Award Winners 2016

2016-06-11 | By

This year’s Golden Chair, Best Norwegian Short Film goes to Bird Hearts by Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel.



The Golden Chair for best Norwegian short film is awarded to Bird Hearts by Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel. The prize is 50 000 NOK (about 5000 euros) given by the Norwegian Film Institute and a production grant of 50 000 kroner from the post production company Nordisk Film Shortcut. The winner of the Golden Chair will become the Norwegian candidate in the nomination process for Best Short Film at the Academy Awards©, provided that the film meets all the requirement set forth in the in The Academy © official rules.

Statement of the jury:
The jury awards the golden chair for best Norwegian short film to a film that gives us a complete, sharp and humorous observation of the shortcomings of human rationality when societal conventions of gender and sexuality are put to test. The full and realistic portrayal of a couple´s sex life, especially the sex positive female role is outstandingly performed by this ensemble cast.

TERJE VIGEN award goes to Early Morning The 26th of January 2011 by Jesper Brodersen. The award is 10.000 NOK (about 1000 Euros) and a bronze stauettmade by the artist Harald Oredam. This is awarded by Grimstad municipality, along with a production scholarship to the value of 50 000 NOK (around 5000 euros) given by the Grimstad based studio Equippe.

Statement of the jury: The jury gives the Terje Vigen award to a filmmaker whose unsentimental, unfiltered and immediate approach allowed him to capture the humour and absurdity of an unfolding tragedy.

The jury would like to award a special mention to a film that stands out for its reflective visuals and the way it trusts and holds its own pace. Profound parallels on opposite sides of the world are introduced through a fascinating instrument, by a filmmaker who is in total control of his own instrument. This special mention goes to The Banisher of Thought by Andreas Daugstad Leonardsen.

The jury would like to award a special mention to a film that changed our preconceived ideas of intimacy even as it was set in the vast outdoor landscape. It is a great achievement of a skilled filmmaking-ensemble with a clear vision who made their expertly constructed film seem effortless. This special mention goes to If I Say No by Lia Hietala

Jury: Emily Doe, Even Hafnor, Kathleen McInnis, Kari Anne Moe, Maximillien Van Aertryck


The Golden Chair for Best Norwegian Documentary goes to Dugma – The Button directed by Pål Salahadin Refsdal. The prize is 50 000 NOK (about 5000 euros) given by Aftenposten.

The statement of the jury:
The Golden Chair for Best Documentary goes to a film characterized by its outstanding boldness; thematically, artistically, as well as through its implementation. Risking his own life in the process, the filmmaker gives us a three-dimensional depiction of – and insight into – perhaps the most unfathomable of human mechanisms: namely the deliberate choice to blow oneself up as a means of fighting for one’s convictions. The film is unbiased in its depiction of the conflicts we are constantly confronted with in the media. It thereby lets us look toward our own fears – and prejudices – so that we may reach the conclusions, considerations, and insight that are crucial in our strive toward peace.

Honourable Mention goes to: Mannen fra Snåsa / Doing Good, directed by Margreth Olin

The statement of the jury:
Our modern society is increasingly driven by a technological world view, where few things are given value besides that of being a resource of some sort. In light of this, we wish to give honourable mention to a film which shows us that simply being is of value in itself, and that spirituality as such is an important part of our existence. Where media and films are characterized mainly by intractable, painful, and difficult aspects of life and society, this film dares to move in the opposite direction by focusing on the goodness that exists in us all.

Jury: Runar Jarle Wiik, Mah-Rukh Ali, Grete Salomonsen Hynnekleiv


The Award for Best Norwegian Music Video goes to Kavar Singh Lett å være rebell I kjellerleiligheten din – Karpe Diem. The award for Best Music Video consists of 15 000 NOK (about 2000 euros)

The jury’s statement:
We were completely unanimous as a jury deciding this year’s Music Video winner. Powerful and layered, this year’s winner has politicised the music video by daring to address alienation and racial inequality in society today. Artistic for the genre, with impeccable direction, cinematography, and editing, it plays with accusation and expectation by throwing them back at us. Naver. Naver. Naver. Naver. Naver.

We would like to recognize two music videos in particular with honorable mentions.

The first is an outstanding, conceptual and action-packed meta music video. An impressively executed, original idea, with a cool twist. The jury would like to honour Shaun Higton’s video for Briskeby – Rookie Mistakes

The second honorable mention goes to a touching story about finding your tribe, that we can all relate to. A fully formed narrative that blends image and lyrics, and makes them dance. The jury would like to honour Aurora Gossé’s video for Anja – Echo

Jury: Angie Driscoll, Alex Herron, Aleksander Huser


The Golden Chair for Best International Short Film is awarded to Tracks by Annica Carlsson Bergdahl and Gunnar Bergdahl. The winner of the Golden Chair for Best International Short Film is awarded 50 000 NOK.

The jury’s statement:
The winning film subverts the documentary form in an innovative and poetic way.
Its haunting visuals provide a stunning backdrop to compelling stories, told in a non-sentimental and factual manner. It sheds light on a traumatic and serious issue which is seldom addressed from an unexpected angle. The film conveys a profound message about a unique human connection in the last moments of life.

The first honorable mention goes to I was a winner, directed by Jonas Odell.
A warm and funny documentary that through a strike of genius lets its characters share their gaming addiction through their online avatars. By doing so it humanizes both the addicts and the virtual reality they are caught in.

The second honorable mention goes to Notre heritage, directed by Jonathan Vinel in collaboration with Caroline Poggi.
The second honorable mention goes to a film which mixes fiction and reality in a highly disturbing manner. The jury was impressed by the film’s artistic ambition and innovative use of the filmatic medium. It juxtaposes personal and collective feelings of estrangement and portrays loveless relationships in a sexualised world.

Jury: Jonas Brenna, Chloé Faulkner, Mariken Halle, Svend Bolstad Jensen, Larissa Sansour

The Norwegian Film Workers Association’s Technical Award

The award goes to Bård Farbu, Daniel Angyal for the sound mix on The Tunnel

The jury’s statement:
The winner shows sound work of exceptional quality, brings the story to life and assists the narrative in an excellent way. The dramaturgy in this film’s sound design is always present, adding new layers and context to the story. The sound design is outstanding – the use and placement of microphones, sound effects, accuracy, sound mixing and surround mixing: are all well thought through.

Honourable mention goes to – Annika Emmerson for the photographic work in the film Camping with Ada and Stian Hafstad for outstanding editing in the film Getting In.

Jury: Camilla Størseth, Thor Lønning Aarrestad og Trygve Svindland.

The Hourglass Award

The Hourglass Award goes to Liv Karin Dahlstrøm for Women&Wine.

The jury’s statement:
The award itself goes to what we feel is the most fully realized dramatic storytelling in this year’s programme. It is a tragicomic portrayal of a friendship that comes apart at the seams when one
member of the group allows her actions to be guided by her neurotic need to secure best friend status. The result is a highly awkward affair that could easily have turned into pure cringe comedy, but is treated with a tenderness and flair that makes the story feel true and refreshing. The entertainment is light, but the emotional insight runs deep.

Honourable mention goes to Nothing Ever Really Ends by Jakob Rørvik and It’s alright by Nina Knag.

Jury: Thomas Moldestad og Sofia Lersol Lund

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