48:e festivalen 24 jan - 2 feb, 2025

Here are the winners at Göteborg Film Festival 2022!

As in Heaven wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film.

48:e festivalen
24 Jan -
2 Feb, 2025
Dragon Awards Best Nordic Film
Tea Lindeburg (director) and Lise Orheim Stender (producer)

As in Heaven wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

As in Heaven, directed by Tea Lindeburg, wins Dragon Award Best Nordic Film. 

The award of SEK 400 000 makes it one of the world’s largest film prizes. Presenting partner for the competition is Region Västra Götaland and the City of Gothenburg.

Motivation of the jury: 
This powerful and engaging film takes us into a brutal landscape filled with blood, dirt and life changing decisions. It is a character driven film that tells a story about hope, superstition and obedience, where we follow a young woman’s transition from being free to feeling the suffocating weight of responsibility. The main character delivers a remarkable performance and we are truly touched by the perspective: Giving birth is a natural part of life, something that has to do with us all – and still we have rarely seen this phenomena depicted with such an insisting and painfully raw quality in a film before. We hope this award encourages the director to continue pursuing her cinematic language, giving us these rarely seen, but important perspectives. 

The Dragon Award Best Nordic Film 2022 goes to As in Heaven by Tea Lindeburg.

Members of the jury: Eva Husson, director, France, Milad Alami, director, Sweden, Maria Bäck, director, Sweden and Olena Yershova, producer, Ukraine/Turkey.

Dragon Award Best Acting 2022
Seidi Haarla

Dragon Award Best Acting

For the fourth time Göteborg Film Festival hands out an acting prize. The prize is gender neutral and all the actors in the films that competes in the Nordic Competition are nominated.

Dragon Award Best Acting 2022 goes to Seidi Haarla for the part as Laura in Compartment No. 6.

Motivation of the jury:
The winner of the best acting award literally vibrated out of the screen and into our hearts. Creating an intimate performance that takes us on a journey of identity, love and belonging. With great courage conveying what it means to be lost within ourselves, but at the same time staying fearless and curious of the world. 

The Dragon Award Best Acting goes to Seidi Haarla for her role in Compartment no. 6. 

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

The award was received by Seidi Haarla (actress)


The prize from the international federation of film critics, FIPRESCI, goes to Juho Kuosmanenand his film Compartment No. 6. The prize is awarded by The International Federation of Film Critics and goes to one of the movies in the Nordic Competition

Motivation of the jury: 
For its compelling blend of epic road movie and melodrama, while still retaining an intimate scale; its delicate character work that goes beyond appearances; and its commitment to controversial and unexpected choices. 

The FIPRESCI Award 2022 goes to Compartment No. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen

Members of the jury: Ariel Schweitzer, film critic, France, Max Borg, film critic, Switzerland and Susanne Gottlieb, film critic, Austria.

Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award

The Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award goes to Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for The Innocents

Motivation of the jury:
In this astonishing film the cinematographer’s view takes us into the world of a child, with great presence and intimacy. The imagery succeeds in evoking mysterious powers in the child and goes beyond to determine the demons inside us as an audience. Visually striking decisions create tension while using the amazing light of the midsummer to explore the most sinister feelings in the dark. 

The Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award goes to Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for the cinematography in The Innocents.

All cinematographers in the Nordic Competition are nominated for the Award and the prize consists of SEK 50 000. The award is presented in cooperation with the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Foundation.

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

Dragon Awards Audience Award
The award was received by Lizette Jonjic (producer)

Audience Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

This year’s Audience Dragon Award Best Nordic Film goes to The Innocents by Eskil Vogt.

Simon Lereng Wilmont

Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary

This year’s Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary goes to Simon Lereng Wilmont for A House Made of Splinters. Presenting partner of the award and the prize sum of SEK 250 000 in services from Chimney.

Motivation of the jury: 
The jury has been challenged by a wonderful selection of documentaries that have surprised us, made us cry and provoked us with a wide range of stories and ways of storytelling that truly has made us proud of the filmmakers of the Nordic region. 

The award goes to an exceptionally beautiful film. A film that with its presence and despair is more urgently burning than ever possible. With poetically unforgettable images, it gives a voice to the children’s heartbreaking stories, with a brutal war in the background. The story and the images that carry so much weight, sometimes feel light, like a soap bubble floating carefree in a room. In its total darkness, there is a little shimmer, a spirit of warmth and hope. 

The Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary 2022 goes to A House Made of Splinters, by Simon Lereng Wilmont

Members of the jury: Stina Gardell, producer and director, Sweden, Maciej Kalymon, director, Sweden and Racha Helen Larsen, producer and festival director, Norway.

Kaltrina Krasniqi

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award goes to Vera Dreams of the Sea by Kaltrina Krasniqi. The Award is presented together with the The Bergman Foundations, i. e. The Ingmar Bergman Foundation, The Bergman Estate and Bergman Center on Fårö.

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

Motivation of the jury:
We dive into a skillfully constructed debut feature where every scene takes us deeper into our captivating heroine’s struggles as she pushes the limits of cemented patriarchal traditions. Through a sophisticated interplay between family members, this director achieves a moving and exhilarating portrait of a stifling society and the courage it takes to make yourself heard. 

The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award goes to Vera Dreams of the Sea, by Kaltrina Krasniqi.

Members of the jury: Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, director, Sweden, Martin Eia-Revheim, cultural entrepreneur, Norway, Rafael Sampaio, producer, Brazil and Asta Kamma August, actress, Sweden.

The award was received by Victoria Greve (acting culture editor, Göteborgs-Posten)

Dragon Award Best International Film

For the fifth consecutive time Dragon Award Best International Film is handed out. This year’s audience price for Best International Film goes to Playground by Laura Wandel.

The prize consists of SEK 50 000 and presenting partner for the award is Göteborgs-Posten.

The award was received by Hanna Hannerz (producer)

Draken Film Award

The newly established Draken Film Award is awarded to a Swedish short film in the festival’s program that excels in its form, artistic height or by challenging and expanding the narrative in the short format.

Motivation of the jury:
While exploring unexpected narrative twists and an experimental imagery, the film plays with audiences preconceptions and prejudices in an imaginatively told, modern love story. When reality TV is allowed to grow into magical realism, sleepwalking lovers are dancing in the neon lights of the Norrköping night. 

The winner of the Draken Film Award 2022 is 2gether, directed by Kim Ekberg.

The prize consists of SEK 10 000 and an online distribution at Draken Film.

Awards already handed out during the festival

Honorary Dragon Award was awarded to Luca Guadagnino.

Nordic Honorary Dragon Award was awarded to Rebecca Ferguson.

Dragon Award Best Swedish Short went to Bromance by SaraKlara Hellström.

Audience Choice Award for Best Swedish Short went to We Were Kids by Alexander Abdallah och Mustafa Al-Mashhadani.

Angelo Award, the Swedish Church’s award worth SEK 50,000, went to Felix Herngren for Day by Day. All Swedish feature length films at the festival was nominated for the Award.

Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize went to Gísli Örn Gardarsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson and Mikael Torfason for Blackport.

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