Recently selected for the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival, we are proud to announce that Yngvild Sve Flikke’s quirky dramedy NINJABABY has now also been selected for the Global Section at SXSW Film Festival 2021. The festival will take place online from 16-20 March and will be the North American premiere of the film.

SXSW Film Festival is known for its slate of innovative and diverse films that challenge preconceived norms, and we are happy that NINJABABY has been selected to be a part of this festival as it affirms the broad appeal of the film.

Managing Director from TrustNordisk, Susan Wendt, comments: 

“The fact that NINJABABY has been selected for the Global Section at SXSW as well as the Generation 14plus section at the Berlinale, shows the unique and broad appeal of the film. We are happy that both festivals see the same potential in NINJABABY as we do, and we are confident that audiences world-wide, no matter age, can relate to the themes in the film and will find themselves uplifted and moved after watching it.”

Director, Yngvild Sve Flikke, is also thrilled about the selection:

“I think Ninjababy will be a perfect match for the SXSW-audience. I’ve never been there, but I have the feeling that the festival shares the film’s attitude. I hope the Americans will get a good laugh and that the film will create necessary discussions about adulthood, responsibility and gender.” 

Sve Flikke’s debut feature WOMEN IN OVERSIZED MEN SHIRTS was selected for Göteborg Film Festival in 2015 and in 2018, the Norwegian series HOME GROUND (2018-2019) of which she directed several episodes, was furthermore selected for the Berlinale Series Days.

Johan Fasting (HOME GROUND, 2018-2019), has written the screenplay for NINJABABY based on Inga H. Sætre’s graphic novel FALLTEKNIKK (2011), which has won several Nordic literary awards.

Yngve Sæther (BEWARE OF CHILDREN, 2020; FORCE MAJEURE, 2014; OSLO, AUGUST 31ST, 2011) produces for Norwegian production company Motlys (HOME GROUND, 2018-19; THELMA, 2017; LOUDER THAN BOMBS, 2015) and the film features an exciting cast of talented young actors, including up-and-coming Kristine Kujath Thorp (BETRAYED, 2020), Arthur Berning (THE WAVE, 2015; IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE, 2014) and Nader Khademi (BEFOREIGNERS, 2019).


When Rakel (23), way too late, finds out she’s six months pregnant after a not-so-romantic one-night stand, her world changes. Her boyfriend, who’s not the father, is kind of ok with her having a baby. But Rakel is absolutely not ready to be a mother. Since abortion is no longer an option, adoption is the only answer. That’s when Ninjababy, an animated character who insists on making Rakel’s everyday life a living hell, turns up. He climbs out from her note book, jumps into her tea cup, and keeps reminding her what a terrible person she is.

NINJABABY is produced by Yngve Sæther for Motlys, with support from The Norwegian Film Institute and Nordisk Film & TV Fond. Nordic distribution through Arthaus in Norway, TriArt in Sweden and Øst for Paradis in Denmark. International sales handled by TrustNordisk.

Expected local release is 16 April 2021.


Film info

Film title



Yngvild Sve Flikke




105 min


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