Sami Film Institute


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Managing Director

Anne Lajla Utsi belongs to the Sami people and she is based in the Sami village Kautokeino in Norway above the Arctic Circle, where she has served as managing director for the International Sami Film Institute (ISFI) since 2009. She was one of the founders of the Institute and has a background as a filmmaker herself.  She has increased the funding for the Institute considerably and ISFI has also political support on a Nordic level. Utsi has through the ISFI guided a new generation of Sami filmmakers and the International Sami Film Institute represents a watershed in Sami film production. ³If we indigenous peoples are invisible, we don´t exist for the majority and in the end not for ourselves either, this is why film is crucial for the indigenous peoples future². ISFI has also initiated several international collaborations between indigenous filmmakers such as the Indigenous fIlm Circle and the Arctic Film Circle.  ISFI was also one of the initiators of the recognized Sami feature film ³Sami Blood² by Amanda Kernell. Before joining the Film Institute she was director of a Sami film festival and also a documentary filmmaker and she is has a bachelor degree in documentary film from Lillehammer University College.