Films from the North - Keeping up appearances
The deadline for submitting films to the Films from the North program at Tromsø International Film Festival was passed a few weeks ago. – 120 films have found their way to our headquarters in time for this year’s selection, says Program Manager for FFN 2011, Erling Falch.
- I believe the quality of this year’s entries is good. It is about the same as earlier years, and it is encouraging that we manage to keep up the interest and quality of the Films from the North program, says Falch.
According the Program Manager, there is some variation in the quality of the films submitted. But for the most part all the films keep a pleasing level.
This year 68 films are from Norway; 15 from Sweden; 11 from Canada; 17 from Finland; and, 3 are from Russia.
- A typical FFN film is either a short drama about 7-8 or 15-20 minutes long, or half hour long documentaries, explains Falch.
This is the 11th time the Films from the North program is part of Tromsø International Film Festival.
- We have always seen a lot of so called amateur films and debut shorts in the FFN program. But recent years we have received more contributions from more established and experiences filmmakers. It seems the short film format and documentaries are gaining popularity, says Henning Rosenlund, who has worked with the FFN program for many years.
Every year the festival sees a lot of entries from “Nordland kunst og filmskole” (Nordland Art and Film school) in Kabelvåg. For a lot of students these are their first attempt at submitting a film to a festival. These films are presented in a separate selection.
- We are in competition with for instance the festival in Gothenburg, and it is uplifting that a lot of filmmakers, from all over the northern areas chose to screen their film here in Tromsø, says Rosenlund.