BUSTER filmfest kicks off

BUSTER FILM FESTIVAL. Denmark's number one festival for children and youth films, BUSTER, launches its 12th edition on Thursday 13 September. Get ready for 11 days of film screenings, workshops, panel debates and a young filmmakers' competition.

Over the next 11 days BUSTER Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth invites young audiences from age 3 and up to experience more than 130 films from all over the world.

The 12th edition of Denmark's number one festival for children and young people boasts, as always, a strong international programme in very different genres in both fiction and documentary.

National festivals

The Danish Film Institute supports national festivals. Here you can find an overview of the major film festivals in Denmark.

BUSTER – Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth (13-23 September 2012

Danish and international children's cinema. A forum for filmmakers, educators and others with an interest in children's films. Managed by the organisation Copenhagen Film Festivals.

MIX COPENHAGEN | LesbianGayBiTrans Film Festival (19-28 October 2012)

Short films, feature films and documentaries.

CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (1-11 November 2012)

Copenhagen's first international documentary film festival. Quality documentary films from all over the world. Managed by the organisation Copenhagen Film Festivals.

CPH PIX – Copenhagen International Feature Film Festival

Feature film festival, first edition in 2009. A merger of the former NatFilm Festival and Copenhagen International Film Festival. Managed by the organisation Copenhagen Film Festivals.

Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival

In the Danish Film Institute Cinemateque in Gothersgade. Every two years.

Odense International Film Festival

An independent short and documentary film festival in Odense with both an international and a national competition.

Salaam Film & Dialogue

Focus on issues related to the modern, multicultural society. Short films, feature films and documentaries.


Television Festival organised by the Danish Producers' Association in collaboration with the main TV networks in Denmark.

Aarhus Film Festival

An international film event in Århus presenting awarded short and documentary films.

BUSTER kicks off on Thursday 13 September with the world premiere of the Danish animation "Marco Macaco" by Jan Rahbek. Jacob Ley's short animation "The Secret of the Ice Flower", selected for London Film Festival in October, will also enjoy its world premiere at BUSTER.

Animation fans can also look forward to a retrospective of Danish animation's grand old man Jannik Hastrup. In addition of classics like "Benny's Bathtub" and "Samson and Sally", BUSTER presents the world premiere of Hastrup's new short "Jeg altid husker far - Soléns historie".

Other Danish premieres include Morten Køhlert's feature "The Secret", Anja Hauberg's documentary series "My family and I", Ulla Søe and Sussie Weinold's documentary "Shanne", Mariella Harpelunde Jensen's short "The Curse" and Jacob Bitsch's short "Wild Bird".

A children's jury, a youth jury and an international jury present the BUSTER Awards on 21 September.

"Marco Macaco" by Jan Rahbek is the opening film at BUSTER. Framegrab

Hand-on and talent competition

BUSTER offers a wide range of workshops, which give children and youngsters a chance to explore different aspects of film making and experiment with online activities.

BUSTER Media Academy, a new initiative, hosts 35 workshops in digital media and film, where school children are offered a hands-on approach to production processes and storytelling techniques in documentary, animation, audio production, apps, games and more.

Also during the festival, a competition for young filmmakers under the age of 20, OREGON, names the best productions among a lineup of 40 films which have been selected earlier this year at regional competitions. Three days of workshops, film screenings and talks by renowned filmmakers culminate in the final awards ceremony on 16 September.


BUSTER is supported by the Danish Film Institute and is part of Copenhagen Film Festivals, a fund embracing the two other major festivals in Copenhagen, CPH:DOX and CPH PIX.

37,000 guests attended the 2010 edition. Festival director is Füsun Eriksen.

BUSTER International Film Festival for Chidren & Youth 13-23 September 2012