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Highlights from the 5th Nordic International Film Festival

Highlights from the 5th Nordic International Film Festival

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NEW YORK, NY — After five days filled with film premieres, panels, parties, prizes, awards, filmmakers, actors, special guests, and the best in cinema from the Nordic film culture, the 5th Nordic International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday evening October 20, with the Awards presentations at the Roxy Cinema hosted by Sarita Choudhury.

In this year’s edition (which began on Wednesday, October 16 at Roxy Cinema, New York City), the festival opened with Anna Odell’s much-anticipated X&Y, presented by Variety, featuring the festival’s Centerpiece selection A White, White Day film by Icelandic writer-director Hlynur Palmason (Winter Brothers), and many premieres amongst its various programs — all in the company of the most appreciative movie audiences in the world. There was certainly plenty to keep people talking at this year’s Nordic International Film Festival.

Awards:

  • Best Nordic Feature – A WHITE WHITE DAY (Iceland)
  • Best Nordic Documentary Feature – MATING (Sweden)
  • Best Nordic Documentary Short – NIGHT CLEANERS (USA/Finland)
  • Best Nordic Short – FUCK YOU (Sweden)
  • Best Nordic Shorts Honorable Mention – SOMETIMES WE SWIM (Finland)
  • Aurora Borealis (in collaboration with Film i Väst, with focus on up and coming talent) – WE RETIRED PEOPLE (Sweden)
  • Best International Narrative Feature – BUCK RUN (USA)
  • Best International Narrative Short – LOCKDOWN (USA)
  • Best Director – Kasper Juhl for MOONFIRE (Denmark)
  • Best Cinematography – Gergely Palos for DARK CHAMBER (Sweden)
  • Best Female Actor – Mie Gren for MOONFIRE (Denmark)
  • Best Male Actor – Liam Graham for GREENFIELD (Australia/Denmark)

Jurors for the 2019 NIFF competitions include Actors Anders Baasmo Christensen, Richard Thomas, Tony Plana, Craig Di Francia, Jacob A Ware, Johan Hallström; Producer/Director team of Alexander Brøndsted and Antonio Tublen; Director Kyle Greenberg; Film Progammers/Industry Executives/Journalists including David Schwartz, Amir Bogen, Aaron Hillis, Anne-Katrin Titze, Adam Schartoff.

The annual Nordic International Film Festival, the biggest Nordic Film Festival outside Europe, is becoming a tradition creating a cultural hub for Nordic and international filmmakers to meet and begin collaborations for future projects. It highlights the work of independent and up-and-coming Nordic and International filmmakers, the unique potential of filming in the Nordic region through panels, seminars, and well-educated staff.

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This year, the official selection resulted in 79% percent of films featured having at least one woman in a power position. 

Sponsors and Partners for the 5th Nordic International Film Festival include the Consulates of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, Roxy Cinema & Hotel, Variety, Film I Väst, Blue Point, Swedish Match, Heywear, The Nordics, Business Finland Audiovisual Production Incentive, Goodio, and L:A Brucket.


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