Essential Film Festivals: Oslo Skeive Filmer Film Festival

Established in 1990, and originally founded as a film club, Oslo Skeive Filmer Film Festival is an annual event, an entirely independent, non-profit organisation run by volunteers. In 2009, the film festival moved from June to September, but organised a 3-4 day long “mini-festival” during Oslo’s annual Pride Week in June. In 2014 the 24th festival will run from 19th to 24th September at Oslo’s Cinemateket, a state-of-the-art cinema run by the Norwegian Film Institute.

The festival’s programme reflects today’s multitude of gender and sexual identities, and expressions, presenting a wide assortment of domestic and international films, narratives, documentaries and short films. The programme will feature the following highlights: Finding Vivian Maier, co-directed by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, this is a tribute to Maier, a remarkable photographer who was also a nanny for most of her working life; Only Lovers Left Alive, a film in the vampire genre from Jim Jarmusch dealing with the theme of the outsider’s quest for belonging; Born to Fly, a magical experience from director Catherine Gund featuring performances from Elizabeth Streb and the STREB Extreme Action Company; Love is Strange, from Ira Sachs detailing the lives of Ben and George who have been together for 40 years and are now finally able to marry. The pair is temporarily forced to live apart causing their resilience and relationship to be tested; and Space Station 76, the directorial debut from Jack Plotnick, set in a 1970s vision of the future and dealing with themes of sexuality, desire, jealousy and anger.

Oslo Skeive Filmer Film Festival

Film Festival Location

Oslo is filled with nightlife, shopping, restaurants, breathtaking natural attractions and culture. The gay scene is open and lively. Oslo, in general, has a liberal attitude towards the gay community and has several openly gay public figures, in entertainment, sports, politics and business.

Landmark bars include the famous London Pub & Club, which has been Oslo’s most famous gay bar since the 1970s; Bobs Pub Da which attracts a mixed clientele but is lesbian and gay friendly; SO, is mainly for lesbians but gay men and straight clientele are also more than welcome; Diplomaten : Exit is a club for gay and lesbian customers; Elsker is a predominately gay and lesbian bar and club but welcomes all customers; Ett Glass is a cafe/bar which attracts a mixed crowd and is mainly gay and lesbian;  Taxi Takeaway and Maksitaksi are alternative bars attracting mostly a gay & lesbian crowd; and monthly club nights include Fire Club Oslo and G Club.

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Film Festival Accommodation

With an unbeatable location close to the trendy and lively Grunerlokka area, Hotel Scandic Vulkan offers tranquillity, stylish modern rooms and fantastic dining. V Restaurant is a stylish environment and a popular venue where guests can enjoy local cuisine. The hotel bar also offers a relaxed area where drinks can be enjoyed.

Another fantastic choice is the First Hotel Grims Grenka, a design hotel, located in the city centre, which offers an unrivalled experience, modern comforts and unique dining. The hotel is the only building in Oslo featuring a rooftop terrace. MADU restaurant serves Scandinavian raw food choices.

Hotel pictures reproduced courtesy of Hotel Scandic Vulkan & First Hotel Grims Grenka

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