As Denmark's largest film festival for children and youth, BUSTER directs its attention towards both schools and families. Films at BUSTER are entertaining, funny, heartbreaking, educational, scary and much, much more.
A range of around 130 feature films, shorts and documentaries are each year selected to be part of BUSTER - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth, which for the past fifteen years has run in September. More than 300 events are planned to take place during BUSTER's two weeks of festival ranging from film screenings at cinemas and other cultural institutions to workshops and Q&A's with directors and actors visiting the festival. Most of the films have a low admission fee of 15 DKK which in many cases include an event. 37.700 children, young people, and parents or teachers participated in the 2015 edition of BUSTER.
From the fall of 2016, BUSTER will join forces with the feature film festival CPH PIX in a new constellation showcasing the best in alternative cinema for both children, youth and adults.
We primarily show films that our young audience would not have the opportunity to experience in Danish cinemas otherwise, because the films very seldom achieve theatrical distribution in Denmark. But every year BUSTER also unveils some exciting upcoming film premieres as well as include retrospective series.
The films we select often offer an insight into other cultures - both in Denmark and around the world - or take the audience on a journey to far away places with amazing story lines made up by film makers from all over the globe. We hope to contribute to the development of young people's creative and critical awareness of film and media in a world where we are constantly bombarded with moving images.
More than films
At BUSTER, we believe in the importance of 'learning by doing'. That is why the programme, BUSTER's Media Academy, offers a wide range of workshops, which give children and youngsters a chance to explore different aspects of film making and experiment with online activities. Every year we develop new content and concepts for our workshops. Over the years we have done workshops in 3D-animation, film scenography, foley-work, acting methods, film music and computer game production just to mention a few. In 2015 we hosted 66 digital media workshops mainly for school children, during the two weeks of festival, as well as more than 80 workshops in 2015 during our participation in the project 'Creative Children' visiting 12 municipalities and supported by KMØ.
BUSTER relies on the help from a number of volunteers. If you want to help make BUSTER run even smoother, become a volunteer and show guests around town, assist the marketing and press departments, help out in connection with the opening gala, film screenings or events.
As a volunteer you will receive free cinema tickets according to the number of shifts you undertake. You will also get a BUSTER T-shirt and get to take part in the various events.
We hope you will sign-up as volunteer. (submission in Danish)
Questions regarding volunteer work? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Copenhagen Film Festivals
BUSTER is organised and managed by festival director Füsun Eriksen in cooperation with a board of directors. BUSTER is part of Copenhagen Film Festivals which also includes CPH PIX and CPH:DOX. The CEO of Copenhagen Film Festivals is Steffen Andersen-Møller.
Members of the Board:
- Erik Stephensen (chairman)
- Nina Crone
- Stig Andersen
- Elin Schmidt
- John Tønnes