The 2016 Scandinavian Film Festival made its way to Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, and Hobart; showcasing many Nordic films, including the Norwegian films Welcome to Norway and The wave, Scandinavia’s first disaster movie.
One of Norway’s most popular movie stars, Jakob Oftebro was also the festival guest for Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.
Ambassador Kløvstad spoke at the opening reception and premier screening of the film welcome to Norway in Canberra, which sold out three cinema theatres. The Honorary Consuls for Brisbane and Perth also spoke to sold out crowds at the opening receptions in Brisbane and Perth respectively.
Ambassador Kløvstad also spoke to Hilde Grande of SBS Norwegian during the opening night in Canberra. The interview is available here.
Norway now has a highly developed and increasingly progressive film industry, with some extraordinary talent and expertise.
Last year 23 Norwegian feature length films premiered in Norway and a large part of these are also sold abroad and seen by audiences worldwide (export value of about 21 million NOK or about 3,3 mill AUD).
Films are a great way of portraying Norwegian culture, language, and the ideas held dear in Norwegian society.
The Scandinavian Film Festival is a highly attended film festival throughout Australia, which is a testament to the growing success of Nordic cinema.