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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2015

11-year-old Michi lives in a children's home, every day fighting to win the respect of the other kids, till the day he finds his real dad, Tom – who happens to be a dwarf, even shorter than Michi is, the opposite of his idea of manliness and strength. When the kids find out, Michi's life becomes hell and he flees. With nowhere to go, he moves in with Tom, who is new to this fatherhood thing, while Michi tries to hide his embarrassment and shame from his fellow school kids. This forces Tom, who had coped well till now, to confront his handicap head on. As time passes, they discover they have more in common than other sons and fathers, until their relationship is again suddenly put to the hard test...
Genre Children & Youth
Category Feature
Directors Evi Goldbrunner, Joachim Dollhopf
Screenplay Evi Goldbrunner, Joachim Dollhopf, Nicole Armbruster
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Cast Luis Vorbach, Jordan Prentice, Mira Bartuschek, Anica Dobra
Producers Martin Richter, Christian Becker
Production Companies Rat Pack Filmproduktion, Martin Richter Filmproduktion/Munich, Westside Filmproduktion GmbH
Shooting Dates August-September 2015
Festivals Golden Sparrow 2016, Children's Film Festival Munich 2016, IFF for Children & Young People Yerevan 2016, Zurich 2016, Kinderfilmtage im Ruhrgebiet 2016, Schlingel Chemnitz 2016, SMILE New Delhi 2016, Kodomo IFF Okinawa 2016, PÖFF Black Nights Tallinn 2016, Final Cut Marburg 2016, Kinofest Lünen 2016, Mumbai 2016, 'Breaking Down Barriers' Moscow 2016, Dharamshala 2016, Listapad Minsk 2016, Kinderfilmfest Kassel 2016, SCHLINGEL Chemnitz 2016, KINOdiseea 2016, Ale Kino! Poznan 2016, Valladolid 2016, International Children's Film Festival Bangladesh 2017, Children's Film Festival Seattle 2017, Freeze Frame Winnipeg 2017, Providence Children's Film Festival 2017, Kinderfilmfest Hof 2017, Montreal Int. Children's Film Festival 2017, Kids & Youth Busan 2017, Kristiansand International Children's Film Festival 2017, Reel Abilities New York 2017, Stockholm Junior 2017, LOLA@Berlinale 2017, Coastline Children's Film Festival Michigan 2017, Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival Saarbrücken 2017, Luxembourg City Film Festival 2017, Picture This... Calgary 2017, Wisconsin FF 2017, German Film Festival Portland 2017, Nepal Human Rights IFF 2017, Awladna Int. Arts Forum for the Gifted 2017, TIFF Kids 2017, Leeds Young People's FF 2017, CineMagic Dublin 2017, Int. Children's Film Carnival Hong Kong 2017, Giffoni 2017, Children's FF Mexico City 2017, ESPOO Ciné 2017, Luxembourg City FF 2017, Kinderfilmfest Brandenburg 2017, Eurasia IFF Kazakhstan 2017, KINOLUB Poland 2017 Festival for Children & Youth "Cinema in Sneakers" Warsaw 2017, Tumbleweeds Children's FF Utah 2017, Children's FF Kyoto 2017, European FF Integration You and Me 2017, Cine a la Vista 2017, Castellinaria 2017, Alpinale 2017, Shanghai 2017, Augenblick Alsace 2017, KINEKO Tokyo 2017, Westchester International Children's FF 2017, BKFF - Brazil's Kids Film Festival 2017, SANFIC 2017, Sarajevo 2017, Catholic Film Festival Korea 2017, Sharjah Int. Children's FF 2017, Piccolo Grande Cinema Milano 2017, Glasgow Youth Film Festival 2017, Bahamas IFF 2017, Antalya 2017, Sagebrush FF 2017, Kino Dzieci Kids Film Festival 2017, Kyoto 2017, INCLUS Barcelona 2017, Kino Fest Seattle 2017, Golden Elephant India 2017, Children's Film Festival China 2017, Olympia IFF for Children & Young People 2017, Tofifes Panamá 2017, Cinema Crianza Galicia 2017, Ajyal Youth Film Festival Mohaq Doha 2017, ReelAbilities Houston 2018, Ojo de Pescado 2018, Zoomz 2018, DREAM Fest Cinema 2018, Dublin 2018, Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen 2018, ReelAbilities North Virginia 2018, Taiwan International Children’s Film Festival 2018, SehPferdchen - Kinderfilmfest Hannover 2018, PLAY Lisboa 2018, Reframing Reality Jerusalem 2018, Düsseldorfer Kinder-Kino-Fest 2018, Kino Kino Zagreb 2018, CINI Lima 2018, Children's Film Festival Macau 2018, International Children's Film Festival of Kerala 2018, Wonderfest 2018, Hsinchu City Children FF 2018, Pyongyang 2018, MICE Valencia 2019, 5 Continents Ferney Voltaire 2019
Awards Audience Award Munich 2016, Jugend- und Kinderfilmpreis des Goethe-Instituts SCHLINGEL Chemnitz 2016, Special Mention Marburg 2016, Silver Gateway Award Mumbai 2016, Seminci Joven Award Valladolid 2016, Kinderfilmpreis RAKETE & Schülerfilmpreis 10+ Lünen 2016, Most Uplifting Film 'Breaking Down Barriers' Moscow 2016, Grand Prix & Prize of the Section: I Have Rights Yerevan 2016, Special Mention KINOdiseea Bucharest 2016, Best Adult Actor in a Children's Film (Jordan Prentice) & Special Prize of the Jury Listapad Minsk 2016, Arthouse Cinemas Network Award Poznan 2016, Grand Prix Okinawa 2016, Best Story Smile New Delhi 2016, Youth 4 German Cinema Award Berlin & Beyond 2017, Best of the Festival & Best Drama over 30 Minutes Picture This... Calgary 2017, Best Feature Film (International Competition) Bangladesh 2017, Special Children's Jury Prize Best Actor (Luis Vorbach) Seattle 2017, German Film Critics' Award 2017 (Best Children's Film of the Year), Prix Spécial Montreal 2017, Children's Jury Award Luxembourg 2017, Golden Wings Jury Feature Film Award Runner Up Leeds 2017, German Film Award 2017 (Best Children's Film), Rauchfrei Siegel 2017, Best Feature Adult Professional Jury & Children's Jury KINOCLUB Poland 2017, EMO Prize (Luis Vordach) Kinderfilmtage Ruhrgebiet 2017, Kindertiger 2017, Castello D'Argento & UNICEF Awards Castellinaria Bellinzona 2017, Best International Feature Film Tofifes Panama 2017, Mohaq Best Feature Film Award Doha 2017, Audience Award & Jury Award Kino Kino Zagreb 2018, Audience Award & Filmmore Post Production Prize Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen 2018, Best Film CINI Lima 2018, Grand Prix Children's Jury Wonderfest 2018
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM
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