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 - Saturday and Sunday - held at Lunde Folkets Hus (house of the people). Used as a Cinema in the 70's it has now received a revival! On Friday we start off with an invitation only party for participating film makers, press, film organizations and special guests. Networking, interviews and press, but also just a celebration and a good time.

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 at the nearby Hotel Björkudden for all selected film makers, a wonderful establishment located by the river in the middle of the High Coast. 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 the first three 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 and even 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.

We also offer all films to take part in our patreon-only screening where press, festival members on patreon can watch the festival films online through a private and hidden videolibrary. This increases the reach of the films and enables audience to watch films more conveniently as well as press, and magazines to easier get access to the films to write reviews, contact the film makers etc.

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.

You can always find more information on our website, where we also have created a guide for film makers interested in participating which explains the stages of the festival more in detail.

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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, 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

Best Feature Film
Best Fiction Film
Best Documentary Film
Best Experimental Film

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

-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.

-Previous Festival history for the Film does not influence the submission selection. Neither Films displayed in multiple festivals nor World premieres are given priority.

-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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  • 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
  • Carl Sundström

    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
  • Ruud Matthijssen

    Nice festival with great communications! Nice surroundings and they even arrange your hotel for you when you attend. Thanks again Jonatan and Andrija for selecting us. Hope to see you again in the future!

    September 2018
  • American Brightlight

    First of all, I want to thank everyone in High Coast International Film Festival for selecting and screening my film, ‘Paradise’. I won the best feature film award and it was great news for me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the festival because my new film was (and still is) screening in my country so I had to be here. The festival organizer communicated with my director of international affairs so well and he was also very kind to him. The festival also kept us posted about the programs and the news coverage was very good. I recommend everyone to take part in this festival.

    September 2018