Christian Lo is one of Scandinavia’s leading director/writers for family films and is part of Filmbin, the only Norwegian production company concentrating entirely on family and youth films. To date his films have won many major international awards and nominations.The Tough Guys won the Audience Award at Kristiansand, the Children’s Jury Prize atLübeck, the Special Jury Prize at Montreal and was Nominated for Best Film at CineKid and at TIFF Kids Toronto International Film Festival. Rafiki won the Special Jury Prize at Montreal, the Audience Award at Castellinaria, Best Feature at New York’s Bamkids, was Nominated for The Crystal Bear at Berlin and won the award for Best Children’s Film from the Norwegian Cinema Director’s Association. In addition his four children’s shorts Baluba, Runa, Ramp, Iver and Punctured have between them won more than 12 awards around the world. His films have been shown in more than 70 countries both theatrically and on television as well as on vod/dvd.
His 2018 feature was Los Bandos, a crazy road movie about a young band from Norway who set out on a journey across the country to attend the National Championship of Rock in a race against time, the police and their parents.
Christian did a foundation year in filmmaking at Danvik School of Media and Communication and then a year at the University of Oslo. He followed this with three years at the UK’s University of the Creative Arts before setting up Filmbin in Lillehammer just north of Oslo.
Extracts from just two of the many reviews for The Tough Guys:
Christian Lo has delivered) one of the most original children’s movies of recent times. He knows how to highlight the bullying problem in a serious and intelligent way. It is very funny parody of American action and war movies, which he clearly has much love for. This is a children’s film about a serious subject and is very cool. And that’s a rarity.
Patricia Smagge, Movie Scene, Holland
A deceptively light comedy that plays like a mix of pure laugher and after school adventure, but the wisdom within slowly grows until the film reveals itself as a smart and affecting take on a serious subject. It’s this film that should be shown to students, teachers, and parents everywhere, many of whom are too oblivious to even know when
bullying is happening under their noses, something this films illustrates only too well.
Ron Hunter at The Portland International Film Festival
Rafiki received a 4 star review when it was shown as part of the London Children’s Film Festival: Although ostensibly about immigration and racial tolerance, the film works best as a joyful celebration of girlhood friendship.
Sarah Cohen, Time Out, London