Breaking new ground: KINDERFILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2021

Wednesday, 06/09/2021

FILMFEST MÜNCHEN’s section for young audiences, the Kinderfilmfest, invites you to a very special edition of the festival with lots of outdoor activity. The Kinderfilmfest will open with the world premiere of LAURA’S STAR, a live-action adaptation of a classic children’s book. With Tobias Krell as its new director, an online workshop for school classes, and a series for young adults in its program, the Kinderfilmfest is breaking new ground.

The 38th KINDERFILMFEST MÜNCHEN will once again present an exciting and brand-new selection of national and international productions that delve into the world of children and young people and tell stories from their perspective with a great deal of imagination and empathy.

The Kinderfilmfest will open on July 3 with the world premiere of LAURA’S STAR, a live-action adaptation of the classic children’s book of the same title by Klaus Baumgart. Director Joya Thome, who opened the Kinderfilmfest in 2017 with her debut film, QUEEN OF NIENDORF, adapted the story of Laura, a little girl who looks after a star that has crashed to Earth, for the big screen.

This is the first time that children’s television host and content editor Tobias Krell has been in charge of selecting the films. Before assuming the role of “Checker Tobi” in children’s television, he had acquired some experience working at film festivals. In taking over the job of program director from Katrin Miller, he’s now building upon his earlier work: “Film has always been my great passion. Before I got into children’s television, I worked for a student festival called Sehsüchte as well as for the Berlinale. So it’s even nicer that I’m now able to combine these two areas — working with film and working with children — at KINDERFILMFEST MÜNCHEN.”


Lauras Stern Online 01

laura's star by Joya Thome


As I see it, educating children about film is a central part of the Kinderfilmfest. We want to make a virtue out of necessity: if the children can’t come to us, we’ll come to them.

Tobias Krell

Tobi Krell’s first year in charge of the festival has already brought a number of new developments. The pandemic has unfortunately ruled out school trips to the Kinderfilmfest this year, so an alternative was needed. A digital school workshop offers a look behind the scenes of the world of film and explores the question of exactly how a film scene is created.

Participating schools will receive free access to a digital school workshop produced in advance, which will give children deeper insight into the topic in a playful, entertaining, and interactive way. The workshop includes clips of films from this year’s festival, which can be viewed and discussed in class. Tobias Krell and Tim Galius, host of the KiKA media magazine “Timster”, will jointly host the workshop, which will be made available to schools throughout Bavaria from July 5 to 9. The workshop is being produced by Tobias Krell and FILMFEST MÜNCHEN in cooperation with the production company megaherz along with VisionKino and KiKA. More information will be available soon on our website.

The regular program of films, scaled back this year due to pandemic-related restrictions, will be staged as a family event, with most screenings on three days during the festival weekends. On July 3, 4, and 10, there will be four children’s films and one series for teenagers. Our partnership with Kino am Olympiasee will allow us to present the films outdoors during the day on a large LED screen. The films will also be shown on the weekdays at Rio Filmpalast.

Wir Sind Jetzt Online 01

Die Jugendserie WIR SIND JETZT

This year, the series WE ARE NOW already maps out where the Kinderfilmfest intends to go in the future: “In addition to what we offer children of all ages, we aim to progressively establish a program for teenagers and young adults, thus closing the gap to the rest of what’s on offer at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN,” says Tobias Krell. Christian Klandt’s hit series, which earned the Bavarian Television Award in 2020, tells the story of 17-year-old Laura (Lisa-Marie Koroll) and her clique, who experience the ups and downs of coming of age. The latest season centers on Hannes (Helge Lodder), who realizes that he is not who he wants to be.

Besides LAURA’S STAR, the other three films are primarily about children who, each in their own way, find themselves on the sidelines. In MISSION ULJA FUNK by Barbara Kronenberg, Ulja discovers that science and religion are often incompatible. Since her passion for astronomy is not exactly met with enthusiasm in her religious family, she decides without further ado to take off on a whirlwind road trip to Belarus with her classmate Henk to observe the meteor she has discovered as it hits the Earth.

In André Hörmann’s feature-film debut, NACHTWALD, it’s two boys named Paul and Max who run off on the last day before summer vacation to search for a legendary cave that Paul’s missing father had always talked about. Their journey deep inside the Black Forest mountains becomes the adventure of a lifetime for both of them.


Apestar Online 01


In the animated film THE APE STAR, Jonna, an orphan girl, wants nothing more than to be part of a family. When her new mother arrives and turns out to be a gorilla, she must face her fear. Director Linda Hambäck tells an enchanting tale of an unconventional love between two outsiders.

Complementing the program is an annual seminar offered by the German Federation of Film Clubs for Children and Young People (BJF), which will be held on July 9 and 10, 2021. It is aimed at all members of BJF as well as at media educators, teachers, and multipliers in the field of children’s and youth film. Anyone interested in the kick-off event, which will be held online via Zoom on July 9 at 10 a.m., can register by June 30 at



All the films of KINDERFILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2021:


“Laura’s Star”

Directed by Joya Thome, Germany 2020 / Screenplay: Piet De Rycker, Alexander Lindner, Thilo Graf Rothkirch, Michael Mädel, Claudia Seibl, Joya Thome

Starring Emilia Kowalski, Michel Koch, Luise Heyer, Ludwig Trepte

Rat Pack Filmproduktion GmbH

Distributed by Warner Bros.

Recommended for ages 5 and up

SAT, 3 July, 1:00 PM Kino am Olympiasee

FRI, 9 July, 5:00 PM Rio 1


“We Are Now”, Season 3, Episodes 1–2

Directed by Christian Klandt, Germany 2020 / Screenplay: Burkhardt Wunderlich

Starring Helge Lodder, Lisa-Marie Koroll, Gustav Schmidt, Lennart Preining

Producers at work

Recommended for ages 12 and up

SUN, 4 July, 5:00 PM Kino am Olympiasee

THU, 8 July, 5:00 PM Rio 1


“Mission Ulja Funk”

Directed by Barbara Kronenberg, Germany 2021 / Screenplay: Barbara Kronenberg

Starring Romy Lou Janinhoff, Jonas Oeßel, Hildegard Schroedter, Luc Feit

In Good Company

Distributed by Farbfilm

Recommended for ages 6 and up

SUN, 4 July, 1:00 PM Kino am Olympiasee

TUE, 6 July, 5:00 PM Rio 1



Directed by André Hörmann, Germany 2021 / Screenplay: André Hörmann, Katrin Milhan

Starring Levi Eisenblätte, Jonas Oeßel, Marc Limpach, Meike Droste

Kurhaus Production

Distributed by Farbfilm

Recommended for ages 10 and up

SAT, 3 July, 5:00 PM Kino am Olympiasee

WED, 7 July, 5:00 PM Rio 1


“The Ape Star”

Directed by Linda Hambäck, Sweden 2021 / Screenplay: Janne Vierth

Starring Stellan Skarsgård, Pernilla August, Melinda Kinnaman, Rebecka Gerstmann

LEE Film Stockholm AB

Recommended for ages 5 and up

MON, 5 July, 5:00 PM Rio 1

MI, 7 July, 9:30 AM City 1 (Press)