Skábmagovat – Reflections of Endless Night
THE WORLD’S NORTHERNMOST INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ FILM FESTIVAL
Every January in Inari, 320 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the Skábmagovat Film Festival comes alive. It’s an international and communal event that brings people together to celebrate our wealth of cultural heritage.
World’s Coolest Film Festival
The pride and joy of the festival is the legendary Snow Theatre, where you can watch films in a theatre built of snow, with only the sky and stars above you.
A Versatile Event
Much more than movies
The festival showcases indigenous art in various forms. The programme includes short films, documentaries and feature films that tell stories and offer insights into the world as told by indigenous peoples themselves.
You can also participate in interesting seminars and side programmes or immerse yourself in Sámi music at the Skábma Club.
The Skábmagovat Film Festival aims to strengthen cooperation, cohesion and dialogue among indigenous peoples. Films are the greatest way to share information, emotions, worldviews, attitudes, challenges and snapshots of time between cultures.
The idea for the Skábmagovat Film Festival began to form in the late 1990s. It was then that people started to think of ways to bring light through cultural means to the polar night that encompasses Inari every winter.
As Inari is one of the most central places in Sápmi, the idea of a Sámi film festival was a natural one. It later expanded into indigenous cinema in general.
The basis for the film festival was for the perspectives of the films to represent indigenous peoples. The only exception to this were the occasional archive screenings, which provided a historical perspective on the portrayal of indigenous peoples. Patrons of the festival have included the spouses of Finnish presidents, Dr Pentti Arajärvi and Mrs Jenni Haukio.
- 1999 First Skábmagovat Film Festival
- 2007 Lapland Art Prize
- 2012 State Prize
- 2018 Helmi award of Pohjolan Osuuspankki
- 2020 First online Skábmagovat Film Festival
The main organisers of the Skábmagovat Film Festival are the Friends of Sámi Art association and the Indigenous Peoples’ Film Centre Skábma.
chairperson of Saamelaistaiteen tukiyhdistys
project planner, Indigenous Peoples’ Film Centre Skábma
DISK project manager
project worker for DISK