The Norwegian Film Institute Encourages Experimentation

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The Norwegian Film Institute has given out €25,000 VIP grants for “further artistic development”, which is intended to give established filmmakers “time and space to concentrate on and experiment with the form and content of original and challenging projects they want to realise”. The recipients were Lisa Marie Gamlem, Kajsa Næss and Martin Lund.

Gamlem’s new film, Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama Treasure will be released on the 26th of September by Walt Disney Nordic, and her shorts have been shown in more than 50 countries. Her new project will see her pursuing a directing method that she started when shooting her 2013 short, Every Child is Made of Fire.

A writer-director of animation, Næss, whose 2013 short It’s Up to You garnered her the prize for Best Short Documentary at the Bergen International Film Festival and the Norwegian Culture Ministry’s Human Rights Award, will research a new method to develop a project she is currently working on. Næss wants to create a pipeline that gives her creative control over design and production.

Lund, whose second feature, The Almost Man took the Crystal Globe Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, will further evolve “his keen eye to dramatise what seems to be insignificant, trivial or ordinary, placing it in a wider context to make it existential, illuminating human challenges in a special way”. Educated at the Norwegian Film School (2009), Lund most recently directed the television series The Fight for Norwegian pubcaster NRK.


Read more over at Cineuropa

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.