Interview with Sannette Naeyé, director of Cinekid Amsterdam

“I’ve already stepped on many toes but I never got punched in the face yet”

NaeyeCinekid, the International Film, Television and New Media Festival for Young People in Amsterdam celebrates its 25th anniversary. Over the last years with open mouth the entire industry gazed at the continuous growth of a festival that eagerly embraced not only children’s film but also television and new media. This course was steered by festival director Sannette Naeyé. Until last August a sudden alarm bell threatened to put a permanent ending to Cinekid’s growth. The Dutch government decided to stop funding Cinekid and in that way deprives the festival of 50 % of its income and casts a dark shadow over this jubilee edition. There were plenty of questions for Sannette Naeyé.

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Film in the Focus: Anne Sewitsky’s TOTALLY TRUE LOVE

“Some children are popular, others just don’t bother”

SewitskyOne of the most eagerly awaited titles in this year’s Berlinale was TOTALLY TRUE LOVE by Anne Sewitsky (Norway). The story about first and / or true love strikes the eye for its original viewpoint and its drastic choices, and for a young director’s undeniable talent. Continue reading “Film in the Focus: Anne Sewitsky’s TOTALLY TRUE LOVE”

Renate Zylla: “The festival landscape in North America and Asia evolves in a fast rate”

zyllaFor 17 years, up till 2002, Renate Zylla was director of the Berlinale’s Kinderfilmfest. Then she broadened her horizon, taking out her talents to various Asian festivals. Nowadays working as a festival agent, she guarantees productions a perfect representation abroad. Who could have a better insight in the present-day children’s film festival landscape? Continue reading “Renate Zylla: “The festival landscape in North America and Asia evolves in a fast rate””

Interview with Producer Aage Aaberge (PLODDY THE POLICE CAR MAKES A SPLASH)

“The best known car in the world”

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With PLODDY THE POLICE CAR MAKES A SPLASH Neofilm has a successful animated feature running in Norwegian theatres. But with ‘Pelle’ (Ploddy) as a well-known Norwegian hero in the title role, we asked producer Aage Aaberge what elements could be used to promote the film outside its home country? Continue reading “Interview with Producer Aage Aaberge (PLODDY THE POLICE CAR MAKES A SPLASH)”

Interview with Nila Madhab Panda (I AM KALAM)

“Indian cinema is like disco”

The Indian film I AM KALAM (by Nila Madhab Panda) manages easily to get round the European festival audiences. The film won several awards and got a warm welcome in London, Giffoni, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Vienna, Oulu, Copenhagen… The story about little Chhotu (common name for an Indian child laborer) who wants to go to school but ends up as a worker in a dhaba (an open roadside restaurant) sparkles and sputters in a million colors, as it is set in photogenic Rajasthan. Continue reading “Interview with Nila Madhab Panda (I AM KALAM)”

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN LO & TRINE AADALEN LO (RAFIKI)

“In the eyes of children every friendship is forever”

He is a director, she is a producer and together they’re the Filmbin team. After a series of short films, Christian Lo and Trine Aadalen Lo are now presenting their first feature. RAFIKI, still keeping alive the sparkles that were so distinctive for ‘Baluba Runa’, ‘Ramp’ and ‘Iver’, tells about 3 best friends trying to save one of them from being sent back to her African home country. With no other clue than an address, Julie and Mette sneak onto the night train, trying to find their friend Naima. Continue reading “INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN LO & TRINE AADALEN LO (RAFIKI)”