The Festival of 2021

After almost two years of global pandemic that forced the cinemas to stay closed and gave severe audience restrictions, the Stockholm Film Festival returned to the city's cinemas with mingling, director visits and packed cinemas. Among the visiting guests were Joachim Trier, who received the Stockholm Visionary Award in connection with the screening of »The Worst Person in The World« and Jane Campion, who received the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award. Kenneth Branagh gave an emotional speech about his childhood portrayal »Belfast«, which became this year's closing film, before receiving the Stockholm Achievement Award. Actress Robin Wright also received the Stockholm Achievement Award and showed her film directorial debut »Land«.

This year's jury chairman, the Afghan film director Sahraa Karimi, also participated in a panel with Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde on the situation of women and cultural workers in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover. Hollywood director Cary Joji Fukunaga visited Stockholm to present his Bond film »No Time to Die« and hold a Masterclass about his career during the Industry Days. The opening film was »Parallel Mothers« by Pedro Almodóvar, on the theme of Motherhood. This year's poster artwork is also borrowed from the film.

This year's festival poster

Winners at the Stockholm Film Festival in 2021:

Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award: Jane Campion
Stockholm Achievement Award: Kenneth Branagh & Robin Wright
Stockholm Visionary Award: Joachim Trier

Best Film: »Rhino« av Oleg Sentsov
Best Dictor: Tatiana Huezo för »Prayers for the Stolen«
Best Debut: »The Hill Where Lionesses Roar« av Luàna Bajrami
Best Script: »The Hill Where Lionesses Roar« av Luàna Bajrami
Best Actress: Ruth Wilson för »True Things«
Best Actor: Serhii Filimonov för »Rhino«
Best Cinematography: Tim Curtin för »A Chiara«
Best Documentary: »Sabaya« av Hogir Hirori
Best Short Film: »The Right Words« av Adrian Moyse Dullin
FIPRESCI Award for Best Film: »Petite Maman« av Céline Sciamma
Zalando Rising Star: Edvin Ryding
1KM FILM Grant: Emma Pål Brunzell
1KM FILM, honorable mentions: Erik Warolin
1KM FILM, honorable mentions: Pella Kågerman
The Worlds Shortest Short Film Award: »Stay Sane« av Amanda Gylling 
Audience Award: »Belfast« av Kenneth Branagh

“Thank you for another wonderful visit to the Stockholm Film Festival! So much fun to once again participate and experience this warm, relevant and present feeling which the festival is constantly able to create for us participants. It feels like you are switfly just thrown into the film world's inspiring chaos of premieres, screenings, audiences and filmmakers. And that is precisely why it becomes like an anchor in an sometimes difficult-to-navigate reality. Cheers Stockholm! ”

 – David Dencik

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