The Norwegian films have been collecting all the awards lately, and here is an overview to keep you updated:
- Casper and Emma: Best Friends (Karsten og Petra blir bestevenner) was awarded the BAMmie for Best Feature at New York’s BAMkids Film Festival. “I am delighted to let you know that BAM’s audiences once again signalled their highest enthusiasm for a Norwegian feature film,” wrote executive director Nicole Dreiske, of the US International Children’s Media Center. The film which was also presented with the Audience Award in Piula (Croatia), was Lindtner Næss’ second consecutive win at the 22-23 February festival, which is organised by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, this year unspooling 74 films from 27 countries: in 2013 his Magic Silver 2 (Blåfjell 2 – Jakten på det magiske horn) received the first prize
- Norwegian director Christian Lo’s The Tough Guys (De tøffeste gutta) collected the Special Jury Prize at the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM), which took place 1-9 March. Lo’s second feature has previously won the Audience Award in Kristiansand and the Children’s Jury prize in Lübeck.
- Norwegian director Iram Haq’s I am Yours (Jeg er din) added the Europe Outside of Europe top prize at the Belgrade International Film Festival to her main award, the NDR Prize, from the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck. Belgrade’s 42nd edition of FEST screened 75 films between
27 February-2 March.
- Norwegian director Katarina Launing’s Kick It! (Kule kidz gråter ikke) came off to a flying start at BUFF – the International Children and Young People’s Film Festival in Malmö, this year unspooling between 10-15 March: the depiction of Anja, the soccer-loving schoolgirl who is diagnosed with leukemia, garnered her the ECFA Award for Best European Children’s Film from the European Children’s Film Association.
- Also at BUFF, Norwegian director Kajsa Næss’ short documentary, Up to You, was given a Special Mention from the Short Films Jury. The receiver of the Norwegian Ministry of Culture’s Human Rights Award has previously won prizes in Bergen (Best Norwegian Short Documentary) and Frederikstad (Best Norwegian-Baltic Short)
- At the US Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, Silicon Valley, Norwegian director Stian Kristiansen’s Kiss Me You Fucking Moron (Kyss meg for faen i helvete!) won the Maverick competition for Best Narrative Feature Comedy. There were 14 international contenders for the prize at the 4-16 March showcase, which the jury gave to the film for “its captivating portrait of today’s youth, its defiance of stereotypes and its vibrant and rare energy in today’s cinema.”