ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The third edition of Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival (AMIFF), will happen in the small coastal town of Harstad in the Arcitc Northern Norway, 19 - 22 October 2017. It gives a great opportunity to experience engaging and groundbreaking film and moving images made in the Arctic and internationally, and to hear talks and take part in interesting discussions and workshops. We celebrate film - through past, present and future - and explore our society through all the artistic expressions of film. The festival has an exciting combination of conventional film and 'moving images'; video-art, experimental film, time-based installations and sculptures, and explore the space where cinema and gallery meet. It is all set in the spectacular Arctic scenery: fjords, mountains and stunning Northern Lights, and you can experience the historic but now very modern town of Harstad; its people, museum, gallery, cafés, restaurants, and boutique shops. The perfect setting for an intimate film festival with both an experimental and an Arctic edge. 

The festival is based on the fact that the relatively short history of film is now starting to measure up to a considerable size, and that our identity is now intertwined by film, as we meet it through TV, the internet, the cinema, galleries, our Smartphones etc. We can now reflect several generations back in time using film archive. At the same time film reflects forward, through the exploration of artistic expressions using new technology, as Virtual Reality and video mapping. Film today is a very powerful artistic expression, as can be seen by the fact that in some countries, film directors and visual artists within the moving image are imprisoned because of their works. The festival therefore takes an explorative approach to the whole range of artistic expressions through film, throughout history, to see where our different stories fit in, especially the Arctic story which seldom is looked at. How are our stories expressed through film and seen in relation to the rest of the world? The combination of conventional film and moving images allows an exploration of the touchpoint between these, which again is a seldom explored territory.

The festival hopes to be an inspirational and engaging arena for the general public, and students and professionals within both the film and art world. Current topics in film and the arts will be discussed, with a different main topic every year, all set in a broader social, political and cultural context of the Arctic and the surrounding world. This will be facilitated by showing films and moving images of high artistic quality, and a broad programme of discussions, talks and workshops.

All the above makes Arctic Moving Image and Film Festival (AMIFF) unique among the other film festivals in Norway. The aim is to create interesting discussions and to be a source of inspiration. Also, for those unfamiliar with people in the Arctic and how they live, visiting the film festival and seeing film from the Arctic will be an ideal way in.


The main topic of AMIFF 2018

The theme of the third edition of AMIFF is “Truths and Myths”, and is meant to be interpreted in a broad sense. The festival seeks explore myths and truths in politics, society, history, art and media. In todays technological media world it isn't easy to separate truths and myths. Fake news is a concept we have got to know all too well lately. It is frightning how news, election campaigns and events today can be manipulated in a way that makes it impossble for us to discern what is true or not. Besides, it is our human nature to create myths about 'the other', the unknown, the thing we don't understand. The Arctic has been a mythical place throughout history, and still new myths are created. Can film and art help us to understand this grey area, and how have we have used the film medium throughout history to convey truths and create myths? What do we emphesise and what do we hide away? Who get their story told?

The guest curator for AMIFF 2019 is Kristian Skylstad, who has chosen artists touching on these themes in their work.