Midnight Sun Film Festival

Midnight Sun Film Festival

Coordinates: 67°25′N 026°35′E / 67.417°N 26.583°E / 67.417; 26.583

A queue to Rosetta in 2005

Midnight Sun Film Festival (Finnish: Sodankylän elokuvajuhlat) is an annual five-day film festival in Sodankylä, Finland. The festival usually takes place in the second week of June. One of the main themes of the festival is to show films without a break all day and night long, while the sun keeps on shining.

The Midnight Sun Film Festival is non-competitive. The program consists mostly from the films of the main guests, 20–30 modern movies from all parts of the world, contemporary Finnish films and cinema classics, some of which are usually presented as "master classes" by various film theory experts. Typically the festival introduces 4–5 directors from younger generation who are also guests at the festival. In recent years, the yearly attendance has been between 15,000 and 25,000.

The festival was first arranged in 1986 and the first international director guests were Samuel Fuller, Jonathan Demme, Bertrand Tavernier and Jean-Pierre Gorin. Later on it has hosted some of the biggest names in cinema, such as Jim Jarmusch, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Roger Corman, Terry Gilliam, Francis Ford Coppola, Abbas Kiarostami and Milos Forman.


Here follows the list of guests who have attended the festival since its first edition:[1]


  1. ^ Sodankylän Elokuvajuhlat 1986–2009

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