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Buster: Children's film fest to become European 'matchmaker'

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Buster: Children's film fest to become European 'matchmaker'

During its 11th showcase from September 15-25, Buster - Copenhagen's International Children and Youth Film Festival - will launch a European Matchmaking Forum for Nordic kid pics.

"We have needed a market for a long time, focusing on films aimed at the six to twelve age group, and we hope Copenhagen can offer an opportunity especially for investors to become acquainted with the current state of productions," said Buster Director Füsun Eriksen. "Because of traditional funding schemes, it is often difficult to find finance from the film and TV industry for children's films."

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Supported by the Nordisk Film & TV Fund, the September 22-23 forum will be organised in collaboration with Danish film sales boutique, LevelK. "It will be the first market of its kind in Scandinavia at which international participants will get an early insight into today's Nordic scene of kid pics," added LevelK Managing Director Tine Klint, who is herself responsible for handling children's productions.

While the festival selects entries from all over the world for its official programme, with a Nordic edge, the European Matchmaking Forum for Nordic Children Films will allow Nordic producers and sales agents to present their movies to international investors.

Part of the Copenhagen Film Festivals' organisation, recently joined by Lars Hermann at its helm, Buster 2011 will screen approximately 175 films, with awards for Best Children's Film, Best Film for Young Audiences, Best Short and Best Documentary.

Last year's top prizes went to Dutch director Ellen Smith's Eep! And Norwegian director Gunnar Vikene's Vegas [+see also:
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. Adding a Medialab, workshops and master classes, this year's programme also includes a retrospective of Danish director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen.

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