Jonas Holmberg who has been the festival’s international programme director and the deputy artistic director since 2012 has taken over from Marit Kapla as the new artistic director at the Göteborg International Film Festival. Kapla is moving on to become responsible for the festival’s new digital film channel which launched last autumn. Holmberg’s background is in film criticism and he was a founding member of the quarterly film magazine FLM of which he was also editor from 2007-2012.
Regarding his appointment, Holmberg says “The festival means a lot to very many people, so I’m taking on this assignment with great humility. Under Marit Kapla’s guidance, the festival has found a record-breaking audience and also established itself as an internationally important festival. I would like to continue strengthening the festival’s position as the most important film festival in the Nordic countries,”
The festival was founded in 1979 and over the years has brought Nordic film to the world. 2014 saw 35,000 visitors to the festival and 500 films screened from 76 different countries. They also run a series of seminars that engaged with over 8,000 guests.
The festival which runs in from the end of January over 11 days saw a 6% increase in attendance this year. Seminars from Ralph Fiennes, Terry Gilliam, Chimamanda Adichie and Philip Glass attracted audiences of over 8,000. Remarkably, last year’s winner, Hisham Zamanthe, of the Göteborg International Film Festival’s biggest prize for Best Nordic Film won for the second time in a row this year with the film Letter to the King (Brev til kongen).
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Credit: Photo by Linda Wangblad.