The Festival of 2014
Stockholm's 25th International Film Festival set records for the number of films, countries and the number of visitors. 2014 is also the year of the women laureates. 201 films, 60 countries, and the total number of visitors during the year amounts to 141,000. A record has also been broken in the number of female winners. 8 of the 17 prizes awarded went to women and this is the third year in a row that the Bronze Horse is awarded to a female director.
The record-breaking program was packed with famous titles and new discoveries from odd film countries such as Ukraine, Somalia and Mauritius. Spotlight went under the heading HOPE as a tribute to the quality film that highlights stories we all grow from. The festival opened with Mikael Marcimain's long-awaited film adaptation of Klas Östergren's critically acclaimed novel »Gentlemen«. This year's middle film is »Birdman« by Alejandro González Iñárritu and »Wild« directed by Jean-Marc Vallée rounded off the festival.
This year's winning film was French director Céline Sciamma's »Girlhood«. Ninja Thyberg won the 1 KM film Grant for his short film »Hot Chicks«. For the second year in a row, the film festival collaborated with the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. He created two ice sculptures depicting the lions guarding the Forbidden City in Beijing. The sculptures attracted a lot of attention among directors, festival goers and the general public who showed their support. Director Xavier Dolan visited the festival before the premiere of his latest film»Mommy«. The film was awarded the audience award on Sunday - the Silver Audience Award. This year's Stockholm Visionary Award went to Roy Andersson. The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Mike Leigh, and Uma Thurman was also present in Stockholm, who was also presented with a Bronze Horse for the Stockholm Achievement Award.
The Festival poster of 2014
Winner at Stockholm Film Festival in 2014
Best Film: Girlhood, Céline Sciamma
Best Debut: A Girl at my Door, July Jung
Best Script: Nima Javidi, Melbourne
Best Actress: Jasna Zalica, These are The Rules
Best Actor: Emir Hadzihafizbegovic,These are the Rules
Best Cinematography: Crystel Fournier, Girlhood & These Are The Rules.
Honorable Mention, Cinematography: Hooman Behmanesh, Melbourne
Best Score: Luke Abbott, The Goob
Best Short: The Chicken, Una Gunjak
Telia Film Award: 10.000 km, Carlos Marques-Marcet
FIPRESCI Award: Saverio Costanzo,Hungry Hearts
Stockholm Rising Star: Julia Ragnarsson
Stockholm Achievement Award: Uma Thurman
Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award: Mike Leigh
Stockholm Visionary Award: Roy Andersson
1 km film Grant: Ninja Thyberg, Hot Chicks
1 km film Honorable Mention: Tia Kouvo, Chatten
iFestival Award: A Spark at Darkest Night, Paul DeSilva