2022 Festival 26 Aug - 6 Sep. New entries 10th of July 2021 (FILM SUBMISSIONS OPEN)
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2021 Festival 23-31 Oct (New dates for the festival) (FILM SUBMISSIONS CLOSED)
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The pandemic and the restrictions makes it impossible to hold this event before October 2021. We want a corona-free festival as possible. The spread of infection decreases with the vaccinations.
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Västerås Film Festival is an international film festival held in autumn every year since 2015. The festival will be moved to the summer and June month permanently. Västerås film festival shows films in different genres from around the world. We have prizes in different categories. The festival also contains workshops, lectures, debates, film cafés and exhibitions. Västerås Film Festival is one of the most interesting festivals in northern Europe.

2015-2019 International and National prizes
2021- International and Nordic prizes (new prize category)
2021- Short film award, 10 new award and category (International and Nordic)
2021- Web/ New media category and award (International)
2021- Artistic new award and category (two prizes International and Nordic)

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Winners 2019

NATIONAL AWARDS
Best National Short Film
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Best National Documentary
Kindertransports to Sweden

Best National Female Actor
Susanna Helldén

Best National Male Actor
Peter Sjöquist, Lantisar

Best National Photo
Iga Mikler, Finding Alice

Best National Screenplay
Göran Parkrud, Bunden

Best National Directing
Malin Dahl, Lantisar

Best Nordic Feature Film
Lantisar

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
Best International Short Film
Amaro (Germany)

Best International Animation
The Tree of Poison (Russia)

Best International Documentary
Servais (Belgium)

Best Music Video
Imagination (USA)

Best International 1-Minute Film
I Just Need Love (UK)

Best International Female Actor
Silvia Espigado, No News (Spain)

Best International Male Actor
Karim Theilgaard, Dream State (Denmark)

Best International Photo
Beto Casillas, Two Times You (Mexico)

Best International Screenplay
Dimitar Stoyanovich, A Picture with Yuki (Bulgaria)

Best International Directing
Lachezar Avramov, A Picture with Yuki (Bulgaria)

Best International Feature Film
A Picture with Yuki (Bulgaria)

SPECIAL PRIZES
Årets Barnskådespelare: Miranda Grassman
Årets Talang: Sune Eskelinen
Årets Regionpris: Robert Reinholdsson
Årets Stjärnskott: Therese Eriksson
Filmmaker Of The Year: Melissa Skirboll
Årets Hederspris: Helena Bergström, Colin Nutley

Festival Certificate/ 38 prizes
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Special Award
Miniroom.se children and youth talent prize (under 18 years)

Jury Talent Award:
Swedish Talent Prize (over 18 years old)

The New Star Prize (over 18 years old actor/actress)

Jury Honorary Award:
Swedish Honorary Prize

Filmmaker Of The Year
International Prize

Artistic Award (two prize International and Nordic)

Publikpriset
The best Swedish feature film released during the year 2018

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International Short Film Awards

Best International Director
Best International Cinematography
Best International Actor
Best International Actress
Best International Screenplay (of a produced film)
Best International Short Film
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International Feature Film Awards

Best International Director
Best International Cinematography
Best International Actor
Best International Actress
Best International Screenplay (of a produced film)
Best International Feature Film
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International Various Awards

Best International One-minute film
Best International Short Documentary Film
Best International Feature Documentary Film
Best International Animation Film
Best International Music Video
Best International Web/New Media Production
Best International Artistic Film
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Nordic Short Film Awards

Best Nordic Director
Best Nordic Cinematography
Best Nordic Actor
Best Nordic Actress
Best Nordic Screenplay (of a produced film)
Best Nordic Short Film

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Nordic feature film Awards

Best Nordic Director
Best Nordic Cinematography
Best Nordic Actor
Best Nordic Actress
Best Nordic Screenplay (of a produced film)
Best Nordic Sound
Best Nordic Editing
Best Nordic Feature Film
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Nordic Various Award

Best Nordic Artistic Film
Best Nordic Short Documentary Film
Best Nordic Feature Documentary Film

By submitting, you agree to these rules and terms:

Copyrights, screening rights:

- You have the full rights to submit the film to our film festival and to give Västerås Film Festival the rights to screen the film at the festival
- We can use trailers, stills, and other submitted information for marketing purposes on websites, newsletters, social media, flyers, posters, etc.
- If your film is nominated, we can use both trailers and parts from the film to create a nomination trailer, with final permission from you, to be shown at the award ceremony
- We do not pay any screening fees
-The submission fee is non-refundable

Competition

- To be considered for the competition, the film must have been completed 2020 or 2022.

Subtitles

- If the film is not in English or Swedish, subtitles in one of those two languages are required.
- Films in English are encouraged to have Swedish subtitles.

Formats

- The highest resolution that the film was shot in; HD, 2K, 3K ,4K.

Category range.

- 1 Minute film (1 min.),
- Short film (1 to 59 min.)
- Feature film (60 min. or longer)
- Documentary (National, regional, film school)

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Arantxa Hurtado

    Wonderful communication. Great team. A very exciting festival to be part of!

    September 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Arantxa. Well the festival is growing and more interesting filmmakers are showing their films here like you :-)
    With kind regards / VFF

  • It’s truly an honor to be a part of a beautiful film festival in your own hometown.
    We look forward to the event & we will definitely submit more of our future projects! Big thank you to everyone involved! #VasterasFilmFestival

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mustafa! It is important that we have different films for screening so that different filmmakers can show their work to interested and large audiences. With kind regards he VFF Team :-)

  • Francesco Emmola

    Västerås è un gran bel festival, con un’ottima comunicazione e una grande qualità nella selezione. Grazie mille per avermi dato l’opportunità di essere selezionato con il mio SASHIMI!

    August 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the nice words Francesco. Important
    to show special films with creative expressions like yours. With kind regards / VFF

  • Matin Akravi

    I couldn't attend the festival, however i would like to thanks to the organizers for including my film. Keep up the good work and stay safe.

    March 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi, thanks for those words Martin. You are always welcome with your films in the future. Sincerely, VFF

  • Västerås Filmfestival is a good film festival.

    December 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you André Your movie were well received by our audience, exciting and well made.
    Sincerely, VFF