48:e festivalen 24 jan - 2 feb, 2025

Göteborg Film Fund Panel during Göteborg Film Festival

Friday February 4, 9.15-10.00

48:e festivalen
24 Jan -
2 Feb, 2025

Democratic perspectives on global film funding

Friday February 4, 9.15-10.00
Göteborg Film Fund 2021 is an initiative with the aim to strengthen the film industry and contribute to a diversified culture and media landscape, with increased artistic freedom and free speech. It is a one-year project – supported by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs within the government’s ”drive for” democracy – with the goal to establish a permanent international film fund. During 2021 the fund has been targeting four regions with different challenges and preconditions: Brazil, Sudan, Ukraine and Kurdish cinema. 

Meet Olena Yershova, producer from Ukraine, Frédéric Boyer, artistic director of the Tribeca and Les Arcs Film Festivals, Issraa El Kogali Häggström, filmmaker and chairperson Cinemafrica, from Sweden, with Sudanese origin, and Rafael Sampaio, producer, and manager BRLab, Brazil, in a discussion on the role of moving images in a democratic society. Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin, Ambassador for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law at The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs will open the panel. 

Moderator: Ann Ighe, writer, editor, lecturer in economic history

Films supported by Göteborg Film Fund 2021, screening at Göteborg Film Festival 2022

Alien Nights

Sérgio Carvalho, Brazil 

Urban youth culture and gang criminality are woven with ancient rites in an exciting debut spiced with spaceships and magical realism. (read more and book your ticket)


Arsalan Amiri, Iran 

Venice-winning allegorical debut horror story in which a pragmatic police officer enters a demon- plagued village, with the Iranian revolution as a backdrop.  (read more and book your ticket)

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