A guest at the festival is also Jesper Anderson, a representative of the Danish Film Institute, as Denmark is one of the countries in focus in this year’s program. Through the talk with the artistic director of the festival Gena Teodosievska, Anderson explained the challenges the filmmakers in Denmark face.
He said that most Danish directors choose to work abroad, especially in Britain, because of the larger filming budgets at offer, but, despite that, they make their best and most famous films right in their homeland of Denmark.
The interesting thing in Denmark is that large attention is being put on the production of children’s films. Hence, 25 percent of all film production funds go right to the children’s films, but, despite that, Jesper Anderson still thinks that Denmark had a far stronger production of children’s films in the 70s and 80s.
For the teenagers as a specific category, they have a special method of film education:
-The teenagers are a tough age group. They don’t want to watch children’s films nor youth films. The easiest way we approach them is by letting them create their own program that they want to see in the cinemas, without any interference or intervention from our side. Consequently, that youth group that puts the program together then invites friends and peers of theirs and we have somewhat of an audience of that age in the cinemas – explains Anderson.
Taking into terms the most frequent partners of Denmark in film co-production, the prime spots are taken by the other Scandinavian countries, but lately there have also been collaborations with the Balkan states, as Bulgaria and Croatia.