BUFF International Film Festival

BUFF International Film Festival
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BUFF International Film Festival, also known as BUFF Filmfestival or simply BUFF, is an annual children and youth film festival held in the Swedish city of Malmö. Founded in 1984, it is a member of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA).

BUFF is a non-profit organization that aims to screen high-quality films for children and young people, as well as adults. Its program focuses on films that don’t receive a wide release in Swedish theaters and, were it not for BUFF, would have remained largely unknown to Swedish audiences. The festival strives to encourage the production of films for young audiences despite budgetary limitations and lack of media attention.

Every year, BUFF International Film Festival screens about 100 films (feature, short, documentary and animated) made in Sweden and abroad. By screening a wide, varied selection of international films, BUFF gives its young audience a chance to hear foreign languages and meet different cultures. Such approach to programming helps to expand children’s horizons and teach them tolerance.

The film program of BUFF comprises films about life and world told from the perspective of children and adolescents. Alongside new films, many of which are Swedish premieres, the festival screens well-known movies that were released years ago. For example, at the 2016 BUFF Filmfestival attendees had a chance to watch The NeverEnding Story, a 1984 epic fantasy film based on Michael Ende’s novel of the same name.

Along with film screenings held at several cinemas in Malmö, the festival program includes seminars, Q&As with filmmakers, family events, and other activities for both young and adult attendees. Over the years, BUFF has become a meeting point for filmmakers and other industry professionals interested in creating quality content for children and young adults. Here they can discuss the challenges they face, exchanges ideas and experiences, and make new connections.

Although BUFF isn’t officially a competitive film festival, a number of awards in different categories are presented at the Award Ceremony. They include the City of Malmö Children’s Film Award, the Church of Sweden Award, the Young People’s Jury for Film Award, the ECFA Award, and others.


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