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Our festival provides not only a diverse cinematic experience for audiences and filmmakers alike, but also an opportunity to reflect on the future of our planet as well as our role within it.


Our main goal with Arctic Film Festival is to increase the audience reach and engagement of select independent filmmakers who challenge and reflect on global scale problems. 


In addition to live screenings, we offer:

❄ A guided tour exploring the magnificent natural surroundings of Svalbard

❄ Networking events

❄ Filmmaker roundtable

❄ A worldwide network of filmmakers and collaborators

Film Categories

We accept films of all genres and length but we prioritise works that push the boundaries of human endeavour. We’re excited to review and showcase adventure films, social impact documentaries, and films with a focus on human rights.

We will be nominating and awarding films in the following categories:

  • Best Feature

  • Best Short

  • Best Feature Documentary

  • Best Short Documentary

  • SDG Films - Goal 13: Climate Action

  • SDG Films - Goal 14: Life Below Water

  • SDG Films - Goal 15: Life on Land

  • Best Student Production

  • Best Animated Short

  • Best Screenplay

  • Best Adventure Film

  • Best Production from Norway

For our 2020 & 2021 edition, we split the SDG award into 3 categories that best tackle Goal 13: Climate Action, Goal 14: Life Below Water, and Goal 15: Life on Land, respectively. These award will go to the teams that, through film, capture powerful human stories to help communicate the importance of climate change and the SDGs to people’s lives. Each submission will be evaluated against the degree to which actions were deemed to be transformative, inclusive and impactful.

The SDGs and Targets that will be considered for selecting next year’s winners will be:

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