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NZ-Denmark Co-Pro Deal an Exciting Opportunity for NZ Children

New Zealand Children’s Screen Trust, Auckland, 20 May 2014: The new co-production agreement announced for film and television between New Zealand and Denmark potentially offers more than a business deal. It is an opportunity to look at the children and youth focus embedded in the Danish Film Institute.

“Danish film policy consistently aims to develop a film culture for children. Since 1982, the Danish Film Act has dedicated at least 25% of all government film subsidies to films for children and youth. This has had an enormous impact – on output, consistency and quality. Storytelling from a child’s perspective, solid production values and original stories are key.” – Danish Film Institute

We hope that New Zealand will consider the Danish Film Institute’s approach and look at ways of delivering more quality content for children. The film The Weight of Elephants (an unofficial co-production between the two countries) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Forum and Generation sections. The “Generation programme is thematically and aesthetically linked to the experiences of children and young people.” – NZ Film Commission.

THE WEIGHT OF ELEPHANTS

The Weight of Elephants

New Zealand children deserve more of these quality film and television projects. ‘We have the children’s story tellers – some say the best in the world – here is an opportunity to tell more of those stories on film… and the Danes have the recipe,’ says Janette Howe Chair of the New Zealand Children’s Screen Trust.

About The New Zealand Children’s Screen Trust
The New Zealand Children’s Screen Trust (NZCST) seeks to enrich the lives of New Zealand children by promoting diverse and accessible local content on all screens, facilitating more diverse international content, and by engaging with the public and industry to build a sustainable and specialised New Zealand children’s screen industry. NZCST has a passionate and experienced board including: Suzy Cato, John Harris, Dr Ian Hassall, Yvonne Mackay, Ian Taylor, Pieter Holl, Kate Stevenson, Dr Ruth Zanker and Tim Riley