AWARD CEREMONY
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

AWARD CEREMONY

Hosted by

Al Pitcher

Awards

Honorable Mention

Best Documentary Short

Best Nordic Short

Best Narrative Short

Best Male Actor

Best Female Actor

Best Cinematography

Best Director

Best Documentary Feature

Best Nordic Feature

Best Narrative Feature

Prizes from*

L:A Bruket

Fjällräven

For the winner of Best Documentary Short and Best Documentary Feature, we are so proud to present the ‘KIM4EVER’ lantern as our way to honor an incredible journalist - and our friend - Kim Wall.

*More to be announced

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NIGHT CHILD
Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

NIGHT CHILD

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Director

Sanna Lenken

Premiere

International Premiere

Country

Sweden

Synopsis

14 year-old Ingrid hangs out in net forums behind the alias ”Night Child”. When coming across her school’s photographer, they connect through their love for Iron Maiden. They secretly get involved in a relationship online. One night, when Ingrid’s mum is off seeing her boyfriend, Ingrid arranges a date with the photographer. Night child deals with identity, sexuality, the existence of an age dependent twilight zone, and hunger for independence.

Runtime

0.38.00

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DENMARK
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

DENMARK

BEST NORDIC FEATURE

Raw and real with flashes of the Dogma movement brilliance. A story told with love, simplicity and a deep understanding of life being made up of ‘moments’.

PRIZES

NIFF award

Products from L:A Bruket

Half-day postproduction services from Incline Productions

BEST FEMALE ACTOR - FREDERIKKE DAHL HANSEN

For her honest and outstanding performance.

An actor to pay attention to.

PRIZES

NIFF award

Beauty bag from FACE Stockholm

Director

Kasper Rune Larsen

Premiere

North American Premiere

Country

Denmark

Synopsis

Norge, 22, is your typical slacker kid. He aimlessly wanders suburban blocks with a beer, a joint, and his only friend Myre. The two kids dream of moving to the big city and starting a music career. But everything changes when 16-year-old Josephine turns up claiming to pregnant with his child.

Runtime

1.30.00

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WILD BEASTS
Nov
3
6:15 PM18:15

WILD BEASTS

WILD BEASTS

Director

Sverre Kvamme

Premiere

New York Premiere

Country

Norway

Synopsis

In the middle of the winter in Northern Norway, and surrounded by a wild group of kids, a young boy’s impulses are affected by his attraction to his best friend.

Runtime

0.09.50

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NEXT STOP
Nov
3
6:15 PM18:15

NEXT STOP

HONORABLE MENTION - NORDIC SHORT

An excellent portrait of a complicated mother-daughter relationship put through the heightened circumstances of a life milestone.

PRIZE

NIFF award

NEXT STOP

Director

Daniel Kragh-Jacobsen

Premiere

International Premiere

Country

Denmark

Synopsis

Together with her classmates the 18-year-old Siv is on the traditional carriage ride, celebrating that they have just graduated high school. This day should be the best day in her entire youth, but for Siv it is all about getting through the day without having her world tumble down. Siv lives alone with her loving, but unpredictable mother Pia, who suffers from serious alcohol abuse. Because of this, Siv is dreading to have her classmates come to her home for the first time in three years, but Pia has promised to welcome the class with open arms and to stay sober. When the class arrives at Siv's home, her fears become reality. The house is empty house. When Pia shows up, it is the beginning of a long series of unpredictable and transgressive events, where Siv must fight to maintain not only her own dignity, but also her mother's, in front of the entire class. This day becomes the most important in Siv's life - for the better and the worse.

Runtime

0.20.00

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SCHOOLYARD BLUES
Nov
3
6:15 PM18:15

SCHOOLYARD BLUES

SCHOOLYARD BLUES

Director

Maria Eriksson

Country

Sweden

Synopsis

It's John's first day at school. Unexpectedly his eleven-year-old big brother Mika shows up to follow him to assembly. But Mika has plans other than just taking John to school. Mika sees it as his mission to teach John the hard facts of the world, starting with the merciless demands of the schoolyard.

