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Göteborg delivers its Dragon Awards

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      Dragon Awards to Company Orheim and Corpo Celeste This year's winner of the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film is Kompani Orheim (Company Orheim), directed by Arild Andresen. Since 2011 the prize is worth the full sum of one million SEK and is thus one of the filmworld's biggest...

35th Göteborg International Film Festival inaugurated!

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Tonight the 35th edition of Göteborg International Film Festival was inaugurated. Opening film was the award-winning Swedish drama Avalon with Johannes Brost in the lead role. The audience can now look forward to ten days full of film screenings, seminars and parties!Sweden's Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth held an opening speech before the curtain went up, as did the Festival’s managing director Michael Fellenius and artistic director Marit Kapla. The Mai Zetterling scholarship w...

The Program for the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival is here!

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  The program for Göteborg International Film Festival, the largest film festival in Scandinavia, has been released. British Michael Winterbottom is awarded this year's Honorary Dragon Award for his outstanding achievements as a director. The film festival will have a sneak start January 26 with the gala film The Descendants by Academy Award winning director Alexander Payne who will also be visiting the festival. The intense eleven days, January 27-Februar...

The nominees for the short film prize Startsladden at the Göteborg International Film Festival

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This year the Startsladden Award was won by Johannes Nyholm with his celebrated and acclaimed short film Las Palmas. From more than 400 submissions eight are now selected to compete for the 2012 Startsladden prize. The winner will be announced at an award gala at the Göteborg International Film Festival. Göteborg International Film Festival is the largest arena for Swedish short film. The number of submissions has increased over the years, more than 400 short films have ...

Freedom? Arabic focus on the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival

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The focus for the 35th Göteborg International Film Festival is the Arabic-speaking region. The idea for an Arabic focus was already born at the festival in 2011, during which the demonstrations at Tahrir Square in Cairo proceeded at full throttle. Eight films within this theme are currently ready for the coming festival in 2012. Since December 2010, country after country in the Arab world has undergone political upheaval. International observers agree that the Arab Spring is...

The world's largest online short film competition is now open for submission!

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The Göteborg International Film Festival's short film competition Dragon Award New Talent is now open for submission. For the winner of last year's Dragon Award New Talent, the Spanish film Los Gritones, the competition opened the door to the world's festivals, the film has been awarded in no less than 19 festivals around the world. Here's what the producer to Los Gritones, last years winner, Eduardo Moi Es Escribano Solera, says about The Dragon Award New Talent:"Being part of the Dragon Award...

Star-studded Nordic Party in Cannes

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      On Monday evening Göteborg International Film Festival along with Haugesund International Film Festival arranged the annual Nordic Party on the beach at Cannes Film Festival. This year's sponsor was the Norwegian fashion label Moods of Norway. There were guests from the Nordic and international film industry; Rennie Harlin, Urich Thomsen, Ro...

Another record breaking festival edition at Gôteborg

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  When the 34th Göteborg International Film Festival now enters its last day new records have been set once again. More than 130 600 tickets have been sold to 750 screenings of 443 films from 76 countries. This year the number of visitors is 32 620, an increase of 1.4 percent from last year. - The increase of the number of tickets sold may seem marginal, with 220 more tickets and 435 more festival passes. But given the extremely high occupancy, and the record years we have behin...

She Monkeys wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film at Göteborg

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  She Monkeys This year's winner of the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film is She Monkeys, directed by Lisa Aschan. The prize is one million SEK as of this year. The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award goes to the American film Blue Valentine, directed by Derek Cianfrance. Another eight awards were handed out at Göteborg International Film Festival's Dragon Award Gala on Saturday night. Lisa Aschan's feature debut She Monkeys received this year's Dragon Award Best Nordic Film. ...

The 12th Nordic Film Market begins!

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On Thursday, another 250 guests will arrive to the Göteborg International Film Festival as well as to the 12th edition of the Nordic Film Market, the leading market for Nordic film. This year, 28 films and future projects from the Nordic countries will be presented to international buyers, distributors and festival programmers.
 
– It is particularly gratifying that we’re able to present a seminar for the movie industry on international film distribution. The film industry has u...

The Göteborg Film Festival is up and running

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  34th Göteborg International Film Festival has now started. At the inauguration ceremony the American director and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman received the festival's new Honorary Dragon Award. We have ten days ahead of us with no fewer than 443 films from 76 countries, 750 screenings at 18 salons.   Apart from the honorary award two other prizes were handed out at the inauguration ceremony at the Draken cinema. This year the Göteborg Film Award (50 000 SEK) went to Andrea...

The nominees for the Dragon Award Best Nordic Film!

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  Från Árni Ólafur Asgeirssons Brim  It will be a thrilling battle with eight new feature films contending for the festival's award for Best Nordic film. Now the award is even more coveted as the prize money from this year and on is set to a breathtaking SEK one million (app. $143.000), an increase from the previous years' prize of SEK 100,000. 
 Dragon Award Best Nordic Film is one of ten awards presented at the Dragon Awards Gala on Saturday, February 5. Contributing to ...

