33rd Uppsala International Short Film Festival Uppsala, Sweden October 20-26, 2014
Founded in 1982, the Uppsala International Short Film Festival has become Sweden’s premier arena for short film, having attained both national recognition for the Swedish Film Institute and genuine international renown. In addition, the festival is the most important international cultural event in Uppsala. Every year the seven-day film event shows more than 300 short films from 50 countries, in five different sections exploring the diversity and richness of the short film – from new film to retrospective programmes, from fiction film, documentaries and experimental film to animation.
Taking place in the university town of Uppsala, at four cinemas located in the city’s classic cinema district, the Uppsala International Short Film Festival is a meeting place for the audience, the industry and the media. The festival has 10 000 spectators and about 400 accredited guests.
The Uppsala International Short Film Festival is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which means that winning the international or national competition at the festival makes a film eligible for an Oscar nomination. “We are still waiting for one of our winners to also win an Oscar”, remarks Festival Director Niclas Gillberg with optimistic expectation.
Gillberg was very open to answering additional questions on the festival and short film in general.
Venue: Slottsbiografen, Nedre Slottsgatan 6. Uppsala International Short Film Festival
How has the short film, in general, changed over the years?
It is much easier for filmmakers to make films with today's technology. The aesthetics and the means to experiment have changed a lot over the last ten years. Short film is usually more innovative than mainstream cinema. The desire to experiment with film is much more visible in short film, and it has become visible even in more conventional short films as well. Short film has become an ever more interesting genre in the last couple of years.
Venue: Grand, Trädgårdsgatan 5. Photo: Uppsala International Short Film Festival
This is the 33rd edition of the Uppsala International Short Film Festival. How has the festival's character and overall mood changed over the years?
The character of the festival has changed a lot since the beginning. It has become increasingly more professional, with a more ambitious programme. But the festival started as a short film festival for film lovers, and still has the same goal. In the last ten years we have also added a seminar programme which goes more in-depth concerning important issues in short film.
Could you tell us more about the film selection process, and introduce us to the jury?
The festival received nearly 5000 entries this year, and 150 films were selected in three different competitions (International, National and Children's films). Three selection committees have seen all of the films and made the very hard decision of which films to include. When we make the programme, we want as great a variety as possible in terms of things such as country of production, genre, subject, gender of the key crew, etc.
Venue: Regina, Trädgårdsgatan 6. Photo: Uppsala International Short Film Festival
International Jury: Matt Lloyd (Festival Director, Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland), Sytske Kok (filmmaker, The Netherlands), Flavia Ferrucci (Programmer/Distributor, Good Short Films, Italy), Jannike Åhlund (film critic/journalist, Sweden) and Oscar Eriksson (Distributor, Folkets bio/Festival Director, Cinema Queer, Sweden).
National Jury: Nils-Thomas Andersson (Distributor, Filmcentrum, Sweden), Juhani Alanen (Executive Director, Tampere Film Festival, Finland) and Kristina Lindquist (Head of Culture, Journalist, Sweden).
Festival highlights as selected by Niclas Gillberg:
This year's big special programmes are “Love Beyond the Norm” and “Dutch Shorts”.
“Love Beyond the Norm” is a programme about norm-breaking ways of living. It is a very important programme in that it changes the way we look at the image of society in which we are living in today. People who do not live their lives according to the established norms are often treated badly in society. By showing this programme, we are bringing up this important issue, but mostly we are celebrating norm-breaking ways of living.
The programme “Dutch Shorts” shows films from the last 15 years that have come from a small, but still large short-film country. This programme shows films from all genres and brings up a variety of subjects showing the complexity and diversity of both Dutch film production and Dutch society. Other programmes in the festival are: a retrospective with Sasha Pirker and Malin Skjöld, Polish Animation, Classic Short Films, EFA Nominations, and much more.