The Burden

The Burden (Min börda) 2017

14 min

A dark musical enacted in a modern market place, situated next to a large freeway. The employees of the various commercial venues deal with boredom and existential anxiety by performing cheerful musical turns. The apocalypse is a tempting liberator.

Script: Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Producer: Kalle Wettre, Malade

Music: Hans Appelqvist

Lyrics: Martin Luuk

Voices: Klungan

With support from The Swedish Film Institute, Film i Väst, Filmbasen, Rooftop Films, Film på Gotland

Selection Of Festival Screenings



Clermont Ferrand

Tampere Film Festival



Toronto International Film Festival

Cannes - Director's Fortnight


Fantastic Fest

Melbourne International Film Festival

Fantoche Internation Animation Festival

Hamptons International Film Festival

Sarajevo International Film Festival

Göteborg International Film Festival

Curtas Vila do Conde


AFI Fest

Kurzfilmtage Winterthur



Guldbagge for Best Short Film - Guldbaggegalan 2018

Best Animation - Clermont-Ferrand

Short Of The Year - Short Film Conference

Gold Screen, Animation - Young Directors Award, Cannes Lions

Special Award for Music Film/Music - ANIMATOR 2018

Audience Award - ANIMATOR 2018

Grand Prix Audience ­– Stop Trik IFF Lodz

Jury Award – Fairhope Film Festival

Audience Award – Tacoma Film Festival

Best Animated Film – Drunken Film Fest Oakland

Best Animated Short Film - Indy Shorts

Youth Jury Award - Concorto Film Festival

Best International Short Film - Festival Les Percéides

Best Animation - Drunken Film Fest Bradford

Best Animated Short - Scruffy City Film & Music Festival

Best of Fest 2018 - Northwest Animation Festival

Best Animated Short - Salute Your Shorts Fest

Best Female Directed Short - Salute Your Shorts Fest

Best Professional Film - Turku animation Film Festival

Best Animation - The Smalls Film Festival

Best Film Music - Ficbueu

Best Art Direction - Ficbueu

Youth Jury Award - Nuit du Court de Genève

Best International Short Film - Bit Bang Fest

Kurusowa Award – 24fps International Short Film Festival

Best Original Score – 24fps International Short Film Festival

Jury Special Award – New Chitose Airport Animation Festival

Best Animated Short - Snake Alley Festival of Film

Jury Award - Stop Motion Barcelona

Jury Award - Brussels Short Film Festival

Audience Award - Flatpack Film Festival

Best Editor - All Shorts Irvington Film Festival

Best Sound/Score - All Shorts Irvington Film Festival

Der Goldene Reiter for Best Music and Sound Design - Filmfest Dresden

Best Animation Short - Sarasota Film Festival

Innovation Award - Animakom, Bilbao

Jury Prize for Best Short Film - Hong Kong International Film Festival

Grand Prix - GLAS Animation Festival

FXX Elevation Award - GLAS Animation Festival

Audience Award - GLAS Animation Festival

Best of Ten Award - Short Waves Festival

International Audience Award - Glasgow Short Film Festival

Best Animated Short Film - Regard Festival

The Tricky Women Award - Tricky Women International Animation Festival

Tricky Women Audience Award - Tricky Women International Animation Festival

Grand Prix - Anima

Best Nordic Animation - Minimalen

Best Concept - Winter Apricots

Best Stop Motion Drama - Palm springs international film festival

Best Film in Competition (Whole wide world) - Zubroffka Short Film Festival

Best Overall Short Film - Crossing The Screen

Special Jury Award - Certamen Internacional de Cortos

Best Short Film - Stuff MX Film Festival

Special Jury Mention - Anifilm


Cristal for Best Short Film - Annecy

Short Cuts Award for Best International Short Film - Toronto International Film Festival

Best of Fest Award - London International Animation Festival

Best Short Film - Emile, European Animation Awards

Grand Jury Award for Animated Short - AFI Fest

Silver Brick - Animax Skopje Fest

Grand Prix - Anilogue Animation Festival

Grand Prix - Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Audience Award - Fredrikstad Animation Festival

Professional Jury Award - Chicago International Children's Film Festival

Audience Favorite - Chicago International Film Festival

Shorter is Better Award - Milwaukee Film Festival

Fantastic Shorts Best Picture Award - Fantastic Fest

Award fort Best Director - Paris International Animation Film Festival

Best Film - Fantoche International Animation Film Festival

Best Animation Short Film - Melbourne International Film Festival

Best Animation - Curtas Vila do Conde

Best Composer - NeXt International Film Festival

Best Professional Film - Festival Stop Motion Montreal

Audience Award - Festival Stop Motion Montreal

Best Swedish Short Film - Göteborg International Film Festival

Audience Award - Göteborg International Film Festival

Honorary Mention - Uppsala International Shortfilm Festival


Festival manager: Jing Haase, The Swedish Film Institute -

Sales: New Europe Film Sales -

Photos by Jorun Jonasson