John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig And The Angry Inch will open the competition at the Stockholm International Film Festival, which focuses on new and innovative cinema.

Other competitors include Henry Bean's The Believer and Richard Parry's South West Nine, from the producers of Human Traffic. Todd Solondz's Storytelling has a slot in the American Independent section, while Ethan Hawke's directing debut Chelsea Walls screens in a digital strand and Dario Argento's Sleepless shows in the late night Twilight Zone section.

The Open Zone section for established filmmakers includes Werner Herzog's Invincible, Jean-Luc Godard's Eloge De L'Amour and Ferzan Ozpetek's Le Fate Ignoranti. Ozpetek is to attend the festival. Asian cinema ranging from kung-fu action film Electric Dragon 80,000V to Cannes title Distance is showcased in the Asian Images side-bar, with Bollywood cinema getting a special spotlight.