Götenborg Film Festival is an annual event that takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is the largest film event in Scandinavia and takes place over ten days at the end of January until the beginning of February.
When the Götenborg Film Festival was launched in 1979 it showed 17 films on 3 screens and attracted just 3,000 visitors, today there are around 500 films from 60 different countries screened for 115,000 visitors.
The festival brings film fans from all over the world to Götenborg to celebrate hundreds of different movies as well as helping to spread the word of new up and coming Nordic films. By attending the film festival visitors get the chance to see films that will never actually reach the big screen.
However the Götenborg Film Festival is not just about celebrating films, it also offers lots of different music and art activities surrounding the core of film.
A large part of the Götenborg Film Festival is the industry sector. The festival is the best place for networking within the film industry in the Nordic Countries with around 1,800 professionals in attendance. Throughout the festival week there are many opportunities to meet current festival directors, actors, screenwriters and industry experts and the festival hosts numerous seminars for the public to attend. In 2015 the seminars attracted over 8,000 guests.
The Swedish Industry Weekend – This seminar programme focuses on Swedish film production and politics, with about 70 films having their world premier during the weekend.
Nordic Film Market – The international marketplace and networking venue for the international and Nordic film industry. Also giving an overview of the latest trends and upcoming productions from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Nordic Film Lab – Filmmakers can network and discuss the creative and artistic process of filmmaking.
The Götenborg Film Festival also hands out a number of awards during the week. There are different film award categories and each category has its own jury to decide the winner. Some of the award categories include the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film, Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary and Startsladden (the award for the best Swedish short film of the year).
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The festival also has a number of exciting film industry guests who attend. This year Italian director Luca Guadagnino has already confirmed his attendance and last year multi-award winning film director Billie August, actress Ghita Nørby and actor Sven Wollter were some of the industry names who attended the Götenborg Film Festival.
All festival visitors need a festival pass to attend and tickets are available from 16th January. By purchasing a pass visitors can gain entry to the screenings with the film ticket, access to the concerts, seminars and exhibitions that all take place during the festival week. It really is a fantastic festival to attend, giving visitors the opportunity to celebrate films whilst learning more about them.
More information on the Götenborg Film Festival
The Götenborg Film Festival is on from 29th January to 8th February 2016 and a festival pass costs 50 SEK.
The programme is presented on 12th January and tickets are available to purchase from 16th January.