A Word From the President

Gudrun Giddings

Hej Alla,
Congratulations to Swedish actress Alicia Vikander for being nominated in the category of best supporting actress for an Academy Award and to the hair and makeup team from Sweden, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr, as they are nominated for “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared”. We also want to say congrats to our Scandinavian neighbors from Denmark and their feature film “A War", that is nominated for best foreign film. The exciting news was announced yesterday in Beverly Hills. The big Oscar Award Ceremony is being held on Sunday February 28th 2016 in Hollywood.
As this is award season and SACC-LA is based in the entertainment capital of the world, there will be lots of emphasis on entertainment in the next few weeks, especially since there are so many talented Swedes and fellow Scandinavians within the creative arts, innovation and entertainment. However, also lots of other news and fun stories as you’ll notice in the newsletter below. For example, this week you can learn how to visit some of the best museums in LA for free. You can also read about SWEA-LA and their fantastic film scholarship and Swedish director Ninja Thyberg, who was awarded the winning price last weekend during the Scandinavian Film Festival in LA. 
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
- Lao Tzu

          Happy Friday !!

          Gudrun Giddings
          President of SACC-LA


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Alicia Vikander Nominated for an Oscar

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The rise to stardom never seems to end for the talented actress Alicia Vikander; with two Golden Globe nominations, Vikander can now add an Oscar nomination to her resumé as the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards were announced on Thursday. She is nominated for best supporting actress for her role in The Danish Girl. Vikander is the first Swedish actress to be nominated since 1989, and joins the company of Swedish performers Lena Ohlin, Ingrid Bergman, Ann-Margret and Greta Garbo, who all have been nominated or won an Oscar. 

Also among the nominees are Love Larsson and Eva Von Bahr, nominated for best achievement in makeup and hairstyling for their work in Felix Herngren's The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared. In addition to the Swedish nominees, the movie A War (Krigen), from our fellow neighbor Denmark, is nominated for best foreign language film of the year. 

Check out the full list of nominees here!

Photo Credit: Love Gîran

Los Angeles Museums Free-For-All Saturday!

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Do you still have some museums on your list that you haven’t had the time to visit yet? On Saturday January 30th you will have the opportunity to visit some of them for FREE. Twenty of Los Angeles museums will present anything from art, cultural heritage, natural history, to science museums, that will open their doors to you for a free visit. 

For more information and the whole list of museums click here

El Niño Challenges California Drought, a little bit

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"A strong El Niño in the Pacific has spurred storms that have soaked California, leading to some improvement at the state’s reservoirs, which stood at 22 to 55 percent of their historical averages on December 31. The Folsom reservoir that supplies Sacramento suburbs, for example, has risen 28.5 feet in the past month. More importantly, the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, which had reached a 500-year-low, is already 103% of average for this time of year." 
- National Geographic

Thanks to the raging El Nino, the California drought is really being challenged by the heavy rains coming in over the coast during the last two weeks. However, many things need to happen before the worst recorded drought in the history of California can be considered past. Learn more by following this link

Filmed Imagination

Filmed Imagination is both a production company and a service production company, founded in 2010. With a passion for projects with social undertones and that promotes cultural diversity, their goal is to develop and produce entertaining and memorable films with both international and domestic appeal. They have a diverse slate of projects that includes original material, literary adaptations and foreign film remakes. Their work includes commercials with Robbie Williams, music videos for Avicii, and the Netflix series Lillyhammer.

Robbie Williams - Electric Jukebox 2015
Click on the video to watch!

Check out more of their prestigious work here!

To get in touch with Filmed Imagination, click here!

The Best Dressed Swedish Celebrities 2015

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LA Fashion Week is coming in March 2016, therefore SACC-LA wanted to warm you up with a list of the best-dressed Swedish people of 2015. Among the top 20 are plenty of names you’ll recognize such as the Eliason Merit Award 2015 winner; Tove Lo. Also on the list are Victoria Secret model Elsa Hosk, some of the Swedish Royalties, and many more. 

See the full list presented by The You Way here.

Skavlan, One of Europe's Biggest Talk Shows.

Fredrik Skavlan is back for his 15th season

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Skavlan, the Swedish-Norwegian talk show led by Fredrik Skavlan is back for a fifteenth season. With previous guests such as Kofi Annan, Rihanna, Tony Blair, Péle, Adele and Paul McCartney we are (as usual) in for a treat. The fifteenth season looks promising with a wide range of interesting guests. And for the Swedish-American audience, we are happy to inform you that the show is available to stream in the U.S. via SVT Play. 

