Films from the South Festival (FFSF), founded in 1991, is a unique international film festival based in Oslo, the capital of Norway. 80 films from Asia, Africa and Latin America are shown throughout the course of 11 days to approximately 25 000 audiences. The festival takes place at Vika and Klingenberg kino in close cooperation with Nordisk Film Kino, and at Cinemateket in close cooperation with The Norwegian Film Institute. The main award, Silver Mirror Award, is given each year to the best film in the main competition. The festival is a film-political corrective to a western-oriented film scene, and it is the biggest festival in Northern Europe within its niche.
Some of the festival’s previous guests:
Hirokazu Koreeda, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Amat Escalante, Jafar Panahi, Pablo Larraín, Abderrahmane Sissako, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Raoul Peck, Gianfranco Rosi, Mariana Rondón, Karim Aïnouz, Nadine Labaki, Shirin Neshat, Carlos Reygadas.
Previous Silver Mirror Award-winners:
After the Storm, Hirokazu Koreeda (Japan, 2016)
Ixcanul, Jayro Bustamante (Guatemala, 2015)
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Ronit og Shlomi Elkabetz (Israel, 2014)
The Dance of Reality, Alejandro Jodorowsky (Chile 2013)
Wolf Children, Mamoru Hosoda (Japan, 2012)
Las Acacias, Pablo Giorgelli (Argentine, 2011)
The Housemaid, Im Sang-Soo (Sør-Korea, 2010)
City of Life and Death, Chuan Lu (China, 2009)
Films from the South’s visions and goals:
- FFS shall be well-known and recognized nationally as well as abroad and be the leading European festival for films of quality from the continents of Asia, Africa and Latin America.
- FFS shall be a meeting place for filmmakers from the southern and northern hemispheres.
- FFS shall be an important national cultural arena with international impact.
- FFS shall through the experiencing of art contribute to an increased understanding among Norwegians about the world around them.
- FFS shall reach a Norwegian multicultural audience and have an impact throughout the rest of Scandinavia.
- FFS shall offer new minorities in Norway a wider range of cultural events.
- FFS shall through films and debates give a nuanced portrait of countries in the southern hemisphere.
- FFS shall each year present a broad program of the best films from the three southern continents, and at an early date.
- FFS shall be perceived as a strong brand name.