January 14-20, 2013
The Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) is held annually in Tromsø, Norway. The first film festival in Tromsø was held in 1991 and today TIFF attracts 45,000 attendees, effectively doubling the size of the city. During the festival, more than 100 films from about 30 countries are presented. Filmmakers compete for the festival’s three awards – the Aurora, Fipresci and the Don Quiote.
The festival is set in the dark, polar nights, which gives TIFF the unique opportunity to screen films outdoors. Outdoor cinema is located in the main square in the heart of Tromsø. The programme includes a selection of shorts and documentaries from the Films From The North programme, along with special screenings and various other events.
The festival also hosts a number of seminars and events for film professionals. Filmmakers are invited to submit their projects for Below ZERO, an international pitching session for documentary projects focusing on life above the Arctic Circle.
Watch Out For!
Some of the films lined up for the screenings include:
• Before Snowfall
• Control Board
• Bones Brigade – An Autobiography
• Dogtown And Z-Boys
Films that will be part of the special screenings segment:
• Den Siste Marsjen (Vassdal)
• Det Nye Russland (The New Russia)
• Eagle Boy
• De Gode Hjelperan (The Secret
Films From The North (FFN)
Films From The North aims to draw attention to the increasing media activity in the north and thereby stimulate its growth. Films qualify if the subject, production studio or director has a strong connection with the northern regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia or Canada.
The programme for FFN includes 50 new shorts and documentaries including many new northern talents at the festival this year. The Tromsø Palm is awarded to the best film in the sidebar Films From The North. The director of the winning film is given € 5,000.
Films in this category are:
• Dr Forsdahls Kurve (Dr Forsdahl’s
• Kiruna – Rymdvägen (Kiruna – Space
• Familiebildet (My Family Portrait)
• Biekka Fábmu (Wind Power)