Blind, 2014, regi: Eskil Vogt
Blind, starring Ellen Dorrit Svendsen and Henrik Rafaelsen has received its third prize. This time at CPH PIX.

Norwegian Prize Harvest

Published: 24/03/2014 | Edited: 14/04/2014

Eight Norwegian features awarded at recent international film festivals, including Eskil Vogt`s debut film Blind picking up the New Talent Grand PIX at CPH PIX

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Having previously received prizes in both Sundance, where it got the World Cinema Screenwriting Award and Berlin, where it received the Europa Cinemas Label, Eskil Vogt's debut film Blind has had a flying start internationally. The New Talent Grand PIX at CPH PIX in Copenhagen is awarded to a feature fiction debut, and the honour comes with a 15.000 Euro Cash prize, meant to push the winning director towards the next production.

BAMmie to Casper and Emma

“I am delighted to let you know that BAM’s audiences once again signalled their highest enthusiasm for a Norwegian feature film,” wrote executive director Nicole Dreiske, of the US International Children’s Media Center, when Norwegian director Arne Lindtner Næss’ Casper and Emma - Best Friends (Karsten og Petra blir bestevenner) was awarded the BAMmie for Best Feature at New York’s BAMkids Film Festival. The film was Lindtner Næss’ second consecutive win at the 22-23 February festival, which is organised by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, this year unspooling 74 films from 27 countries: in 2013 his Magic Silver 2 (Blåfjell 2 - Jakten på det magiske horn) received the first prize.

Critics' Prize for Poppe's Goodnight

For the third time Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s received the Norwegian Film Critics’ Prize for his latest film, A Thousand Times Good Night (Tusen ganger god natt), which was named for Best Norwegian Feature as Hawaii, Oslo (2005) and Troubled Water (De usynlige/2009). Norwegian cinematographer Norwegian cinematographer John Christian Rosenlund’s work on A Thousand Times Good Night garnered him the award for Best Professional Achievement

Other recent international awards

  • Zachary Galler won the Best Cinematography Award for Sleepwalker directed by Mona Fastvold at the First Time Fest in New York, April 3-7, where Sondre Lerche and Kato Åbland won for Best Scoring with the same film.
  • Norwegian director Christian Lo’s The Tough Guys (De tøffeste gutta) collected the Special Jury Prize at the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM), which took place 1-9 March. Lo’s second feature has previously won the Audience Award in Kristiansand and the Children’s Jury prize in Lübeck.
  • Norwegian director Iram Haq’s I am Yours (Jeg er din) added the Europe Outside of Europe top prize at the Belgrade International Film Festival to her main award, the NDR Prize, from the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck. Belgrade’s 42nd edition of FEST screened 75 films between 27 February-2 March.
  • Norwegian director Katarina Launing’s Kick It! (Kule kidz gråter ikke) came off to a flying start at BUFF – the International Children and Young People’s Film Festival in Malmö, this year unspooling between 10-15 March: the depiction of Anja, the soccer-loving schoolgirl who is diagnosed with leukemia, garnered her the ECFA Award for Best European Children’s Film from the European Children’s Film Association.
  • Also at BUFF, Norwegian director Kajsa Næss’ short documentary, Up to You, was given a Special Mention from the Short Films Jury. The receiver of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture's Human Rights Award has previously won prizes in Bergen (Best Norwegian Short Documentary) and Frederikstad (Best Norwegian-Baltic Short).
  • At the US Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Silicon Valley, Norwegian director Stian Kristiansen’s Kiss Me You Fucking Moron (Kyss meg for faen i helvete!) won the Maverick competition for Best Narrative Feature Comedy. There were 14 international contenders for the prize at the 4-16 March showcase, which the jury gave to the film for “its captivating portrait of today’s youth, its defiance of stereotypes and its vibrant and rare energy in today’s cinema.”
  • In the weekend of April 5th, In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten) by Hans Petter Moland received both the Grand Prix and the Special Police Prize at the International Thriller Film Festival in Baune, France. The film will be distributed in France by Chrysalis Film

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