Runtime

0.16.36

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THE DOOR
Nov
3
6:15 PM18:15

THE DOOR

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THE DOOR

Director

Jenni Toivoniemi

Premiere

New York Premiere

Country

Finland

Synopsis

New father Jussi wakes up to sounds in the hallway and encounters a homeless alcoholic Pentti - but things are not always as they seem at first glance.

Runtime

0.09.00

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SHADOW BOXER
Nov
3
6:15 PM18:15

SHADOW BOXER

SHADOW BOXER

Director

Andreas Bøggild Monies

Premiere

New York Premiere

Country

Denmark

Synopsis

When a professional female boxer is injured in the ring and begins a difficult recovery, her daughter Luna makes it her mission to believe in her mother, even when she's unable to do it for herself.

Runtime

0.22.00

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Nov
3
5:15 PM17:15

PANEL - BREAKING BOUNDARIES

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BREAKING BOUNDARIES

Join NIFF for our panel with international industry professionals - sharing their insight on how to break through in a foreign country, or breaking stereotypes, or simply breaking any and all boundaries in a highly competitive industry.

GUESTS

Al Pitcher - The Sweden Syndrome

Comedian Al Pitcher began his standup career in 1999, the same year he reached the ‘So You Think You’re funny’ final and many other high profile competitions in the UK. Performing all around the world this well loved comedian has picked up numerous awards including Best Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival, Best Male Competition, the Swedish Standup Award, the People’s Choice Award and more. He performed at the invite only Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal alongside Eddie Izzard and Billy Connolly and in 2017, he premiered his latest show ‘Sweden Syndrome’ which he is currently touring around the world.

Christiane Seidel - Godless

Christiane Seidel is an international actress who stars as Martha in the Netflix series Godless, which was nominated for 12 Emmys. She was recently known as Sigrid Mueller on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Her television debut was on Law & Order: SVU’s season 12 premiere. Christiane also starred as FBI Agent DeSoto in the award-winning feature film The Hollow, as well as several German comedies. She is a member of Scandinavian American Theater Company that introduces contemporary Scandinavian plays to the US and has starred in the Off-Broadway premiere of Then Silence by Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre. www.christianeseidel.com

Corey Camperchioli - FEMME

Corey Camperchioli is the writer, associate producer, and star of Femme, the smash hit short film currently being adapted to television with Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan attached as Executive Producer. The film has been been accepted to over 40 film festivals globally and has been covered by HuffPost, Deadline, Daily Mail, Billboard, Out Magazine, The Advocate, and more. Corey made his film debut opposite Laverne Cox in Migraine, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.  www.CoreyCamperchioli.com

MODERATOR

Ingrid Rudefors

Ingrid Rudefors is the former film commissioner of Stockholm and Sweden who now lives in New York working full time for NIFF and Changing Film. Ingrid started out as production coordinator in New York in the early 1990s working 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 on several Swedish feature films. During 2010 -2015 she served on the board of directors for “Association of film commissioners Int.”.

She has also written screen-plays with grants from the Swedish Film Institute and directed and produced six award-winning shorts. https://ingridinnewyork.com/

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ABU ADNAN: ADNAN'S FATHER
Nov
3
3:45 PM15:45

ABU ADNAN: ADNAN'S FATHER

BEST NORDIC SHORT

An honorable and respectful story, told with great care and impeccable directing.

PRIZES

NIFF award

Products from L:A Bruket

ABU ADNAN: ADNAN’S FATHER

Director

Sylvia Le Fanu

Premiere

New York Premiere

Country

Denmark

Synopsis

Sayid, a refugee doctor from Syria, has just received a Danish residence permit, and is about to embark on establishing a new life in rural Denmark together with his son Adnan. At the same time as having to learn a new language, he faces the challenge of maintaining his boy's respect, in a situation where Adnan's assimilation seems to be going somewhat faster than his own.

Runtime

0.25.00

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FOGGY DAYS
Nov
3
3:45 PM15:45

FOGGY DAYS

HONORABLE MENTION - CINEMATOGRAPHY

Poetic and fluid, with visuals that stand as an ode to classic art and filmmaking.

PRIZE

NIFF award

FOGGY DAYS

Director

Martin Sandin

Premiere

North American Premiere

Country

Sweden

Synopsis

Stockholm 2018. In a time where social media gives us performance anxiety and confirmation is becoming increasingly important, Clara meets Peter. Clara wants the world. Peter wants nothing but to be loved. 

