AWARD WINNERS OF THE 41st NORWEGIAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2018

22.08.2018

70 short narratives, 24 music videos, and 23 short documentaries were in competition for Norway’s most prestigious short film awards in Grimstad, June 13th to 17th, 2018.
H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit officially opened the 41st edition on June 13th, and the award winners were announced on June 16th at Grimstad Kulturhus.

Prisvinnere

The 2018 winning films are:

The Golden Chair: Best Norwegian Short
GREEN VALLEY (Den grønne dalen)
Director: Ellen Ugelstad

The Terje Vigen Award
HVALAGAPET
Director: Liss-Anett Steinskog

The Golden Chair: Best International Short
KIEM HOLIJANDA
Director: Sarah Veltmeyer

The Golden Chair: Best Short Documentary
AS WE’RE TOLD (Vi bara lyder)
Director: Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel

The Golden Chair: Best Music Video
Daniel Kvammen feat. Lars Vaular: SOM OM HIMMELEN REVNA
Director: Eivind Landsvik

The Film Critic’s Association Award
A PLACE WE CALL REALITY
Director: Kristoffer Borgli

The Writer’s Guild of Norway’s Hourglass Award
Gunnhild Øyehaug, script APPLE (Eple)

Norwegian Filmmaker’s Association Award
John-Erling Holmenes Fredriksen, Director of photography for L’AMOUR FOU

The Aust-Agder County Youth Award
WICKED GIRL (Kötü Kiz)
Director: Ayce Kartal

JURY STATEMENTs
Best Norwegian Short

THE GOLDEN CHAIR
This film was ambiguous, yet elegant, drawing on real life events to provoke complex questions about privilege and interconnectedness. Despite its dramatic implications, it maintained a sense of humor and playfulness that kept engaged throughout.
We award the Golden Chair to ‘Green Valley’ by Ellen Ugelstad.

TERJE VIGEN AWARD
Harnessing visual storytelling in its purest form, this film conveyed a portrait of young love naturally and evocatively. Anchored by strong direction and nuanced performances from its young leads, we give the Terje Vigen award to ‘HVALAGAPET by Liss-Anett Steinskog.

In addition to Terje Vigen and The Golden Chair, the third choice for the Amanda Award shortlist is a film that the jury felt so strongly about, we wanted to give it a special prize. It surprised and excited the jury by hijacking a seemingly light-hearted event to make strong statements about friendship and trauma. By avoiding melodrama, it manages to portray the complex and competing feelings of a victim. In addition to being eligible for an Amanda nomination, this filmmaker will also be given a scholarship of NOK 10,000 from Storm Films, as well as a mentorship with their experienced team.
We award this prize to ‘Birthday Resolution’ by Rebecca Wirkola Kjellmann.

HONORABLE MENTION I
This film impressed the jury with the skill and sensitivity it demonstrated in its portrayal of a family experiencing exciting yet difficult changes. The jury believes the film achieves a quality of intimacy that is both rare and deeply felt. The first of two honorable mentions goes to ‘Sheet Fort’ by Marlene Emilie Lyngstad.

HONORABLE MENTION II

Film is a language beyond words. It can transport us and allow us to see the world from another person’s perspective. Balancing between mundane conversation and deeply personal and poetic reflection, this film speaks with vulnerability yet conviction about complex issues of identity. We award the second honorable mention to ‘No Man is an Island’ by Ali Parandian.

Best International Short

THE GOLDEN CHAIR
The main award goes to a moving story about two brother’s last day together. It balances between sadness and warmth in an elegant way. The film’s script tells a precise and subtle story about big issues like the bond within families, the aftermath of the Kosovo war, class perspective and the effects of poverty. The actors in the film are excellent and impressive, and beautiful cinematography and production design pulls the audience into the film’s universe immediately. The director displays a clear and distinctive signature that we would very much love to follow and feel certain that we will see more from in the future.
The Golden Chair for Best International Short Film goes to Kiem Holijanda, directed by Sarah Veltmeyer.

HONORABLE MENTION I
The honorable mention goes to a poetic, meditative and at the same time rather unpleasant film that leaves a strong impression on the audience. The film’s visual form is stunning with a poetic mix of beautiful Nordic landscape, indigenous motifs and a fantastic film score, which feels exciting and innovative. The film dares to be political by presenting the Sami heritage in contrast to the more mainstream Western culture.
Honorable mention goes to Birds in the Earth, directed by Marja Helander

HONORABLE MENTION II
We would like to give an honorable mention to a brave and creative work about the identity split that shame and brutal suppression creates in a young boy’s naive curiosity and sexuality. The film mixes shame, punishment and memory transformed into dirty pictures in a beautiful, colorful and luxuriant rainforest.
By the use of experimental visual effects, provocative still pictures, flashbacks and repetitions, we are invited to see the bigger picture behind dictatorship, pornography and loss of innocence.
Honorable mention goes to Super Taboo, directed by Su Hui-Yu

