Today, 11 February, the animated film Lotte and the Lost Dragons – completed in honour of the 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia – is premiering in the competition programme Generation Kplus at the Berlin Film Festival. Generation Kplus is the children’s film competition programme of the prestigious Berlin Film Festival, with the grand prize winner of the Crystal Bear being decided by a jury comprised of children between the ages of 11 and 14.
Directors Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits are also participating in the film’s premiere in Berlin.
‘This is the third full-length Lotte animated film, which is participating in the Berlin Film Festival’s competition programme. This is a great honour for Estonian film, and we are very proud of it,’ said the film’s director Janno Põldma.
According to Maarja-Liisa Soe, Head of the Government Office’s EV100 progamme, Lotte and her sister’s new adventures are riveting. ‘I hope that the international public is once again happy to see the characters from Gadgetville and the film is received as warmly as it was in Estonia,’ added Soe.
The world premiere for Lotte and the Lost Dragons, part of the EV100 film programme, was in Estonia on 4 January 2019.
Lotte and the Lost Dragons is an adventure for the entire family, in which the wonderful puppy girl get a little sister, Roosi. Gadgetville is visited by scientists, Karl the Raccoon and Victor the Fish, who are participating in an important competition for collecting old folk songs. The grand prize will be awarded to whomever is able to record the folk song of the world’s oldest animal species, the mythical fire-breathing dragons. Lotte and Roosi decide to help the scientists. An exciting and unexpected adventure awaits them.
Janno Põldma and Heiki Ernits are the directors of Lotte and the Lost Dragons. The screenplay was written by Janno Põldma, Heiki Ernits and Andrus Kivirähk. The score for the film was written by Sven Grünberg. The film was produced by Kalev Tamm, from Eesti Joonisfilm, and Vilnis Kalnaellis, from Rija Films.
The only animated film in the EV100 film programme, Lotte and the Lost Dragons was completed in cooperation between Eesti Joonisfilm and the Latvian studio Rija Films. The production of the film was supported by the Estonian Film Institute, the National Film Centre of Latvia, Creative Europe’s MEDIA programme, Helio and Estonian Public Broadcasting.
In total, five live action films, a full-length animated film and two documentary films and a TV series are being completed for the 100 Anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. Additional information on the Republic of Estonia 100th Anniversary film programme can be found at www.EV100.ee/filmid.
The film is being distributed in Estonia by: Estonian Theatrical Distribution OÜ, i.e. Hea Film.
Lotte and the Lost Dragons homepage: https://www.joonisfilm.ee/films/lotte-and-the-lost-dragons?lang=en
Eesti Joonisfilm’s Facebook page: https://www.filmfest-muenchen.de/en/