Selection Junior Co-production Market 2019 revealed

We have selected 19 children’s film and television projects-in-development and 6 works-in-progress for our Junior Co-production Market!

The market will be held 21 to 23 October in Amsterdam, during the Cinekid Festival. The projects will be presented to more than 300 international professionals from the children’s media industry to encourage international co-operation and to get these projects into production. The selection includes both live-action and animation projects by renowned children’s media companies, such as 10th Ave Production (CA), LUNANIME (BE), nutprodukce (CZ), PinGuim Content (BR), Snowcloud (SE), Submarine (NL) and Volya Films (NL).

The success of previous editions of the JCM are clearly visible in this year’s festival programme. BINTI, directed by Frederike Migom and produced by Bulletproof Cupid (BE), which participated in both Script LAB and JCM 2016, is selected for the Best Children’s Film Competition 2019. Two other projects from the JCM 2016 harvest will compete for the Best Children’s Film prize: the Latvian Jakob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs, produced by Atom Art (LE), and Too Far Away (JCM 2017) directed by Sarah Winkenstette, produced by Weydemann bros. (DE). Dutch production company BosBros (NL) returns with Romy’s Salon, directed by Mischa Kamp (JCM 2015) in Best Dutch Family Film Competition.

Previous Script LAB participants
This year’s JCM selection consists of several projects developed during Cinekid’s Script LAB programme 2018-2019. Among them are the following. It’s Alive Films from Finland will represent Snot and Splash, written by Ilja Rautsi and directed by Teemu Nikki while New Stories Ab (SE) will pitch their project Winning by Andrés Hazelius. The Beanie from Slovenia, written by Sasa Erzen, directed by Slobodan Maksimovic and produced by Senca Studio (SI), and the documentary project Kids Cup directed Line Hatlandand and produced by Medieoperatørene (NO), were also participants of Script LAB 2018-19.

In 2019 Cinekid introduced a new Work-in-progress section to provide long-term support for projects in development. Six projects in production are selected for this session, where the production team will have the opportunity to present their work in a closed setting for potential partners. From the six projects, three have previously been selected for the Junior Co-production Market. Dutch company Submarine (NL) will present developments on Coppelia (JCM 2016), directed by Jeff Tudor, Steven de Beul and Ben Tesseur as will directors Frank Mosvold and Atle Blakseth and the Kool Produktion AS team (NO) on Ella Bella Bingo (JCM 2014). Doghouse Films from Luxembourg will be bringing Ready, Steady…Draw! (JCM 2016), its co-creation for and with children, to this year’s market.

Film Projects

  • Beluga Blues
    Artistic director Philippe Arseneau Bussières
    Screenwriter: Andrée Lambert
    Production Company: 10th Ave Productions (CA)
    Production Country: Canada
  • Jump Out
    Written and directed by Nika Saravanja
    Production Company: Playtime Films (BE), Tico Film (IT)
    Production Countries: Belgium, Italy
  • Kids Cup
    Written and directed by Line Hatland
    Production Company: Medieoperatorene (NO)
    Production Countries: Norway, Netherlands, Finland
  • Lea and the Tree of Dreams
    Directed by Katja Benrath
    Screenwriter: Vasko Scholz
    Production Company: Belle Epoque Films GmbH (DE)
    Production Country: Germany
  • Mini-Zlatan and Uncle Darling
    Directed by Ella Lemhagen
    Screenwriter: Ella Lemhagen, Janne Vierth
    Production Company: Snowcloud Films AB (SE)
    Production Countries: Sweden, The Netherlands
  • Nihonjin
    Directed by Celia Catunda
    Screenwriter: Rita Catunda
    Production Company: PinGuim Content (BR)
    Production Country: Brazil
  • Snot and Splash
    Directed by Teemu Nikki
    Screenwriter: Ilja Rautsi
    Production Company: It’s Alive Films (FI)
    Production Countries: Finland
  • The Summer Dad Went Gay
    Directed by Petter Naess
    Screenwriter: Endre Lund Eriksen
    Production Company: Fabelfjord AS (NO)
    Production Country: Norway
  • The Beanie
    Directed by Slobodan Maksimović
    Screenwriter: Saša Eržen
    Production Company: Senca Studio (SI)
    Production Countries: Slovenia
  • The Only Child
    Directed by Patrick Carr
    Production Company: Mandarin Film Productions (CN), Lunanime Belgium (BE)
    Production Country: China, Belgium
  • Three Friends
    Written and directed by Nursen Cetin Koreken
    Production Company: Drama Yapim Film Medya (TR)
    Production Country: Turkey
  • Totem
    Directed by Sander Burger
    Screenwriter: Bastiaan Tichler, Sander Burger
    Production Company: Volya Films (NL)
    Production Country: The Netherlands
  • Winning
    Directed by Anders Hazelius
    Screenwriter: Jessika Jankert
    Production Company: New Stories AB (SE)
    Production Country: Sweden

