The winners of the Gothenburg Film Festival 2018

The winners of the 2018 Gothenburg Film Festival have been announced, with the Swedish film Amateurs winning the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.

The prize for the award is worth one million SEK, which makes it one of the world’s largest film prizes.

Set in the municipality of Lafors, Amateurs is about the region trying to attract the attention of a German supermarket. In order to boost their brand, the municipality asks local youths to produce films about their hometown, but the films do not turn out as planned. The director Gabriela Pichler attended the festival and accepted the award.

The special mention went to Iram Haq’s What Will People Say.

The jury’s motivation: For its vibrant, nuanced and intelligent portrait of a small town in contemporary Sweden, which embraces different generations, backgrounds and mediums. 

The jury consisted of Steve Gravestock, Senior programmer, Toronto International Film Festival, Dani Kouyate, director, Linda Wassberg, cinematographer, Maria Blom, director.

You can view the rest of the winners below. Our March magazine will focus on the Gothenburg Film Festival, including interviews with several filmmakers and dozens of reviews.

Dragon Award Best Nordic Film:

  • Winner: Amateurs dir. Gabriela Pichler
  • Special mention: What Will People Say dir. Iram Haq

Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary

  • The Distant Barking of Dogs dir. Simon Lereng Wilmont
  • Special mention: My Heart Belongs to Daddy dir. Sofia Haugan

Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award

  • Winner: Menina dir. Cristina Pinheiro

Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award

  • Winner: The Charmer cinematographer: Sophia Olsson


  • Winner: And Breathe Normally dir. Ísold Uggadóttir
  • Special mention: The Return dir. Malene Choi

Audience Dragon Award Best Nordic Film

  • Winner: What Will People Say dir. Iram Haq

Dragon Award Best International Film

  • Winner: Men Don’t Cry dir. Alen Drljevic

Startsladden Best Short Film of the Year

  • Winner: #flerochfler dir. Shahab Mehrabi

Audience Award Best Short Film

  • Winner: The Artist has a baby dir. Sanna Lenken

Angelo Award (Swedish Church Award)

  • Amateurs dir. Gabriela Pichler
Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.