How I Learned to Fly


An entertaining family film that takes you on a charming, yet emotional summer adventure by the sea.




Adventurous and funny Sofia (12) is forced to spend her vacation with her overbearing grandmother Maria (67), on an island in Croatia. It’s not the ideal summer experience she had hoped for, but with the help of her warmhearted old aunt Luce (65) and her charming cousin, Sofia overcomes her initial boredom. She makes new friends and together they explore everything the summer on the island has to offer: sparkling sun, fun in the water, lots of ice cream and her first kiss. But her carefree time comes to an abrupt end, when beloved Luce has to be taken to hospital, leaving Sofia with a part of her family she didn’t even know existed. Nevertheless, in the wake of tragedy, the family finally overcomes old traumas and when Sofia returns home, she realizes that revealing painful secrets is challenging but very liberating.
An entertaining family film that takes you on a charming, yet emotional summer adventure by the sea.

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Director: Radivoje Andrić
Genre: Children/Family - Summer, Holiday, First Love, Generations
Original title: Leto kada sam naučila da letim
English title: How I Learned To Fly
Country of production: Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Slovakia
Year of production: 2022
Length: 85 min
Color: Color
Shooting format: 2k
Screening format: DCP 2k
Original language: Serbian, Croatian
Subtitles: English
Cast: Sofia- Klara Hrvanović, Marija- Olga Odanović, Luce-Snježana Sinovčić, Nikola-Žarko Laušević

Scriptwriter: Ljubica Luković (based on the novel by Jasminka Petrović)
Director of photography: Dušan Joksimović
Production designer: Tajana Čanić Stanković
Editor: Dejan Urošević
Sound design: Vladan Korać
Sound: Vladan Korać
Sound mixing: Momchil Bozhkov
Music: Vasil Hadžimanov
Producers: Maja Popović Milojević, Milan Stojanović
Co-producers: Ankica Jurić TIlić, Mira Staleva, Stefan Kitanov, Katarina Krnacova
Production company: Sense Production
Co-production company: Kinorama, Art Fest, Silverart
Supported by: Film Center Serbia, Creative Europe MEDIA, SEE Cinema Network, Croatian Audiovisual Center, Bulgarian National Film Center, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Eurimages

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Festivals / Awards

BUFF, Sweden - ECFA Award for best European Children’s Film
Sofia IFF, Bulgaria
Zlin Film Festival, Czech Republic
Transilvania FF, Romania
KinderKinoFestivals Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany - Critics' Jury Award 2022 & Prize of the professional jury 2022
BIKY, South Korea
Omladisnki FF Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Giffoni, Italy - The CIAL - Environment Award - ALUMINIUM GRYPHON
Pula IFF, Croatia - Award Golden Arena for Best Croatian Contribution to a Minority Co-Production & Audience Award of International Programme
Locarno FF, Switzerland
KINOdiseea, Romania
Kids Kino IFF, Poland - The ZEF Film Highway to Europe’s Award 
Ourense FF, Spain - Carlos Velo Award for Best Direction  
Buster FF, Denmark
Michel Children's and Youth FF, Germany
CinEast, Luxembourg
Cinekid Festival, Netherlands
Cinelatino, Romania
Giffoni Macedonia Youth FF, the Republic of North Macedonia
LUCAS - International Festival for Young Film Lovers, Germany - Audience Award
CinEast, Luxembourg
Schlingel FF, Germany
Cinemagic IFF, Northern Ireland
Thessaloniki IFF, Greece
Chicago International Children’s FF, USA
FilmFestival Cottbus, Germany
Esenler Film Days, Turkey
Oulu International Children's and Youth FF, Finland
Athens International Children's FF, Greece
Festival of Serbian Film in Toronto, Canada
Just Film Festival (PÖFF Tallinn), Estonia - ECFA Award for the Best European Children's Film
BalCan Crossover, Czech Republic
Silk Road IFF, China
ZoomZ, Switzerland
Chicago Serbian FF, USA
YoungAbout Festival, Italy
International Vilnius Film Festival for Children and Youth, Lithuania
Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival, Israel - Best Film International Competition & Best Film Children's Jury
Belmont World Film’s Family Festival, USA
JEF, Belgium - The Award for Best Feature Film by Children's Jury
Providence Children’s Film Festival, USA - Best Feature Film Audience Choice Award
Festival PLAY, Portugal
Leeds Young Film Festival, UK
Wisconsin Film Festival, USA
Serbian Film Festival Detmold, Germany
Balkan Panorama Film Festival, Turkey
Espoo Ciné IFF, Finland
Catholic Film Festival, South Korea


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