Top prizes to Norwegian television


Norwegian director Martin Lund’s TV series, The Games (Kampen), won the main prize in the Fiction category for 7-11-year-old children at the Prix Jeunesse International 2014, which took place in Munich between 30 May-4 June.

Based on short-idea

Based on an idea from his short, Home Game (Hjemmekamp/2004), Lund scripted the series about 11-year-old Stian, whose everyday challenges – eating fish for dinner, cheating at math exam, scoring the cutest girl in the class – are commented by sports experts.

Lund’s most recent feature, The Almost Man (Mer eller mindre mann/2012), received the top prize – the Crystal Globe – and the Best Actor Award for Henrik Rafaelsen at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

Aired since last autumn by NRK Super, the two seasons of The Games – 26 x seven minutes – were produced by Ruben Thorkildsen and Isak Eymundsson, for Norway’s  Ape&Bjørn, with the Norwegian pubcaster and support from the Norwegian Film Institute.

More prizes for the NRK

NRK also collected first prizes for The Summer with Dad (Sommeren med papa – Fiction for up to 6-year-olds) and All-Round Champion (Best – for Non-Fiction for 7-11-year-olds).

500 specialists in television for children and youth audiences decided the prizes during the Prix Jeunesse International 2014, which is organised every second year, this time with participation from 70 countries.

via the 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.