2017’s Festival Darling: Cloudboy
The Belgian-Swedish family film Cloudboy quickly became our #1 festival darling of 2017. Since it celebrated its international premiere at TIFF Kids, the film has screened at more than 40 festivals around the world travelling from Munich Filmfest to BFI – London and to Nordische Filmtage in Lübeck. Already spoken for by several festivals in 2018, Cloudboy is foreseen to continue a great festival run in 2018.
Set in Belgium and Sweden, the film revolves around the 12-year old Belgian city boy Niilas, who is sent to stay with his mother in Swedish Lapland, amongst the reindeer-hearding Sami folk. Niilas wants to return to Belgium, but when a reindeer goes missing, he joins the search of finding the reindeer together with his 11-year old sister. This takes him on a journey in the magical world of the woods, and against all odds he experiences the most adventurous summer of his life.
After having written and directed various shorts for children, Meikeminne Clinckspoor debuted with Cloudboy as her first feature film.
“Cloudboy was created out of the desire to make qualitative and layered cinema for children, to narrate a story for children that rooted in the film culture trend that has been set by Astrid Lindgren in the seventies, in which play, imagination and nature play a pivotal role. It has grown out of a desire to bring children more in contact with nature, a connection they seem to be losing more and more. My hope is to encourage children to believe in themself, to dare live their “wild” self – something every child should get the chance to discover.“ – director Meikeminne Clinckspoor.