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Next Event: 14 days, 6-20 th MARCH 2021
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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 spring and march 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

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International Short Film Awards

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

Best International Director
Best International Cinematographer
Best International Actor
Best International Actress
Best International Screenplay Writer (of a produced film)
Best International Feature film
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International Various Awards

Best International One minute film
Best International 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 Cinematographer
Best Nordic Actor
Best Nordic Actress
Best Nordic Screenplay Writer (of a produced film)
Best Nordic Short film

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Nordic feature film Awards

Best Nordic Director
Best Nordic Cinematographer
Best Nordic Actor
Best Nordic Actress
Best Nordic Screenplay Writer (of a produced film)
Best Nordic Feature film
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Nordic Various Award

Best Nordic Artistic Film
Best Nordic 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 for marketing and informational purposes
- We do not pay any screening fees

Competition

- 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.

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

- 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
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Good films, networking and seminars and very good organized award ceremony

    November 2019
  • Pablo Hadis

    One of those few, counted, truly independent film festivals. They program films from submissions and support independent filmmakers. Quality organization, quality films and great film festival. The director, Carlos Morén, deserves recognition for this effort. Highly recommended to fellow filmmakers.

    November 2019
  • Margareta Pettersson

    Thank you for a very interesting Film Festival. Looking forward to see you next year!

    October 2019
  • Rudy PINCEEL

    So proud that our documentary 'SERVAIS' won the award for 'Best International Documentary' in Västerås . Also nice to meet international colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. Tnx!

    October 2019
  • 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