Barnefilmfestivalen April 22 – 27 2024

Panel Discussion: Do children get the content they deserve?

When: Friday April 28th at 14:15 Where: Stup, Hotel Norge
The Panel Discussion is a part of the conference.

It is becoming more and more common to use algorithms and artificial intelligence to create content for children ́s films and television programs. How does the Norwegian industry work with original scripts and themes that are important for children and young people? Curated linear TV for children is long gone. How do we contribute to ensuring diversity, and make sure that high quality content reach the children?

We want to hear from those who work with content production for children and young people, about what thoughts and strategies they have around the diversity of stories and expressions represented in their productions? What responsibility do they feel they have for children as a target group? Who ensures that children and young people have access to a range of different stories and artistic expressions?




Kristine Vinderskov, Head of Children and Family, Nordic Film Distribution

Kirstine Vinderskov has worked with content for children for over 20 years and started her career as a media researcher at DR. She is currently Head of Kids & Family at Nordisk Film Distribution, where she is responsible for content for children and their families across formats. Kirstine has developed the children's universe Oiii for TV2Norge and later TV2Danmark's Play services. Kirstine was previously head of DR's children's universes Ramasjang and DR Ultra, where she was in charge of the launch of DR Ultra and the relaunch of DR Ramasjang. She has previously hosted the program series "Forældreintra" on Radio24syv as well as an associate professor at the Media & Journalism College, where she helped start the TV presenter training.

Ellen Alveberg, head of drama Qvisten Animation

Ellen Alveberg has extensive experience as a film producer. She has previously been head of Filmkameratene and worked on a number of large productions such as "Børning 3".

Frank Mosvold is a Norwegian animation producer and director.  He has created and directed the animated TV-series Hubert (26 eps x 10 min) and Ella Bella Bingo (104 eps x 10 min).  In 2020 he directed his first animated feature film; Ella Bella Bingo.  Mosvold has produced and directed several award-winning shorts, such as Bendik & the Monster.  He has also produced several apps and written 6 books for kids.  Frank Mosvold studied Economics at Babson College (Boston) and has an MFA in film production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. 


Kajsa Næss, director

After 25 years as an innovative short animation director, Kajsa Næss is ready for her feature film debut with TITINA. 

Næss is known for her playful, humorous and humanistic films. Her award-winning shorts have featured in prestigious festivals such as Clermont-Ferrand, Annecy and Tribeca. In addition to her many film awards, Næss has been granted the Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s Human Rights Award. Her dozen credits include It Was Mine (2015), It’s Up To You (2013), Deconstruction Workers (2008), Leonid Shower (2004) and Mother Said (1999). Kajsa founded the Oscar winning studio Mikrofilm together with producer Lise Fearnley in 1996. 

Gisle Halvorsen, head of drama NRK Super

Gisle Halvorsen was born in 1973. He is a screenwriter, producer and director, and currently works for NRK Super. He directed both seasons of the musical/drama series "AF1", which won the Golden Route for "Innovation of the Year" in 2009. Halvorsen has also directed the TV series "MK-X", which was nominated for iEmmy Kids. In addition, he has produced three seasons and directed two of the seasons of the series "All together". Halvorsen was most recently series creator and producer on the TV series "ZombieLars", which won the Gullruten for "Best children's and youth programme" in 2019, as well as several international awards, including Rose Dór in 2019 and Prix de Jeunesse 2018.

Tonje Voreland, regissør NRK Super

She has worked at NRK since 1999 and as a director at NRK Super since 2003. And has produced everything from sitcoms to more serious things such as dealing with children who experience sexual abuse, to large drama productions. In the last three years she has directed two Christmas calendars, Kristiania Magiske Tivolitheater and Snøfall 2. 

Silje Riise Naess is heading the section for Commissioning at The Norwegian Film Institute.

She has served altogether seven years as commissioner for feature film and drama series at both the Norwegian Film Institute and The Danish Film Institute. Parallelly, she represented both countries as a national representative to Eurimages, and is now reappointed as Norwegian representative. Educated at the universities of Oslo and Stockholm within literature, film theory and media science, Naess has been a film distributor at Arthaus – The Art Film Foundation, head of communication for the Ibsen centenary and head of programming at Oslo’s House of Literature before joining NFI. She is the previous president of the Films from the South Festival, and is currently chairing the boards of both the Norwegian Literature Festival, which includes the extensive children and youth program Pegasus, and the Bergman Estate on Fårö Foundation. 

The conversation is led by Signe Zeilich-Jensen:

Signe is a Swedish/Dutch script advisor and film curator with a long track record in film and media. She started her career at the Dutch film and television producer Bos Bros and later became a buyer and commissioning editor at the Dutch public broadcaster KRO and Nickelodeon Benelux. For the past five years she served the Netherlands Film Fund as a film commissioner with focus on children’s and family films. In 2021 she was a script editor trainee at the Torino, and shw currently works as a Tutor at TFL and as an independent script advisor.

Signe has an extensive experience in curating and managing festival programmes and industry events, such as Cinekid and Holland Film Meeting. She is an international advisor at Meetings on the Bridge and is in 2023 the Acting Head of Programme at the Netherlands Film Festival.