29 May 2024
Stockholm International Film Festival 2020 – and the winners are!
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Stockholm International Film Festival 2020 – and the winners are!

Stockholm International Film Festival 2020 and the winners are

A total of 15 winners took home the awards from the 31st edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival. The coveted recognition for the Best Film was obtained by Berlin Alexanderplatz, directed by Burhan Qurbani. The lead actor of the movie, Welket Bungué, was awarded Best Actor for his portrayal of the lead character Francis. Mexican director Fernanda Valadez was awarded two Aluminium Horses in the categories Best Director and Best Debut for her film Identifying Features.

Berlin Alexanderplatz Burhan Qurbani best film stockholm international film festival 2020
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani is named Best Film


Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) by Director Fernanda Valadez is awarded Best Director and Best Debut

Mexican director Michel Franco is presented with this year’s Stockholm Impact Award for his film New Order. The award was founded by Stockholm International Film Festival in collaboration with the City of Stockholm. With this prestigious award, the director receives 1 million SEK and a unique statuette designed by the famous artist Ai Weiwei.

Michel Franco New Order Stockholm Film Festival
Michel Franco’s New Order was one of the most shocking films of this year’s festival.

Actor Lancelot Ncube is named Zalando Rising Star 2020. Director Jo Widerberg wins this year’s scholarship 1 km Film for her film Litegrann and an honorary mention was given to director Sara Klara Hellström for the film Tvagning. Katherine Waterston is awarded Best Actress for her role in The World To Come. Best Cinematography is awarded to Benjamín Echazarreta for the film Memory House. Kaouther Ben Hania is awarded Best Script for The Man Who Sold His Skin and the critically acclaimed documentary film Gunda, by Victor Kossakovsky, is awarded a Bronze Horse for Best Documentary. The film critics also had their say as the FIPRESCI-jury awarded the Korean film The Woman Who Ran, by Hong Sang-soo, Best Film.

Winners at Stockholm International Film Festival 2020:


Best Film: Berlin Alexanderplatz by Burhan Qurbani
Best Director: Fernanda Valadez for Identifying Features
Best Debut: Identifying Features by Fernanda Valadez
Best Script: Kaouther Ben Hania for The Man Who Sold His Skin
Best Actress: Katherine Waterston for The World To Come
Best Actor: Welket Bungué for Berlin Alexanderplatz
Best Cinematography: Benjamín Echazarreta for Memory House



Best Documentary: Gunda by Victor Kossakovsky

Gunda by Victor Kossakovsky wins Best Documentary stockholm international film festival 2020
Gunda by Victor Kossakovsky wins Best Documentary


Best Short Film: The Name of the Son by Martina Matzkini


Stockholm Impact Award 2020

Michel Franco for New Order


Zalando Rising Star Award 2020

Lancelot Ncube



1 km film Scholarship Recipient: Jo Widerberg, Litegrann
1 km film Honorary Mention: SaraKlara Hellström, Tvagning


FIPRESCI Award for Best Film

Best Film: The Woman Who Ran by Hong Sang-soo


The jury was chaired by star producer Patrik Andersson, who has produced The Serious Game (2016) and Midsummer (2019), among others, as the Stockholm International Film Festival’s jury chairman for the Stockholm XXXI Competition. Other members of the jury were the actress Eva Melander, and Isabella Eklöf, director and screenwriter, who debuted with the acclaimed film Holiday (2018).

An additional award, Wild Card, initiated by the Swedish Film Institute, was presented to Elsa Rosengren and Sebastian Johansson Micci. They received 400 000 SEK each for development of their first feature film.

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