Variety writes about our 5th annual festival

This year’s Nordic International Film Festival is changing locations.

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.