The first edition of the Carl International Film Festival in Karlskrona has been completed. Southern Sweden’s newest film festival focusing on films from the Baltic Sea region. Between September 8–13 the festival’s 36 films from 17 countries and over 50 program activities has attracted no less than 3510 visits. The festival has also welcomed film guests from a total of 11 countries.
Carl International Film Festival opened on September 8 at Karlskrona Concert Hall with a ceremony and the first screening in Sweden of Tarik Saleh’s feature The Nile Hilton Incident with the producer Kristina Åberg in Karlskrona. The film the Grand Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival, where the film had its world premiere.
The theatres were full when the festival presented premiere films in the program. The festival altogether presented 2 Nordic premieres, 4 Swedish premieres and 2 Swedish festival premieres.
In the main program with focus on new feature ficition from the Baltic Sea countries, Baltic Sea Program, Andrius Blazevicius The Saint (Litauen) had its Nordic premiere, with the director present for a Q&A after the film. Films like Bitch (Sweden), Mellow Mud (Latvia), Becker Small Town Gangster (Sweden) and Strawberry Days (Sweden) had guests from the films present in Karlskrona.
Talks and events
The festival presented altogether 16 seminars and events. Over 600 participants joined the festival’s events, talks and activities throughout the festival days. The program offered everything from city tours to Karlskronas historical cinema theatres and film locations to talks in the restaurant Biobaren with famous Swedish film professionals, as well as filmquiz and much more!