“FOCUS ON EUROPE – Kidflix Special”
at Malmö (Sweden)
in collaboration with “BUFF 2005”
10-13 MARCH 2005
Milan, 11 March 2005
European films for children and teens
were in the forefront during the second day of Focus on Europe
– Kidflix Special, that is being held at Malmö,
Sweden, within the context of the BUFF Festival.
The morning saw an overview of the European films that are most appropriate
for a young public, introduced by Lennart Ström, Director of BUFF.
Among the suggested titles, a Danish film, Someone like Hodder
by Henrik Ruben Genz, appropriate both for children and teens; a British
film by Harley Cokeliss, An Angel for May, and the Swiss production
Little Girl Blue by Anna Luif, interesting for its parallel insights
into the world of adults and of adolescents. “We are always searching
for original films – sustained Ström – to offer first
of all to our public, but also to be promoted at an international level:
this is the reason behind the collaborations that we’ve undertaken
with other festivals and, this year, with MEDIA Salles”.
The participants at Focus then joined 200 students from Malmö at
the screening of the film We are the Champions by Martin Hagbjer,
a brand-new Danish comedy about football and the importance of having
self confidence in order to win.
In the afternoon, a session on the topic of distribution, a crucial
issue for exhibitors who wish to offer original programming. The speakers
were Mattias Nohrborg of the Swedish company Triangel Film, which every
year distributes around twenty titles for the Swedish, and more generally
the Scandinavian, market, and Reinhold Schöffel, who explained
a parallel system of distribution for full-length films and shorts for
children on the German market, based on 16mm film and on the growing
use of dvd.
Today was also the occasion for presenting MEDIA Salles' main information
tools, including the “European Cinema Yearbook” and the
new issue of the Newsletter “European Cinema Journal” (no.
1/2005), specifically devoted to cinema for children and young people
and containing a double interview with Lennart Ström and with Åse
Kleveland, Director of the Swedish Film Institute, as well as advice
by a panel of international experts on the films most suitable for children.
In the evening, during the official closing ceremony of the BUFF Festival,
MEDIA Salles' 2005 "Euro Kids" awards were presented to the
three cinemas that had distinguished themselves in their programming
and in the activities organised for children during 2004. The first
prize to theatres (1,000 euro) was awarded to the Facklan
cinema of Kungsbacka, Sweden, the second prize
(750 euro) to the cinema Falso Movimento of Foggia (Italy),
the third prize (500 euro) to Cinemes Guiu of La Seu
The 2005 "Euro Kids" award to the European children's film
with the highest potential for international circulation was won by
the Norwegian The Color of Milk by Torun Lian,
a film for adolescents which shows how tiring and how wonderful growing
up can be, from a female point of view.
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The fact cards of the films presented
during the Focus on Europe – Kidflix Special are available in
the “Euro Kids” section of the website.