Currently In The World of Film Festivals: Rotterdam, Göteborg & Santa Barbara

By Martha | Festivals

Jan 29
Göteborg Rotterdam Santa Barbara Film Festivals, Martha's Film Corner

Rotterdam International Film Festival (January 24 – February 4)

The festival was created in 1972 and is one of the largest and industry-driven film festivals in the world. It was born through an initiative of the Rotterdam Arts Foundation. The first director of the festival, Hubert Bald († 1988), pushed the reputation of the film festival to an international level. There have been several directors since. Bero Beyer is the current film festival director.

Last year, there were 314 000 admissions and 2 298 film professionals involved in the festival. The festival includes more than 500 features, mid-length, and short films over 50 countries.

It focuses on recent work by new filmmakers and independent filmmaking as well as film-related art. It proposes four main sections: fictions, documentaries, short films, and media art, but retrospectives and themed programmes as well. The competition is limited to firsts and second features.

The emphasis of the festival is the development and support of new talents as well. Filmmakers can be coached, financed, distributed and supported through the Hubert Bals Fund, the co-production market CineMart and the Rotterdam Lab.

It’s also renown for enabling an easy access to Asian producers and directors.

The festival aims to challenge its audience in tackling issues and tensions of contemporary social relevance and is renowned for offering an impressive diversity of films.

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Göteborg International Film Festival (January 26 – February 5)

The Götebord International Film Festival began in 1979. When it was launched in 1979 it showed 17 films on 3 screens and had 3,000 visitors. With 160000 visitors, 450 films from 80 countries, 1053 screenings, the Göteborg Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Nordic countries today. Each year the festival’s program group travels around the world to track down choice films to bring back to Göteborg.

Besides showcasing filmmaking from all over the world, one of the main goals of the festival is to springboard Nordic film and TV drama through the Nordic Film Market.

The festival has twelves categories: Animation (long and short features), documentaries, debut-films, focus featuring a region or theme, festival favourites of the past year, five continents, Gala featuring stars of the branch, HBTQ (=LGBT), Nordic Competition, Nordic Light (incl. the best of the Sweden’s four Nordic neighbouring countries), Swedish World Premiers, Swedish Pictures (incl. circa 100 Swedish short-films),
The Nordic competition offers one of the film world’s largest prize: one million Swedish crowns.

The festival also offers 40 seminars as well as live music performances, art exhibits, and many other activities.

The festival has the reputation of being well organized and having a familiar atmosphere.

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival (February 1 – February 10)

Over the past 30 years, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has become one of the leading film festivals in the United States – attracting 90,000 attendees and offering 11days of 200+ films, tributes, and symposiums.

The festival focuses on independent and international films, as well as educational programming for underprivileged populations. It features a high percentage of films campaigning for the Academy Awards. It has strong ties to the entertainment industry in L.A. The festival has become one of the most important cinema events a few weeks before the Academy Awards Ceremony since many Academy members live in the area.

The festival is best known for its hospitality, networking events and audience related program, especially large student population.
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Hello there, I'm Martha, a tenacious optimist, multi passionated human being obsessed with improvement and breakthroughs. I'm a pain in the ass when it comes to accepting status quo and I love inspiring films and books because they go to the depth of our feelings, have the power to change perspective and sometimes to heal.