HIGH COAST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – True Independent Films in the Swedish High Coast.

We work to promote True Independent Films – for film makers to reach out with and for people to see. Participating at the High Coast Film Festival should be a valuable and memorable experience.

The Festival is a two day event - Friday and Saturday- held at Lunde Folkets Hus (house of the people). Used as a Cinema in the 70's it has now received a revival!

We show films that are self produced and haven't been at the major Swedish Film Festivals. We also have a limit for how much external cash that the production has been granted. This is to ensure that the Festival remains a platform for True Independent Films and film makers. For more details about eligibility please read "Rules & Terms" below.

The foundational idea with the festival and the program we put together is the personal voice and expression through the medium of film. There are no sections for contemporary films or attention to any specific topics or methods – film as a means to artisticly express and portray is what puts the program together.

As a result we show films with all sorts of thematics and methods. Strict fiction with a clear cut storyline, wild experimental film poetry, quiet anthropological documentaries. Comedies, dramas and everything there between. Some are entertaining, some are not. Some are easy to digest, some not at all.

We pay for accommodation for all selected film makers thursday to sunday so all guests can get both the festival event and a few days extra. This is something we do to help and support visiting the festival and part of our ambition to make it a valuable experience for participating film makers.

During our first four editions we are happy to have succeeded establishing the festival as a quality event for international independent films in the High Coast. Lots of press coverage by regional news paper, Swedish National TV and Swedish National wide radio have spread the word about what we do and it's had an impact. Full house festival and attendence from both press, audience, film organizations and film makers have shown what we knew all along – the quality of real independent films is high, the gems are unknown and once people are exposed to them they put great value to the films and the cinematic experience.

2018 we founded a Streamingsite for True Independent Films – Illambra. All participants are invited to join, not only with the film at the festival but with others too that fit the site. We want to offer audience a wider opportunity to take part of the festival program – all year around from anywhere in the world, and to offer film makers a home for their works where they are presented in a qualitative environment and platform. The idea of Illambra is to over time build a solid videostore online presenting authors rather than titles for audience to follow and watch works of.

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Featured Films on Website
Apart from the Festival event we have also begun building a section of featured films on our website. We're looking for Experimental and Unconventional Genre, Auteur and Art house films of all sorts.

If you have a Short film available for free online or a Feature film for free or purchase, and you wish to have it featured and promoted, please follow the instructions in this link: http://bit.ly/featuredfilm

We want to host a curated section of films that is wide but still of quality and that makes sense for film makers who submits a film, as more films can be featured on our website than we can invite to the festival event.

The curating is based on our artistic judgement and we won't feature every film - but we will host many and we will never charge for this service.

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Feedback, Review & Festival Consideration
It's frustrating to be declined and not get to know why. However, it can also be frustrating submitting to a festival and be forced to pay a higher fee because it includes feedback you're not interested in.

We work diligently, with care and dedication when putting the program together and when it comes to feedback for the submissions we do the same thing. This is why we divide our categories so that feedback is separate from the submissions and is an in-depth review rather than a small note.

Feedback is given by our head programmer Andrija Jovanovic and is an extensive analysis and review of the film and it's different components. Film language, dramaturgical storyline, pacing, technical aspects of grading, composoting and editing, acting etc. It's direct, honest and constructive.

If you wish to submit a film and also get feedback, please choose the matching category.

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We have no hard rules for the content of the film, but the following tend not to be a good fit for us:

- Films that seek to educate and teach the viewers
- TV-format films and headshot interview based documentaries
- Music videos and films solely driven by soundtrack

We spend months carefully watching and programming our festival selection. Presenting the best possible program we can is what our festival is built upon. Submitting to the festival is to pay to have the film considered and is not a guarantee to have it selected. We receive hundreds of submissions each edition and only around 5% are selected. Please make sure that you wish to submit before doing so.

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-GRAND PRIX
-Audience Award

-Best Feature Film
-Best Fiction Film
-Best Documentary Film
-Best Västernorrland Film

Please take a moment to read our Rules & Terms before submitting!

*Production Type
Films must be self produced. The director(s) must also be the producer(s), and if a Production Company is involved the director(s) must either own or part own said company. This is to ensure that the festival remains a forum for true independent films and film makers.

*Premiere Requirement
Films cannot have screened in any of the major Swedish Film Festivals: Uppsala, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Tempo. Other than that films can have screened at any other festival around the world and Sweden as well. This is to ensure that the festival remains a space for the independent films, and not become a platform for the same films that have already had exposure at the biggest Swedish Festival forums.

*Maximum Budget
Short Films : 5000€ external funds in cash
Feature Films : 20000€ external funds in cash

Note that this is the maximum allowed external funds that the film can receive and that all films lower, all the way down to zero, are welcome to submit. Also note that this limit is for actual funds in cash. Services, equipment, transport and anything with a financial value to the films production that hasn't been specifically paid for in cash with externally given funds does not influence the budget limit for eligibility.

-There is no limit as to how many films a Film Maker can submit. However, each film can only be submitted once in one single category. If your film is suiting in more than one category, then please choose the one you find most suiting.

-Completion date does not influence the submission selection.

-Animation is by the Jury considered as a "technique" and therefore ALL animated films can be submitted as long as they fullfil the requirements of at least one of the submission categories.

-Please make sure that your submission includes the following: Director Photography, Director Statement, Film Synopsis, Director Biography as these are needed to produce the Film Festival Catalogue.

-No refunds.

-We do not offer a screening fee.

- The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. The applicant is legally authorized to enter the film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.

-The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.

-If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that the film will be displayed in front of a live audience.

-The film remains the property of the author.

Overall Rating
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  • Fotis Skourletis

    I was surprised to receive such great interest, appreciation and love for cinema from this lovely edge of Europe. Great communication, passionate people.

    September 2019
  • Samuel Perriard

    Although I couldn't be there, it was a wonderful experience and an absolutely great festival that dedicated itself to the indie film scene. I would absolutely recommend it!

    September 2019
  • Lovisa Charlier

    High Coast International Film Festival is a great film festival focused on independent filmmakers, very organized with really good communications. Very helpful and friendly staff, thank you! We recommend everyone to take part in this festival!

    September 2018
  • Great is a word that is overly used these days but this festival is really the definition of a GREAT organized film festival.
    In a pretty remote place in Sweden this festival made by people who love and care about independent film is taking place. A place where filmmakers can network with each other or talk with the audience and organizers.
    I've been to my fair share of film festivals in my days, but I have to say these blocks of short films really took me off guard. They were filled with films that had higher standard of independent film than some of the biggest film festivals in Sweden.
    If you get the chance you should definitely submit your work to this film festival!

    September 2018
  • Great festival that pushes for independent filmmakers to have a place to screen their films. Located in such a beautiful and peaceful place so it's a great getaway as well.

    September 2018