Stockholm international film festival started in 1990 and is one of the largest cultural events in the Nordic region. During twelve intense days in November the festival presents 150 premieres from more than 60 countries. All together several hundred program items including screenings, seminars , Face2Face, Red Carpet-screenings and parties are organised. The festival is visited by hundreds of film makers and since its inception celebrities like Francis Ford Coppola, Susan Sarandon, Luc Besson, Lauren Bacall, Ang Lee, Gena Rowlands, Roman Polanski and Quentin Tarantino have visited the festival and met the audience at the cinemas.
The Festival is also recognized for its ability to promote and offer a venue for young and unestablished filmmakers. As many as a third of the films selected are made by a debuting director and only directors who have made less than 3 films are selected for the competition.
The aim for Stockholm International Film Festival is to broaden the selection of films in Sweden with creative new films of high quality and offer the visitor an orientation within modern film to stimulate a continuing debate. With seminars, opportunities to meet actors and filmmakers during the face2face along with the extensive catalogue, all means are given to make the film experience come full circle.