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January 13-19 2020

Films from the North gains territory

From the film BACKBONE by Director Eilif Bremer Landsend, part of the 2019 edition of Films from the North.
We are now open for subissions to the festival’s biggest sidebar, Films from the North. This is the festival’s program for films from the Barents Region - for the first time opening for submissions from Iceland.


The sidebar has traditionally been reserved for shorts and documentaries. It has been tremendously popular, with more than 6000 tickets sold annually. At the 2019 edition we also accepted feature length films into the program for the first time, as this format has become more and more important in regional production. For the 2020 festival we continue to expand our scope by inviting Icelandic films to participate.

– To include Iceland is a natural expansion of the program’s northern profile. There’s a lot going on in the film industry over there and the recent years we have collaborated more and more with Icelandic partners. Norway and Iceland also have a common history and Icelandic films have always been popular at TIFF. We are confident that the inclusion of Icelandic films in the program will make Films from the North even better for our audience, says John-Kristian Dalseth, Program Director for Films from the North.

Open for submissions
We have now opened for submissions: Films are qualified if the subject, the production or the director is connected to the northern regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia or Canada – as well as Iceland. Deadline for submissions is october 18th 2019.

Tromsøpalmen is awarded to the best short or documentary in competition, along with a prize of 5000 Euro to the film’s director.

READ MORE AND SUBMIT YOUR FILM HERE