Stockholm International Film Festival
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Swedish: Stockholms filmfestival) is an annual film festival held in Stockholm, Sweden. It was launched in 1990 and has been held every year since then during the second half of November.
The winning film in the international competition section is awarded the Bronze Horse (Bronshästen). At 7,3kg (16 lb) the Bronze Horse is the heaviest film award in the world. It is also a paraphrase on a national design icon, the Swedish Dala horse, and was created by artist Fredrik Swärd.
Since its start the Stockholm International Film Festival has focused on supporting new talents through competitions and scholarships. As many as a third of the films selected for the competition are made by a debuting director and by directors who have made fewer than three films.
In 2011 "The Stockholm Film Festival Feature Film Award" was inaugurated which funds a feature film for an unestablished female director. The aim for Stockholm International Film Festival is to broaden the selection of films in Sweden with creative new films of high quality and offer the visitor an orientation within modern film. With seminars, gala screenings, opportunities to meet actors and filmmakers during the festival, the festival strives to be central meeting point for filmmakers and film audiences in Sweden.
The festival is visited by hundreds of filmmakers and since its inception such celebrities as Dennis Hopper, Lauren Bacall, Gena Rowlands, Charlotte Rampling, Susan Sarandon, Ang Lee, Andrea Arnold, David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski, Terry Gilliam, David Lynch, Claire Denis, Elia Kazan, Céline Sciamma, Francis Ford Coppola, Wong Kar-Wai and Uma Thurman have visited the festival and met the audience at the cinemas.
The festival also organizes mobile film workshops for children and teenagers, screenings for festival members throughout the year as well as the Stockholm Film Festival Junior, an annual film festival for children and youth during the spring. The main goal of Stockholm Film Festival Junior is to provide access to quality film from every corner of the world for young audiences – films that otherwise would not reach the mainstream film repertoire. All screenings are free of charge for everyone between 6 and 19 years old.
Since 1990 the Stockholms International Film Festival is also the host of Summer Cinema, an outdoor cinema open to the public during August in Stockholm. Summer Cinema has taken place in different venues in the Swedish capital, for example Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Berzelii park and Rålambshovsparken.
Stockholm Film Festival was founded in 1990 by the three film enthusiasts Git Scheynius, Kim Klein and Ignas Shceynius. The first festival took place over four days and the opening film is "Wild at Heart" by David Lynch. In 1994 the Stockholm Film Festival takes the step into the digital age as the first film festival in the world with its own website.
Stockholm Film Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009 by screening films on a specially made ice screen in Kungsträdgården. Susan Sarandon who attended the festival to receive the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award helped to unveil the canvas before the screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". At the festival's 30th anniversary celebration in 2019, several tons of ice was yet again transported from Torneälven, 1227 km to the capital to recreate the ice canvas in Kungsträdgården.
David Lynch visits the festival for the first time in 2003 to receive the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award, 13 years after "Wild at Heart" inaugurated the very first edition of the Stockholm Film Festival. According to reports, the director drinks huge amounts of coffee in the lobby of the old Lydmar Hotel and is more than happy to talk to his fans in town. When director and actor Peter Fonda arrives at the festival as chairman of the jury in 2012, he makes his entrance in style, escorted to the Skandia cinema by an entire motorcycle gang.
The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei is part of the festival jury in 2013 but cannot be present as he is under house arrest in his home country. He creates the work of art "The Chair of Nonattendance" which is sent to Stockholm; an empty chair that is impossible to sit in. The collaboration inspires the establishment of the Stockholm Impact Award; one of the world's largest film prizes, which is awarded for the first time in 2015 in collaboration with the City of Stockholm. The prize is awarded to filmmakers who raise important societal issues.
Bronze horse: Best film
The following films have received the top honour at the festival, the 7.3 kg Bronze Horse statute for best film.
Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award
Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award is given as an honour for a lifework within cinema.
- 1990 – Roger Corman
- 1991 – Dennis Hopper
- 1992 – Viveca Lindfors
- 1994 – Quentin Tarantino
- 1995 – Jean Paul Gaultier
- 1996 – Rod Steiger
- 1997 – Elia Kazan
- 1998 – Gena Rowlands
- 1999 – Roman Polanski
- 2000 – Lauren Bacall
- 2001 – Jean-Luc Godard
- 2002 – Erland Josephson
- 2003 – David Lynch
- 2004 – Oliver Stone
- 2005 – David Cronenberg
- 2006 – Lasse Hallström
- 2007 – Paul Schrader
- 2008 – Charlotte Rampling
- 2009 – Susan Sarandon
- 2010 – Harriet Andersson
- 2011 – Isabelle Huppert
- 2012 – Jan Troell
- 2013 – Claire Denis
- 2014 – Mike Leigh
- 2015 – Stephen Frears
- 2016 – Francis Ford Coppola
- 2018 – Mary Harron
- 2019 – Max von Sydow
- 2020 – Martin Scorsese and Isabella Rossellini
- 2021 – Jane Campion
Stockholm Visionary Award
Stockholm Visionary Award was instituted 2004 to note visionaries within modern film.
- 2004 – Todd Solondz
- 2005 – Terry Gilliam
- 2006 – Darren Aronofsky
- 2007 – Wes Anderson
- 2008 – Wong Kar-wai
- 2009 – Luc Besson
- 2010 – Gus Van Sant
- 2011 – Alejandro González Iñárritu
- 2012 – Jacques Audiard
- 2013 – Peter Greenaway
- 2014 – Roy Andersson
- 2015 – Yorgos Lanthimos
- 2016 – François Ozon
- 2018 – Asghar Farhadi
- 2019 – Céline Sciamma
- 2020 – Matteo Garrone
- 2021 – Joachim Trier
Stockholm Achievement Award
- 2012 – Willem Dafoe
- 2014 – Uma Thurman
- 2015 – Ellen Burstyn
- 2018 – Gunnel Lindblom
- 2019 – Payman Maadi
- 2020 – Viggo Mortensen
- 2021 – Kenneth Branagh and Robin Wright
The peoples choice.
|2000||Boys Don't Cry||Kimberly Peirce|
|2001||Lost and Delirious||Léa Pool|
|2003||The Station Agent||Tom McCarthy|
|2005||Storm||Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein|
|2006||Little Miss Sunshine||Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris|
|2009||The Cove||Louie Psihoyos|
|2010||Waste Land and This Is England '86||Louie Psihoyos/Shane Meadows|
|2012||Call Girl||Mikael Marcimain|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Steve McQueen|
|2015||Mustang||Deniz Gamze Ergüven|
|2016||I, Daniel Blake||Ken Loach|
|2017||Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri||Martin McDonagh|
|2019||Jojo Rabbit||Taika Waititi|
|2020||Dinner in America||Adam Rehmeier|
Prize is awarded to an actor who has made distinctive achievements in film and has the ability to become tomorrow's star. The purpose of the award is to highlight an actor early in their career.
- 2008 – Malin Crépin
- 2009 – Anastasios Soulis
- 2010 – Alicia Vikander
- 2011 – Malin Buska
- 2012 – Nermina Lukac
- 2013 – Adam Lundgren
- 2014 – Julia Ragnarsson
- 2015 – Aliette Opheim
- 2016 – Filip Berg
- 2021 – Edvin Ryding