A film festival in Norway has banned all but three films for allegedly violating copyright laws, after it found that they infringed on a Norwegian film festival.
A petition signed by more than 400 people called for the Norwegian Film Festival to halt the screenings and to make sure that the films were not made in violation of copyright laws.
“We’re not happy with the festival because it’s a bit of a joke,” film director and film festival owner Thor Høgh Andersen told Reuters news agency.
The Norwegian Film Institute, the country’s oldest film festival, said it would take the complaint further, and appealed to the film industry to “immediately halt the production of all films that violate copyright laws.”
The festival has held a number of film festival events over the years, including one last year, when it featured the Danish film “The King of Denmark” and the Swedish film “In My Time of Dying”.
Last year, the festival’s director, Olaf Nilsen, told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that he felt that it was important to fight for a better future for Norwegian film.
“If the festival is going to continue, we need to stop the production,” he said.
“And if the film is not made, then it’s time to make it again.”
The Norwegian film institute has faced criticism for not following proper copyright procedures and its decision to ban films that had been made prior to the ban.
The festival had already banned “Sophie’s Choice”, a movie about a group of children who end up living in a bunker during World War II.
Last year’s film, “Sleeping with the Enemy”, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, was banned for violating copyright law.
A number of other films were banned for being too dark and had a strong theme in the film, which has since been released on YouTube.
A total of three films were released during the festival, but the Norwegian film council said that they would be allowed to return in future.
“The festival has always been about the entertainment and entertainment is important to us,” festival director and executive board member Høgg Hansen told NRK.
“However, we have to be careful with our approach to the entertainment in our films because we have a strong feeling about the freedom of expression.”