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Country Focus: Norway

The Norwegian Film Institute encourages established filmmakers to experiment


The Norwegian Film Institute encourages established filmmakers to experiment

- Norwegian director Lisa Marie Gamlem, whose new family adventure, Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama Treasure (see article), will be readied for release on 26 September by The Walt Disney Company Nordic, will receive one of the Norwegian Film Institute’s €25,000 VIP grants for “further artistic development”. 

Intended to give established filmmakers “time and space to concentrate on and experiment with the form and content of original and challenging projects they want to realise”, the scholarship was also given to Norwegian directors Kajsa Næss and Martin Lund

Gamlem’s shorts have been shown in more than 50 countries – her Cold (2011) was selected for Cannes. A 2004 graduate from the Norwegian Film School, she made her first feature last year, Granny & The Kids. Her new project will see her pursuing a directing method that she started when shooting her 2013 short, Every Child Is Made of Fire. Co-directed by John Andreas Andersen and produced by Storm Films, Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama Treasure stars Tuva Novotny, Fridtjov Såheim and Anders Baasmo Christiansen

A writer-director of animation, Næss, whose 2013 short It’s Up to You garnered her the prize for Best Short Documentary at the Bergen International Film Festival and the Norwegian Culture Ministry’s Human Rights Award, will research a new method to develop a project she is currently working on. Næss wants to create a pipeline that gives her creative control over design and production.

Lund, whose second feature, The Almost Man [+see also:
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(2012), took the Crystal Globe Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, will further evolve “his keen eye to dramatise what seems to be insignificant, trivial or ordinary, placing it in a wider context to make it existential, illuminating human challenges in a special way”. Educated at the Norwegian Film School (2009), Lund most recently directed the television series The Fight for Norwegian pubcaster NRK.


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