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2016 Nordic International Film Festival


Actors Helge Jordal amd Hege Schoyen pose for a photo-op with Director Jan Vardoen at the Opening Night Premier of Høst: Autumn Fall (2015)

Nordic International Film Festival is based in New York City at the renowned Scandinavia House on Park Avenue, also called the Nordic Center. NIFF celebrates Nordic and international films and they strive to find new and upcoming independent films as well as honoring great works from already established filmmakers. NIFF screens the nominated films in the official selection at a grand theatre inside the Nordic Center for press, distribution, filmmakers and general admitted audience.

They focus on finding diverse independent films with strong characters and story lines.  NIFF encourages all filmmakers to submit their films, regardless of ethnicity, religion or worldview. One part of their program highlights Nordic classic themes found in old Nordic productions. They welcome and judge all films equally and with great respect and consideration.

Founders  Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter pose for a photo-op with TV Host Cognac Wellerlane at the Nordic International Film Festival Awards

NIFF screenings at Scandinavia House began taking place on Park Avenue in New York on October 31, 2015. The main Red Carpet Gala event covered by Access New York and hosted by Jacob A Ware (Boardwalk Empire) was held on November 1, 2015.  Main screenings and Q and A’s took place on both days. The 2016 NIFF was excited to come back with 3 days of Nordic and International Films. This year the festival is sponsored again by Face Stockholm’s amazing products as well as prizes such as Sandqvist Swedish Bags, Daniel Wellington Swedish watches to the winners and Rekorderlig Cider which provided beverages during the 3 days and of course Molton Brown London was one of their major sponsors.

Congratulations to all 2016 Winners:

Best Documentary Short:
Raised by Krump
Motivation: A gorgeous film which captures a unique movement, and that celebrates both the art, the story and the people behind it.

Best Nordic Short:
The Art of Not Appearing
Motivation: Whimsical and honest, told with heart and humor.
Best Narrative Short:
¡Mais Duro!
Motivation: Compelling, heartfelt and funny, telling a story full of love and integrity about one of the defining moment in our lives.

Best Documentary Feature:
Ghost Rockets
Motivation: Told with love and sincerity, this documentary beautifully navigates both the story, and the story behind the story.

Best Nordic Feature:
Autumn Fall
Motivation: Flirting with a greek tragedy, this unexpected story tells us about the beauty and conflict with human connection.

Best Narrative Feature:
The Salton Sea
Motivation: Intriguing, tense and thrilling, this fine-tuned and subtle film aces in every aspect of independent filmmaking.

Best Cinematography:
Arnar Thor Thorisson (A Reykjavik Porno)
Motivation: Through outstanding work, the cinematography heightened and seduced the jury, creating gorgeous layers in an entangled story.

Best Director:
Veena Sud (The Salton Sea)
Motivation: With tenderness and integrity, the relationship between both the characters and their surroundings gets told with utmost proficiency and nuance.

Best Male Actor:
Albert Halldórsson (A Reykjavik Porno)
Motivation: A brave and completely committed performance, connecting to a troubled character and creating a layered inner life.

Best Female Actor:
Diarra Kilpatrick (The Salton Sea)
Motivation: For her strong choices and commitment to the craft and her extraordinary way of living through the life of her character.

Honorable Mention:
Motivation: Truly innovative and brave, this film chose to strip away everything but the communication between two people. Exceptional in forward thinking filmmaking.

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