Scandinavian Film Festival launched in Davao

It’s the first in the Philippines—the Scandinavian Film Festival, a joint project by the embassies of Sweden, Denmark and Norway in Manila in partnership with the Film Development Council of the Philippines. By offering a glimpse of Scandinavian culture through film, it aims to foster a deeper mutual understanding and dialogue between our cultures.

The film fest was officially launched in Davao on April 28 at the SM Lanang Cinema. Rosita, a Danish Film which features a Filipina as one of the leading characters, kicked off the festival.

Present at the opening reception were the Ambassadors of the three embassies in Manila.


At the Scandinavian Film Festival launching in Davao- Swedish Ambassador Harold Fienes, Danish Ambassador Jan Top Christensen and Norwegian Ambassador Bjorn Jahnsen


Danish Ambassador Jan Top Christensen said that they’re happy to be back in Davao again with Danish films, and that they are joined by their Norwegian and Swedish brothers.

Harold Fries, the Swedish Ambassador, said that the embassy is very pleased with joining this film festival in Davao City, while Bjorn Jahnsen, the Ambassador of Norway, expressed their excitement to share their stories of laughter, suspense and history through film.

A total of 30 contemporary films of different genres will be featured during the course of the film fest which will run until May 3.  SM Lanang Premier cinema will screen 23 full-length films, while Cinematique will be the show the documentaries, children’s short films and films from the Mindanao Film Community. All the films will be screened for free.


DOT Regional Director Tanya Tan with Marco Polo GM Colin Healy

Honorary Consul of Hungary in Davao Baby Montemayor with DATA’s Susabel Reta

The Scandinavian ambassadors with the Davao media


Danish Embassy’s Louie Cruz and Miguel Lisbona

SM’s Russel Alaba, Joshua and Cherry Al-ag, Aaron Dalaza and Apple Legario

The all important selfie (grin)


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Also published in the SunStar Davao newspaper.