Traditionally film festivals have been influenced by, or only exist due to, geopolitics. Festivals do more than just showcase films an audience would otherwise not have a chance to see. The film festival circuit as an alternative distribution network has a strong influence on the status of a film, the attention it receives and potentially the commercial life it has. Thus, many regional festivals – financed by the regional municipalities – are expected to weigh in their influence to highlight national and regional works and further the region’s (film) economy (cf. Reichel-Heldt 2007, section 1.1).
Hedling, Olof. “‘Detta dåliga samvete’: om kortfilmen, regionerna och filmfestivalerna.” [‘This bad conscience’: On short film, regions and film festivals]. Välfärdsbilder: Svensk film utanför biografen, edited by Erik Hedling, Statens ljud- och bildarkiv, 2008, pp. 261–81.
(Last updated: 20 January 2021)