Ten years of children's filmfest

NATIONAL FESTIVAL. Denmark's number one festival for children and youth films, BUSTER, celebrates its tenth birthday with an abundance of films from around the world. Workshops, panel debates and a young filmmakers' competition is part of the fun, when the festival kicks off 9 September.

No less than 169 films will fill the cinemas in Greater Copenhagen 9-19 September, when BUSTER dedicates itself to presenting the past year's cream of the crop to audiences from age 3 and up.

This 2010 edition has a special focus on digital media, acknowledging that film is but one of the ways children become acquainted with moving images and intriguing storytelling. The new Media Lab initiative offers the young festivalgoers a try at, say, creating short films on mobile phones, acting as news editors and designing 3D animation. Panel debates pick up the discussion from the point of view of parents, teachers, experts and politicians: How do children use online media and video games, and what are the perils and possibilities?

BUSTER is also host to Denmark’s largest film competition for young filmmakers under 20. OREGON presents 50 films by young talents, films that have been selected earlier this year at regional competitions.

BUSTER is part of Copehagen Film Festivals, a festival fund which also embraces CPH:DOX (November) and the CPH PIX feature film festival (April).

Fish-tank_210    mylife_210Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" is showing in the youth programme. At one of the workshops, participants are encouraged to make a small digital film about their life on the internet.

BUSTER Copenhagen International Film Festival 9-19 September

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