Norwegian Film Institute Provides Funding for New Films and Documentaries

From the Norwegian Film Institute

What’s the price of success, and what will you do to achieve it? Are there any limits to entertainment, and how far you can go and still attract a large audience? In his feature debut Internet Famous, Norwegian director Kristoffer Borgli makes a personal investigation of fame and its financial explotation.

Produced by Magnus Lyngner, of Bacon OSL, the film also scripted by Borgli has received development funding from the Norwegian Film Institute as part of the New Path programme, aimed at stimulating the artistic courage and contemplation of young talented directors, and supporting their careers at a professionally high level.

Four shorts

The institute also backed four projects for shorts, including:

Hisham Xaman’s Besøket (The visit) to be produced by Kari Moen Kristiansen for Zaman Film. The drama begins when a man learns he is not the biological father of his daughter. Zaman most recently directed the award-winning Brev til Kongen (Letter to the King/2014).

Jakob Rørvik’s Ingenting tar noensinne slutt (Nothing ever really ends) to be produced by Moa Liljedahl and Åshild Ramborg for Maipo Film. A story of dysfunctional love, it follows a couple who on New Year’s Eve, three years in a row, try to break their relationship.

Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s Hoggeren, to be produced by Maria Ekerhovd for Mer Film. A portrait of Gard, who always had a strong urge to breakaway, but now has returned to a little farm he has inherited, and is caught up by his own past.

Kristian Pedersen’s Bøygen, to be produced by Tonje Skar Reiersen and Lise Fearnley for Mikrofilm. Pedersen wants to investigate how abstract animation and visualise music can convey a story, starting from a scene in Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.


From 19 applications for production funding for new documentaries, the Norwegian Film Institute has rewarded three, allocating €295,000 for Christine Cynn’s The Space Between, Aslaug Holm and Olaug Spissøy Kyvik’s Torborg and Mildred, and Ellen Ugelstad’s Everything Sank in You.

The Space Between

Produced by Kristian Mosvold, for Substans Film, The Space Between follows a group of people affected by the arms industry – as a victim, an offender, or in the space between. Cynn scripted the film from Situation Rooms, by the Rimini Protokoll theatre group, which interweaves 20 real-life scenarios for a high tech performance.

Torborg and Mildred

Torborg and Mildred, one 95, the other 86 years old, have for 10 years resided at an elderly people’s home on Varaldsøy in the Hardanger fjord. When the municipality of Kvinnherad decides to close it, they refuse to move and continue living there, in Tore Buvarp’s production for Fenris Films.

Everything Sank in You

Part 2 in Ugelstad’s music video trilogy, Silent Treatment, the director – who also wrote the script – has been inspired for Everything Sank in You by the Highasakite band, investigating the intersection of documentary, text animation and music. Natalya Sarch and Thomas Robsahm will produce for Motlys.

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.