It will be under the CPH PIX banner Denmark's two biggest film festivals in their fields merge between October 27 to November 9 in 2016. Thus the BUSTER festival becomes a dedicated school and family programme.
With intertwining ideas, films, events and outreach mechanisms, the new festival setup will create a strong synergy, that will enhance audience development and kickstart new initiatives both at the festival and around the year. Focus is on quality, diversity and new talents with a daytime BUSTER programme for schools and families and the main CPH PIX lineup of alternative mainstream, edgy arthouse and genre films in the afternoons, evenings and nights. The new festival setup has confirmed backing from major backers like The Danish Film Institute, City of Copenhagen and Creative Europe - Media.
"The Berlinale and their Generation programme have been our inspiration since we started this process back in November," says Festival Director Jacob Neiiendam. "Each activity has its own distinct, successful brand, target audience as well as national and international networks, and this way we can keep both, not downsize but combine programmes which compliment each other. We get a stronger foundation, reach and impact."
The programme will include more than 600 activities (i.e. screenings, workshops, concerts), about half for children, teenagers and young adults. The BUSTER school programme will have its own catalogue to be released on Sep. 1 to give teachers two months to plan their attendance. The main CPH PIX programme will be released on Sep. 29 and will also include a family weekend programme. The interest for CPH PIX as a platform for local feature films has boomed and the 2016 programme will include a number of both national and international premieres.
The main award at CPH PIX continues to be the New Talent Grand PIX for a first-time filmmaker as well as the Audience Award. The BUSTER awards will also include one main award and an audience award.
In 2016 CPH PIX has already had a busy year round calendar including recent events like Tindersticks cineconcert 'The Waiting Room', 'Xiu Xiu plays Twin Peaks' and 'John Cleese Live' as well as the PIX Talk with Philip Glass and live concert with John Carpenter. The popular open air screenings at the Tivoli Gardens will return over the summer.
In 2015 CPH PIX had 55.000 admissions in April and BUSTER had 37.700 in September.
Photograph: Jacob Hansen