Is it the goosebumps you get from hearing a freakishly good song? Is it the excitement you feel when getting a new genious idea? Is it the warmth of someone’s arm around you when walking the streets of Örebro? Is it the joy of finding a new business opportunity.
Or is it that feeling of anticipation when they finally turn down the lights in the cinema.
To us, it’s all of those things – and much, much more.
Live at Heart is one of Scandinavia’s biggest showcase festivals and industry conferences. We are showcasing the stars of tomorrow and bringing creative professionals together to inspire, learn and create. During Live at Heart, hundreds of artists, filmmakers, industry delegates and thousands of Live at Heart fans come together in the heart of Örebro. They come from different backgrounds, cultures and industries. But they do have one thing in common.
They are all here to discover sensation.
Date: 6 september Time: 13:00 Live at Heart film pitch is back and welcomes submissions from all of Sweden! Three selected projects will have the chance to win prices worth 10 000 kronor. Pitches will be held in Swedish in front of our prestigious jury. Every project gets 7 minutes to pitch and 8 minutes of feedback and questions from the jury. The projects can be short films, feature films as well as tv-pilots and web series. The winner will be announced 7 september at the Live at Heart Film prize ceremony. Deadline for submissions is 9 August. Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The much-appreciated concept diacert returns for the third consecutive year to Live at Hearts' 10th anniversary. A diacert is a combination of dialogue and concert, where an artist in a scaled-down format plays songs and in a conversation talks about life and the music. The idea has been developed by Live at Hearts partner Studieförbundet Bilda and was introduced at the festival for the first time in 2017 and is led, as in previous years, by Magnus Sundell, program producer at Studieförbundet Bilda och journalist. “Music is something very big and important for many people. We at Bilda therefore want to take the music seriously and create new spaces for meetings between artist and audience” says Sara Thorstensson, Development Manager for Culture at Studieförbundet Bilda. "In a diacert, the music is put in a context and the audience gets to meet the artist in a slightly closer and more personal way than in a pure concert. We are therefore pleased to be able to present meetings with three top artists in Live at Hearts' diacert this year” During this year's diacert, the audience will meet and listen to three different artists; Rebecka Törnqvist is one of Sweden's most well-known singers and with songs like "Good thing" always has a place in the music lovers' consciousness. She moves freely between jazz and pop music and has released a dozen albums since 1993. In the fall of 2017, the album "Home secretary" was released and was hailed as an as magnificent comeback. The album is a collaboration with longtime musical companion and producer Johan Lindström - who participates as a musician in the diacert. With her god-like voice and her innovative pop music, Nina Kinert has captivated both young pop fans and middle-aged vinyl collectors since the record debut in 2004. She has been moving between singer-songwriter, pop and more electronically colored music. She has toured with artists such as Ane Brun and Anna Ternheim. In 2018 she released her sixth album, beautiful "Romantic". With her to the diacert she has the multi-instrumentalist Linnea Olsson, best known as a cellist. Kristofer Åström started his career in the popular and in many ways pioneering rock band Fireside and has since then had a well over 20-year successful career as a solo artist and singer-songwriter as well as with accompaniment bands like Hidden Truck and The Rainaways. He has now released a dozen albums and some mini albums / EP's. 2018, four of his EP's were released as the double vinyl "Quadrilogy".
Today the showcase festival Live at Heart presents the first speakers to this year's conference program. In addition to hundreds of gigs and film screenings during the evening, the festival offers a wide seminar program during the daytime, where Swedish and international music and film industry participates in seminars, panels and workshops. “Live at Heart is today an important venue for Swedish artists and companies who want to export their music internationally. Through INES * we work with 17 European festivals and a total of representatives from almost 40 festivals will visit Live at Heart this year,” says Peter Åstedt, senior advisor at Live at Heart. Bill Willson (USA) is something of a legend for the American indoor music scene. He has started festivals, conferences and record companies. Right now, he is working on a service for artists named Indie Ninja and a month ago he became Senior Vice President of Operations and Innovations at Entertainment One, one of North America's largest media companies. David Silbaugh (USA) is best known as a booker for Summerfest, the world's largest festival with a million visitors. Summerfest has worked out a concept for new promising artists that they call "Emergin artist series" - where new promising artists get the same PR as the big headliners. At this year's Summerfest there are no fewer than eight artists who were booked from previous Live at Heart festivals. David will talk about Summerfest and how they book their artists. Allison Shaw (USA) has a solid CV in the music industry, including creating festivals entirely powered by solar panels. Allison also runs the company Manic Monkee who works with strategy and experimental marketing and is a booker for several festivals. Ruud Berends (NL) works for Eurosonic, one of Europes most important showcase festival for live music, which is held every year in Groningen in the Netherlands. He also works at several organizations that improve the conditions for live music in Europe and consult the Dutch export office West Way Lab. Ruud comes to Live at Heart to talk about how the future looks for Europe's music festivals. In order to gain access to the conference, you must purchase a special industry accreditation. * INNOVATION NETWORK OF EUROPEAN SHOWCASES, or INES, is a European collaborative project launched by eight international showcase festivals and gigmit, a European digital platform for artist bookings.
On the last evening of the festival Live at Heart Film held the Award Ceremony that gave out several awards. This years winners are: Live at Heart Film Pitch Competition: Gustav Littorin for his project HISSDRÖMMAR Live at Heart Rising (Student Award): BAKOM STÄNGDA DÖRRAR - Högskolan Dalarna Örebro Short Film Fest Grand Award: VIKARIE (SUBSTITUTE) by Adam Starsmark, Josefin Rapp, Daniel Sandberg. Filmfoten: CRAZY PICTURES Best International Short Film: EXCUSE ME IM LOOKING FOR THE PING-PONG ROOM AND MY GIRLFRIEND (Austria). Directed by Berrnard Wrengler. Jurys motivation: It explores the theme of loneliness in a humorous way, has wonderful cinematography and captures beautiful scenery. The main character’s pathetic personality is portrayed so well in the film. This is a great story of present moment experiences while travelling. Best National Short Documentary: I LOVE YOU MORE THAN MY SOUL. Directed by Anny-My Novotny Jurys motivation: This movie goes straight to the heart and soul. It needs to be experienced by audiences worldwide. In this film, we see pain, love, the heartbreaking consequences of war, the joyful play amongst kids and their true wisdom. We get a glimpse of a special community with a huge heart. Gorgeous cinematography and the score was so playful which was the perfect tone for this film Best National Short Film: FOLLOW. Directed by Simon Flack Jurys motivation: A human experience we have all found ourselves in at some point of our lives. The push and pull of this film keeps one on the edge of their seat. This is the type of film that remains in our thoughts for days to come. Intimate, vulnerable, real and raw. Honorary Awards: SHE-PACK (Norwary). Directed by Fanny Ovesen This honorary award is for the excellent acting in this film. It was natural, interactive and very realistic. HOW IT FEELS TO BE HUNGOVER (Sweden) Directed by Victor Hertz This script is hysterical. We challenge you not to laugh throughout this film. Fantastic acting by the main character. It was brilliant! We will never drink again. ACROSS THE ANDES (Sweden) Directed by Henrik Dahlbring We all felt so much from this film. It’s brave, raw and personal. We commend the director for covering a very important issue from his unique perspective with so much clarity and honesty. The courage and strength required to be so vulnerable and honest on camera about their own personal experiences needs to be honoured. Great animation and such beautiful moments captured. Thank you for sharing your experience with the world.