Learn More!

Ninja Thyberg Receives SWEA's 2016 Film Scholarship

Photo Credit: Mathilda Tennysdotter

Last Sunday, during the Scandinavian Film Festival, SWEA Los Angeles presented their annual film scholarship to the talented Ninja ThybergA graduate in film directing from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Thyberg receives the scholarship for her tremendous talent and previous achievements:

”We are always looking at wonderful talent and dedication. And we’re often seeing great talent at varying levels of development. In the case of Ninja Thyberg we were looking at a rising star who has already been recognized at Cannes, and at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her talent shows drive and individuality and her craft is already fine-tuned to bringing her ideas from the page to the screen. All the applicants show outstanding achievement. But it was clear that this year’s recipient is “a force to be reckoned with” who will spend her time in Los Angles for specialized study, and working on a most interesting feature film project about a Swedish girl working in the Los Angeles porn industry.” - SWEA Los Angeles


To learn more about Ninja Thyberg and SWEA Los Angeles, click here.

To find out more information about Scandinavian Film Festival, click here.

How Well Do You Know Los Angeles?

Photo Credit: Woodrow Walden

Dodger Stadium leads the baseball stadium sales in what? Hot dogs, baseball hats or foam fingers? Do you know the correct answer? Either way, quizzing yourself is a great way to learn more about something that interests you. We've gathered a couple of quizzes to really test your knowledge about Los Angeles. Gather your friends and see who wins. Good luck! 

Quiz 1 (by National Geographic) 
Quiz 2 (HowStuffWorks)

52 Places To Go in 2016

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Don't know where in the world to go in 2016? No problem, the world is a big place. The New York Times have ranked the 52 best places in the world to visit in 2016. Out of the many places featured, one particular region in Sweden managed to clinch the ninth spot. Want to know which one? Click here to find out!

SACC-LA member Film Festival Flix is adapting to the changing times by flipping the old distribution model. While distributors have used the internet to attract audiences to theaters, Film Festival Flix uses theatrical openings and monthly nationwide theatrical premiere series to drive audiences to its virtual studio and distribution channels. By operating in this innovative way, viewers can watch films that most likely wouldn't be viewed elsewhere and they can watch as many films as they want, whenever they want. 


Following the successful 2015 unveiling of the Mountain & Adventure Film Festival, the first online festival of its kind, Film Festival Flix is excited to launch its 2016 festival, bigger than ever! This year's festival will showcase 68 films on demand over an unprecedented 29 days in February. Like "Netflix" for mountain films, viewers can watch Any film, Any time, on Any device. A global audience can further interact with filmmakers, athletes, conservation experts, and brand partners through live Google Hangout Q&A's, Twitter Chats, and Facebook Q&A sessions. New to 2016, the festival announced the formation of its Athlete Ambassador Council and established partnerships with 15 Non-Profit Organizations. The festival amplifies the films and messages to the world through the internet. The festival will feature 11 categories and all of the submitted films will have chance to be awarded this festival's best film.

Film Festival Flix CEO and festival Founder, Benjamin Oberman stated, "We love going to festivals. But for the select few who have the time and money to attend, we found the average attendee saw 1 to 3 films due to tickets, scheduling, parties, or business complications." Making the festival Online and On Demand gives viewers around the world the opportunity to see every film on their own terms. This gives more exposure to more films, athletes, and brands. The average viewer in the 2015 festival spent 10+ hours watching films. With almost double the content in this year's festival, the festival expects viewers to watch approximately 15 hours during the festival. 

Purchase your online passes to The Mountain & Adventure Film Festival by clicking here.

2016 Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Trailer
Check out the trailer for the upcoming festival!

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10 TV Shows to Watch in 2016

Learn How to Write Code

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"From fresh seasons of favourite old shows to entirely new series, we've checked out what you should be checking out on the box and the 'flix in 2016."
Check out the full list here
The language of the future is unarguably Code. If you want your resumé to stand out or if you just want to become the friend who knows how to code - here is a list of 9 sites that will teach for free! 

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SACC-LA is a non-profit organization that enables innovative and creative exchange in order to create business opportunities and enhance trade between Swedish and American companies.  The Los Angeles chamber is one of 20 regional chambers in the United States and was established in 1988.  With 25 years of experience SACC-LA is skilled in navigating this hotbed for entertainment, creativity and innovation.
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