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 “peripheries”, and is meant to be interpreted in a broad sense, geographical as well as political and sociological. The Arctic could be seen as the world's periphery, and some of the films and events touch on either the peripheries of the sea or the sky. Several move beyond conventional film genres and artforms. In the gray area in-between the cinema and the gallery. We want to look at, for example, the tension between the outskirts and the center, between the deviant and the socially accepted or the norm, and to look at specific tensions in society in our present and past in this area. All marginal communities can be included in this context; all who have, for example, a different sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender than the 'norm'. Can the film medium help us to understand these tensions, and how have we used the medium of film through history to understand these tensions? What do we accentuate and what do we hide away?

The two main curators, Norwegian Helga-Marie Nordby and Italian Vanina Saracino, both Berlin-based, have chosen artists touching on these themes in their work. Nordby has chosen artists Lars Laumann (born 1975 in Brønnøysund) and Hedda Kristine Bremseth (born 1986 in Stjørdal) as the established and young artist profile. Bremseths artistic practice is a mix of performance, film and stand-up, where she is both the main character and the director. In addition to showing a selection of her films in the cinema, Bremseth has also produced a new work for AMIFF 2018, which will premiere at the festival during the opening, «Tander». Lars Laumann, one of Norway's most renowned artists internationally, will be dedicated a retrospective at the festival, with screenings in the cinema and installations at the library. His films and installations break down boundaries between documentary and staged, borrowed and created, fiction and fact. Laumann is attracted to the outskirts of popular culture and explores people who live outside the norm, on the margins of the margins. Vanina Saracino has chosen artist Enrique Ramirez (Chile) for Tidal Pulse, a site-responsive sound piece and visual voyage. During one single  journey lasting three hours, the local speedboat Stjernøy transforms into Tidal Pulse, a temporary world emerging from the aftermath of  the environmental crisis, interweaving the abyss and the cosmos into a new history of the future.