The award for Best Film Under 18 Iris was made by a group of children in the slums of Nairobi, and tells the story of determination and creativity to play the game they love. The jury commended the artistry of the young amateur filmmakers as well as its message: young people will not allow their circumstances to hinder them.
In the category Best Film, Childhood and Pandemic the winner was the short documentary, Antara about the Covid-19 lockdown as seen through the eyes of a young girl in Bangladesh.
The Best Film in the non-fiction open category went to Being Someone Else that follows a 13-year-old as she prepares for Comic Con and reflects on the impacts of her disability. The jury noted this intimate portrayal’s fresh perspective on understanding children with autism.
The Best Film in the fiction category went to The Name of the Son that follows a 13-year-old trans boy on vacation with his father and younger sister, where the new closeness puts their relationship to the test.
All films from UIFF will be available to stream online for free until 29 October via MyMovies.it.