We are very honoured that, after winning the prestigious Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generation Kplus section at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival and travelling the festival circuit ever since, COMEDY QUEEN has been nominated for the European Young Audience Award 2022, which will take place the 13th of November 2022. SF Studios distributes in the Nordics, REinvent handles international sales.
Sold in more than 21 countries worldwide including China, Japan, Germany and France, is family drama film about a 13-year-old who wants to be a stand-up comedian is based on the acclaimed children’s book by psychologist and author Jenny Jägerfeld.
Since its release, COMEDY QUEEN has been selected for multiple festivals like Berlin International Film Festival, Giffoni Film Festival, Cinekid Festival and Cannes Écrans Junior among others, and has now been selected as one of the three films nominated for the YAA 2022.
For the YAA 2022, an international committee consisting of Board Members and experts pre-selected eight films, and a jury of 13-to-14-year-old participants watched them and selected three nominations, one of them for COMEDY QUEEN.
Sasha is just 13 years old and wants nothing more than to become a stand-up comedian. She wants to make everyone laugh, especially her father who cries in the shower when he thinks no one is listening. Behind her eyes, the life- threatening tears also burn on Sasha, but she refuses to mourn her mother, who has passed away. She secretly writes a list of everything she has to do to survive – shave her hair, stop reading books, say no to the world’s cutest puppy and above all – become a Comedy Queen.
COMEDY QUEEN was world premiered at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, where it also won the prestigious Crystal Bear for Best Film in the Generation Kplus section. This marked the second time Sanna Lenken has won for Best Film in the Generation section at the Berlinale, as she in 2015 won the Crystal Bear for her debut feature “My Skinny Sister”.
About the European Young Audience Award (YAA)
The European Film Academy was founded in 1988 under the Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, its first president. Today it unites 4,200 filmmakers – directors, producers, actors and actresses, cinematographers, screenwriters, editors, production designers, and other film professionals – from across Europe. Every year, the Academy presents the European Film Awards which celebrate the best in European cinema.
As an official category of the European Film Awards, the Young Audience Award presents three European films to 12-14-year-old audiences across Europe, where a jury of 13-to-14-year-old former YAA participants watch the nominated films and act as a jury, voting for the winner.
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About SF Studios
Since established in 1919, SF Studios has been leading the Nordic film and TV market by producing and distributing titles all over the world. With headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden and offices in Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki and London, SF Studios has worked with some of the greatest talents in the industry such as Ingmar Bergman, Ingrid Bergman and Greta Garbo.
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