Presse 19 FEB 2016

The Grand Prize for Best European Children’s Film is awarded to "Birds of passage"

This Saturday February 13th, during the Berlinale, the European Children's Film Association (ECFA), in its fifth edition, awarded the Grand Prize for Best European Film for Children to the Belgian french speaking film Birds of passage directed by Olivier Ringer and produced by Yves Ringer.  

After On the sly in 2012, this is the second ECFA Award for the Ringer brothers. "Winning the ECFA Award a second time is really an incredible recognition of our work," says Yves Ringer. "It’s really moving for us because the European Children's Film Association stands for human, cultural and educational values ​​that really matter to us." Olivier Ringer added, "we think it’s importa nt to make movies for the families that can be a strong emotional experience that children and parents can share together. And with our production means, we are conscious that we cannot compete with the merchandised films and their big budgets. But what we can do, is tell the best possible story... "

The European Children's Film Association has 120 members that are active in different sectors of children’s films: festivals, distribution, production, education ... Each year during reputed festivals, juries composed of members of the association, award a prize allowing the film to be nominated for the Annual Grand Prize. This prestigious award is presented at a ceremony organized during the Berlinale.

Award winner at the Zlin Children's festival (Czech Republic) and Bucharest (Romania), Birds of passage was competing with 8 other European films, including Song of the Sea by Tomm Moore (Best Animated Film at the European Film Awards) and Jack by Edward Berger (in official competition at the 2014 Berlinale). After On the sly by the Ringer brothers in 2012 and Ernest & Celestine by Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar and Stéphane Aubier in 2014, this is the third time in five editions that a Belgian French speaking film has won the award.

Birds of passage follows the initiatory journey of Cathy. For her tenth birthday she receives an egg to hatch. When a duckling breaks through the shell in the presence of Cathy’s best friend, the bird is convinced that the little girl, Margaux, is its mother. But Margaux is not capable of caring for the duckling. She is in a wheelchair and will soon be moving to a specialized institution. Her parents decide to get rid of the bird. But when Cathy and Margaux discover that the duck will probably end up as canned food, they set out on an adventure during which they will discover more about themselves than about saving web-footed friends.

Produced by Ring Prod, Birds of passage received support from the Centre du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles.