Thursday, 7 February 2013

Film Festival Hits a New Record

As the year’s last screening ended on Monday evening, the Göteborg International Film Festival could sum up yet another year with increases in both ticket sales and visitors. 33,581 people visited the festival and ticket sales reached a total of 132,447. The number of visitors to the seminars increased greatly—both on-site and through live webcasts.

Nearly 500 films from 84 countries were shown during the eleven day festival. 33,581 people visited the festival over the eleven day period and ticket sales totaled 132,447 (4,350 more than in 2012). An increase had been expected as this year the festival had access to more locales for screening.

“We can look back at eleven days with a record number of films and accompanying activities. Our investment in expansion to more screening locales has resulted in more people having the possibility of going to films in the evening and on weekends. The number of industry visitors has continued to increase, which solidifies the Göteborg International Film Festival’s position as the most important meeting place for Nordic film,” says Mikael Fellenius, CEO of the film festival.

The seminar program also hit a new record this year with 11,000 visitors (2012: 8,000 visitors). As a first, several seminars were sent live through the festival’s homepage, resulting in 7,000 viewers during broadcast and an additional 5,000 who saw the talks afterward. All the material can be found on the Internet, at the festival's homepage and at YouTube.

“This film festival was the best one ever for me personally. One of the best things was that so many people found their way to our nice seminar program. And what’s even more fun is that you can continue taking part in all the exciting conversations at our website. It’s there the festival lives on, and in the future we hope that the films will even get a second life through the video-on-demand service we’re developing,” says Marit Kapla, Artistic Director at the Göteborg International Film Festival.

Work with finding films for the 2014 festival begins already this week. Some of the personnel are going to the film festival in Berlin where the Göteborg International Film Festival also is arranging a party. 

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