Norwegian Film Institute grants VIP status to three directors

NFI Director Funding

Three Norwegian directors – Bård Breien, Solveig Melkeraaen and Eirik Svensson – have each received the Norwegian Film Institute’s €23,200 (NOK 200,000) VIP scholarship, to further develop themselves and their new film projects.

About the VIP scholarship

The grants – up to six annually – are awarded to “established film directors to give them time to deeply study and experiment with form and content for their new films,” said the institute. “The recipients must have a plan for how they want to develop artistically, and what they want to achieve by this scholarship. They all stand out positively in these areas.”

About the recipients

Bård Breien’s feature debut, Kunsten å tenke negativt (The Art of Negative Thinking/2006), drew both local and international attention, winning top prizes in Karlovy Vary and Lübeck. Breien “shows a particular ability to create dark, funny and original stories.”

Solveig Melkeraaen took audiences by storm with her first feature-length documentary Good Girl (Flink pike/2014); she has an extensive production of documentaries behind her, characterised by “proximity, depth and authenticity. There are great expectations for her next works.”

Eirik Svensson “is a new voice from the new generation of directors from the Norwegian National Film School.” He has so far signed two features, Must Have Been Love (En som deg/2013) and One Night in Oslo (Natt til 17./2014), both screened at several international film festivals.

– 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.