Norwegian directors supported by the Norwegian Film Institute’s talent programme

Norwegian Film Institute news story:

New Directions – the Norwegian Film Institute’s programme for new talents – has backed the development of four under-60-minute films by upcoming directors, while four of their more experienced colleagues have been supported to work further on their new projects.

The institute received eight applications for shorts and nine for documentaries under 60 minutes, and it was decided to award the projects by Lars Petter Gallefoss, Marianne Ulrichsen, Sunniva Sundby and Charlotte Røhder:

Pray (Bønn)

Dir: Lars Petter Gallefoss. Prod: Pandora Film – Ida Kleppe. (Support: €72,036/ NOK 607,500). An exploratory documentary about man’s conversation his god. By being present in everyday life and prayer, where most people don’t have access, the director wants to show the basics of all religion, and what makes us all equal.

I think. I see. We do(Se. Tenke. Gjøre)

Dir: Charlotte Røhder. Prod: Medieoperatørene – Eirin O Høgetveit. (Support: €53,352/NOK 450,000). An interactive documentary project, where people themselves should be making the film – an authentic portrait of people in a city during a month. About the art of listening and the consequences when you don’t.

Traces (Spor av dyr)

Dir: Marianne Ulrichsen. Prod: Mer Film – Maria Ekerhovd, Ragna Midtgard. (Support: €50,092/ NOK 422,500). The short will explore how three women at different stages of life relate to intimacy, body and sexuality.


Dir: Sunniva Sundby. Prod: Motlys – Thomas Robsahm, Natalya Sarch. (Support: €45,349/NOK 382,500). A documentary about memories – people’s relationship to memories, and how memories shape their perception of reality and themselves.

Four other directors supported

The four more experienced directors, who each received €11,856 (NOK 100,000) to further develop their new projects, are Arild Østin Ommundsen (who most recently directed It’s Only Make Believe/Eventyrland 2010); Guro Bruusgaard (the short, Circus/Sirkus 2010); Kaveh Tehrani (the short, Victor 2014); and Eirik Svensson (One Night in Oslo/Natt til 17 2014).

– article via the Norwegian Film Institute

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.