The Unpromised Land awarded for Best European First Film – Zlin

At the Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic, the oldest and biggest children and youth film festival in the world, the Award for Best European First Film, handed out by the International Expert Jury for European First Films, was given to THE UNPROMISED LAND by Swedish director Victor Lindgren. This film tells about two teenagers meeting each other in their small Swedish town. Together they revolt against the old ways and find something new in each other.

In the International Expert Jury for European First Films were producer and distributor Lubica Orechovska (Slovakia), production manager Slobodan Dedeic (Serbia) and film director and journalist Simon Safranek (Czech Republic). The jury’s motivation stated that this film “devotes itself in a sensitive way to the coexistence of different cultures in contemporary Sweden, in a way that concerns the whole of Europe. Without using stereotypes, pathos or reprimands, this story tells about understanding, friendship and the need for a family.”

Press release May 31, 2019  Zlin Award for THE UNPROMISED LAND 

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”The Unpromised Land” by Victor Lindgren get Asian premiere at Tokyo International Film Festival

The film will be screened in the Youth section and  Victor Lindgren (director & script) and  Therese Högberg (producer) will attend the festival.

It’s not common that Swedish films get selected to prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival. The last Swedish film to be screened was Bautafilms co-production,  Sami Blood by Amanda Kernell.  Other films that previously been selected  is Roy Anderssons A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) and Ruben Östlunds Play (2011).

The Unpromised Land is Victor Lindgrens first feature film. The film is a contemporary story about the friendship between two teenage girls, Elin and Sabina. Elin is born and raised in the small town Holmsund in northern Sweden, Sabina has travelled from Rumania to Sweden in the search for a better life.  The main roles are played by Andreea Petre and Elin Marklund.

The Unpromised Land is distributed nationally by Folkets Bio. The film is now available for streaming within Sweden. It have been screened at festivals throughout Europe during the year, winning the Angelo Award at Gothenburg Film Festival and Best European First film at Zlin Youth Film Festival 2019.

The Unpromised Land is produced by Bautafilm in collaboration with SVT with support by Film i Västerbotten and The Swedish Film Institute – Helen Ahlsson.

Tokyo International Film Festival take place between October 28 och November 5. Read more about the festival here

Pressroom, pictures and clips can be find here

For press inquires contact publicist Peter Hammarbäck +46-70-999 12 17

Our animation series in development, “Between Saajve and the sky“, has been selected to the prestigious pitching forum Financing forum for kids content. Only three projects are from Sweden of the totally selected 27.

Saajven jïh elmien gaske, the original title in sami language, are animated fairy-tale-adventures for young kids. The stories take place in the sami nature where the forest meets the mountains. Here, the birds and animals can talk and lives mythical creatures like the dumb but dangerous Staaloe and the mysterious Saajvo-people.

The project is developed at Bautafilm by Oskar Njajta Östergren, the visuals are created by Anders Östergren Njajta in co-operation with Endre Skandfer from the production company Fabelfjord. At the moment we are producing the pilot episode “Goeksegh / The northern lights“, so keep your eyes open for more news.

If questions, contact Patricia Fjellgren: +46 73 84 56 877,

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The European Parliament unveiled the winner of the 2017 LUX Prize at noon today in Strasbourg. The award went to Amanda Kernell’s Sami Blood!

Sámi actresses Lene Cecilia Sparrok and Mia Sparrok, who play the lead roles in Kernell’s film, collected the prize, after which they delivered a statement.

– “We are still here; we still exist. Every day, our people see the effects of colonial and racist thinking, as well as climate change.

Since 2007, the European Parliament LUX FILM PRIZE casts an annual spotlight on films that go to the heart of European public debate. The Parliament believes that cinema, a mass cultural medium, can be an ideal vehicle for debate and reflection on Europe and its future. The winning film will be screened in all 28 countries within EU and translated into all 24 languages.

Press release LUX Film Prize

Right now we are preparing the shooting of the short “Boom Boom” in Dividalen i, Norhern Norway. Per Josef Idivuoma is writer/director and Bautafilm in co-operation with Rein Film are producers. Boom boom is financed by Film i Västerbotten, Filmpool Nord, Int. Samiskt Filminstitut, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, The Sami parliament in Norway and Sweden, Arctic Image/Film Camp.

On the picture, from the left: Olle Wirenhed (FAD), Per Josef Idivuoma (Writer/director) and Ken Are Bongo (Cinematography).

Read more about the film here.