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After some quiet holiday time in rural Iceland Docs & Film Festivals is back on track. I´ve a good feeling about 2012 and think it will be a good year, filled with documentaries, film festivals and good times. The online magazine will be published hopefully sooner than later but preparation is going great. Also, there are plans to offer the readers of Docs& Film Festivals discount on documentaries on DVDs in the new year, similar to the discount on The Extra Ordinary Life of José González that was available for you guys early December.
There are also some good film festivals to attend and report from this year. Personally I would rather spend my time inside a cinema watching a good documentary than walking in the piles of snow here in Reykjavík this time of year. Since we don´t have any film festival during winter, attending a film festival abroad is incredibly tempting. I guess some of you are thinking the same so I decided to make a short list of some interesting film festivals coming up in January and stretching into February.
Tromsø International Film Festival, 17th-22nd of January Tromsø, Norway. Those planning to tan inbetween doc screenings should not attend this film festival, but fans of Nordic Docs, snow and last but not least Aurora Borealis should definitely attend the festival. Held for the 22nd time this year, this non competitive film festival screens some interesting documentaries from Barents region and other circumpolar areas, some focusing on identity, others on dance, the local vs. global etc.
Sundance Film Festival 19-29th January Park City, Utah, America. Sundance is one of world´s leading indie film festivals, certainly America´s. A must to visit. See also previous post about this year´s Sundance.
DocPoint Helsinki, 24th-29th of January, Helsinki, Finland. One of Finlands biggest film festival, the festival last year had a record audience with over 32.500 guests and 148 films screened. Some good documentaries have been made in Finland in recent years so this years festival will most likely offer many interesting films. The festival also holds master classes, seminars and side events. The programme will be published in few days, Docs & Film Festivals will keep you posted on that one.
Göteborg International Film Festival 27th of January- 6th of February, Göteborg, Sweden. Sweden´s leading film festival, if not Scandinavia, boasts feature films, documentary and shorts, as well as seminars, master classes and more. The programme will be realeased 11th of January.
Docs Barcelona 31st of January – 5th of February, Barcelona, Spain. Docs Barcelona will be held for the 15th time this year. It´s a festival for the industry as well as regular audiences and has lots of interesting documentaries, pitching forum, master classes and documentary sections focusing on investigative journalism and documentary, innovative documentary story telling, section for children and teenagers etc. Alongside the flm festival there will be DocSessions, a online showcase with section of the films available to watch online. DocSessions will be available from 23rd of January, however it seems it´s only available for viewers in Spain.
Hope you all have a great year! I am looking forward to 2012 and sharing good documentaries and film festival info with out my dear readers : )
Attached is a picture taken by me close to my second home in south-east Iceland, by Vatnajökull glacier.