A focus on role models at the Kristiansand Children’s Film Fest
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- Coming of age this year, the 18th edition of Norway’s largest children’s film festival will screen 85 films from 22 countries
The Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival – Norway’s largest and leading cultural event for children – is coming of age: unspooling between 21 and 26 April, the 18th showcase has programmed 85 films from 22 countries, including fresh festival winners from Berlin and Malmö.
“We are looking forward to presenting everything from the latest Scandinavian children’s films to the best of Japanese animation. We have made a varied selection, ranging from movies for large audiences to titles you will not see in the Norwegian cinemas,” said festival director Danckert Monrad-Krohn.
Swedish director Ella Lemhagen’s The Boy with the Golden Pants, which won the Children’s Jury Prize at the recent Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, will open the festival, which will also screen Danish directors Kenneth Kainz’s The Shamer’s Daughter [+see also:
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Swedish director Sanna Lenken’s feature debut, My Skinny Sister [+see also:
interview: Sanna Lenken
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interview: Tomm Moore
This year’s focus, organised with the South Norwegian Film Centre, will deal with role models in documentaries, set against the backdrop of new films by August B Hanssen (Ida’s Diary), Åse Svenheim Drivenes (I Am Cuba) and Erlend Eirik Moe (Dancing for You). “We will discuss the different kinds of role models, and talk about their meaning and effect with the filmmakers,” according to Monrad-Krohn.
Films on the Horizon will introduce new feature-film projects for children and young audiences; to give children the opportunity to express themselves through cinema, the festival has also set up several workshops for kids with professional filmmakers. Lastly, the programme also includes a Polish-Norwegian screenwriters’ workshop.
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