One of the major festival news of the year is the festival's competition programme for new feature films from the Baltic Sea countries, the Baltic Sea Competition.
Ten feature films from the Baltic Sea countries with a strong narrative and cinematic language that go hand in hand with the festival's values of openness and freedom are presented in the competitive programme.
The jury consists of Miira Paasilinna (producer/sales), Sanjin Pejković (film critic) and Helene Granqvist (producer). The selection commitee for the Script award also includes Marjo Portin from its sponsor Litorina. The films will compete for the Director’s award and the Screenwriter’s award, followed by a cash prize of SEK 25 000 each. The winners will be announced at the festival's industry event and Carl awards ceremony August 28.
Baltic Sea Competition Jury 2018
Miira Paasilinna, CEO Anagram Sweden / chair The Yellow Affair
Strengthening Nordic film and television internationally has been a prominent feature during Miira Paasilinna's career. After working for several years with the Helsikni based international sales company The Yellow Affair, she recently became Head of the Swedish production company Anagram, behind films such as Gabriela Pichler's Eat Sleep Die and Måns Månsson's The Yard.
Helene Granqvist, producer Nordic Factory / chair WIFT International
With an unobtrusive commitment in social issues regarding social development, gender equality and power, Helene Granqvist is one of Sweden's most renowned producers. She has recently been appointed Chairman of Women In Film and Television International and just theatrically released the documentary about the Swedish feminist icon Gudrun Schyman, Gudrun - The Feminist.
Sanjin Pejković, film scholar and critic
During his career, Sanjin Pejković has focused on questions about nationalism, European film history and minority cinema. As a writer, he has worked with Swedish film magazines such as FLM and Filmrutan, as well as several international film magazines and film journals. He has participated as a jury member at film festivals all over the world, as a member of the international film critic federation FIPRESCI.
Check out the full film programme and Baltic Sea Competition here