STRONG AND MEANINGFUL SHORTS AND DOCS
Films from the North is the festival's most popular sidebar, screening the best new short- and documentary films from the Barents region. This edition is looking to both entertain and challenge the festival audience.
Known and unknown filmmakers
Every year the festival receives about 150 submissions to the Films from the North. 36 films will make out the program that is part of TIFF 2018. Out of these, 21 films will be screened in competition, with the chance to win the program's prestigious Tromsø Palm Award. In addition there will be no less then five sidebars within the Films from the North, presenting films with different themes in different genres.
- We're proud to present a wide and exotic Films from the North program this year. It has a nice mix of new exciting films from experienced directors, as well as a solid amount of films from new talented filmmakers from the region, says John-Kristian Dalseth, the Films from the North program director.
The past couple of year the program's official opening film has been a documentary, but this time the opening night will present a program of four different and entertaining short films. These are UP NORTH (director: Mattis Herman Nyquist at The Sporadic Film Collective), MOBILE (director: Truls Krane Meby), ELEKTRO (director: Thor Brenne) and I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, CONNY (director: Amanda Kernell).
- These four films will make for a great opening of the program. The first three are very different films, with a wide scope in both themes and genre, each with it's unique voice. These films will have their world premiere at TIFF. Amanda Kernell has been one of Scandinavia's most talked about filmmakers these past few years, and her feature film debut SAMI BLOOD that came out last was a very popular film. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, CONNY is her terrific new short, that we're looking forward to presenting to the audiences in Tromsø, says Dalseth.
On the run in the wilderness
In addition the program will have several thematic sidebars. One program goes under the name INTO THE WILD and consists of three documentaries all looking at the spectacular nature that surrounds us in the arctic, and the people who love to work and play in it. Another program is called STRANGERS IN THE NORTH, and all share a joint theme of people who are on the run, or looking for a new home in the north.
- We think these programs will find an audience at the festival. We know that there are many adventourus outdoor enthusiasts in Tromsø. Also, the refugee situation across Europe is still very much a reality and a program that has this theme as its common core should be able to engage our audiences, says Dalseth.
The 28th edition of the Tromsø International Film Festival takes place 15 - 21 January 2018.