Best Short Documentary

THE GOLDEN CHAIR
This film finds a way of addressing an important topic in Scandinavian society with unexpected humour. In this case, content and creativity complement each other completely. The stylistic and detailed cardboard cutouts experiment with the documentary form to capture a level of human emotion that drew us deep into the story. It was every jury members’ favorite film of the program.
The Golden Chair for Best Documentary Short Film goes to As We’re Told,
directed by Erik Holmström and Fredrik Wenzel

HONORABLE MENTION I
A harrowing look at an urgent issue through the eyes of those who are forced to bury the victims, this film captures the concrete reality of a silent genocide. For their strong artistic vision and subtle telling of a sensational story, an Honorable Mention goes to a promising debut film, Manilla High – Life in Company with Death, directed by Simone Andrea Gottschau and Anders Palm Olesen.

HONORABLE MENTION II
An unexpected meeting between two strong personality results in an authentic and heartwarming connection. This filmmakers’ persistence allows for the exploration of loneliness and friendship in a fresh and funny way. It captured the whole attention of the audience and Bjarne filled us with genuine laughter.
An Honorable Mention goes to Bjarne Hates the Camera, directed by Weronika Nitsch

Best Music Video

THE GOLDEN CHAIR
There was never any doubt that this was the winner. The creator portrays one of the greatest aspects of life with subtle sensitivity and detail. In this work, we dont meet a boy and a girl, but two human beings. In less than five minutes we both fall in love, and get our hearts broken.
In the epic final scene, the world stands still, while they’re hearts keep moving in the wheel of life. This film left us with goosebumps and teary eyes.
This is a masterpiece.
The Golden Chair award for Best Music Video goes to Som om himmelen revna, directed by Eivind Landsvik.

HONORABLE MENTION I
This video is a dynamic dreamlike work that draws us into a universe describing a youthful need to fit in. An important take on a relevant topic, why is it so difficult to share our feelings? We hope this video can inspire BOYS to shout less and talk more.
Honorable mention goes to BOYS by Eivind Landsvik.

HONORABLE MENTION II
This video is a classic story that oozes of creativity! When life is cold, foggy and gray, all you have to do is play this video that slaloms between humor and nostalgia. The work is two full pockets.
Honorable mention goes to Empty Pockets by Hubbabubbaklubb.

External awards

The Film Critic’s Association Award
The winner of the film critic´s jury award is a visually playful story with an everlasting theme: our search for purpose in life. As a comment on modern society the film inhabits a fine balance between comedy and seriousness, with an enigmatic and sharp look at contemporary life. The film has elements of both video blog and documentary, with a fresh set of aesthetics that complements the story. The director is commenting his own search and artistic career with an ironic twist, but the film is a universal tale. What is “reality” and how to find it? The blurred goal is suggested in the title: The film critic´s award for Best Norwegian Short Film goes to “A Place We Call Reality”, by Kristoffer Borgli.

The Writer’s Guild of Norway’s Hourglass Award
The winning film covers half a century in nineteen minutes and switches between several points of view.
The winning film has a consistent structure, yet it never feels forced.
The winning film is succinct, yet it never feels compressed.
The winning film is arty, yet it never feels strained.
And it’s also funny.
Now, obviously, you all know which film I’m talking about.
The HOURGLASS screenwriting award for 2018 goes to Gunnhild Øyehaug for APPLE.

Norwegian Film Worker’s Association Award
The photographey draws us into a cinematic world full of colors, symbolism and magic moments, using lenses, composition and movement. The camera works together with the story and largely contributes to establish an exciting and surreal story about a troll in a modern world.
The Norwegian Film Worker’s Association’s prize goes to the director of photography on CRAZY IN LOVE, John Erling Holmenes Fredriksen.

Honorable mention goes to production designer Signe Dalsgaard on KILL THE RICH, for incredibly expressive and precise pencil sketches that enhances the visual language of the film.

Honorable mention also goes to the editors of WILD ANIMALS, David Krøyer and Sverre Kvamme for giving us the festivals most touching and beautiful embrace at the exact moment we needed it.

The Aust-Agder County Youth Award
We chose a film that told a haunting tale from a unique perspective. Through careful writing, hand-drawn animation and beautiful voice acting, it created a believable and lovable protagonist whose life and experiences we learn more about as we hear about her memories.
First the happy memories, then the darker ones, the ones that hint. Not a second was wasted, not a moment was redundant. Yet, after the root of our protagonist’s suffering is revealed, we are not left with a feeling of disgust or pity, but with overflowing empathy and a desire to help not only the protagonist, but everyone like her. It was an experience unlike any other short we’d seen…
And with that, we’re happy to announce this year’s winner of the Aust-Agder County Youth Prize is Wicked Girl, directed by Ayce Kartal

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