Young People’s Jury for Film Award 2023
The Young People’s Jury for Film Award for best youth film is selected by the students in year 8a at Sofielundsskolan, Malmö. The prize is arranged by Malmö Kulturskola (Malmö Culture School).
Prize money: 25 000 Swedish kronor
From left: Maria Alwani, Dea Kasembej, Durna Salehi, Aileen Parker, Guuleed Osman, Frans Nordenhök Askander, Sabir Abdullahi Jama, Jacob Al Timmi, Greta Thörn.
Absent: Viggo Kujawa, Mehdi Alshawi, Enduena Selimi, Somaia Shah
Teachers: Elin Heinervall Bondesson, Linda Persson, Tobias Ohlsson
The Church of Sweden Award
The Church of Sweden Award is given to a film for young people that maintains a high level of artistic quality and raises existential, equality and social issues in a way which speaks to both young people and adults.
Prize money: 100,000 Swedish kronor.
Guldbagge award-winning actor and director. Icon status after her lead role in Fucking Åmål (Show me love).
Patrik Blomberg Book
Director and musician. Wrote the script and directed the youth film Düsseldorf, Skåne, about synth music.
Works as a high school priest in the Pastorate of Malmö. She also works in the Husie congregation where her work is focused on confirmands and youths.
Parish educator, long-time BUFF visitor and great cineast – which spills over and into his work with confirmands, youths and adults in Värby assembly outside Malmö.
Bruno is an excellent drawer but has an eye sickness that, in a very short time, has made him blind. This knocks him hard and his whole existence is shaken to its foundations. With help from family, friends and a teacher, the hunt for happiness and meaning begins. A powerful, sad but wonderful film filled with the joy of life and fantastic Brazilian music.
One snowy New Year’s Eve, sixteen-year-old Evelina discovers that her mother is having an affair with another woman. Using all means available to her, she tries to hold the family together, unsure whether her parents know what’s good for them. She gradually starts to take more and more drastic measures. It’s a chaotic time with tough decisions, young love and adult love, which aren’t perhaps that different from each other.
Where Abdel lives, you need to stick together and stick up for each other. If you help the older boys, maybe they’ll help you when you need it. Abdel has a secret dream of being a vet but going his own way is tough in an environment where friends just drag each other down. This is a film, with hints of Snabba Cash, about dreams, friendship, and problems in vulnerable areas.
Lucile is at high school and is so busy! She looks after her father, who has MS, has a part-time job, and studies, and she makes sure that the household doesn’t fall apart. When her grades start to fall, social services plan a home visit. The facade must remain up at all costs. Lucile is helped by a new friend, the guy she is in love with. She has promised to help show him that he’s not gay. A serious but warm and humorous film.
Zsofia is a table tennis talent and is determined to get onto the national team. When she gets pregnant against her will, she decides to give the child up for adoption. She has six weeks to change her mind but nothing’s easy when you live with a mother who is an alcoholic.
You Can Live Forever
Jaime is sent to live with her French relatives in Quebec after her father dies of a heart attack. The relatives are Jehova Witnesses and she is expected to take part in the religious community and follow their rules. Jaime meets a girl at church and their intense relationship has unintended consequences.
Murra is a fifteen-year-old girl forced to go on a road trip in the Australian outback with other problem-laden youths. They have a task for their journey: document what they see with 24 pictures. The journey progresses, image by image, and takes an unexpected turn.
Nora and Leo live in the same part of town and go to the same school, despite having different backgrounds, religions and life conditions. They fall in love, but things get complicated when Nora’s older brother is accused of stealing from the shop run by Leo’s father. The grown-ups decide that Nora and Leo can’t see each other anymore. A French Romeo & Juliet.