47:e festivalen 26 jan - 4 feb, 2024

Here are the winners at Göteborg Film Festival 2021

Tigers, directed by Ronnie Sandahl, is the recipient of the 2021 Dragon Award Best Nordic Film.

47:e festivalen
26 Jan -
4 Feb, 2024

Tigers, by Ronnie Sandahl, wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

Tigers, directed by Ronnie Sandahl, is the recipient of the 2021 Dragon Award Best Nordic Film.

The Award consists of SEK 400 000. Presenting partners for the Nordic competition are the Region Västra Götaland and the City Council of Gothenburg.

Jury statement:
Many of the films of this year’s Nordic competition had characters wanting to be the best versions of themselves while struggling with the pressures of success. The winning film gives a rare glimpse into a world many wish to enter, but only a few will be admitted. We chose to award the film that made us feel and root for the main character in every situation, whether chasing their dream or giving it up in order to survive and become happy.

The 2021 Nordic Competition Jury consisted of: Anna-Maria Kantarius, producer (Sweden), Daniel Josef Borgman, director (New Zealand/Denmark) and Max Malka, producer (Finland).

Erik Enge

Dragon Award Best Acting

For the third consecutive year, Göteborg Film Festival presented the Dragon Award Best Acting. The award is gender neutral and all the actors in the films competing in the Nordic Competition are nominated.

Dragon Award Best Acting 2021 goes to Erik Enge for his acting performance as Martin in Tigers.

Jury statement:
With a performance that was subtle, nuanced, and at first quietly, and then later devastatingly, intense, and a physicality which foreshadowed the fragility of their character from the very first frame, this young actor was both vibrating and brittle. They carried a dense and intense story on their slight shoulders, and delivered a powerful, heartbreaking performance well beyond their years. We in the jury unanimously agreed about this year’s award recipient, and we are very happy to give the Dragon Award for Best Acting to Erik Enge for the role of Martin in the film in the film Tigers.

The jury for Dragon Award Best Acting is the same as for Dragon Award Best Nordic Film.

Ninja Thyberg


The film critic’s award, FIPRESCI, goes to Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg. The award is handed out by The International Federation of Film Critics and goes to one of the films in the Nordic Competition.

Jury statement:
FIPRESCI Jury of the 44th Goteborg Film festival gives its award to a raw, bold and daring documentary-like descent into the subterranean world of the LA porn industry, with a tour de force performance from newcomer Sofia Kappel.
The winner is Swedish film PLEASURE written and directed by Ninja Thyberg.
Congratulations and thank you for your film.

The FIPRESCI Jury consisted of: Hamed Soleimanzadeh, film critic (Iran), Cédric Succivalli, film critic (France) and Lukas Jirsa, film critic (Czech Republic).

Linda Wassberg

Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award

The Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award goes to Linda Wassberg for Tove.

Jury statement:
For the electric connection through the lens between the cinematographer and the actors.
For being brave when others would have chosen to go safe. For pictures that stay with us. For the courage of stepping into the world of a legend with curiosity. We, the jury, feel the love that has been put into every frame.

All cinematographers in the Nordic Competition are nominated for the Award. The award is presented together with the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Foundation.

The jury for the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award is the same as for Dragon Award Best Nordic Film.

Thomas Vinterberg
Thomas Vinterberg

Audience Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

This years Audience Dragon Award Best Nordic Film goes to Another Round by Thomas Vinterberg.

Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Jonas Poher Rasmussen

Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary

This year’s Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary goes to Jonas Poher Rasmussen for Flee. Presenting partner for the award and the prize sum of SEK 250,000 is Chimney.

Jury statement:
Through a unique and beautifully crafted storytelling, surprisingly, this film gives us new perspectives on this much-discussed topic. A well motivated choice of form, submerges us to reflect on the character’s difficult journey which makes us relate to an inner experience of a person who had to flee from home and hide his past and parts of his personality. Where the past echoes in the present, emotional scars mold both the behaviour and future relationships. This film makes an impact and enriches us to better understand the people around us.

Members of the jury: Jussi Rastas, director (Finland), Ellen Fiske, director (Sweden) and Zaradash Ahmed, director (Norway).

Li Dongmei
Li Dongmei

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award goes to Mama by Li Dongmei. The Award is presented together with The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, The Bergman Estate and Bergman Center on Fårö.

The award consists of a stay at The Bergman Estate on Fårö and a visit to Ingmar Bergman’s personal archive in Stockholm.

Jury statement:
In a time obsessed with ’content’, this film reminds us that true art cannot be reduced to its subject matter. Using all the means of the film medium at its fullest, this is pure cinema – where the ’content’ would be impossible to transfer to any other art form. The legendary film critic André Bazin famously differentiated between films that believe in the image and those that believe in reality. Very rarely, a film seemingly can do both and by way of exquisite cinematography and use of sound, is able to invite the spectator to reality as if it was experienced for the very first time. This is such a case. With straightforward mastery and minimalistic bravery, the director conveys an introspective emotional truth inviting us all to share it – emotionally, intellectually, even viscerally. The spectator is plunged into an immersive, sensual and meditative experience – as much as the art of cinema can ever hope for. The Ingmar Bergman Award of the Göteborg Film Festival 2021 goes to Mama by Li Dongmei.

Members of the jury: Ruth Vega Fernandez, actress (Sweden), Ísold Uggadóttir, director (Iceland) and Jan Holmberg, CEO Bergman Foundation (Sweden).

Jasmila Žbanić
Jasmila Žbanić

Dragon Award Best International Film

This year’s audience award for Best International Film goes to Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić The Dragon Award Best International Film is handed out for the fourth consecutive year.

The Award consist of 50 000 SEK and the jury is the audience of Göteborg Film Festival.

Presenting partner for the award is Göteborgs-Posten.

Ruben Östlund

Previously announced awards and winners at Göteborg Film Festival 2021

Nordic Honorary Dragon Award went to Ruben Östlund.

Dragon Award Best Swedish Short went to The Expected by Carolina Sandvik.

Angelos Award, the Church of Sweden’s award worth SEK 50,000, went to Magnus von Horn for Sweat.

Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize went to Maja Jul Larsen for Cry Wolf.

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