The Elfkins

Plot Summary

For more than 200 years, the Elfkins have been living under ground, hiding from the upper world and avoiding any interaction with the “ungrateful and mean” human beings. But one day, the vivid Elfkin girl Helvi cannot bear the lack of space and individual fulfillment any longer. Together with two companions, the Elfkin boys Kipp and Butz, she climbs up to the earth‘s surface to find her fate. After hilarious adventures, Helvi‘s growing friendship with the initially grumpy pastry chef Theo will remind her and all the other Elfkins of their true purpose in life: helping others!

With the support of the Creative Europe Programme - MEDIA of the European Union.



Laurel  Winner of Gryphon Award (Elements +6) for Best Film at Giffoni Film Festival 2020

Laurel  Winner of Children's Jury Prize at CICFF - Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2020

Schlingel International Film Festival 2019

Goldener Spatz - Deutsches Kinder Medien Festival 2020

San Sebastián Film Festival 2021

CHIFF - Children's International Film Festival 2020


Category Animation
Original title Die Heinzels
Target Audience Family
Status Completed
Running Time 78 min.
Language German, English (OV)
Script Jan Strathmann
Production Companies Akkord Film Produktion GmbH
Producers Dirk Beinhold, Sebastian Runschke, Valentin Greulich
Director Ute von Münchow-Pohl
Format 1:1,85, theatrical material on DCP
Sound 5.1, 2.0
Year of Production 2020
Release Tobis Film, Germany, January 30th 2020

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