BUSTER and SHABU in Kristiansand

The International. Children’s Film Festival Kristiansand in Norway was handing out two ECFA Awards, one for BUSTER’S WORLD and one for SHABU.



Among the awards handed out during the Kristiansand award ceremony were two ECFA Awards. The Award for Best Feature went to BUSTER’S WORLD (Martin Miehe-Renard, Denmark). “A young boy, despite his unlimited imagination and fantasy, is confronted with the real world in which his family plays a central role. For once, a happy family although his father is unemployed and his little sister is disabled. The relation with his sister is deeply touching as well as the way in which he takes care of his neighbour, the old Mr. Larssen. BUSTER’S WORLD deals with the persistence needed to achieve your goals, with first love and all the obstacles it brings, but spiced with plenty of humour.”


The ECFA Award for Best Documentary went to SHABU (Shamira Raphaëla, the Netherlands) for a feature documentary “making use of amazing camerawork and beats that set the right mood. This movie gives an insight into a particular neighbourhood through the eyes of a 14 year old boy. We get to know his family, his passion for music, his first love, his friends… Energy and lust for life burst from the screen in this documentary about an ambitious teenager. Despite his easy going attitude, he shows a strong sense of loyalty and responsibility. SHABU is the perfect example of a contemporary coming of age documentary.”

The ECFA jury were Jaroslava Hynštová (Czech Republic), Felix Vanginderhuysen (Belgium) and Nora Kruse (Norway).


Among the other award winners in the Kristiansand Festival were CAPTAIN NOVA (Maurice Trouwborst, the Netherlands – BFF Children’s Film Award) and MINI-ZLATAN AND UNCLE DARLING (Christian Lo, Norway – Audience Award).