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The 5th Annual Nordic International Film Festival

The 5th Annual Nordic International Film Festival

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5th NORDIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

October 16 – October 20

The 5th Annual Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF), is set to kick off October 16th through 20th, 2019, with the opening night film “X&Y,” from the Swedish director and visual artist Anna Odell.

This year’s Nordic International Film Festival will take place at its new home, the Roxy Cinema in New York’s Roxy Hotel (formerly the Tribeca Grand). Panels & Parties will happen at the iconic new Park Avenue outpost of the acclaimed Stockholm Museum Fotografiska.

This year the festival will present one world premiere, six international premieres, two North American premieres, one U.S. premiere and 11 New York premieres among its multiple programs. 79 percent of the films to be shown this year also include at least one woman in power. Additionally, the festival promises a focus on up-and-coming talent to screen in its Aurora Borealis category — part of its collaboration with Film i Väst starting this year.

Scandinavian and Nordic countries have always been in the forefront of having zero-waste and even 100 percent recycling in some of the nations in Scandinavia. As such, the silent theme of this year’s Official Program is Climate Change.

Two terrific special awards will be given at this year’s program: The Nordic Film Grand Prize, which will be comprised of a one week inspirational trip to the Faroe Islands; and the International Film Grand Prize, which holds a one week inspirational trip to Finland.

In addition, the winner in the Aurora Borealis category will receive a full-4-week-tuition provided by the New York Film Academy in New York.

The festival was started by two Swedish born filmmakers based in New York, Linnea Larsdotter and Johan Matton, with the vision for the festival to grow into an internationally renowned marketplace in which Nordic and International filmmakers, production companies, and distributors converge to buy and sell films. 

Ingrid Rudefors, former head of Stockholm Film Commissioner joined the team to present quality films to national and international Nordic enthusiasts, and provide panels, seminars, programs, and parties in order to kickstart conversations surrounding funding, locations, and more.

Jurors for the 2019 NIFF competitions include Norwegian actor Anders Baasmo Christensen; Danish Producer/Director team of Alexander Brøndsted and Antonio Tublen; Actors Richard Thomas, Tony Plana, Craig Di Francia (Green Book); Film Programmers/Industry Executives/Journalists including David Schwartz, Amir Bogen, Aaron Hillis, Anne-Katrin Titze, Adam Schartoff and Kyle Greenberg from Circle Collective

The official selection:

IN COMPETITION

Nordic Narrative Features

“X&Y” (Opening Night Film)
Director: Anna Odell
Premiere: East Coast Premiere
Country: Sweden/Denmark

“Moonfire”
Director: Kasper Juhl
Premiere: International Premiere
Country: Denmark

“Shut Up Haters”
Director: Jon Blåhed
Premiere: International Premiere
Country: Sweden

“A White White Day”
Director: Hlynur Pálmason
Premiere: New York City Premiere
Country: Iceland

International Narrative Features

“Buck Run”
Director: Nick Frangione
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: USA

Documentary Features

“Mating”
Director: Lina Maria Mannheimer
Premiere: North American Premiere
Country: Sweden

“Dive”
Directors: Elín Hansdóttir, Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: Iceland

Documentary Shorts

“Night Cleaners”
Director: Hanna Nordenswan
Premiere: North American Premiere
Country: USA/Finland

“Iceberg Nations”
Director: Fernando Martín Borlán
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: Spain/Greenland

“Amphi”
Director: Mathias Broe
Premiere: International Premiere
Country: Denmark

“Blame Yourselves if No Ones Comes”
Director: Gustav Egerstedt
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: Sweden

Nordic Narrative Shorts

“No Ill Will”
Director: Andrias Høgenni
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: Faroe Islands

“Under Control”
Director: Jenny L. Wallin
Premiere: International Premiere
Country: Sweden

See Also
XU TIANTIAN, DNA: URBAN ACUPUNCTURE. Image: The Songyang Story, 2019. Photo by Wang Ziling.

“Sometimes We Swim”
Director: Samppa Batal
Premiere: East Coast Premiere
Country: Finland

“To Share a Flame”
Director: Kathleen Johnsen
Premiere: International Premiere
Country: Norway

“When It Strikes”
Director: Rikke Louise Schjødt
Premiere: World Premiere
Country: Denmark

“Poor Things”
Director: Joachim Morre
Premiere: US Premiere
Country: Denmark

“The Barber”
Director: Melanie Aronson
Premiere: International Premiere
Country: Sweden

“Dark Chamber”
Director: Ottó Bánovits
Premiere: East Coast Premiere
Country: Sweden

“The Artist Has a Baby”
Director: Sanna Lenken (NIFF Alumni)
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: Sweden

“F— You”
Director: Anette Sidor
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: Sweden

International Narrative Shorts

“Lockdown”
Director: Celine Held & Logan George (NIFF Alumni)
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: USA

“Dream / Life”
Director: David Aufdembrinke as DAVI.IN
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: Germany

“A Year”
Director: Jisun Jamie Lee
Premiere: New York Premiere
Country: Nepal/USA

https://www.nordicfilmfest.org


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