Norsk filminstitutt

My Favorite War is an animated documentary based on the childhood story of director Ilze Burkovska-Jacobsen, growing up in the USSR during the Cold War. A coming of age story about the personal road of escape from the brainwash of the mighty authoritarian regime. 

“I had to make a choice then - who do I want to become, and what do I believe in? The same questions young generations are asking themselves today”.  


Production and distribution

Production Year:
2020
Production country:
Norway
Co production country:
Latvia
Release date (national):
2020-09-15
Release date (international):
2020-06-12
Production company:
Bivrost film & tv as
Co production company:
Ego Media SIA
Producer:
Trond Jacobsen
Co producer:
Guntis Trekteris
Sales agent:
EastWest Filmdistribution GmbH

Director

  • Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen

    Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen (b. 1971) moved to Norway from her native Latvia in 1990. She studied directing for television at Lillehammer University College. Ilze's debut film, The Class Photograph, found an international audience. My Mother`s Farm was selected for IDFA in 2008 and won several film awards in Latvia, Norway, and Poland. 

    With her husband Trond Jacobsen (director and producer), she runs and owns the company Bivrost Film. Ilze focuses on documentaries, but their company also makes films and series for television, primarily for children. Their animated series “My Body Belongs to Me” won several prizes, including an Emmy Award in 2019, together with NRK Super.  

    Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen

Awards

2020:
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
Contrechamp Award
2020:
Bucheon International Animation Festival
Special Distinction Prize
2020:
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival
Grand Prix
2021:
Palm Springs International Animation Festival & Expo
Animator of the Year
2021:
International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR
Audience Award

Festivals

2020:
Annecy International Animation Film Festival
2020:
The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund
2020:
Fantoche International Animation Film Festival
2020:
Love & Anarchy - Helsinki International Film Festival
2020:
Ottawa International Animation Film Festival
2020:
Warsawa Film Festival
2020:
Anim'est International Animation Film Festival
2020:
Kerry International Film Festival
2020:
Cinemagic Film Festival Belfast
2020:
Busan International Film Festival
2020:
Fredrikstad Animation Festival
2020:
Bucheon International Animation Festival
2020:
Nordic Film Days Lübeck
2020:
Free Zone Human Rights Film Festival
2020:
Festival Cine Sevilla
2020:
Minsk International Film Festival LISTAPAD
2020:
Ajyal Film Festival
2020:
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
2020:
International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima
2020:
Movies on War
2020:
New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival
2020:
Anilogue - Budapest International Animation Festival
2021:
Palm Springs International Animation Festival & Expo
2021:
Glasgow Film Festival
2021:
Tricky Women International Animation Film Festival
2021:
Miami Jewish Film Festival
2021:
Kristiansand International Children and Youth Film Festival
2021:
International Animated Film Festival ANIMATOR
2021:
Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth
2021:
BLON Animation and Games Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
Screenplay:
Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen
Editor:
Julie Vinten
Reinis Rinka
Animator:
Krišjānis Ābols
Composer:
Kārlis Auzāns

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Black and White
Length in mins:
78'
Subtitles:
English

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