5 crew in Hampstead in July 2019. You can watch it here.

The film is a surrealist journey through dream-like impossibilities. It’s an original film idea inspired by our 2019 Summer Shoots theme: The Stuff of Dream and Nightmares. The film’s slick editing style caught the attention of programmers at the film festival. We also love its fun visual wipes and graphic matches.

We’re so proud of the filmmakers involved. The film looked great up on the big screen and was a testimony to their filmmaking talents and creativity amongst so many other productions. We were so excited that the film was chosen and delighted to be a part of the festival. We’ve come away with lots of new ideas and also some fantastic international relationships with other young film schools and festivals, so watch this space. We’re sure some more incredible filmmaking will come out of this experience. 

“I was really blown away by the quality of the films we saw, and so proud to present ‘Soap’ amongst so many other brilliant short films. We see lots of amazing collaborations on the horizon and look forward to working with some of our international film education colleagues soon!” (Dan Farrell, Co-Director at Sparks)