Gothenburg International Film Festival 2019: Cash Prize SEK 1 million, Focus on Climate Change (Apocalypse)

42 Göteborg Film Festival in 2019: Jonas Holmberg (left) and Andreas Degerhammar (right)

Gothenburg International Film Festival is the biggest film event in a calendar year, and its 42nd edition is beginning on 25 January and continues till 4 February. The significance of the annual film festival in the 400-year-old Swedish city is that it provides a platform for screening of movies from all over the world, and also a platform for Nordic film makers (Scandinavian countries and Finland) to present their movies to the world.

During the eleven-day film festival more than 400 films from 83 countries will be screened across the cinema halls in Gothenburg, and also in Gothenburg Region. Almost all the films are subtitled in English and there will be movies made in more than 40 languages.

The film festival is the time of the year for movie buffs to watch the best movies produced in a year, and also for the artists and industry experts to gather and to exchange each other’s ideas to convert those ideas into reality: storytelling on the screen: moving images.

Focus in 2019: The special focus in this year’s film festival is on movies related to climate change. How to live when (if) there is an Apocalypse? The movies will show a world gripped by Apocalypse, and probably the policy makers, politicians among others will be sensitised in order to take steps to prevent climate change getting out of control of humanity.

Listen to the podcast: Jonas Holmberg, the artistic director of Gothenburg International Film Festival talks about the event, and also gives tips on how to make the best use of the event – which movies to look out for to watch.

Podcast: talks to Jonas Holmberg

Andreas Degerhammar suggests the audience to skim through the 210-page book published by the organizers and pick up the event related to movies to attend, or to choose a movie to watch. The 42nd Göteborg Film Fesitval 25 jan – 4 feb 2019 is available at many stores, restaurants and cafes to pick up (free of cost). For more information about the festival and movie screenings, check the website: