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 Ten-year-old Gabriel loves to sing and has one desire: to sing in the local choir. The group rides kick-sleds through the snowy landscape of Northern Norway and is known for their kindness and charity towards the village refugees. But when Gabriel's father gets into a fight with one of the local refugees, Gabriel's quest to join The Kicksled Choir becomes challenging. 

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2020
Production country:
Norway
Release date (international):
2020-03-25
Production company:
Fjordic Film as
Financing company:
Norwegian Film Institute
Nordnorsk Filmsenter AS
FilmCamp as
Producer:
Julia Andersen
Film consultant:
Lars Daniel Krutzkoff Jacobsen
Ingrid Dokka
Sales agent:
Shorts International Limited

Director

  • Torfinn Iversen

    Torfinn Iversen (b. 1985) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Culture (film and television) from Lillehammer University College, including a year at Hawaii Pacific University, and graduated from Nordland College of Art and Film the spring of 2009. Iversen started making short films at a very young age. He participated in the regional young peoples film festival Laterna Magica for the first time at the tender age of eight (!), and even won 1st prize for best manuscript in his class (the script was presented through a cartoon). He has since participated in the festival many times, and has among other thing served on the festival's jury. At the festivals 20th anniversary in 2011, Iversen was also the recipient of the festivals first ever Honorary Award.

    Iversen has written and directed numerous short films, many of which have been screened at various international film festivals, including Gaute på bjerget (1999) - which was selected by the Norwegian Film Institute to participate at the Director's View International Student Film Festival in Stamford, Connecticut - and A Tale of Balloons, which, among others, was screened at Clermont-Ferrand and Le Carrousel International Festival of Youth Cinema of Rimouski. In addition to writing and directing, Iversen is also an experienced cinematographer, editor and producer, and has worked on several other films in these capacities, in addition to his own films.

    Torfinn Iversen

Cast

Gabriel:
Benoni Brox Krane
Father:
Stig Henrik Hoff
Senai:
Kahled Saleh Ankila
Toni:
Nicholai Evans

Awards

2020:
TIFF Junior - Tromsø International Children's Film Festival
Audience Award
2020:
BUFF International Children and Young People's Film Festival
BUFF Nordic Star to Benoni Brox Krane
2020:
Sapporo International Short Film Festival
Best Child Actor to Benoni Brox Krane
2020:
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
Professional Jury’s Prize – Best Live-Action Short
2021:
JEF Festival
Children's Jury Award for Best Short Film

Festivals

2020:
Kristiansand International Children and Youth Film Festival
2020:
TIFF Junior - Tromsø International Children's Film Festival
2020:
Nordkapp Filmfestival
2020:
Nordisk Panorama
2020:
Buster - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth
2020:
Lucas International Festival for Young Film Lovers
2020:
Reykjavik International Film Festival
2020:
BUFF International Children and Young People's Film Festival
2020:
Edmonton International Film Festival
2020:
Sapporo International Short Film Festival
2020:
Cinekid
2020:
Izmir International Short Film Festival
2020:
Chicago International Children's Film Festival
2020:
Oulu International Children's and Youth Film Festival
2020:
Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival
2021:
JEF Festival
2021:
In The Palace - International Short Film Festival
2021:
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
2021:
Kristiansand International Children and Youth Film Festival
2021:
Tribeca Film Festival
2021:
Rhode Island International Film Festival
2021:
The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund
2021:
Festival Internacional de Cine para Niños (...y no tan Niños)

Crew

Director:
Torfinn Iversen
Screenplay:
Torfinn Iversen
Cinematographer:
Odd Reinhardt Nicolaysen
Editor:
Torfinn Iversen
Composer:
Sander Stedenfeldt Olsen
ProductionDesigner:
Reinert Kiil
Costume Designer:
Nina Erdahl
Sound Design:
Rune Hansen
Sound engineer:
Rune Hansen
First assistant director:
Tom Gulbrandsen
Script:
Jannik Dam Kehlet
Casting:
Nina Erdahl
Julia Andersen
Still photographer:
Fredrik Mortensen

Technical information

Genre:
Children
Drama
Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Sound format:
Stereo 5.1
Length in mins:
18'
Language:
Norwegian
Subtitles:
English

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