The Norwegian Film Institute Releases Statement Regarding ‘Syrian Hero Boy’

From the Norwegian Film Institute:

The Norwegian Film Institute granted this film in October 2013. The film was valued as an artistic project, where fiction was embeded in an authentic framework. We advised the filmmakers they should announce the intention of the film shortly after it was launched, but unfortunately it took them too long before that information was published. The damage was done and the rest of the handling was unprofessional and reprehensible.

In the following we will evaluate our internal process and make sure that similar projects will be secured in a better way. This is important for the films and the filmmakers and it is important for us working at The Film Institute.

The Norwegian Film Institute will continue to grant projects that focus on important questions, and in that work will bring with us the experience we have now.


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.