About Us

Films from the South (FFS) open doors for its 30th edition in November 2020, from the 5th to the 15th, and is the largest filmfestival in Oslo, Norway. See the world from a different angle is our main slogan and we present films and filmmakers from Asia, Africa and Latin-America for an ever-growing audience (25.000 admissions in 2018). Films from Asia, Africa and Latin America are showcased in 10 intense days at cinemas like Vika and Klingenberg cinema, The cinemateque and Vega Scene. The main prize, The Silver Mirror Award, is given each year to the best film in the main competition. The festivals grand ambition is to find and present the jewels of international filmproduction, outside the western hemispehere. Enhancing this mission the festival is also connected to the production support fond SØRFOND, being responsible for marketing the fond, organizing the funds annual pitching forum, and having the Nordic premiere for the completed films. 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, Tolga Karacelik, Mariana Rondón, Karim Aïnouz, Nadine Labaki, Shirin Neshat, Carlos Reygadas.

Previous winners of The Silver Mirror Award:

Wandring GirlRubén Mendoza (Colombia, 2019) 
Burning, Lee Chang-dong (Sør-Korea 2018)
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 recognized, both nationally and internationally, as the leading European festival for showcasing quality films from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • Be a meeting place for filmmakers from the southern and northern hemispheres.
  • Through our work in SØRFOND, contribute to production of quality films in developing countries.
  • Be an important national cultural, arena with international impact.
  • Through film screenings and debates, contribute to a nuanced portrait of countries beyond the western hemisphere.