The Norwegian Film Institute has allocated NOK1.2 million to Karl Emil Rikardsen’s documentary The Arctic Camels (De arktiske kamelene), which will be produced by Relation04 Media.
The film follows siblings Svalin (12) and Thorarin (9) on a small island in the far north of Norway. They want a horse, but instead get two Mongolian camels. When their father has an accident, the siblings must train the camels. When this proves difficult they head to Mongolia to find a real camel trainer.
The Norwegian Film Institute also backed two short films through the ‘New Ways’ programme, which is a talent scheme to support artistic research and development for established directors within Norwegian cinema. Norwegian director Halfdan Ullmann Tøndel and Frokost Film will receive NOK 1 million for Fanny, following a 23-year-old woman who has moved back to Oslo to begin a new study; during her first week she makes an effort to hide a painful past and recreate herself to become part of a new community.
Norwegian director Marianne Ulrichsen and Mer Film was backed by NOK 0.9 million for Alt brenner (english title: TBA). It is the story of 12-year-old Anna, who spends her summer in northern Lofoten with her grandmother, and falls in love with a five-year older boy, trying to cope with dawning sexuality, her own limits and the norms of society.