With dates set for Oct. 16-20, the fifth annual event will move to the Roxy Cinema at The Roxy Hotel in New York. Panels and parties will take place at the Park Avenue outpost of the Stockholm museum Fotografiska.
Started by two Swedish born filmmakers based in New York, Linnea Larsdotter and Johan Matton, the festival boasts its status as the “biggest Nordic film festival outside Europe.” The silent theme for this year’s progressive official program is climate change.
NIFF 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.
Two special awards will be given at this year’s program: the Nordic Film Grand Prize, which offers a one week inspirational trip to the Faroe Islands and the International Film Grand Prize, which holds a one week inspirational trip to Finland.
This year’s opening film “X&Y,” from Swedish director and visual artist Anna Odell, challenges the traditional gender roles men and women abide by today through a social experiment in which she charges a group of Scandinavian actors to act as alter egos of herself and Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt.
Programs, parties, schedule and additional films will be announced at a later date.
Opening Night Film presented by Variety
EAST COAST PREMIERE 8 PM OCTOBER 16 @ ROXY CINEMA
In a physically and artistically provocative film, Anna Odell and Mikael Persbrandt challenge themselves, the cast and the audience to question the preconceived notion of male and female. Presente by Variety.
Stay close to NIFF by staying with our new official hotel partner, Roxy Hotel in Tribeca. More news coming shortly on our website. More news coming soon regarding filmmaker perks at Roxy Hotel and Festival attendees discounts. Stay tuned!
We are beyond thrilled to announce that we will celebrate our 5th year anniversary at the renowned Roxy Cinema. The Roxy Cinema, taking its name from the esteemed 1920s motion picture palace, is an intimate 118-seat cinema in downtown Manhattan. We couldn't be happier, and we are sure our downtown audience feel just the same. October 16 - October 20
Nordic International Film Festival is flying in our founders Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter as well as our festival director Ingrid Rudefors to meet with filmmakers and organizations at the Berlin Film Festival. Please do not hesitate to e-mail us if you will be at the market or festival if you would like to sit down with us and chat about how we can help with any aspects of the film industry's many challenges.
NIFF will never wait for someone else to lead the way. Instead we are already a torch to follow in the work towards a 50/50 male and female lineup, highlighting diversity issues in the film industry and helping filmmakers get guaranteed distribution. For NIFF 2019 we will go even further in taking responsibilities towards a sustainable future. NIFF will commit to partner with an organization to climate compensate for the Co2 equivalent to one transatlantic roundtrip per film in our official selection. If that isn't enough, we are providing a climate-smart 100% plant-based menu for NIFF 2019. If not you - who? If not now - when?
We are proud to enter our 5th year of helping filmmakers obtain press, distribution and the recognition they deserve. We will keep expanding towards a Nordic marketplace for film in New York and bring more interesting guest to our panels 2019.