A leading film festival in Scandinavia, Göteborg Film Festival is recognised as an important marketplace for both Nordic and international film. Establishing itself in Göteborg, Sweden’s second largest city, the festival acts as a vital springboard that helps to propel new regional films out into the world. It is also an excellent opportunity to experience a diverse selection of film from across the globe.
Beginning in 1979 with a concise collection of 17 films on three screens, the festival has since drawn in thousands of film fanatics each year. Last year the festival attracted over 35,000 visitors with their dynamic programme of nearly 500 films from 76 countries. Alongside a wide selection of screenings Göteborg Film Festival also offers its visitors the chance to participate in approximately 40 seminars and other music, art and film-related events.
With a dedicated programming group who works year round, the 2015 festival combines an exciting selection of film with a range other activities including the Nordic Film Market, a marketplace for new Nordic feature films, Nordic Film Lab, an exclusive meeting place for newly established professional filmmakers in Scandinavia, and Bergman Week, a six-day tribute to Ingmar Bergman’s authorship, with films, guests, seminars and trips to recording sites at Fårö.
The festival is already in full swing after a popular opening ceremony for the 38th edition on Friday night. This year, the festival sees eight Nordic documentaries compete for Göteborg’s Dragon Award including Paris of the North (2014) and Homesick (2015), alongside many other strands in the running for a range of prestigious prizes.
Göteborg Film Festival, until 2 February, Olof Palmes plats 1, 413 04 Göteborg, Sweden.
Discover the Göteborg Film Festival programme at www.giff.se.
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