LUCAS - INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL
LUCAS is an international Festival recognized by the FIAPF that presents current children's films from all over the world. Due to the quality of its programme it enjoys a fine reputation among experts and its audience. It is organized by the Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF e.V. / Deutsches Filmmuseum, Bundesverband Jugend und Film e.V. (BJF) and Hessische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk (LPR Hessen).
LUCAS was launched in 1974 and is the oldest German children's film festival.
Since its beginnings it has grown much and is enjoying great demand. It is
a festival where the direct exchange between children and children's film
makers is possible: children are encouraged to ask questions and
to take part in discussions. For many directors and producers, LUCAS
is the first event where they can experience children's reactions to their
A special feature of LUCAS is the fact that children also have a say in who gets the awards: five children cast their vote on par with five adults in the jury that gives out the awards.
Films from all countries in the world may qualify for the competition. The LUCAS-jury awards the festival prize LUCAS, endowed with 2.500 EURO, to the directors of two feature films from the competition. The jury also awards a LUCAS for the best short film endowed with 1.000 EURO. A special series around a specific theme complements the competition.