Press release 28.12.2017



The programme of the 2018 Skábmagovat Indigenous Film Festival – a festival now arranged for the 20th time – has been published. The festival will celebrate the occasion by spotlighting North America and Indigenous resistance with the theme“Hurray for Life”.

We will spotlight North America in our programme through several short films, and a few longer ones too. Director Michelle Latimer, who has directed the Standing Rock films Rise 1 and Rise 2, both screened at the festival, is one of our special guests this year, says Aleksi Ahlakorpi, the producer of Skábmagovat.

This year, Skábmagovat will have more than thirty film sessions and over sixty different films. Tickets for the shows can be booked at where the programme for the 2018 Skábmagovat is also available.

Though Skábmagovat is a film festival, the programme will also contain other cultural events. In connection with the festival, Niillas Holmberg and Sofia Jannok, two stars of the Sámi music world, will perform in Inari: Holmberg together with the Estonian star Siiri Sisask in the Cultural Centre Sajos on Friday, and Jannok in the Papana Restaurant at SkábmaFun on Saturday.

To celebrate the twentieth festival, we will also arrange, for the first time, a Skábmagovat Lávvu Discussion together with Yle Sápmi, the radio services of the national broadcasting company Yle. This Ellos eallin (Hurray for Life) discussion will also be broadcast online in Yle Areena during the festival. The discussion will be attended by the most interesting Sámi activists of today, for example from the group Ellos Deatnu (Long Live the River Deatnu). On Saturday, there will be a freedom of speech panel discussion with, for example, Sofia Jannok and a few of our guests from further away participating, Ahlakorpi tells.

However, these extra events are just a small part of the programme of the Skábmagovat Festival: Indigenous films will play the main role this year, just like every year. Sweet Country, an Aboriginal Western by Warwick Thornton, which has won several awards in different parts of the world, will have its Sámi premiere at Skábmagovat.

In the past few years, Sámi cinema has flourished, and it is great to be able to show, in addition to Sami Blood, some of the newest and hottest movies of Sápmi in our short film section. For example, we will see the awarded short animation by Anders Sunna and Inga Wiktoria Påven in Inari. We will also see new short films by Marja Helander, Per-Josef Idivuoma, Egil Pedersen, Lada Suomenrinne and Katja Gauriloff, Ahlakorpi says, pleased.

The Skábmagovat Indigenous Film Festival will be held in Inari from 25 to 28 January 2018, this year for the 20th time. Advance tickets for the shows can be booked at, while tickets for Sofia Jannok’s gig can be either reserved by e-mail at or directly through an inbox message on Facebook.

The Skábmagovat Film Festival is arranged by the Friends of Sámi Art in cooperation with the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida, the Cultural Centre Sajos, the Indigenous Film Centre Skábma, the Sámi Education Institute, YLE Sápmi and the International Sámi Film Institute.


Further information:

Jorma Lehtola, Artistic Director                      +358 504 144 349

Sunna Nousuniemi, Executive Director        +358 409 666 318

Aleksi Ahlakorpi, Producer                          +358 401 737 150

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