Great atmosphere until the very last screening!
- According to the feedback from the audience, we have surpassed ourselves with this year's program in offering a wide range of movie experiences!, says Festival director Martha Otte. - There has always been a great width in the festival, but there is even greater diversity in this year's festival than in previous years.
More Guests Than Ever
More than 50 directors attended TIFF 2019, of which a large number were international guests. Notorious French auteur Gaspar Noé, as well as Too Late To Die Young-director Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, and Canadian Philippe Lesage with his new movie Genesis, were among the many guests we had the privilege to welcome.
Photo: Alexandra Barisova.
The Winners of This Year`s Awards
Six awards were handed during the Closing Ceremony on January 19. TIFF's own Aurora Prize, went to HAPPY AS LAZZARO by Alice Rohrwacher. The Don Quijote award from the International Film Club Association FICC went to BIRDS OF PASSAGE. FIPRESCI was awarded to GUNDERMANN by Andreas Dresen.The Tromsø Palm for the best film in the Films From the North programme went to the excellent short film THE POWER GRID by Clara Bodén. Read about all the awards here.
TIFF's special screenings have increased in scope and were some of the first films sold out at this year's festival. For the second time the Arctic Cathedral was turned into a cinema, and gave the audience two very special film and musical experiences. On the other end of the spectrum, but equally popular, was the Mack Brewery hosting of a special beer-tasting session combined with spy film THE END OF AGENT W4C, a Czech 1967 James Bond spoof. Other highlights were BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: SING-ALONG and SILENT FILM CONCERT: THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED, with an ensemble playing to the world's oldest, still preserved, full-length animation film in front of a packed Verdensteatret. THERE'S ALWAYS NEXT SEASON, closely followed by the snowboard movie it is about - 1997 FOREVER - with live soundtrack, was also one of the festival's great moments for many. In additon comes the many outdoor screenings at the Winter Cinema, were especially the morning screenings for childeren were hugely popular.
Photo: Mats Gangvik.
Films from the North – the Regional Program Has Grown
The introduction of feature films as a part of Films from the North has been a welcomed addition to this year`s program.
- It's enriching and provides an additional dimention to the program, says Program Manager John Kristian Dalseth.
The program has been well received by the public and the media, and the majority of the screenings have been completely sold out.
Huge Interest in the Variety of the Program - 30th Anniversary Next!
The total ticket sales passed 60,000. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the festival, taking place January 13-19, 2020. WELCOME BACK!