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.

Screenwriter/director: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Producer: Kalle Wettre
Sound and music: Hans Appelqvist
Music Lyrics: Martin Luuk
Voices: Olof Wretling, Mattias Fransson, Carl Englén, Sven Björklund
Set design: Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Nicklas Nilsson, Malin Gullstrand
Animation: Johanna Schubert, Eirik Gronmo Bjornsen, Anna Mantzaris, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Dockhus Animation
DoP: Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sound mix: Owe Svensson

Made with support from The Swedish Film Institute, Film i Väst, Filmbasen, Rooftop Films, Film på Gotland and Chimney.



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
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
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 Festivalv 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


Niki Lindroth von Bahr is an artist and animation director based in Stockholm, Sweden. Her films The Burden (2017), Bath House (2014) and Tord and Tord (2010) have been screened at festivals around the world including Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance and Toronto. The Burden won the Cristal for Best Short Film in Annecy and the award for Best Short Film in Toronto in 2017.

Niki got her master's degree in fine art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, spring 2016. She is represented as an artist by Stene Projects Gallery and as a director by Nexus. She is also, together with Nicklas Nilsson, a freelancing costume designer together, and the pair have worked for artists like Fever Ray and David Bowie in the music video Blackstar.


The Burden (Min börda) 2017

Bath House (Simhall) 2014
Full length film

Tord and Tord (Tord och Tord) 2010

A Night in Moscow (En natt i Moskva) 2006


Title: The Burden
Swedish title: Min Börda
Production country: Sweden
Production year: 2017
Available formats: DCP, Quicktime
Sound: Stereo, 5:1
Dialogue: Swedish (English and French subtitles)
Production Company: Malade AB
Running time: 14 min 10 sec
Aspect ratio: 2:39


FESTIVAL MANGER: Jing Haase, Swedish Film Institute
SALES: New Europe Film Sales
PRESS: Malade
INSTRAGRAM: @__the_burden__
TWITTER: @Min_Borda