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Nordic Lights Film Festival

11th Annual Film Festival

Feb 28, 2020 - Mar 01, 2020

The Nordic Lights Film Festival is devoted to showcasing Nordic cinema.

For a decade, we have offered NLFF to Seattle audiences as an avenue to experience Nordic cinema in all its forms. The festival gives us the opportunity to share the richness and diversity of the Nordic cultures through the lens of film.

All films are screened at SIFF Cinema Uptown in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. Passes for the 2020 Nordic Lights Film Festival are now on sale on SIFF's website. Members, be sure to use code NORDIC2020 at checkout. 

Purchase Festival Passes here
Cost: $65 for Members; $75 general admission
Individual tickets will be available on SIFF's website

The marquee of SIFF uptown in blue, showing Nordic Lights Film Festival text


The full 2020 lineup will be announced in January 2020.

We are pleased to announce that Laugh or Die/Suomen hauskin mies (Finland), Happy Ending (Denmark), and Harajuku (Norway) will be part of the festival. 

Still from the movie Harajuku. A young white woman with light blue hair looks over her left shoulder at the camera. Her left arm is around the shoulders of a person with bleached white hair, wearing a hoodie with a fox-face for the hood.

Drama | Norway | 2018 | 83 minutes | Eirik Svensson

Thanks to everyone who attended the 2019 film festival! 

Photos from the 2019 Opening Night can be found here. Thank you to photographer Eric Stavne!


Our opening film will be screened on Friday February 28th at 7pm
SIFF Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne

The County Héraðið
Drama | Iceland | 2019 | 92 minutes | Grímur Hákonarson

Set in a small Icelandic farming community, The County tells the story of Inga, a middle-aged dairy farmer who rebels against the all-powerful local Cooperative. Inga tries to get other farmers to join her in rising up against the Co-op’s corruption, but encounters great resistance, forcing her to confront the community’s dependence and loyalty to this single, dominant enterprise. Inga must use her resourcefulness and cunning to break free of the Co-op’s grasp and finally live life on her own terms.

About the director: Grímur Hákonarson is an Icelandic film director and screenwriter. His first feature film was SUMMERLAND (2010), and was nominated for the Edda Award for Best Screenplay. His next feature film was RAMS, about two estranged brothers on the Icelandic countryside who come together to save their sheep. Hákonarson won several awards for RAMS among them the prestigious Un Certain Regard Award in Cannes. RAMS was screened at the 2016 NLFF.

Join us for an after party at the House Studios—a short walking distance from the Uptown Theater. This hip, modern space is the perfect stage for a party celebrating Nordic cinema. Admission to the after party is included for festival pass holders. Attendees who do not wish to purchase a festival pass can also purchase an opening night ticket, which grants admission to both the film and after party, for $20 for Museum and SIFF Members and $25 general admission. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

  • Icelandic Logo with red and blue text
  • Finn Spark logo, with a blue flame between the words
  • Finlandia Foundation logo