The usually confident Peter quickly becomes inferior to the charismatic Clara, leaving him with only one last option: to confront her with his true feelings. Together they are drawn into a world where love is a currency to feed their own ego. Their relationship is a battle without a winner.

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THE INDECENT ONES
Nov
3
3:45 PM15:45

THE INDECENT ONES

THE INDECENT ONES

Director

Jonathan Gelvan

Premiere

World Premiere

Country

Denmark

Synopsis

LIV (23) lives at a correctional institution for women, where sexuality is considered dangerous. The facility is run by the head nurse JETTE (45), whose utmost task is to teach women proper edicette. Liv dreams of being free and keeps breaking the rules, resulting in her being sent to the HEADMASTER’s (43) office. Here Liv sees an opportunity to challenge the fundamental beliefs of the institution, but how far should she go in order to prove herself? 

Runtime

0.26.37

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VIANEY
Nov
3
2:30 PM14:30

VIANEY

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Expertly made documentary. Setting an artistic tone to a rough subject, where many fail to see and highlight the strength and bravery of the subject matter.

PRIZES

NIFF award

Products from L:A Bruket

Sound mix services from CDM Sound Studios

Director

Marko Vuorinen

Country

Finland / US

Synopsis

VIANEY is an intensely personal documentary portrait about the life and hardships of the New Jersey and Bronx based underground hip hop artist Vianey Otero, also known by the stage name So Icey Trap. The film reveals the raw reality behind growing up on the streets, the lure of escorting, everyday life in jail, and being a female artist in the music industry. Vianey tells her story with unapologetic strength and honesty. Visually, the film takes the viewer on a meditative journey through the important locations of Vianey’s life.

Runtime

0.55.00


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SPECIALTY SCREENING - BIG IN SWEDEN
Nov
3
1:30 PM13:30

SPECIALTY SCREENING - BIG IN SWEDEN

Filmmakers

Ben Kersley, Gustav Skogens and Al Pitcher

Premiere

Work In Progress

Country

Sweden

Synopsis

Over the last decade New Zealander, Al Pitcher has become one of Sweden’s best loved stand up comedians: Sold out shows, television appearances and an army of fans. Al Pitcher is BIG IN SWEDEN.

Travel through the beauty of Sweden and be amazed by Giant Potatoes, Enormous Coathangers and Gigantic Cheese Slicers! 

This is a journey of discovery, an insight into how a comedian finds the funny, and an affectionate tribute to the less well known side of Sweden, Al Pitcher’s adoptive country.  

Al has found fame and fortune, but will he ever be as big as the Mjölby potato or the Edsbyn Bandy stick? 

Runtime

0.30.00


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A MOMENT IN THE REEDS
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

A MOMENT IN THE REEDS

BEST MALE ACTOR - JANNE PUUSTINEN AND BOODI KABBANI

A dynamic and emotional duo; driving an intimate story with their desire to connect and understand each other and the world around them.

PRIZES

NIFF award

Beauty bag from FACE Stockholm

Director

Mikko Mäkelä

Country

Finland

Synopsis

Leevi returns to Finland from his university studies in Paris to spend the summer helping his father Jouko renovate the family lakehouse for sale. Leevi is estranged from his conservative father, his only living relative, and hopes to avoid mandatory military service by obtaining French citizenship. Tareq, an architect by profession who has come to Finland from war-torn Syria seeking asylum, has been hired to help with the work. When Leevi's father returns to town on business, the two young men, speaking English, their only common language, establish a connection. They spend a few days discovering one another during an idyllic Finnish midsummer.

Runtime

1.48.00

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OBEY
Nov
2
6:15 PM18:15

OBEY

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - ALBERT SALAS

A modern Romeo and Juliet, anchored in a triggering political climate - the raw, gritty and unapologetic visual storytelling leaves you with a lingering feeling of unrest.

PRIZES

NIFF award

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Jacket from Fjällräven

Director

Jamie Jones

Country

UK

Synopsis

As London slides towards a time of violent social unrest, on the estates of East London, a young man's life is torn apart by a love for a girl from a different place.

