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

Grand Prix - Anima

Best Nordic Animation - Minimalen


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