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Cinekid gears up for third edition of Directors LAB

2023-01-16 14:25:00

Five projects from four European countries are selected for the latest edition of Cinekid’s essential talent development Lab!

Five projects from four European countries are selected for the latest edition of Cinekid’s essential talent development Lab for filmmakers with projects in advanced development  and targeted at young audiences. Cinekid’s Directors LAB continues to underline one of the festival’s prime objectives to help enable the highest quality international content for children.

The LAB will take place in April 2023 in Amsterdam with this year’s cohort comprising a fabulous mix of talented newcomers and award-winning, established directors.

Two former Script LAB projects are returning for Cinekid Directors LAB: the Latvian Boom! (Cinekid Script LAB 2020-2021) and the Norwegian Uncle Egg - Searching for a Dad (Cinekid Script LAB 2019-2020). The latter was also part of Cinekid’s Junior Co-production Market in 2021, and director Torfinn Iversen was selected for Cinekid’s Best Children’s Film Competition with his previous feature Oskar’s Amerika. 

The selection of projects is completed by Adventureland, The Arrow (Iceland), King of the Wanderers (The Netherlands) and One Brother Too Many (Norway).

Head of Cinekid for Professionals Sara Juričić comments: “It’s fantastic to see such strong and innovative directors working on content for young audiences coming to Cinekid Directors LAB to strengthen and finesse their projects. We are looking forward to being the final stop before they start shooting their beautiful new films, and we are happy to be collaborating with these talents during an inspiring and intense workshop in Amsterdam in April. It’s also great to welcome so many talented female filmmakers and producers to the Lab this year.”

About Cinekid Directors LAB

During Cinekid Directors LAB, the international group of acclaimed filmmakers will focus on the final steps needed prior to pre-production, coupled with the specific skills required for working with children. Above all, the program offers hands-on tailor-made coaching. More information about Lab activities can be found on our website.

The workshop is co-funded by Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and is supported by Icelandic Film Centre, Netherlands Film Fund and Norwegian Film Institute.

About Cinekid

Cinekid wants to amaze, entertain and connect, as well contribute to the development of kids into independent, aware and thoughtful world citizens. To reach this goal, Cinekid presents, produces, teaches and talks film and moving image in a language that children understand.

Cinekid is the core international platform focused on children’s media productions, with an aim to boost the range and quality of these works and connect them with the global industry.

The Cinekid Festival will take place 15-29 October 2023 across the Netherlands.

The call for entries for the upcoming edition of Cinekid and Cinekid for Professionals will open on 1 February 2023. Keep an eye on this page, subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

Full list of projects and participants of Cinekid Directors LAB 2023:

Adventureland, The Arrow (Ævintýraskógurinn, Örin - Iceland)
Director: Thorunn Larusdottir
Producer: Guðný Guðjónsdóttir
Production company: Ursus Parvus
Co-production company/ies. Projects Ehf / A Whole Lotta Love
Nominated by: Icelandic Film Centre

Boom! (Bum! - Latvia)
Directors: Marta Selecka And Andra Doršs
Producers: Elīna Jozauska And Uģis Riekstiņš
Production company: Picture House

King Of The Wanderers (Koning van de Zwervers, The Netherlands)
Director: Janne Schmidt
Producer: Luc Schinkel, Robert Schinkel, Barend Van Balen
Production company: The Media Brothers
Co-production company: Barramedia
Nominated by: Netherlands Film Fund

One Brother Too Many (En Bror For Mye, Norway)
Director: Tove Undheim
Producers: Bendik Heggen Strønstad & Hedda Hansson Rudi
Production company: Miso Film

Uncle Egg - Searching For A Dad (Onkel Egg - Jakten På En Pappa, Norway)
Director: Torfinn Iversen
Producer: Julia Andersen
Production Company: Fjordic Film
Co-production company/ies: Lieblingsfilm Gmbh
Nominated by: Norwegian Film Institute


For further details, please contact:

Sara Juričić – Head of Cinekid for Professionals / / +31 6 11836888

Thijs van der Laak – Project Manager Talent / / +31 6 55750216