Never Like the First Time


Aldrig Som Första Gången

Directed by Jonas Odell
Sweden | 15 minutes | 2006 | Swedish

Four people get to tell the story of their “first time”, an animated film based on documentary interviews. Stories range from contemporary to the 1920’s, from comedy to tragedy, and are remembered with nostalgia, embarrassment and even horror.


Director: Jonas Odell
Screenwriter: Jonas Odell
Cinematography: Per Helin
Editing: Jonas Odell
Producer: Susanne Granlöf
Production Company: FilmTecknarna

  • Jonas Odell
    Jonas Odell

Festivals & Awards
Göteborg International Film Festival – Best Film
Drama International Short Film Festival – Best Film
Cork International Film Festival – Best Film
Lissabon Film Festival – Best Short Film
The Guldbagge Award – Best Short Film
Berlinale International Film Festival – Golden Bear
Winterthur International Short Film Festival – Grand Prix

Jonas Odell

Jonas Odell is partner and co-founder of the production company Filmtecknarna. He specializes in making films combining live action and various mixed media animation techniques. He has also scripted, co-scripted and written the music to a number of the studio’s productions. His short film NEVER LIKE THE FIRST TIME! was awarded with the Golden Bear for best short film in the Berlin Film Festival 2006. His short LIES was awarded as Best International Short at the Sundance film festival 2009. The past years Jonas has also been a much sought after director for music videos and his portfolio includes videos for such artists as Erasure, Goldfrapp, U2 and Franz Ferdinand, for which he received an award for breakthrough video of the year at the MTV Music Awards 2004 as well as a Grammy nomination. Jonas also directs a number of television commercials each year.

2015 I Was a Winner, animated short
2010 Tussilago, short
2008 Lies, short
2006 Never Like the First Time!, short
2002 Family and Friends, short
1997 Otto, short
1995 Body Parts, short
1993 Revolver, short
1993 Alice in Plasmaland, short
1989 Exit, short
1988 Pesce Pesce, short
1985 Dawning, short