The Burden (film)

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The Burden
Film poster
Directed byNiki Lindroth von Bahr
Written byNiki Lindroth von Bahr
Produced byKalle Wettre
StarringOlof Wretling
Carl Englén
Mattias Fransson
Sven Björklund
Music byHans Appelqvist
Martin Luuk
Release date
  • 27 January 2017 (2017-01-27)
Running time
14 minutes

The Burden (Swedish: Min börda) is a Swedish independent animated drama short film directed by Niki Lindroth von Bahr produced by Malade AB. It was released on 12 June 2017.

The film has won several prizes, including The Annecy Cristal of the Best animated Short at the 41st Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Best International Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017, and nominated for the Prize for Best Short Film 2017 at the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) during Cannes Festival 2017.


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.


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Directors' Fortnight June 2017 illy Prize for Best Short Film The Burden Nominated [1]
Annecy International Animated Film Festival June 2017 Cristal for the Best animated Short The Burden Won [2]
Toronto International Film Festival September 2017 Best International Short Film The Burden Won [3]
Short Waves Festival March 2018 Best of Ten Award The Burden Won [4]

The short was part of the world touring screening The Animation Showcase 2017.


  1. ^ "Min Börda / Director's Fortnight 2017". Director's Fortnight. June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Best animated short Cristal 2017 – Annecy Festival". Annecy International Animated Film Festival. June 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "TIFF Award Winners". TIFF. September 12, 2017.
  4. ^ "Archives". Short Waves Festival.

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