Nordic International Film Festival



Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF) is based in New York City at the renowned Scandinavia House on Park Avenue, also known as The Nordic Center. The festival celebrates Nordic and international films annually. NIFF strives to find new and upcoming independent films as well as honoring great work from already established filmmakers. We screen our nominated films in our official selection at a grand theater inside the Nordic Center for the press, distribution, filmmakers and general admitted audience hoping to create a cultural hub for Nordic and International filmmakers to meet and begin collaborations for future projects and to support independent film in New York City.

NIFF's programmers focus on finding diverse independent films with strong characters and storylines and encourage all filmmakers to submit their films, regardless of ethnicity, religion or worldview. One part of our program highlights Nordic classic themes found in old Nordic productions. We welcome and judge all films equally and with great respect and consideration. Please take the Bechdel Test into consideration.

NIFF’s screenings and panels, at Scandinavia House on Park Avenue in New York began on October 31st, 2015. The main Gala event with NIFF’s red carpet, covered by major press
and hosted by Jacob A Ware (Boardwalk Empire) was held on November 1st and was followed the second year by host Björn Gustafsson. The Tony Award winning actor known for 1984 on Broadway and Netflix’s House of Card’s Reed Birney Hosted NIFF 2017. Main screenings, sit downs, Q and A’s took place on all 3 days.



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Johan Matton
Founder, Executive Director (CFO)

Johan Patrik Fredrik Matton, born in Stockholm, Sweden, has contributed to the independent film community in New York with many diverse projects and roles. He has produced several feature-length independent films for which he has won Best Pictures at grand festivals. Amongst them the award-winning film 'Till We Meet Again (2016) and the documentary Lives of Bernard Herrmann, including interviews with Alec Baldwin.

As a founder and president of Nordic International Film Festival, he uses his experience from screenwriting acting and producing to help filmmakers in New York to showcase their independent films and focusing on smaller independent filmmakers and he helps them achieve distribution and an audience.

John attended and graduated from the renowned Circle in The Square Theatre School on Broadway and have since his graduation won several best-acting awards for his performance in dramatic films and series.

Johan continues to produce and acts in Independent films both in New York and Europe and with his production company Changing Film Productions but his focus is on Nordic International Film Festival and how to make it a growing festival.

Ingrid Rudefors
Festival Manager

Ingrid Rudefors is the former head of Stockholm Film Commission.  Ingrid started out as production coordinator in New York in the early 1990s working on feature films with directors like Hal Hartley and Mike Figgies and producers like Eric Fellner and Ted Hope. After moving back to Sweden in the mid-90s she worked as line producer and PM on several award-winning Swedish feature films. During 2010 -2015 she served on the board of directors for “Association of film commissioners Int.”, which has giving her a network of film industry friends from all over the world.  

Ingrid has also written three screen-plays with grants from the Swedish Film Institute and directed and produced six award-winning short films.

She has programmed for many renowned festivals including Long Beach International Film Festival and Sonoma Film Festival.

Linnea Larsdotter
Founder, Creative Director

Linnea is a Founder and Creative Director of Nordic International Film Festival, and since Nancy Drew was her childhood hero, she uses her detective skills to seek out emerging filmmakers all over the world.

Linnea was born in Smygehamn, the most southern point of Sweden as the youngest of 3 sisters, and started performing at a very young age. 

Linnea Larsdotter is used to work both behind and in front of the camera. Her strengths as a producer include everything visual, from location scouting to graphic design. Linnea was one of the co-producers of the award-winning film Till We Meet Again, which she also acted in, and was awarded 'Best Actress' for her performance. Her visual concept designs have helped find both investors and distribution for feature films and series both internationally and domestically. 

Having lived in five countries, Linnea's adaptive skills provides a great asset in mixing cultures in her project, both as an actor, producer and at Nordic International Film Festival.


Associates & Staff


Pol Solsona

Graphic Designer / Visual Identity

Per Anders Brohlin

Videographer / Media

Catherine Lynn Scott/London Flair

Publicist / PR

Jana Bergstedt

Festival Coordinator

Martina Djerf

Sponsor Coordinator

Ellinor Dilorenzo

Media Manager

Oliver Vikbladh

Head of VR

Samantha Quick

VR Editor

Changing Film Productions

Web Design

Sophie Strand



Open Positions


We were 2 people but now we need your help to manage. NIFF is always seeking volunteers for the festival but we are also currently in pre-event acquiring for following positions. 

Web Developer


We are looking for a part time web developer with an eye for design and integrity. Our typical web developer will update the website and work to sustain our visual identity online.



  • SquareSpace highly experienced
  • Minor coding experience
  • Adobe indesign experience

Design Intern

Our designer will help update all of our templates, e-mails, documents and overall look.



  • Adobe indesign highly experienced
  • Adobe photoshop highly experienced


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