Rules for Submission


About the festival

Skábmagovat – Reflections of the Endless Night is an indigenous peoples’ film festival which is held in January in Inari, Finland, 330 kilometres (200 miles) north of the Arctic Circle. The main organizer is the Sámi cultural association The Friends of Sámi Art (Saamelaistaiteen Tukiyhdistys); the main partners are Inari Sámi Museum, the Sámi Parliament of Finland and the Sámi Education Institute in Inari.

Literally, the festival takes place in the midst of Sámi culture. Within a distance of one kilometre, there are the Finnish Sámi Parliament Sámediggi, the Sámi Museum and Nature Center Siida, the Sámi cultural centre Sajos, the Sámi vocational school Sogsakk, the Sámi handicraft centre Sámi Duodji and the Sámi Radio of Finland.


The films are shown in the new Sámi cultural centre Sajos, in the Sámi Museum Siida and in the trademark of the festival, the open-air Northern Lights Theatre – a theater made completely of snow, the screen included. The moon, the stars and the possible aurora borealis are included in the ticket. The coolest shows have taken place in approximately –30˚C (–86˚F).



What are we looking for?

The focus of the program at the Skábmagovat Festival is on films which have an indigenous director, producer or screenwriter, or which have, in other ways, been strongly influenced by indigenous people themselves. The films are shown in their original language, mainly with English subtitles.

Participation fee
Skábmagovat does not collect a submission or participation fee.


Films must be made available for the organizers by November 10th 2019. The applicant must fill our online submission form in which the information on how to deliver the film is found. For each film, a separate form must be filled.


We will notify the filmmakers of the films that are selected for the program in early December. A screening copy of each film accepted must be made available for the organizers by the end of December.


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