"Presence" is the main theme for the Göteborg festival

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The word ”Presence” will be the main theme for the 34th Göteborg International Film Festival taking place in January 2011. The theme influences the choice of film programme, seminars and the surrounding activities. “Presence” has been chosen to reflect upon contemporary currents, both in the society and in films and film-making.The Festival Director, Marit Kapla, about the theme:”In our digital era, the word presence has an extended meaning. You meet your friends more often on interne...

Opening of 33rd annual Göteborg International Film Festival

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33:rd Göteborg International Film Festival has started! Indian tigres, samosas, skateboarding, and dancing all night long – the 33:ed edition of Göteborg International Film Festival stated off with a huge eclectic party last night. The classic venue Trädgår’n was transformed into an international party house to celebrate the start of this year’s edition of Scandinavia’s biggest film festival. This year’s  theme is SHARING; a timely word in our increasingly global...

José Gonzalez opens the 33rd Göteborg International Film Festival

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The documentary The Extaordinary Ordinary Life of José Gonzalez by Fredrik Egerstrand and Mikel Cee Karlssons opens the 33:rd Göteborg International Film Festival and is the first film in the Nordic Competition.  With a combination of video diary, surveillance camera, concert and tour footage as well as animations the filmmakers Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand have followed one of Swedens most interesting artists - José Gonzalez. - It is a fantastic film. Not only a portra...

Göteborg International Film Festival Dragon Award New Talent - new online short film award

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Göteborg International Film Festival intensifies its search for new interesting filmmakers. The new competition Dragon Award New Talent is already up and running online. And the first competing films are uploaded. Dragon Award for New Talent is the latest addition to the prestigious awards of  Göteborg International Film Festival. It is an international short film competition and award. Everybody can join the competition and upload their films on the special competition site. The maximum l...

Göteborg Dragon Award New Talent - new online short film award

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Göteborg International Film Festival intensifies its search for new interesting filmmakers. The new competition Dragon Award New Talent is already up and running online. And the first competing films are uploaded.Dragon Award for New Talent is the latest addition to the prestigious awards of Göteborg International Film Festival. It is an international short film competition and award. Everybody can join the competition and upload their films on the special competition site. The maximum length...

”Sharing” will be the main theme during the 33rd Göteborg International Film Festival.

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The word "Sharing" will be the main theme during the 33rd Göteborg International Film Festival. - The idea came to mind when a political party called The Pirate Party got 7% of the Swedish votes in the election fo the EU Parliament and it became obvious that the immaterial rights on the Internet is a thing that really  concerns people. Another source of inspiration is of course the Copenhagen Climate Conference, where the subject is the sharing of natural  resources, says Fes...

Award ceremony at Göteborg

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Award ceremony at Göteborg International Film Festival’s closing partyThe 32nd Göteborg International Film Festival closes tonight with an award ceremony at Börsen and a big party at Magasinsgatan. The following prizes are awarded:The Nordic Film Award, The Church of Sweden Film Award, The FIPRESCI Award, The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, the Producer Award Lorens, and the Viewer's Choice Award.The Nordic Film Award
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New record when Gôteborg festival closes

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The 32nd edition of The Göteborg International Film Festival broke a new record. In total of 124 500 tickets were sold for 700 screenings of 450 films from 65 different countries. 31 000 member ship cards were sold. This means that the festival manifests its strong position, and once again increases both ticket and membership sales. Over a three year period the memberships have increased by 29 %.During the closing press conference today Marit Kapla summed up her second year as festival director...

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award – the nominees are …

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The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award is the film award which is discovering new talent. The award was inaugurated during the Göteborg International Film Festival 2007 when the winner was Andrea Arnold for Red Road. In 2008 Jaime Rosales got the award for his Solitary Fragments. Now the time has come to discover a brand new director.Ingmar Bergman was the honourary president of the Göteborg International Film Festival during 1994-2007 and blessed the festival's Bergman award with the wo...

Roy Andersson new Honorary President at Göteborg

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Director Roy Andersson will be the new Honorary President of Göteborg International Film Festival and successor of Ingmar Bergman. Roy Andersson will participate during the upcoming festival with a collection of his short films.Roy Andersson is well known all over the world for his feature films You the Living, Songs from the Second Floor, Giliap and A Swedish Love Story. With his strong integrity, profound engagement in questions of democracy and society, and with his daring and innovative tak...

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award – the nominees are…

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The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award is the film award which is discovering new talent. The award was inaugurated during the Göteborg International Film Festival 2007 and the winner was Andrea Arnold for Red Road. Now the time has come to discover a brand new director. Ingmar Bergman was the honourary president of the Göteborg International Film Festival during 1994-2007 and blessed the festival’s Bergman award with the words ”The award is a way of encouraging young filmmakers to d...
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