Brwa Vahabpour is the winner of this year's Pitching Forum!


Julia í Kálvalíð received an honorable mention.

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Brwa Vahabpour

Brwa Vahabpour and his project Silence is the winner of this year’s Screen Talent Europe Pitching Forum, which is arranged in collaboration with Screen Talent Europe and Mediefabrikken. He receives a production grant of 4000 €, given by Screen Talent Europe. Julia í Kálvalíð and her project Faðir mín faðir received an honorable mention.

The jury consisted of Phillip J. Bartell, Gabe Van Amburgh and Johanna Pyykkö.

Jury statement:
This award goes to a filmmaker whose personal take on an underrepresented protagonist – the young, impaired girl Bahar, who is ostracized from her school and isolated after the loss of her hearing – seems destined to give a perspective in Kurdistan we haven’t seen before and leaves us eager to see this short film.

Congratulations to Brwa Vahabpour and his film Silence.

Honorable Mention:
For her pitch that leans into absurdist comedy, using a familiar father/daughter reconciliation story and turing it on its “head”. We would like to give an Honorable Mention to Julia í Kálvalíđ.

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From left: Phillip J. Bartell, Julia í Kálvalíð, Johanna Pyykkö and Gabe Van Amburgh.

The filmmakers and their projects:

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Brwa Vahabpour
Brwa Vahabpour is a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker from Trondheim. He graduated from Nordland College of Art and Film in 2014 and The Norwegian Film School in 2018. Vahabpour has directed the short films «Smile», «Pomegranate» and «The Shepherd».

Eight year old Bahar has recently lost her ability to hear as a result of an infection. Due to lack of resources and how it affects the learning of other children, she is omitted from school. This alienation is the start of a series of destructive actions that culminate in an attempt to cure herself.

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Julia í Kálvalíð
Julia has a BA in Audio Visal Media from the Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn. In 2019, her shortfilm “Omman” won the audience award at the Faroese film festival Geytin. Her next short film, “Faðir mín faðir”, is currently in development.

«Faðir mín faðir» is a short tragicomedy about Olivia (33), who meets her father for the first time. But her father is dead, and his body was donated to medical research. A documentary team follows Olivia as she receives his remains, his head, and spends a day with it.

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