'Crocodiles' wins White Elephant

Christian Ditter film wins Munich kids prize

COLOGNE, Germany -- Christian Ditter has won the top prize at the White Elephants, the Munich International Film Festival's children's film and TV awards, for his adaptation of kids classic "Die Vorstadtkrokodile" (Suburban Crocodiles).

The story of a handicapped boy and a group of local misfits won Ditter the best director nod at this year's White Elephants, which were awarded in Munich Sunday evening.

The best actor prizes for cinema went to Alina Frend for her starring role in Stefan Ruzowitzky's fantasy film "Lilly the Witch: The Dragon and the Magic Book" and to Markus Krojer as a Bavarian boy confronting facism in Marcus H. Rosenmuller's "The Pearlmother Paint."

On the television side, the White Elephant for best actor went to Helene Luise Doppler, the star of family series "Katrin and the World of Animals," which airs on kids channel Super RTL.