Runtime

1.36.00

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NINA
Nov
1
8:15 PM20:15

NINA

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Director

Maria Winther Olsen

Premiere

International Premiere

Country

Faroe Islands

Synopsis

When the pregnant, aspiring author Nina moves to a remote island with her boyfriend William, she soon finds herself isolated and lonely due to Williams heavy workload as a doctor. A chance encounter with the village priest, as well as the local myth about the mysterious 'Seal Woman', further complicate Nina's already troubled mind.

Runtime

1.22.00

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TIGER MILK
Nov
1
6:15 PM18:15

TIGER MILK

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

A loving coming-of-age film - a believable world captured beautifully.

PRIZES

NIFF award

Products from L:A Bruket

Creative Retreat at the Faroe Islands, courtesy of Visit Faroe Islands

Director

Ute Wieland

Producer

Susanne Freyer

Premiere

New York Premiere

Country

Germany

Synopsis

Nini and Jameelah are best friends. Together they delve into the urban jungle of Berlin, amid clouds of drug smoke and alcoholic dazes, looking for love, sex and a better future. But life intervenes: Jameelah is in danger of being deported to Iraq, and then they witness a murder.

Runtime

1.40.00

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LETTERS
Nov
1
4:45 PM16:45

LETTERS

Director

Marte Vold

Premiere

North American Premiere

Country

Norway / South Korea

Synopsis

Mothers and motherhood are central to LETTERS, the culmination of a year-long exchange between the filmmakers, Marte Vold and Jéro Yun - a conversation spanning continents, cultures, gender, and lifestyles. Touching on heritage, kinship and the subtle poetry that surrounds us, LETTERS is a meditation on the connections that bind, unite and release us.

Runtime

1.11.00

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HOLIDAY (OPENING FILM)
Oct
31
7:30 PM19:30

HOLIDAY (OPENING FILM)

BEST DIRECTOR - ISABELLA EKLÖF

Courageous, unapologetic and provocative. A director that doesn’t back away from difficult choices and moments - all to maintain the integrity of the story, and in extension, real life.

PRIZES

NIFF award

Candle from L:A Bruket

Director

Isabella Eklöf

Premiere

New York Premiere

Country

Denmark / Sweden

Synopsis

A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. Warning Explicit content NC-17

Runtime

1.31.00

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CAROLINE
Oct
31
5:30 PM17:30

CAROLINE

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

A film that never leaves you once it starts, and will continue to haunt you once it’s over. Delicately played to carefully avoid the filmmaking traps that the subject could bring.

PRIZES

NIFF award

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CAROLINE

Director

Celine Held, Logan George

Country

US

Synopsis

When plans fall through, a six-year-old is faced with a big responsibility on a hot Texas day.

Runtime

0.12.00

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CITY OF SHOOTERS
Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

CITY OF SHOOTERS

CITY OF SHOOTERS

Director

Aleksander Andersen

Premiere

World Premiere

Country

Norway / US

Synopsis

Eric (20) is one the many black young men whose life takes place within a very few corners of Bridgeport, CT. Last autumn two of Erics best friends was shot, becoming the 19th and 20th victim of a wave of deadly violence in 2017. One of his Friends, Eric Diaz, dreamed of telling stories with words, rapping. Now Eric is determined to fulfill the dream of his murdered friend. But Bridgeport is not a place where dreams come true. Its a place of violence, homocides, drugs and a deep feeling that their voices are not, and will never be, heard.

Runtime

0.11.00

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WAITING FOR DAVID
Oct
31
4:00 PM16:00

WAITING FOR DAVID

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

For the personal and intimate portrayal of a national and personal tragedy.

PRIZES

NIFF award

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WAITING FOR DAVID

Director

Emelie Svensson, Karin Oleander

Premiere

East Coast Premiere

Country

Sweden / US

Synopsis

A 51-day stand off between FBI and the Branch Davidian cult ended with a tragic fire in Waco, Texas. 76 people died, including charismatic cult leader David Koresh. Clive Doyle, a follower of Koresh's Messianic preachings survived, while his youngest daughter died in the inferno. 25 years later and still a believer, all Clive can do is wait and pray that one day his Messiah and daughter will be resurrected.

Runtime

0.41.00

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