The Danish Film Institute has greenlit two animated and one live action film aimed at family audiences.
The latter is the third instalment in the popular My Sister's Kids series, based on a string of films from the late 60s. My Sister's Kids In Egypt received $1.2m and as the title indicates, it sees the family go on holiday to Egypt.
The Moonlight Film Production from producer team Lars Kolvig and Michael Obel, marks the directing debut of Kasper Barfoed and is based on a script by Soren Frellesen, Anne-Marie Olesen and Lars Mering. The two first films in the series scooped some 400.000 and 500.000 admissions respectively and were directed by Tomas Villum Jensen. The shoot starts on Feb16.
Danish animation's grand-old man, Jannik Hastrup, also returns to familiar territory with Circleen: The World's Smaller Superhero, which marks the third feature version of his popular characters following Circleen: City Mouse (1998) and Circleen: Mice And Romance (2000). The Danish Film Institute has added $900,000 to the budget handled by producer Marie Bro for Dansk Tegnefilm 2. Hastrup this time wrote the script with Kit Goetz. Production has started.
Another animated project, The Ugly Duckling And Me, comes from directors Mikael Hegner and Karsten Kiilerich and is a humorous modern take based H.C. Andersen's classic. The Danish Film Institute has boosted the budget with $1.2m for the 3D animated project which is produced by Irene Sparre for A.Film in collaboration with Ireland's Magma and France's Futurikon.
Mikael Hegner previously co-directed A-Film's Help! I'm A Fish, and has written the script with Mark B. Hodkinson, Stefan Fjeldmark and Karsten Kiilerich. Production starts in January 2004.