Director. Born 1941, Denmark. During the sixties and seventies, Jannik Hastrup, Denmark's grand master of animation, produced and directed some sixty animated short films, among them the Danish classics "Benny's Badekar"/"Benny's Bathtub" (1970) and "Cirkeline«/"Circleen" (1967-71).
"Samson & Sally" (1984) and the Cannes Junior winner "Fuglekrigen i Kanøfleskoven"/"War of the Birds" (1990) became international festival hits, selling worldwide. While his films appeal to all ages, the biographical "H.C. Andersen og den skæve skygge"/"Hans Christian Andersen and The Long Shadow" (1997) was his first film designated for a mature audience. "Drengen der ville gøre det umulige"/"The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Bear" (2003) was an international success which won numerous prizes. The popular elf Circleen from Hastrup's 60s shorts made her feature film debut with "Cirkeline - storbyens mus"/"Circleen - City Mice" (1998) which was awarded in Chicago and Montevideo, while the following "Cirkeline - Ost og Kærlighed"/"Circleen - Mice and Romance" (2000) was selected for Kinderfilmfest, Berlin. Jannik Hastrup and Flemming Quist Møller's "Cykelmyggen og Dansemyggen"/"A Tale of Two Mozzies" (2007) and the follow-up "Mini and the Mozzies" both participated in Generation Kplus in Berlin.