(EDIT: this is info for the 2012 festival. For 2013... click here!) Today is the kick-off for the biggest cinema event of the year in Sweden... the Stockholm International Film Festival! The festival runs from the 7th to the 18th of November and has really become a popular event with Swedish cinephiles as well as international visitors. Several awards will be handed out including the Bronze Horse for Lifetime Achievement, "Stockholm Achievement" and Visionary Award. These winners have already been announced and will be at the festival to accept their awards. They are director Jan Troell, actor Willem Dafoe and director Jacques Audiard respectively. A series of awards (Platnium Horse for best film, actor, actress, etc;) will be chosen during the festival by a jury. The jury's chairman this year is none other than Peter Fonda!
Photo by Carla Orrego Veliz
170 films from 40 different countries will be screened in 9 different movie theatres spread out through downtown Stockholm during the festival. Besides the screenings, there will be quizzes, parties and seminars. Something for everyone! The non-English language movies will have English subtitles. There is a lot of information regarding tickets, availibility, program and competition. Instead of writing down everything here, I thought it would be easier to link to the festival website's FAQ page (click here) where all answers can be found. Otherwise, if you are staying at the Rival Hotel, stop by and ask me about the festival.