Festivals and cons in 2012

An overview of some sci-fi and horror festivals in the Scandinavian region during 2012, as well as screenings of Norwegian horror cinema.

This is not a complete overview. If you know of other festivals or conventions in the Nordic region during 2012, feel free to list them in the comments field at the bottom of the article.

In Norway, Oslo residents may join The Shadow Project, an association for people interested in science fiction and fantasy and other fantastic movies and TV series. They regularly organize screenings, check out their events on Facebook.

A relatively new horror, sci-fi and exploitation film festival is Ramaskrik in Oppdal, Norway, promoted as “the scariest film festival in Norway”. The 2012 edition lasts from October 18 to 20 and will offer 20 flms in three theatres at Oppdal House of Culture. The programme for the screenings will be released on their website.

As part of their coverage of Norwegian horror, Cinemateket (part of the Norwegian film institute) in Oslo is showing a few Norwegian indie horror films; 22 and Bread & cirkus on June 1st, and The thrill of a kill on May 29th and June 7th.  There will also be a release party for The thrill of a kill on May 29th, also at Cinemateket.

In September, the film festival Oslo Fright Fest takes place from the 21st to 22nd. The programme includes screenings of Crawl (2011),  Hora (2009), Inside the Whore (2011), The Thrill of a Kill (2011) and War of the Dead (2011). NOTE: On September 17th, the festival was delayed until 16th and 17th of November.

Tysvær Skrekkfest is a new, local horror film festival with around 10 films that are shown in Norway for the first time, or films that will not get theatrical distribution. The age limit is 15 and confirmed movies are Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania, Paranormal Activity 4, and Eddie the sleepwalking zombie. The festival is held 20th October.

Theatre of Blood is a series of horror film screenings in Gothenburg. Their last screening for the spring season is on May 17th but check out their homepage for future events.

In Lund, the international festival for fantastic films, FFF, are scheduled to take place from September 20 to 29. The programme isn’t ready yet, but this is an old (founded in 1995) and serious festival and is worth checking out.

The Scandinavian Sci-fi, Game & Film convention travels around Sweden and the next edition takes place in Helsingborg on October 6th and 7th. Celebrity guests will be revealed on their website and has in the past included Robert Englund, Lou Ferrigno, Linda Blair and Danny Trejo.

The Scandinavian association for science fiction, SFSF, is holding their annual summer meeting on June 17th in Stockholm.

Monsters of Film is a new film festival dedicated to, yes, monsters in film, held in Stockholm for the first time on August 18. The Norwegian film Thale gets its Swedish premiere there.

In the land of Beowulf, the Danish Science Fiction Circle organizes member meetings with screenings of films. Check their calendar for summer events.

Fantasticon is an annual science fiction, fantasy and horror festival primarily about literature, but also includes comics, film and TV. This year the convention is a three day event at Kulturstationen Vanløse from June 1st to June 3rd.

Bloody Weekend is a new horror movie festival, to be held 27th to 30th September at Husets Biograf in Copenhagen.

Home of Iron Sky and Star Wreck, Finland offers Finncon, a science fiction and fantasy convention held since 1986. The guests of honor of Finncon 2012 are authors Lois McMaster Bujold (USA), Liz Williams (UK) and researcher Irma Hirsjärvi (Finland). The theme of Finncon 2012 is the apocalypse and 4000 people is expected to turn up on the three days from July 20th to 22nd.

Night Visions Film Festival is the biggest, the oldest and the most prestigious film festival in Finland focusing on horror, fantasy, science fiction, action and cult cinema. The festival is arranged twice a year in the heart of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The fall edition takes place from 31st October – 4th November 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

Whoring around
Norway’s first hardcore exploitation films, The whore (2009) is getting out and about. During May, The whore will be shown in cinemas on three occasions; first at the Weekend of Fear international film festival (May 18th) in Erlangen, Germany. Then at Cinemateket in Oslo, Norway on May 31st. And finally at the New York underground film festival called Horror Find Weekend. These screenings mark the 35th theatrical screening of The whore in 20 countries, since the first screening in the Netherlands in 2009.

3 thoughts on “Festivals and cons in 2012

  1. You missed the big Swedish sf-con, Swecon! This year the con will be held in Uppsala 5–7.10. GoH:s are Sara Bergmark Elfgren & Mats Strandberg, Joe Abercrombie, Peter Watts, Kelly Link and Niels Dalgaard. More info on http://kontrast2012.se/

    • Thanks for adding it to the list! Some conventions are not included because they tend to focuse on litterature (which this website is not about) and do not show up in searches or listings.

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