Children’s films are made first and foremost for children, so it’s only appropriate for a children’s film festival to let their voices be heard. Since 1985, children sit in the LUCAS Jury alongside adult experts and have an equal say in selecting the winners of the LUCAS prizes. This ensures that the perspectives and preferences of children are considered and influence the choice of the winning films. Every year, children from Frankfurt and the surrounding region, aged ten to thirteen, can apply for a chance to sit in the LUCAS Jury.
Alyssa Neeb is ten years old and currently attending the Heinrich-von-Gagern-Gymnasium in Frankfurt. The girl’s biggest hobbies whose favourite dish is Spaghetti Carbonara are reading, climbing and going out with friends. Whenever she watches films or goes to the cinema, she preferably chooses cartoons or animated movies.
Ten-year-old Julian Mark is attending the fifth grade of the Anna-Schmidt-Schule in Frankfurt. He enjoys sampling songs at the computer, playing piano and table tennis, rides and adores the books of Cornelia Funke. His favourite movies are adventures full of action such as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN but he also likes the HARRY POTTER-films and DIARY OF THE WIMPY KID.
Lara Jo Pitzer
Currently, Lara Jo Pitzer, 13 years old, is a pupil of the eigth grade at the Helene-Lange-Schule in Wiesbaden. Her favourite subjects are Spanish, Maths and English. In her free time she enjoys climbing, playing theatre and learning Chinese. Another great hobby of hers is reading books such as the Edelstein-trilogy by Kerstin Gier. The movie that has impressed her the most up to now is THE WAVE.
Otto Puhl is ten years old and attends the fifth grade at the Carl-Schurz-Schule in Frankfurt. At the moment, his favourite lecture are the comic series Bartimäus and Eragon but also Donald Duck, Asterix and Obelix or Lucky Luke. Besides cooking, he likes taking pictures. He wishes to become a journalist later. In the cinema, Otto especially likes exciting films. The STAR WARS and the JAMES BOND-movies were the ones he enjoyed most up to now.
Anja Stöffler, after studying communication design in Wuppertal, began working for the TV-channels RTL, Arte, Nickelodeon and ZDF. In 2000, she changed to Razorfish in Frankfurt, where she was head of the department Experience Network. In 2001, she became professor of Digital Creation at the Fachhochschule Mainz, where she currently is head of the tutorial Media Design and the Institute for Media Creation.
Gudrun Sommer studied philosophy in Graz and Bochum, afterwards working for various festivals, e.g. the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and the Forum der Internationalen Filmfestspiele Berlin. She conceived film programmes and exhibitions for the Duisburger Filmwoche, the Diagonale and the steirischer herbst in Graz. Since 2001 she is project director of the reknown festival “doxs! Dokumentarfilme für Kinder und Jugendliche“.
Felix Gönnert started as a director of short films in 1990 and first animated a computerized character in 1994. Aside from his own projects, he has been freelancing as Lead Character Animator for a CGI feature production and as Animation Supervisor. Currently he teaches as representative of the professorship for Computer Animation and Computer Graphics in the Animation Department at the HFF ‘Konrad Wolf’ University of Film and Television.
John Chambers was born and raised in Ireland and lived for many years in New York and Berlin. Drawing and writing especially in the area of children’s media, he also has developed concepts and written scripts for animated series. From 2009 to 2011 he was mentor for the animated-series group at the Academy for Children’s Media, based in Erfurt and is currently working on two feature movies and a self-illustrated book series for younger children.