The Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF), the largest Nordic film festival outside of Europe, has announced its winners of the 2020 festival. Top honors went to MY NAME IS BAGHDAD for Best International Feature, FORCE OF HABIT for Best Nordic Feature, EVERYTHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN for Best Documentary Feature, and INDEX which received the Aurora Borealis award. The announcement was made today by the festival’s founders, Linnea Larsdotter and Johan Matton.
The festival, over October 16-20, hosted five days of new features and short films online that represented all the Nordic countries, including the Faroe islands.
NIFF kicked off on October 15th at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in New York with a special drive-in screening for the Scandinavian-produced A24 horror film MIDSOMMAR, starring Florence Pugh.
Among the features presented, the festival showcased 3 World Premieres (OSLO COPENHAGEN, NOVEMBEROSLO, A REPORT ON THE PARTY AND THE GUESTS), 1 North American Premiere (EVERYTHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN), 2 US Premieres (FORCE OF HABIT, PETRA AND PETER), and 1 New York Premiere (WHERE MAN RETURNS).
The jurors for the 2020 committee included producer Anders Tangen, actress/producer Christiane Seidel, actor Craig DiFrancia, actor Alexander Karim, actor/screenwriter Jacob A. Ware and fashion executive Jennie Rosen.
The full winners and awards are as follows:
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
My Name Is Baghdad / Director Caru Alves de Souza
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
L’Oro Di Famiglia / Director Emanuele Pisano
BEST NORDIC FEATURE FILM
Force of Habit / Directors Reetta Aalto, Alli Haapasalo, Anna Paavilainen, Kirsikka Saari, Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Jeni Toivoniemi
BEST NORDIC SHORT FILM
Daddy’s Girl / Julia Lindström
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM
Everything That Could Have Been / Director Trond Kvig Andreassen
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM
Wasteland / Director Daniel Milton
Index / Director Nicolas Kolovos
Caru Alves de Souza (My Name Is Baghdad)
Eirik Evjen, Audun Fjeldheim (Everything That Could Have Been)
BEST FEMALE ACTOR
Cecilie Elisabeth Bogø Bach (Incident at School)
BEST MALE ACTOR
Ben Irving, Jack Irving (Giants Being Lonely)
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