Andreas Johnsen, Denmark, 2016

73 min.DK/Documentary

Insects as food is a hot topic. Particularly over the last few years, since the UN recommended edible insects as a resource to combat world hunger, they have been heralded for their taste by cooks and gastronomes, for their low ecological impact by environmentalists and for their nutritional content by public health scientists. It would seem that insects are the new superfood that will fix our problems of global food security. In the past three years a team from Copenhagen-based Nordic Food Lab made up of chefs and researchers Josh Evans, Ben Reade and Roberto Flore have been travelling the world to hear what some of the two billion people who already eat insects have to say.
Basic information Credits Festivals & awards Materials
Original title BUGS
Danish title BUGS
Keywords Insects, Diet, Nutrition, Food products, Food, Insect breeding, Edible insects, Food culture, Nordic Food Lab
Director Andreas Johnsen
Screenplay Andreas Johnsen
Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Editor Menno Boerema, Per Sandholt
Sound Philip Nicolai Flindt
Appearances Ben Reade, Josh Evans, Roberto Flore
Production country Denmark
Production company Danish Documentary Production, Rosforth Films
Domestic distribution Rosforth Films, DOXBIO
International sales Autlook Filmsales / Spittelberggasse 3/14 / 1070 Wien / t +43 670 208 7881 / welcome@autlookfilms.com / autlookfilms.com
Danish theatrical release 07.09.2016
Cinemas Aalborg – Biffen Nordkraft
Aarhus – Øst for Paradis
Albertslund – MusikTeatret Albertslund
Bagsværd – Bibliografen
Ballerup – Baltoppen Bio
Dragør – Dragør Bio
Ebeltoft – Store Bjørn
Esbjerg – Huset
Faaborg – Helios Teatret (Under ombygning)
Frederikshavn – Palads 1-2-3
Glostrup – Glostrup Bio
Glumsø – Glumsø Biografteater & Kulturhus
Helsingør – Cinema Center
Herlev – Herlev Teaterbio
Hillerød – Café Slotsbio
Hjørring – Lønstrup Café Bio
Holbæk – Kulturbiografen Frysehuset
Humlebæk – Humle Bio
Hvalsø – Hvalsø Bio
Ikast – Ikast Bio
Ishøj – Ishøj Bio
Kastrup – Kastrup Bio
Kerteminde – Kerteminde Kino
Kolding – Nicolai Bio
Korsør – Korsør Biografteater
København K – Grand Teatret
København N – Empire Bio
København V – Vester Vov Vov
København Ø – Park Bio
Maribo – Sognets Hus
Nuuk – Katuaq Bio
Nykøbing Mors – Bio Mors
Næstved – Bio Næstved
Odense – Café Biografen
Ringe – Ringe Bio (Under ombygning)
Roskilde – Kino Ro’s Torv
Ry – Ry Biograf
Rødovre – Kulturhuset Viften
Skals – DOXBIO Ulbjerg
Skanderborg – Kulturhuset Skanderborg
Skive – Cinema 3
Skælskør – Kosmorama Skælskør
Skørping – Kinorevuen
Slagelse – Panorama
Slangerup – Slangerup Bio
Svaneke – Cassiopeia Bio
Sønderborg – Sønderborghus
Valby – Valby Kino
Vig – Kulturhuset Vig Bio
Vordingborg – Biografcaféen
Online release 06.12.2017
Comment BUGS premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and has had a busy festival life with screenings among others at Cineambiente in Torino, where it won an award, Edinburgh, Durban, Melbourne, Prizren and Hong Kong. Andreas Johnsen’s Ai Weiwei The Fake Case was nominated at IDFA in 2013. Other acclaimed titles by Johnsen include Murder (2009) and Kidd Life (2012).
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Allowed for all


Production company Danish Documentary Production, Rosforth Films
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut
Domestic distribution Rosforth Films, DOXBIO


Direction Andreas Johnsen


Screenplay Andreas Johnsen


Producer Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Line producer Sidsel Lønvig Siersted
Producer's assistant Kirstine Barfod


Editor Menno Boerema
Assistant editor Mieneke Kramer
Editor Per Sandholt


Sound designer Philip Nicolai Flindt

Visual effects

Graphic design Torsten Høgh Rasmussen


Appearance Ben Reade
Appearance Josh Evans
Appearance Roberto Flore

Festival screenings

Festival Festival date
Auckland, Documentary Edge Festival 2017-05-24
Buenos Aires Festival de Cine Independiente 2017-04-13
Vilnius International Film Festival 2017-03-23
Guadalajara Film Festival 2017-03-10
Prague, One World Human Rights Film Festival 2017-03-06
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2017-03-03
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2016-11-11
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival 2016-10-06
Reykjavik Film Festival 2016-09-29
Bergen International Film festival 2016-09-20
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2016-09-16
Malmö Nordisk Panorama 2016-09-16
Helsinki Film Festival - Love & Anarchy 2016-09-15
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016-08-16
Dokufest Prizren 2016-08-05
Melbourne Film Festival 2016-07-28
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016-06-15
Tel Aviv Docaviv Int. Documentary Film Festival 2016-05-19
Seattle International Film Festival 2016-05-19
Warszawa, Against Gravity 2016-05-13
Leuven, Docville 2016-04-29
New York Tribeca Film Festival 2016-04-13
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Reviews and articles

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Type Source Author Date
Varia Politiken-Fonden Dalin, Steen 2016-09-22
Anmeldelse Information Eistrup, Eva 2016-09-09
Anmeldelse Information Hygum Sørensen, Dorte 2016-09-09