Twisted Tales Hearts Berlinale

February in Berlin is all about film: red carpet, movie stars, international stars, photographers, enthusiastic fans from around the world, great films – and, above all, this year, Twisted Tales!

When the 69th Berlin International Film Festival came to a close on the 17th February, we were very excited to have garnered the interest and approval from international film experts on our animated series Twisted Tales. The positive response we got at Berlinale is yet another confirmation that we are on the right path in providing youngsters and kids an innovative co-created content.

Each year around 400 films are shown at the Berlinale, the largest public film festival in the world, one that has been held every February since 1978. For ten days, Berlin becomes a city characterized by film-lovers: an exciting, cosmopolitan audience, a diverse cultural scene and critical public – one of the most important dates for the international film industry, inseparably linked with art, glamour, parties, business, and of course films, movies, and stories. It’s an event with more than 300,000 sold tickets, and more than 200,000 professional visitors from 122 countries, including around 3,800 journalists. And this year, included in the number, was the Institute for Transmedia Design at the Kids Regio Berlinale Meeting Point.

In co-operation with The Financing Forum for Kids’ Content, the Kids Regio Berlinale Meeting Point each year focusses on the young audience, aiming to present inspiring projects with engaging strategies that are challenging but feasible for this younger target group. This year, inviting experts in participatory creational processes of media content for children, our project Twisted Tales – a transmedia project intended for young children, parents, and educational institutions willing to work on the prevention of violence in a form suitable for kids, but remaining playful and gamified – was the perfect fit. The presentation on the background of the project, the steps in its innovative co-creation, as well as the practical experiences – all was followed by a good discussion, which generated great interest in the audience.