Stockholm is the epicenter of the Scandinavian film industry and home to large parts of the Swedish film industry, the International Film Festival is the meeting place for both the cinema audience and the film industry, and offers plenty of attractive opportunities for marketing exposure. The festival is focusing on bringing Stockholm's live film industry together with producers, distributors and sales representatives from around the world. It presents work in progress screenings and introduces the next generation of Swedish filmmakers through the talent and development programs.
75 films will be screened in cinemas and via the festival’s digital platform in Sweden, due to the current pandemic, at this year's Stockholm International Film Festival.
The organizers continue to follow the advice and restrictions applied by Folkhälsomyndigheten due to the current pandemic. A maximum amount of 50 seated guests inside the cinemas has been applied, all visitors are encouraged to keep their distance, both indoors and outdoors.
Stockhol International Film Festival is offering the program point Face2face during the festival, where you can meet your favorite filmmaker. According to selected views, the director or actor of the film will be interviewed - and you have the opportunity to ask questions! Face2face will be organised digital via link. More information about the participating filmmakers can be found here in Swedish.
The festival is also showing a secret big film that will be unveiled only when the audience is in place. Over the years, titles like David Fincher's 'Fight Club' and Ridley Scott's 'American Gangster' have appeared in this top secret section.
THE BRONZE HORSE is the heaviest festival prize in the world with 7,3 kilo. Made by renowned Swedish graphic designer Fredrik Swärd, it is inspired by the Dala Horse, a well-known Swedish folklore figure. The Bronze Horse is handed out annually to the winners of the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award, the Stockholm Visionary Award, the Stockholm Achievement Award and Best Film. The Bronze Horse also has a sister, the Aluminum Horse, given to the winners in seven categories.
The entire program of this year's festival can be found here.
Stockholm International Film Festival started in 1990 and is one of the leading film festivals in Europe. During twelve intense days in November the festival presents 150 film premieres from more than 60 countries. The festival is visited by hundreds of filmmakers and since its inception celebrities like Francis Ford Coppola, Susan Sarandon, Luc Besson, Lauren Bacall, Ang Lee, Gena Rowlands, Roman Polanski and Quentin Tarantino have visited the festival and met the audience at the cinemas.
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