TIFF 2018 CONCLUDED
Seven films were awarded at the festival's closing ceremony at KulturHuset on Saturday January 20th. TIFF's main award, the Aurora prize went to WESTERN by German director Valeska Grisebach. Valeska Grisebach also talked in depth about her great film in this segment of Film Talks.
The Tromsø Palm, for best short or documentary in the Films from the North sidebar, went to Swedish director Amanda Kernell for her film I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, CONNY. The Tromsø Audience Award went to CLOSE-KNIT by Japanese director Naoko Ogigami, who also visited the festival with a special sidebar including four of her films. See Naoko Ogiami at Film Talks
Read about all award winners at TIFF 2018
Acadamy Award winner Asif Kapadia was another director featured with a special sidebar at the festival. Kapadia also gave a superb Master Class, presenting in detail the narrative process of his ground-breaking documentaries SENNA (2010) and AMY (2015).
Watch Film Talks with Asif Kapadia.
Other guests at the festival included German director Sonja Maria Kröner who's film THE GARDEN was featured in the festival's Competition Program. Indian director Rima Das came all the way from Mumbai, to present her independent film VILLAGE ROCKSTARS to an Arctic audience.
The festival included a special sidebar on films related to The Sea, featuring both fiction films and documentaries. Several directors related to the sidebar was present. US based Japanese director Megumi Sasaki came to Tromsø with her documentary A WHALE OF A TALE, Sakaris Stórá from Faroe Island presented his film DREAMS BY THE SEA and French director (based in Ireland) Loïc Jourdain was featured with his documentary A TURNING TIDE IN THE LIFE OF MAN.
TIFF 2018 introduced several new venues for our audience. For the first time Tromsø's own Arctic Cathedral was used as a cinema. The sold-out film concert screening of TERJE VIGEN (A MAN THERE WAS) by Victor Sjöström, with live soundtrack by Ben Model, was a spectacular experience.
"Kjeller 3", one of the old grain storage cellars at the Mack Brewery, was also a brand new venue. 1964 Czech musical THE HOP PICKERS was presented, including a beer tasting event for the audience.
Other highlights included a dance-along screening of 80's classic DIRTY DANCING. TIFF's own cinema, Verdensteatret, was the venue for two film concerts with silent films brought to new life with live music. UK skiffle band The Dodge Brothers performed to William A. Wellmann's BEGGARS OF LIFE, and Norwegian and Rusian musicians collaborated especially for the festival, to present a brand-new soundtrack to the 1927 Russian film THE PROSTITUTE.
Popular Winter Cinema
The festival had more than 60.000 admissions to regular screenings. In addition, children and families gathered to watch short films at the Winter Cinema at Tromsø's main square every morning. A total of 3.500 people visited the Winter Cinema throughout the festival week.
Thank you all for attending the 28th edition of TIFF - and welcome back January 14-20 2019!