Record year for Junior

This year's edition of the Stockholm Film Festival Junior broke our audience record with over 60,441 visitors, an increase of over 10,000 visitors compared to last year. For the second year in a row, the festival was a hybrid with film screenings in both cinemas and digitally. As many as 48% of this year's audience were outside Stockholm – from Haparanda in the north to Malmö in the south.

This year's big winner of the Bronze Horse in the category Best Film 11-19 years was the film »Sisterhood« by Dina Duma, who participated in a digital Face2Face conversation about how difficult things can be for young people in a digital age. The film »Where is Anne Frank« directed by Ari Folman (»Waltz with Bashir«) won the Bronze Horse in the category Best film 6-10 years.

There has also been great interest in 1 minute film - Sweden's largest national short film competition for children and young people. As many as 438 entries were submitted from young filmmakers, evenly distributed between girls and boys. This year's winners in the three different age categories were Love Andersson (8 years, Linköping), Jesper Strömberg (14 years, Hjältebyn) and Vilmer Jendevi and Emma Esbjörnsson (17 years, Uddevalla). This year's Pitch competition was also popular and the prize for Best Pitch went to Maja Nykvist, 18, for her short film project »Vilket lag«. Manuell Tony, 16, received the jury's honorable mention.

The festival also organized a free screening of the film »Gulliver Returns« for Ukrainian children and their families at the Grand theatre. The film is based on an idea by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj, and the screening was presented by The Swedish Minister of Culture, Jeanette Gustafsdotter together with representatives of the Ukrainian Institute.

Stockholm Film Festival Junior was started in 2000 with the goal of promoting high quality films from all corners of the world that can inspire children and young people. The 24th edition of the Stockholm Junior Film Festival will be held in April 2023.


Photo by Carla Orrego Veliz

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