87.5% Female Filmmakers

Nordic International Film Festival is raising the equality bar once again. In a true Nordic manner, NIFF loves to be in the forefront of the strive towards equality. In our 2018 lineup, we have selected 24 Nordic and International films for our festival and we're proud to announce that 87.5% have female producers, directors and/or writers. Only 2 films have no women in any power position, such as writer, director or producer. But - to counter that - we also have 2 films without any males in power positions. 

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Award Host Announced

September 2018, Al Pitcher will be hosting Nordic International Film Festivals 4th annual award ceremony for press, filmmakers and attendees on November 4th in New York @ Scandinavia House.

Al 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 incite 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.


Guarantees Distribution

September 2018, When we started this festival 5 years ago with help from our friends at Tribeca Film Festival our mission was to create an International hub and a meeting platform in new york for independent filmmakers with the focus of building a bridge between the Nordic European/Scandinavian region and the US.

We so pleased to announce that our expansion is moving forward faster and faster and we are becoming a Nordic Market platform where filmmakers can meet distribution companies, sales agents for funding for their next projects and distribution for their finished films as well as US filmmakers getting the assets to film in Scandinavia. On our team is Ingrid Rudefors who personally helped David Fincher with the decision and exaction of filming Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in Sweden.

Therefore we are so very pleased to announce that beginning this year Nordic International Film Festival has started a collaboration with Shortly, FilmHub and Distribber (three competitive platforms) to help guarantee distribution of our filmmakers films on iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Playstation and also sending the offer to Hulu and Netflix. We can therefore now announce that we are the one festival that has a guaranteed distribution of all of our films in the official selection this year via these two distribution companies platforms, something NIFF does for the filmmakers only with the request of the filmmakers and with NIFF charging no fees of course!


Special Screening of Hold Me Down

July 2018, NIFF is proud to screen the critically acclaimed Swedish film 'Hold Me Down' directed by Niclas Gillis at Tribeca Film Center. The film is now released for free on our website. NIFF released the film for free on our website here.



That's a Wrap!

October 2017, Thank you to all involved Jury Members, Volunteers, Filmmakers and Attendees. We are excited to begin a new season shortly

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Host for NIFF's award show is REED BIRNEY

September 2017, He is the 2016's Tony Award Winner for Best Featured Actor, He is currently in 1984 on Broadway with Olivia Wilde, You've seen him as the Vice President in House of Cards and Tom Connolly in The Blacklist.

We are very excited to see you at the award show.

NIFF's award show is on October 14th at the renowned Scandinavia House on 58 park Avenue in New York. Last years hos was Björn Gustafsson a Swedish Comedian known for SPY and People from the Earth.

Virtual Reality at NIFF

August 2017, Using Samsung Gear VR-headsets we will show pieces made by the VR-team at the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter:

On a Secret Airforce Mission over Baltic Sea
Fly the Swedish Gripen fighter and the Secret Warning and Control Airplane. 

Experience North Korea from within
Stand face to face with a North Korean officer at the hard-guarded border. Visit an Olympic Medalist's apartment in Pyongyang.

Minediving, 115 meters underground
Join Swedish diver Filippa Ek in one of the best places for mine diving in the world, Tuna Hästberg in Sweden. 


Trademark Taste & Grind

August 2017, The afterparty is Presented by our Sponsor SWEDISH MATCH

The afterparty is at 38 W 36th St, New York (2 avenues from Scandinavia House/the festival venue). The afterparty will have complementary Beer and Cider for an hour from our sponsors. Einstok Beer (Iceland) and rekorderlig Cider (Sweden). Hope to see you there on October 14th.


Our Jury is announced

August 2017, NIFF is very proud to announce our industry Jury for NIFF 2017. These industry professionals will help reviewing films in our official selection and nominate them towards awards in all of our categories.

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We are now closed for Submissions

August 2017, We are now closed for submission! With the hundreds of films we have received, we have once again broken our previous record of submissions. We are so inspired to see so many talented filmmakers apply for NIFF 2017 and it's an honor for us to review your work. Our programmers now have a very busy time to build NIFF 2017s program and to chose an Official Selection of films in competition at Nordic International Film Festival at Scandinavia House in New York October 12-14 - Tickets will be on sale on ASF + Scandinavia Houseweb site and always on www.nordicfilmfest.org our website who will later this month post our program with trailers and info.

Highlights from NIFF 2016

October 2016, We focus on the filmmakers and getting them the press and the opportunities for distribution or exposure they deserve. Sometimes we forget to showcase what we at NIFF does. We say, better late than never here are the highlights from the Nordic International Film Festival 2016. Check out what we were up to last year! Filmed and edited by Access New York Click below to watch the Video.


NY Women in Film & TV

We are proud to announce that Nordic International Film Festival is now collaborating with New York Women in Film & Television. Together we will work to find new opportunities to showcase great work and find a platform and venue where we can all meet and share ideas on how to improve the industry of filmmaking and independent film, and highlighting gender equality both in the Nordic region and in the US.

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The Academy of Motion Picture (Oscars) jury member for best foreign-language film Bo Svenson joins our jury!

As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (oscars.org) since 1985, Bo serves on the Academy’s nominating committee for the Best Foreign Language Film — as well as a juror on the Student Academy Award committee. We are extremely proud to have Swedish Bo Svenson as our jury member at Nordic International Film Festival.

The Oath - Special Screening

NIFF is very proud to have been co-presenting the Icelandic film THE OATH on September 8th at East Village Cinema in New York. Icelandic auteur Baltasar Kormákur (CONTRABAND, EVEREST) directs and stars in this psychological thriller about a father who tries to pull his daughter out of her world of drugs and petty crime, only to find that danger can be found in unexpected places.