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Göteborg Film Festival (earlier Göteborg International Film Festival, shortened GIFF) is an annual film festival in Gothenburg, Sweden and the largest film event in Scandinavia. When it was launched in 1979 it showed 17 films on 3 screens and had 3,000 visitors. Today, the film festival takes place over 10 days each year at the end of January and beginning of February. In later years around 450 films from 60 countries are screened for 115,000 visitors.[1] The film festival is also an important market place for the contractors in the movie industry.

Göteborg Film Festival
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The Draken (Dragon) cinema, the main venue of the festival.
LocationGothenburg, Sweden
AwardsDragon Award Best Nordic Film, The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award, etc.
No. of filmscirca 450 films from 70 countries (in 2012), 10 theaters, and many other venues


Dragon Awards

  • Dragon Award Best Nordic Film (Nordiska filmpriset)
  • Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary Film (since 2013)
  • The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
  • Dragon Award Best Nordic Film – Audience Choice (Nordiska Filmpriset – Publikens val)
  • Dragon Award Best Swedish Documentary
  • Dragon Award Best Feature Film – Audience Choice
  • Dragon Award New Talent

Other Awards at the Göteborg International Film Festival

  • Best Swedish Short Award (Startsladden, kortfilmspris)
  • Best Swedish Short Award – Audience Award (Publikens val – Kortfilm)
  • The Lorens Award
  • Kodac Nordic Vision Award
  • Best Swedish Feature – The Church Of Sweden Film Award (Svenska Kyrkans filmpris)
  • Fipresci Award
  • Best Swedish Novella Film Award (Novellfilmstävlingen)
  • Best Swedish Novella Film – Audience Award (Publikens val – Novellfilm)
  • Best Swedish Feature – The City Of Gothenburg Award (Göteborgs Stora Filmpris)
  • The Mai Zetterling Grant (Mai Zetterling-stipendiet)
  • Nordic Film Prize (Nordiska Filmmusikpriset SKAP Musikdramatikpris)
  • The Golden Dragon (Gyllene draken)
  • Lars Molin Grant

Dragon Award for Best Nordic FilmEdit

The festival's main award is the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film, which can be won for feature film productions from the Nordic countries. The following films have received the award:[2]

Year English title Original title Director Country Ref
1989 David or Goliath David eller Goliath Anne Wivel Norway
Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky Regi: Andrej Tarkovskij Michal Leszczylowski Sweden
1990 A Handful of Time En håndfull tid Martin Asphaug Norway
1991 Dolly and Her Lover Räpsy ja Dolly eli Pariisi odottaa Matti Ijäs Finland
1992 Freud's Leaving Home Freud flyttar hemifrån Susanne Bier Denmark
1993 Russian Pizza Blues Michael Wikke and Steen Rasmussen Denmark
1994 Spring of Joy Glädjekällan Richard Hobert Sweden
1995 Cross My Heart and Hope to Die Ti kniver i hjertet Marius Holst Norway
1996 The Atlantic Atlanten Kristian Petri, Jan Röed and Magnus Enquist Sweden
1997 Body Troopers Jakten på nyresteinen Vibeke Idsøe Norway
1998 Tic Tac Daniel Alfredson Sweden
1999 Yearning for a Life Lusten till ett liv Christer Engberg Sweden
2000 My Mother Had Fourteen Children Min mamma hade 14 barn Lars-Lennart Forsberg Sweden
Knockout Agneta Fagerström Olsson Sweden
2001 Cool and Crazy Heftig og begeistret Knut Erik Jensen Norway
2002 The Bricklayer Muraren Stefan Jarl Sweden
2003 Noi the Albino Nói albínói Dagur Kári Iceland
2004 Med kameran som tröst, del 2 Carl Johan De Geer Sweden
2005 Frozen Land Paha maa Aku Louhimies Finland
2006 Dark Horse Voksne mennesker Dagur Kári Iceland
2007 Darling Darling Johan Kling Sweden
2008 Let the Right One In Låt den rätte komma in Tomas Alfredson Sweden
2009 The Visitor Muukalainen Jukka-Pekka Valkeapää Finland
2010 R Tobias Lindholm and Michael Noer Denmark
2011 She Monkeys Apflickorna Lisa Aschan Sweden
2012 The Orheim Company Kompani Orheim Arild Andresen Norway
2013 Before Snowfall Før snøen faller Hisham Zaman Norway
2014 Letter to the King Brev til Kongen Hisham Zaman Norway
2015 In Your Arms I dina hænder Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm Denmark [3]
2016 Land of Mine Under sandet Martin Zandvliet Denmark [4]
2017 Sami Blood Sameblod Amanda Kernell Sweden [5]

Dragon Award for Best Nordic DocumentaryEdit

Year English title Original title Director Country Ref
2013 Finnish Blood Swedish Heart Laulu koti-ikävästä Mika Ronkainen Finland
2014 Pine Ridge Pine Ridge Anna Eborn Denmark
2015 The Look of Silence The Look of Silence Joshua Oppenheimer [3]

Festival programEdit

The festival is made up of several film sections. Films are chosen in each category with the advice of a committee of film experts. Categories have included:

Animation featuring short and long animated films.


Debuts where debutees can be discovered.

Focus featuring a region or theme in focus for that year. In 2012 focus was on Arab film and the Arab Spring.

Festival Favorites is a selection of the most liked and prized films that have been shown at festivals throughout the world during the past year.

Five Continents showing films from all categories and unconditionally traveling the globe to find the best films.

Gala featuring great films, great directors, red carpets and Oscar nominees.

HBTQ – a collection of various films that all depict untraditional love or non-heterosexual roles.

Nordic Competition focusing on new Nordic feature-films competing for the festival's Nordic Film Prize (100,000 SEK).

Nordic Light including the best of the Sweden's four Nordic neighboring countries.

Swedish World Premiers with feature-films and documentaries being shown to general audiences for the first time.

Swedish Pictures often including circa 100 Swedish short-films.


  1. ^ Info on the Festival site Archived 2008-01-24 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Previous winners of Dragon Award Best Nordic Film". Gothenburg Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2011-03-19. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
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  4. ^ Dragon Award winners GIFF 2016
  5. ^ Dragon Award winners GIFF 2017

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