Arctic Film Festival 2023

13 May 2023 at Longyearbyen Kulturhus

The Arctic Film Festival 2023 is returning on the 13th of May at our beloved Longyearbyen Kulturhus. Returning back a few months after last year’s edition, AFF23 wears its spring clothes marking the beginning of the Festival’s new era. 

AFF is taking place in the heart of Svalbard’s Sunny Winter season when days become brighter and locals celebrate the return of the sun aiming to serve as a connecting platform for locals and visitors, international cinephiles and filmmakers. 

The Arctic Film Festival is aimed to represent change and at the same time act as a meeting point where films will spark conversations and give birth to new ideas. We hope you’ll share the same vision with us and we are looking forward to seeing you all at the Longyearbyen Kulturhus to celebrate the independent cinema together.” Apostolia Katsiantridou, Head of Programming. 

Excited and honoured to have received more than 1,000 submissions from over 80 countries, we created a multifaceted programme that spans a wide range of themes. Feature and short narratives, documentaries, animations and shorts under the Adventure and SDG Films categories will be screened over one evening in the cosy cinema at Kulturhuset. 

The Festival’s three screening slots are divided into two different thematics interweaving the local with the global while addressing political, environmental and gender issues, among others.

Living up to its title “Short Films from Around the World”,  Screening Slot 1 travels us around the globe narrating everyday stories of humans next door. Six indie shorts including the award-winning “August Sky” by the Brazilian filmmaker Jasmin Tenucci and the animated short “Dating Internet Strangers” will open the Festival day. 

Screening Slots 2 & 3, with the theme “Exploring the Arctic”, feature an impressive film selection that unravels the mysteries of the Arctic. Shorts and feature films such as “Saving Glaciers” and “The call of the Arctic” will fill the big screen with the otherworldly landscapes of the earth’s northernmost part. 

From Switzerland and Slovenia to Taiwan and Brazil, the selected screened films come from all four corners of the earth. Our mission is to highlight international filmmakers of all backgrounds and to bring the art of cinema even to the most remote places. 

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Screening Programme

Screening Slot 1: 18.00 – 19.30 // Short Films From Around the World 

It Must, 18’, Jumana Issa, Flavio Luca Marano, Switzerland, Best Short Film

Canman, 5’, Yu-Ping Chang, Taiwan, Best Student Production

August Sky, 16’, Jasmin Tenucci, Brazil, Best Short Film

Suite, 12’, Fabio Thieme, Germany, Best Short Documentary

Dating Internet Strangers, 11’, Eduardo Wahrhaftig, Brazil, Best Animation

Stolen Kisses, 14’, Lidi Toepoel, Netherlands, Best Short Film

**Break: 19.30-19.40

Screening Slot 2: 19.40 – 20.40 // Exploring the Arctic I

Saving Glaciers, 9’, Ciril Jazbec, Slovenia, Best Short Documentary

Cape of Wonder, 53’, Solene Desbois, France, SDG Films – Goal 13: Climate Action 

**Break: 20.40-20.50

Screening Slot 3: 20.50-21.50 // Exploring the Arctic II

Hauk, 5’, Greg Bass, United Kingdom, Best Short Documentary

The call of the Arctic, 54’, Thomas Bour, France, Best Adventure Film

The winners’ announcement will take place after the end of the screenings. 

About the Arctic Film Festival

The Arctic Film Festival was founded in 2019  by HF Productions, an international company organising 25 film festivals in 13 countries globally. 

HF Productions is a pioneer organization that runs Film Festivals and other events

showcasing and championing ideas of diversity. Through our global series of Film Festivals that spread over 13 countries, we open the path to voices that have a compelling story to share. Our main mission is to honour independent cinema and establish a network of artists eager to join forces and spread their work across all nations. 

Our mission is

To steer independent cinema with fresh artistic takes in the foreground and collaborative moments. To celebrate culturally diverse films in geographically inspiring locations. To cultivate a well-balanced global film community.’


Longyearbyen Kulturhus

J9V+P2W, Longyearbyen 9170, Svalbard & Jan Mayen

+47 79 02 21 50

Starting time: 18.00

Entrance Free

**Films are in English or with English subtitles**


Communication and Press Office: Aliki Seferou, [email protected], +30 694 716 2391