Stockholm International Film Festival award three women during this year’s Bronze Horse Gala

Since the start 1990, Stockholm International Film Festival has in various ways put focus in further female filmmaking. Here we proudly present three women from three different continents as recipients of prestigious awards during this year’s festival.

During Saturday evening, Stockholm International Film Festival distributed the awards to some of the world’s most prominent filmmakers and actors, at the Bronze Horse Gala.

The festival has been working a long time to highlight and celebrate high quality achievements by women within film. This year, three notable women within thee different prize categories, were awarded.

This year’s winner of best film is awarded Jeune Femme directed by Léonor Serraille; a film almost completely made by a female crew. Producer Sandra da Fonseca was there to accept the award.

- We would like to thank the jury for this bold choice. I met Léonor four years ago, just after her graduating from director’s school in Paris. She is very young, and this is her first film. We made this film with a small budget and a young crew. I would like to thank them all, and I hope this award will help the Swedish premiere, says Sandra da Fonseca.

The award for best debut film went to Rungano Nyoni for her film I’m Not A Witch, which is set in her country of birth, Zambia.

- Surprisingly enough, I’m quite moved, this is very cool. I just saw my name on the screen and something happened. I had a fantastic Face2Face that was very well received. At first I didn’t believe it when people said the Swedish audience really like my film. I kind of felt like: “shut up, the festival’s lying. Stop flattering me, I’ll come anyway”. But, thank you so much! Says Rungano Nyoni.

The award for best actress went to Chilean Antonia Zegers for her performance in the film Los Perros by Marcela Said. She has also played in Neruda, which is the director Pablo Larraìn’s latest film. Larraìn was also awarded this year’s Stockholm Visionary Award.

- I would like to share this beautiful horse with my children Juana and Pascal. They’re always in my heart, and everything I do, I do for them. I would like to thank my mother for looking after them so that I can be here. That’s female stamina! I would like to thank Marcela Said, my beloved director and a strong woman. I would also like to thank the Chilean Embassy for the opportunity of coming here – you’re all lovely. I would finally like to thank Pablo Larraìn who’s also here. I learned so much through working together, says Antonia Zegers.

Press contact:
Dante Stjernberg, press manager                         

Tel: 08 677 50 09 / +46708639423
press@stockholmfilmfestival.se

Antonia Backlund, press secretary
Tel: 070-77 87 852
pressekreterare@stockholmfilmfestival.se             

The 28th Stockholm International Film Festival, November 8-19, 2017

The Stockholm International Film Festival started in 1990 and is today one of the leading competitive film festivals in Europe. The festival takes place every year in November with more than 200 films from 70 countries. 

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The Stockholm International Film Festival started in 1990 and is today one of the leading competitive film festival in Northern Europe. The festival takes place every year in November with more than 170 films from more then 40 countries. The festival organizes exclusive screenings and the popular Summer Cinema - an outdoor mini-festival. In April the Stockholm International Film Festival Junior brings the latest films to youngsters between 6 and 16 years of age.

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