Last Call – Submission deadline 10th december

Film Bazaar, Goa, India

goaHead of the Forum Annette Brejner was invited to attend Film Bazaar’s inaugural Children Screenwriters’ Lab at Goa, India and have together with producer/director Mette-Ann Schepelern, Denmark selected two projects to participate at our 10th edition:


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Sagarika Banik’s A Lottery Ticket was chosen to join the Forum as a pitching project. It is a rite-of-passage tale about a boy who believes his lottery ticket will fulfil his dream of owning a bicycle one day.

“Banik is telling a story for the story’s own sake and with a truly local origin. We believe this project can turn into a beautiful film, with the right kind of roughness and cinematographic texture, which will inspire a young audience – not only in India.”

We intended to choose only one project (out of six) from the Children Screenwriters’ Lab. But we decided to pick up a second one as we were dazzled by the high quality of the projects.

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Shreyas Govindarajan Thathachari’s The Adventures of Kaka and Kiki received a special mention which entitles it an observer’s status at the Forum. “Thathachari shows a deep flourishing insight in childhood. He understands how to transform his ideas into captivating storytelling for children"


Torino Film Lab in collaboration with KIDS Regio, Torino, Italy

torinoThe Forum's producer, Amila Cirkinagic, attended the Torino FilmLab's panel on the state of the children's films in Italy together with Viola Gabrielli of KIDS Regio - a longtime partner of the Forum. The discussion was very productive and was just the beginning of a dialogue with the Italian producers and filmmakers about what can be done to improve the conditions for children's films in Italy.


IDFA/RealYoung in collaboration with EDN, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

amsterdamAmila Cirkinagic attended IDFA documentary film festival in Amsterdam, to support the announcement of the second RealYoung during The Financing Forum for Kids Content 2016, lifting documentaries for kids: A collaboration with EDN/European Documentary Network and IDFA. A panel and a workshop on children’s documentary aimed at stimulating production and highlight the challenges children’s documentaries are facing kicked of the second edition of RealYoung, following the great success of the first edition.The day was a succesful with many different parties discussing the challenges that children’s documentaries face and ideas on how to overcome them.