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BUSTER’s Children’s Media Conference 2024

We are thrilled to invite you to BUSTER's highly anticipated Pan-Nordic Children's Media Conference, taking place on October 1st in central Copenhagen at Bremen Teater.

The theme of the conference will be ‘THE GREAT IP CIRCUS’. The talks and keynotes will be centered around Intellectual Property – the IP – and the increased internationalisation of content for children and young people.

Independent national film titles can no longer manage alone amongst the huge offer of media content for children and young people. The path from the screenwriter’s keyboard to big ticket sales in cinemas is changing. One of the new forms is the so-called IP – the aggregate rights to all aspects of your unique content in all its forms: games, books, toys, scripts, films, TV series, music, concerts, events, theatre productions, exhibitions, podcasts, clothes or candy.

At this year’s conference you can meet and learn from children’s media professionals with insights and experience in working with IPs. The programme is made up of short, entertaining sessions that alternate between new research, data and hands-on experiences from directors, producers, distributors and marketing teams. The full programme will be announced in early August, but you can secure your ticket already by applying for an accreditation here.

Here are some of the highlights to look forward to:

 

RONJA THE ROBBER’S DAUGHTER – HOW A 50-YEAR-OLD BOOK BECAME THE MOST EXPENSIVE NORDIC TV SERIES PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE EVER MADE
How do you bring a fresh take to an old story? How to incorporate new side plots and the need for increased diversity in one of the great Nordic children’s literature classics – all while preserving the spirit of the work? Meet the screenwriter behind the popular Netflix series Ronja the Robber’s Daughter, Hans Rosenfeldt, for a conversation about lifting Astrid Lindgren’s Robber universe into a new and international millennium.

WHEN MUMBO JUMBO BECAME HUGE
The collaboration on Jakob Martin Strid’s drawn universe and its characters has had another detour. The Fantastic Bus has won the hearts of both the audience and reviewers with more than 50,000 books sold in Denmark alone. Now A-Film is working on an animated film based on the story When Mumbo Jumbo Became Huge. But how does the collaboration between animation director Karsten Kiilerich, film producer Anders Mastrup, author Jakob Martin Strid and Gyldendal publishing editor Lotte Hjortshøj really work? How do you handle a story that takes place in Russian Siberia, where the climax is connected to nuclear warheads? How are the elements of the story shaped and updated in relation to its audience? Get up close to the process.

PARTY MOVIES FOR TWEENS – WHAT’S GOING ON?
Nordic Qvisten Animation has been very successful in cinemas with their party film The Brothers Gruff Go to Splashworld, which is based on the masterful reinterpretation of the classic fairy tale, the book of which sold 100,000+ books in Norway alone. The book series Fox and Hare is the inspiration for the Dutch film directed by Mascha Halberstad, released in 2024. Both these films cultivate elements that appeal purely to tweens (7-11 years). How have the two film directors worked with the target group and audience in mind in their adaptation of the books? Meet Mascha and William Ashurst for a conversation about working with IPs designed particularly for a specific target group.

YOLANDA BROWN – THE LIVING MUSICAL IP
When the world was beginning to lock down at the start of the pandemic in 2020, a musician and TV host was appearing on the BBC with the second season of her award-winning TV show YolanDa’s Band Jam, which encouraged musical content for children and young people through dance and audience participation. Musician, broadcaster and performer YolanDa Brown is a professional saxophonist and conveys musical experiences within reggae, jazz and soul. She builds a bridge between music, movement, streaming and live events with her uplifting and engaging performances. Meet YolanDa at BUSTER’s children’s media conference and hear more about how it is to be YolanDa on so many different media platforms.

Meet the speakers

Filmmakers, producers and researches will take the stage

Hans Rosenfeldt

Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter, the creator of the award-winning Scandinavian TV-series 'The Bridge' (2011-2018) and the Netflix original hit series, 'Marcella' among others. Rosenfeldt has adapted Astrid Lindgren’s world-famous story Ronja the Robber’s Daughter into a major family fantasy series, which premiered on Netflix in 2024 to rave reviews.

YolanDa Brown

Musician, broadcaster and performer YolanDa Brown is a professional saxophonist and conveys musical experiences within reggae, jazz and soul. She builds a bridge between music, movement, streaming and live events with her uplifting and engaging performances.


Karsten Kiilerich

In 1988 Karsten Kiilerich founded A. Film with four other partners. He has a background as an animator, for the past 30 years he's been working as a director, concept developer and creative producer, making feature films and TV series. Karsten has won a large number of international film prizes, and was Oscar nominated in 1999 with his animated short 'When Life Departs'.

Lotte Hjortshøj

Lotte came to Gyldendal as Publishing Manager in 2019 from a position as Editor-in-Chief at Dansklærerforeningens Forlag. Before Dansklærerforeningens Forlag, she had more than 20 years of industry experience, including as department manager and editor at the educational publishing house Alinea under Egmont.

TICKETS

Children's Media Conference October 1st

The conference is a unique opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, build meaningful connections, and exchange ideas with leading figures in the children's media industry. You'll gain invaluable knowledge and inspiration to drive the future of children's media forward. A conference ticket costs 600 DKK (ex moms) and 300 DKK (ex moms) for students.

Networking Dinner

After the conference we will host a networking dinner, where you can relax and discuss the day’s events with our inspirational speakers. The dinner is only open for participants at the conference and costs 300 DKK (ex moms).

Highlighted Screenings in the Film Programme

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