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Boogie Woogie Daddy

” I remember him as two dads. One was with us and played the piano, drew, sang, made people laugh. But there was another dad as well. Who found it hard to look people in the eyes. Who was scared of something.” – Erik Bäfving

About a son who, in his father’s folder of negatives, finds love, despair and reconciliation with a painful memory. The father’s suicide and the great emptiness that followed.

A journey among the 3000 negatives that the father left behind him. He was a very good photographer. Among the negatives Eric finds a self portrait, a pictire of the other dad. A man that looks afraid. A man that barely dares to look into the camera. What was it he was was afraid of?

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Erik Bäfving was born in 1973 in Malmo, Sweden. He has been working as a director and editor since 1996. In 2002 his short film Boogie Woogie Daddy recieved several international awards and was nominated for a Guldbagge (the annual Swedish film prize) for best documentary. The film was followed by Get busy, a documentary for cinema, also nominated for a Guldbagge for best documentary. In addition to directing documentaries he is working as a narrative consultant and editor for both documentary and feature films. The film Inbetweener (2011) is a stand alone sequel to Boogie Woogie Daddy.


Golden Gate Award Winner, San Fransisco International Film Festival, USA

Le Prix Planete, Marseille Documentary Film Festival, France

Golden Dove and Young Jury prize in International Leipzig Film Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, Germany

Bayrischen Rundfunks filmprize (2500 EUR), Regensburg Short Film Week, Germnay

Filmblicken, Umeå Filmfestival

Nomineed for a Guldbagge – best documentary film.

The Kodak Award, International Short Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Honorary Mention, Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, Volda, Norway


Tampere International Short Film Festival, Finland 2002

BIG Torino – International Biennal of Young Art, Torino, Italien 2002

San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco, USA 2002

International Critics’ Week, Cannes, Frankrike 2002

International Short Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany 2002

Nordic Filmdays, Lübeck, Tyskland 2002

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, Kanada 2003


Production info

Title: Boogie Woogie Daddy

Genre: Documentary

Production year: 2002

Length: 12 min


Director: Erik Bäfving

Producers: Fredrik Gertten

Editor: Erik Bäfving

With support from: The Swedish Film Institute and Film i Skåne