Barnefilmfestivalen April 26—May 1 2022


Get to know our juries! They will present a combined ten awards at this year's festival.

BFF Industry Jury 2021

The jury awards the BFF FILM AWARD of NOK 50.000 to the Best International Kids Film. The prize money are awarded to the Norwegian distributor who imports the film to Norwegian cinemas. The jury also awards the BFF SHORT FILM AWARD to the Best Norwegian Short Film. The winning film will be shortlisted for the Amanda Awards.

Jury members

Film Critic Cathrine Sordal

Cinema Director Jørgen Søderberg Jansen

Jørgen Søderberg Jansen is the director of the municipal cinema of Fredrikstad. He has worked in the field since 1995. He is member of the board for the national association of Cinema Directors and has previously been involved in the national association for cinemas and distributors, Film & Kino. He has also been member of the board of the International Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund, as well as head of jury for best foreign film at the Norwegian national film award Amanda, in addition to being a member of the main jury several times. He was awarded Cinema Director of the year in 2008.

Film Director Christian Lo

Christian Lo (b. 1977) from Lillehammer had his feature film debut RAFIKI (BESTEVENNER) selected for the Berlinale in 2010 and in 2018 Christian was back again in the Generation competition with his third feature LOS BANDO. LOS BANDO became the most-winning Norwegian feature film at festivals in 2018 and was in 2019 nominated for the European Film Awards – EFA Young Audience Award. Christian has also made the feature THE TOUGH GUYS (2013). Christian´s three feature films have won numerous awards and have been widely distributed on all platforms. Christian graduated from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design (now UCA) in the U.K. in 2001 with a Bachelor in Film Production. Christian has also directed award winning shorts such as PUNCTURED (2001), IVER (2004), RAMP (2005) and BALUBA RUNA (2007).


Head of Programming, BUSTER Film Festival (Denmark) Mariella Harpelunde Jensen

Mariella Harpelunde Jensen is a screenwriter, director and TV-producer. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She developed and directed the award winning children's TV-series "Barda", "Isas Stepz" and "Dansk Hulebyg". Mariella was also the Writer and Director of the Danish version of "Sesame street", called "Sesamgade". Mariella has written and directed two short films, a number of tv-pilots, and worked for LEGO fonden, ARLA fonden and the Danish Ministry of Education. She has also developed a series of history programmes for DR Ultra.

Head of Communications, The Norwegian Federation of Film Societies (NFK) Atle Hunnes Isaksen

Atle Hunnes Isaksen holds a Masters degree in Film and Cultural Studies from University of Sunderland. NFK has several children and youth film societies among its members, and works continuously to improve the film catalogue and accommodate increased activity for these members.

Head of Programming, JEF Festival (Belgium) Kevin De Ridder

Kevin De Ridder (°1985) holds a master's degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Ghent and a postgraduate diploma in Applied Audiovisual Communication from Thomas More. He has worked as a communication and outreach manager at various audiovisual institutions in Belgium, and as a film critic for several media. Over the years he has been active in different fields (exhibition, distribution and education), aiming to connect audiences with film. Since 2019, he works as a film programmer at JEF. JEF is the point of contact for anyone dealing with youth, film and new media, at school or in leisure time, in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. JEF organizes the largest youth film festival in Flanders.


Magnus Thomassen

CEO, KinoSør AS Kim Skarning Andersen

Kim Skarning Andersenholds the position as CEO of KinoSør AS, a leading cinema company in the South of Norway with 75 employees and approximately 450.000 annual guests. In the period 2014 – 2017 he was also Chairman of Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival. His former work experiences include six years in advertising and PR as Manager, Advisor and Copywriter. In addition to this, Kim has worked for more than ten years in several managerial positions in both European and Nordic IT Companies.

Kirsten Bonnén Rask

For the third time KICFF also includes a children’s jury which consists of five jury members, aged 11-13 years old. They will present the Barn-i-byen Award, which is an award given in collaboration with a local magazine for families in Kristiansand. This years jury consists of:


Kristine Asdal

Gard Skogvoll Brostrøm

Danial Jafari

Tristan Krafft

Enya M. Røyseland

Markus Grellsten Sviund

The jury consists of students from Tangen High School, who are in their second year, taking courses in media and communication. The Youth Jury will present the UNG Award to the best film in the youth section. This years jury consists of:


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