— IYMS 2017 —

JULY 27 - AUGUST 9, 2017

Moving together for a creative reality


The International Youth Media Summit was headed to FALKENBERG, SWEDEN!



2017 was a historic year for the International Youth Media Summit. 

This was the first time the Summit was held in Northern Europe.

The choice of Sweden as a host country had generated a great deal of excitement as we successfully continued building intergenerational bridges through media and action in our second decade.

We invited you to follow the trail through media and action – to build bridges.



That year's focus was

YOUTH MEDIA in the time of Virtual Reality.


Akademin Valand

We have invited Akademin Valand to hold a seminar about their work and research in the field of filmmaking.

Akademin Valand is a university for the arts, and have a faculty for filmmaking. Recently, Ruben Östlund, professor at Akademi Valand, won Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, for his film The Square.

Their device is: Which pictures do you take, and which do you refrain from taking? What is your intention, and what choices do you make? What do you want to show, what do you have to share, what is it that only you can do?

To film is to record and then convey courses of events. Observation, representation, enactment are important factors. In order to develop that which is unique and personal we stimulate the students to relate to their subjective experience in relation to the surrounding world – through practical exercises as well as through oral and written reflections.

Reflections are exchanged through seminars and individual studio talks, through which the students develop their ability to speak about their own practice. Concepts like function, framing, rhythm, space and conception are central to the teaching.

Klara Björk is head of the Akademin Valand. She is a filmmaker and a producer, and will be our key note speaker at the opening of the 12th IYMS summit of 2017.



Common Shores

This year's host, Kultur i Halland - Film, is currently launching some projects in virtual reality, together with partners from other regions in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

We are letting filmmakers, programers, museum people, pedagogues, etc., work together to visualize both common and blank spots in history. 

This spring we will make several shorter workshops/hackatons to investigate and create, develop new ideas. Tor Palm, one of the delegates of Common Shores, will hold a master class during the Summit, and show his experience from the hackaton (www.glimpt.se).

Check out www.commonshores.org


Kultur i Halland is also partnering with Halmstad University to develop the Digital Laborative Centre. We will access a consumer 360 camera to try out how to turn our ideas into an VR-experience. http://www.hh.se/en-US/5.html





Kultur i Halland - Film supports and develops filmmaking in the region, works with film and media knowledge, and also cinema culture. We have a special focus on supporting children and youth filmmaking.

Kultur i Halland - Film has been an active part of the IYMS from the very beginning. We have supported over 20 young delegates and mentors that over the years have had the possibility to engage in the work of filmmaking with a focus on human rights issues. Kultur i Halland - Film has been leading “Self Images and Human Right” – a Creative Force-project with Balkan countries as partners, supported partly by The Swedish Institute.

Kultur i Halland - Film supports filmmaking in the region. Amongst recent projects is the short film “Fight on a Swedish Beach” by Simon Vahlne, screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. A feature film “3*Tonino” by Andreas Kassel, about the famous scriptwriter Tonino Guerra, has received the award for the best documentary film at the Florence Film Festival. The feature “Beehive” by Amanda Leissner was screened on Swedish television this summer. The young filmmaker Magnus von Horn was supported from the beginning of his filmmaking career, and has had a great success with his first feature film “The Here After”. It screened at several international film festivals including Cannes, Chicago and Cleveland. In 2015 it won Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor at the Swedish Film Awards.

The Film and Media Academy of Katrineberg Folk High School trains future filmmakers and workforce for the film industry in Sweden. We have a cinema, a studio, basic equipment for professional filmmaking, editing studios, sound mixing possibilities, etc. The school organizes events and master classes for filmmakers in and around the region. Every year the school offers a Summer Film Camp for girls only – a venture created to address and challenge the gender balance within the film industry.



Halland is a region on the west coast of southern Sweden that offers beautiful nature comprising beaches, forest and lakes. Halland may be small in terms of size, but it is big in terms of growth.

Kultur I Halland-Film and Katrineberg Folk High School are two departments within the organization Region Halland. Region Halland is responsible for providing good service to everyone who lives or spends time in Halland. We also work actively within a number of other areas that affect how it is to live and work in Halland, such as health care, trade and industry, culture and infrastructure. We want Halland to be the best place to live.



We take great pride in having been trusted
to organize and host the 12th edition of the IYMS.




Accomodation will be at the Katrineberg Folk High School – at the Film and Media Academy. The school is situated in a beautiful landscape a 15 minutes drive outside the town of Falkenberg on the westcoast. The school has both doorms for students and a hotel for conferences.

The participation fee for all delegates
(youth delegates as well as advisors)
is 900 USD or 850 Euro.

  • This fee covers all meals and lodging. Sheets are included, but please bring your own towel.
  • Clothes can be washed for free in the laundry room.
  • Free Wi-Fi will be available in the Main Building, The Media Academy house, and one of the hostels.

  • In the accommodation area, Ethernet is provided in all rooms.
    You will need to bring your own Ethernet cable for connecting your computer.

The payment will be due when you are notified that you have been accepted.

To create a sustainable connection between IYMS and each country/organization, we suggest that you, if you are a solitary applicant, connect with an NGO in the human rights field, or a school working with filmmaking and Media Literacy issues. In this way, you can become a part of financing your delegation to the summit.

All costs related to external lecturers, technical equipment, editing stations, VR-equipment, 360 camera, travels in Sweden during summit, common excursions, is covered by funding from the Region Halland (www.regionhalland.se).

All participants accepted to attend need to pay their own travel expenses.


  • Flight option 1: 

Nearest airport is Goteborg/Landvetter
For those arriving at Goteborg Landvetter Airport, we will arrange to pick you up at the airport.


  • Flight option 2:

A good connection to travel to Falkenberg, Sweden is Copenhagen/Kastrup in Denmark. https://www.cph.dk/en/

If you travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, you need to take the train to Falkenberg, Sweden.
When you are applying for a VISA, you will need to make sure that you inform the agency about your landing point, and also about your final destination.

Make sure your travel itinerary points this out. All Swedish embassies and https://visitsweden.com/ can give you more detailed information, as it is different when applying from different countries. The Schengen agreement allows you to land in one country and then continue traveling to your final destination.  (There are some important exceptions: United Kingdom and Ukraine for instance.)

You take the train from Copenhagen/Kastrup directly to Falkenberg: https://www.oresundstag.se/en/
The cost is (return ticket) approximately 85 USD or 80 Euro.

We will pick you up at Falkenberg Station. It’s a 15 minute’s drive to the Katrineberg Media Academy.


- VISA -

Some participating countries need visas for travelling to Sweden.

Read MORE here: https://visitsweden.com/

If you travel to Copenhaguen, Denmark, you need to take the train to Falkenberg, Sweden. you need to make sure that you, when applying for VISA, that you inform about your landing point, and also about your final destination. Make sure your travel itinerary points this out. All Swedish embassys andhttps://visitsweden.com/ can give you more detailed information, as it is different when applying from different countries. The Schengen agreement allows landing in one country and continue travelling to your final destination. (There are some important exceptions: United Kingdom and Ukraine for instance.) 


All participants need to have a health insurance.


- Meals -

The Media Academy of Katrineberg Folk High School is famous for it’s good and generous foods.

The kitchen is well experienced in providing the best food for everyone: be it vegetarian, vegan, halal, allergy considerations, etc.


Swedish Team:

Technical staff: Emma Nordström - www.movemotion.se
Johanna Andersson and Jimi Vall Petersson www.fargfilm.se