Stockholm International Film Festival
From: Thursday, November 15 2007, 8:00 am
to: Sunday, November 25 2007, 5:00 pm
Stockholm welcomes talented new directors to one of the world's only 24-hour film festivals. The event's main prize - the 7.3-kilo Bronze Horse - is the heaviest award in the world!
This is one of the leading competitive film festivals in northern Europe. Its main competition is for directors who have made their first, second or third film, and there are also a short film competition, regional spotlights, tribute retrospectives, strands devoted to American independent and Asian cinema and more.
The festival was set up in 1990 by two enthusiastic Swedish film buffs, who faxed in from the Cannes Festival that they intended to set up a major film festival in Stockholm in November. The media caught on, the event was publicised and the two suddenly found themselves in the spotlight, having no idea how to go about their task. Incredibly, with the help of 200 volunteers and a group of international professionals, they did manage to organise a highly successful festival in only six months.
In subsequent years, the festival has grown into an event of international proportions. Celebrities including Quentin Tarantino, Dennis Hopper and Lars von Trier have all visited. It also has a nice line in celebrity endorsements: "I just wish my whole life was like this festival," Hopper said.