TV Projects

  • Art Mysteries
    Directed by Martijn Blekendaal
    Production Company: Cerutti Film (NL)
    Production Countries: The Netherlands, Germany
  • Tumbuna Stories – Folk Tales from Papua New Guinea
    Written & directed by Katherine Reki, Ursula Ulmi
    Production Company: Ulmi Film (CH), Studio Epictus (PG)
    Production Countries: Papua New Guinea, Switzerland
  • Mrs. Robot
    Written & directed by Ruth Mellaerts, Boris Kuijpers
    Production Company: Hamlet (BE)
    Production Country: Belgium
  • Ormhildur the Brave
    Written & directed by Thorey Mjallhvit
    Production Company: Compass Films (IS)
    Production Country: Iceland
  • Overboard!
    Directed by Filip Pošivač, Barbora Valecká
    Screenwriter: Hynek Trojánek
    Production Company: nutprodukce (CZ)
    Production Countries: Czech Republic, Slovakia
  • Pol the Pirate Mouse
    Development executive Phil Molloy
    Screenwriter: Tingue Dongelmans
    Production Company: Submarine (NL)
    Production Country: The Netherlands


  • Coppelia
    Directed by Jeff Tudor, Steven De Beul, Ben Tesseur
    Screenwriters: Tamara Bos, Jeff Tudor, Steven de Beul, Ben Tesseur
    Production Company: Submarine (NL)
    Production Countries: The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium
  • Ella Bella Bingo
    Directed by Frank Mosvold, Atle Blakseth
    Screenwriters: Frank Mosvold, Johnny Smith, Rob Sprackling
    Production Company: Kool Produktion AS (NO)
    Production Countries: Norway, Denmark, Germany
  • Mister Paper
    Directed by Ben Tesseur, Steven De Beul
    Screenwriter: Mieke de Jong
    Production Company: Mockingbird Productions (BE)
    Production Country: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
  • Ready, Steady….Draw!
    Directed by Jacopo Armani
    Screenwriters: Fred Neuen, Jacopo Armani
    Production Company: Doghouse Films (LU)
    Production Country: Luxembourg
  • Royals Next Door
    Directed by Veronica Lassenius
    Screenwriter: Line Langebek, Tinka Ullbro, Annike Sandelin
    Production Companies: Pikkulala (FI)
    Production Countries: Finland, Belgium, Spain
  • Sir Mouse
    Directed by Tom van Gestel
    Screenwriter: Dirk Nielandt, Marianne Op de Beeck, Luuk Van Bemmelen, Clifford Parrot, Emma Hogan, Kristina Yee
    Production Company: Fabrique Fantastique (BE)
    Production Countries: Belgium, Germany, Ireland


The Junior Co-production Market (JCM) is part of Cinekid for Professionals (CfP), the industry component of Cinekid, the largest children’s media festival in the world. The Junior Co-Production Market is an integrated two-day event that enables global financiers, broadcasters and producers to assess new and innovative film and television projects. The JCM reflects the high degree of interactivity and potential for finance across these sectors. All the projects will be presented in an environment designed to encourage international co-operation. The market kicks off with a public pitch of all the projects followed by a day and a half of one-to-one meetings between project representatives and potential collaborators and financiers.

At JCM three prizes will be handed out. The prestigious Eurimages Co-Production Development Award (€20,000 in cash) will be given to the best eligible film project with European co-production potential. A new addition is the Best TV Project Award (€10,000 in cash) for the Best TV project within the JCM selection.
Another newly installed award is the Filmmore Post-Production Award which will be awarded to the best live-action project of the Junior Co-production Market. This prize is designed to stimulate collaboration with the Dutch Visual Effects & Post Production lab Filmmore. Granting the award, which comes with a €5,000 prize, is an invitation to start a longer and fruitful collaboration with the company.
All winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 October 2019.