The 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 screened throughout the course of 11 days. The festival takes place at Nordisk Film kino Vika and Klingenberg, at Cinemateket in Oslo and at Vega Scene. The main prize, The 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 it`s niche. The Films from the South Festival is organized by The Festival Agency Foundation (Stiftelsen Festivalkontoret), which also organizes the film festivals Arab Film Days and Oslo Pix.
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 winners of The Silver Mirror Award:
Araby, João Dumans and Affonso Uchoa (Brazil, 2017)
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)
The Films from the South Festival aim to:
- be well-known and recognized nationally as well as abroad as the leading European festival for quality films from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
- be a meeting place for filmmakers from the southern and northern hemispheres.
- be an important national cultural arena with international impact.
- through film screenings and debates contribute to a nuanced portrait of countries in the southern hemisphere and to increased global knowledge among Norwegian citizens.
- reach a Norwegian multicultural audience and offer new minorities in Norway a wider range of cultural events.