This year Cinekid in Amsterdam, one of the world’s largest children’s film festivals, is focusing on children’s film from Sweden. The initiative follows a wave of strong films for children and young people.
– We will now focus on breaking new ground for a new and modern type of children’s film that depicts and shapes our era from the children’s perspective with courage and curiosity. We want future Swedish children’s films to surprise, enrich and touch young audiences and to lay the foundation for a lifelong relationship with the cinematic experience, and also to secure their right to film culture, says Magdalena Jangard, Film Commissioner at the Swedish Film Institute.
The four Swedish films in the festival’s main international competition are Ella Lemhagen’s remake of The Boy with the Golden Pants (Pojken med guldbyxorna) which is having its international premiere, Beyond Beyond (Resan till fjäderkungens rike) by Esben Toft Jacobsen, That Boy Emil (Emil & Ida i Lönneberga) by Per Åhlin, Alicja Jaworski Björk and Lasse Persson and the Norwegian-Swedish-Danish Hocus Pocus Alfie Atkins! (Hokus pokus Alfons Åberg) by Torill Kove.
In addition, nine Swedish short films are being screened including the Guldbagge-awarded Glenn, the Great Runner by Anna Erlandsson and two ofJohan Hagelbäck’s short films about meatballs. The festival has also dedicated a day to Sweden with Swedish films and workshops. There will also be special screenings of Ella Lemhagen’s Immediate Boarding (Tur & retur), Andreas Öhman’s Simple Simon (I rymden finns inga känslor), Lukas Moodysson’s We Are the Best! (Vi är bäst!) and a series of short films about Spot and Splodge (Prick and Fläck) by Lotta and Uzi Geffenblad.
Alicja Jaworski Björk and Lasse Persson from That Boy Emil will be attending Cinekid as will the actors Lukas Holgersson and Olle Krantz from The Boy with the Golden Pants and Esben Toft Jacobsen, the director of Beyond Beyond. Furthermore, the film’s producer Petter Lindblad, and many other Swedish producers will be attending the festival to participate in the pitch forums and workshops, and to network at co-production meetings.
Cinekid and the Swedish Film Institute are also working together on the Media Literacy seminar and Malena Janson from the Swedish Film Institute is on the festival’s main jury. Cinekid is also celebrating Sweden’s leading position in new media for children with, for example, Minecraft’s Markus Persson attending the festival.