Next Event: 14 days, 6-20 th MARS 2021

Västerås Film Festival is an international film festival held in autumn every year since 2015. 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)


Winners 2019

Best National Short Film

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

Best International Short Film

Best International Animation
The Tree of Poison

Best International Documentary

Best Music Video

Best International 1-Minute Film
I Just Need Love

Best International Female Actor
Silvia Espigado, No News

Best International Male Actor
Karim Theilgaard, Dream State

Best International Photo
Beto Casillas, Two Times You

Best International Screenplay
Dimitar Stoyanovich, A Picture with Yuki

Best International Directing
Lachezar Avramov, A Picture with Yuki

Best International Feature Film
A Picture with Yuki

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

Prizes. Festival Certificate will go to:

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

The best Swedish feature film released during the year.

International Prize short and Feature film.
(Two prizes in each category)
Best International Director
Best International Cinematographer
Best International Actor
Best International Actress
Best International Screenplay Writer (of a produced film)

Only one prize for each category.
Best International One minute film
Best International Short Film
Best International Documentary Film
Best International Feature film
Best International Animation film
Best International Music Video
Best International Web/New Media Production

Nordic short and feature film.
(Two prizes in each category)
Best Nordic Director
Best Nordic Cinematographer
Best Nordic Actor
Best Nordic Actress
Best Nordic Screenplay Writer (of a produced film)

Only one prize in each category.
Best Nordic Short film
Best Nordic Documentary film
Best Nordic Feature 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 for marketing and informational purposes
- We do not pay any screening fees


- To be considered for the competition, the film must have been completed 2019 or 2020. Otherwise it can still be considered for screening outside competition.


- 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.


- All films must be in HD format or 2K

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
  • Paul Kelly

    This is an amazing festival with wonderful organizers and some really talented filmmakers presenting their work. It was a great honor to have my film, Fowl Fury, recognized as an Official Selection by a film festival that really cares about filmmakers and their work. Attention All Filmmakers: Bookmark this festival for next year and every year!

    October 2019
  • Anastasia Nezhivaia

    A member of our team attended the festival. He has been very positive about the festival quality, event organization, and welcoming atmosphere.
    We're very grateful for the award of the Best International Animation.
    Thank you so much!

    October 2019
  • It was really great that my short On Air played at Vasteras. Sadly I couldn't attend. But I saw they put a lot of effort in their film festival. Thanks for screening my short.

    October 2019
  • Jacopo Menicagli

    I couldn’t be there for the Festival but it was an honour for my team and I to win the Best International 1 min film! It was an amazing surprise! Thank you very much for all this! Hope to be present next time!

    October 2019
  • I was not able to attend, but I had good communication with the festival itself. They seem a great venue for micro filmmakers. My film STOOD UP was even nominated for an award!

    October 2019