BUSTER Film Festival launches brand new industry day

Mark your calendars! Denmark’s largest film- and media festival for children and youth, BUSTER, is getting ready to unspool in September – and for the first time ever, the 2019 edition will include a full industry day dedicated to exploring new media formats and socially relevant content aimed at the young audience. The full programme will be announced later in August.

Since 2000, BUSTER has become Denmark’s largest film festival for children and youth. To challenge,
accommodate and embrace the media reality they navigate within, the 2019 edition introduces a brand new industry programme. An intensive day of case studies, keynotes and panel discussions will address financing, production, and distribution of distinctive, high-quality content for young audiences, reflecting their identity and media habits in the digital world.

Politically and socially active, the self-aware generation of active content creators and media users has to be met at eye-level. But how do we secure that the content we are offering is both exciting and engaging for the target audience, while at the same time persevering public service qualities? How do powerful SVOD platforms define today’s film market for children and youth, and which consequences could be expected of the announced new big players on the VOD scene? In this landscape, what is the role of public funders and how is it transforming to support complex and purposeful storytelling for children of today?

BUSTER’s industry programme offers a professional platform for filmmakers, producers, financiers and distributors interested in film and new media engaging the new creative and conscious young users. The industry day will be held in English and take place on Friday, October 4th 2019, 9:30 – 16:00 at the Danish Film Institute, Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen, as part of the BUSTER festival running September 23 – October 6, 2019.

Sign-up will open in August, where it will be possible to apply for a free industry accreditation giving access to all festival screenings.

The programme is supported by PRD, The Nordic Culture Fund and Nordic Culture Point and is part of the project NoJSe – Nordic Junior Sessions.