It is a great pleasure to announce this year’s honorary guest, film director, illustrator and animator, Per Åhlin. Soon 50 years ago, Per Åhlin launched his first film, Out of an Old Man’s Head, and the festival wishes to celebrate the legend of the Nordic animation scene during the Fredrikstad Animation Festival, which will take place on the 9th to 12th of November.
The festival board of the Norwegian Animation Forum, the foundation behind the Fredrikstad Animation Festival, each year selects an honorary guest who stands out in the Nordic-Baltic animation scene for a lifelong career and contribution to the animation film.
Per Åhlin is most famous for his feature films and TV shows, such as The Journey to Melonia (Resan till Melonia), Alfie Atkins (Alfons Åberg) and Christopher’s Christmas Mission (Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton). Per Åhlin has served as a distinctive figure within the Swedish film community and has been a driving force for the development of an animated industry in Sweden. Per Åhlin’s films are today regarded as an important part of Sweden’s film history and have become popular in both Sweden and the rest of the Nordic countries. Today, Per Åhlin appears to be the foremost animation filmmaker in our part of the world. It is therefore quite natural to pay tribute to Per Åhlin when it is 50 years since he started his career.