Not So Happy Film Festival premiered in the summer of 2020, not in a theater near you but in the middle of nowhere in Sweden. We'll continue in the summer of 2021.

Two week residency at the Bluesberry Woods Sculptured House, meals included.

We are a small film festival with the mission to encourage filmmakers to reach another audience. If your submission fits the theme of the Not So Happy Film Festival, you are welcome to contact us. The theme is the name of the festival. No horror movies, unless it's real life horror like Donald Trump.

We take applications for:

Feature films. The length can be 45 minutes or longer.
Documentaries. The length can be 15 minutes or longer.
Short films. The length can be 45 minutes or shorter.
Art films. The length should be under two hours.

The submitted film must have been finished after January 1, 2019. Please note that any screening of the film in Sweden prior to the Festival automatically disqualifies the film from participating in the Not So Happy Film Festival. Your film must be subtitled in English (if the original dialogue is not entirely in English). Make sure the subtitles are big enough to be read from a distance.

Overall Rating
  • Kaspar Peters

    I was very happy to be a part of the first edition of Not So Happy Film Festival. To show my film in a rather intimate crowd, surrounded by trees, was a wonderful experience. The hospitality was heart warming and the selection of films showed a wide range of topics and aethetic approaches.

    October 2020

    It's a great film festival. I am truly grateful to the audience and staff.

    July 2020
  • Beatrice Aliné

    Thank you for letting us be part of this festival! - I can't say anything about Hospitation, Networking and so on, because we didn't get the chance to go to the festival in person. The Festival Supervisors are very friendly via mail and sent a card with feedback from the people who had watched the film at the festival. That's very kind, thank you :)

    July 2020
  • Best intimate, eco-friendly venue out there! Quite frankly, the most magical place to screen your film for a passionate crowd ;)

    July 2020