Scandinavian Film Fest in Davao

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IT’S the first in the Philippines - the Scandinavian Film Festival, a joint project by the embassies of Sweden, Denmark and Norway in Manila in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines. By offering a glimpse of Scandinavian culture through film, it aims to foster a deeper mutual understanding and dialogue between our cultures.

The film fest was officially launched in Davao on April 28 at the SM Lanang Cinema. Rosita, a Danish Film which features a Filipina as one of the leading characters, kicked off the festival.

Present at the opening reception were the Ambassadors of the three embassies in Manila.

Danish Ambassador Jan Top Christensen said that they’re happy to be back in Davao again with Danish films, and that they are joined by their Norwegian and Swedish brothers.

Harald Fries, the Swedish Ambassador, said that the embassy is very pleased with joining this film festival in Davao City, while Bjørn Jahnsen, the Ambassador of Norway, expressed their excitement to share their stories of laughter, suspense and history through film.

A total of 30 contemporary films of different genres will be featured during the course of the film fest which will run until May 3. SM Lanang Premier cinema will screen 23 full-length films, while Cinematheque will show the documentaries, children’s short films and films from the Mindanao Film Community. All the films will be screened for free.

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