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«Alt det jeg er» på Arendalsuka

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Director Zaradasht M. Hairan's film "Nowhere to hide" has been nominated for Emmy awards in the categories 'Outstanding Current Affairs Documentary' and 'Best Documentary'. The Fritt Ord Foundation congratulates the nominee most sincerely!

"Nowhere to hide" addresses developments in Iraq after the American withdrawal in 2011. The film's protagonist is nurse and father-of-four Nori Sharif, who lives and works in Jalawla. The region becomes increasingly unstable over the years, and when IS attacks the hospital where he works, he and his family have no choice but to flee.

The film was produced by Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas. Director Zaradasht M. Hairan has previously directed the films "The Road to Diyarbekir" (2011) and "Fata Morgana" (2013).

The Fritt Ord Foundation has provided a total of NOK 450 000 in support for the development and production of the film.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has published the list of grants for less than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in June 2019.

Nearly 140 grants are on the list in this round. Among almost 50 grants for different types of seminars and festivals, we find several measures for the promotion of literature. For example, the Literary Scene Oslo, which is behind Literature at Blå, received NOK 60 000 for its extensive autumn programme. The Solstad Project in Sandefjord has received NOK 40 000 for the series of events "Topology and topography in contemporary literature", while the Literary Collective in Trondheim received NOK 30 000 for the festival Ugress 2019.

«Griseindustriens hemmeligheter» på NRK Brennpunkt

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The Fritt Ord Foundation has published the list of grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in June 2019.

Among the 70 recipients on the list, we find three grants for theatre projects. Pia Maria Roll received NOK 100 000 to tour with the play "Ways of Seeing", which is being scheduled to be performed in Tromsø, Bergen, Fredrikstad, South-Odal and Fjaler. Toni Usman received NOK 100 000 for the project "A cuppa". This play will portray the experiences of some of the first Pakistanis who came to Norway about 50 years ago.

Melahuset received an allocation of NOK 75 000 to stage of the auto-biographical performance "Teesri Dhun – The Third Song", a dramatisation of Pakistani transgender people's lives and struggle for acceptance.

The processing of applications for grants of more than NOK 100 000 has been completed for June 2019. Grants have been awarded to 17 projects under the Norwegian Journalism scheme in this round. For example, LO Media got NOK 250 000 for its debate programme "Out of the comments section", which aims at emphasising ordinary voices in working life.

Paal Frisvold received NOK 150 000 for the website: Europeiskpolitikk.no. Maren Sæbø got NOK 100 000 for journalism on Africa, and Rasmus Andreas Hungnes received a corresponding amount for critical texts about computer games and gaming culture. Morgenbladet received NOK 120 000 for its series of reports "E75. The struggle for democracy, from Vardø to Athens", while Ingerid Salvesen and Heidi Taksdal Skjeseth received NOK 100 000 for the project "Journalism Live" - a journalistic live show.

​The Fritt Ord Foundation congratulates Anders Hammer, Nilas Johnsen and Maren Sæbø on winning Annette Thommessen's Honorary Prize for 2019 for their journalism on the issues facing refugees.

"At a time when the major challenges are international and call for multinational solutions, major editorial boards are cutting back on the number of correspondent they have and on their own international coverage. The work being done by competent, involved freelancers and stringers, and through reporting projects, is becoming ever more important for ensuring the best possible coverage and for informing public discourse on international challenges like the situation for refugees and internally displaced persons", writes the Board of Annette Thommessen's Memorial Fund in the grounds for their decision.

A list has now been published of the grants awarded by the Fritt Ord Foundation in May 2019 for less than NOK 100 000.

There are no fewer than 160 grants on the list, including about 20 subsidies for festivals all over the country. For example, the Stokkøya Festival in Åfjord received NOK 30 000 for its chat programme, while the Stamsund Theatre Festival has received NOK 60 000 for a series of seminars.

The Norwegian Book Town Foundation was awarded NOK 40 000 for the Boknatta Literary Festival and for the Lofoten International Literary Festival, Pure Words, NOK 50 000. The Bergen Public Library received NOK 25 000 for FLOW - Literary Festival for Youth.

The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in April 2019 has now been published.

Among the 110 grants on the list, we find a handful of photo projects. The Photo Gallery Foundation received NOK 100 000 to catalogue and arrange an event in connection with an exhibition by the Norwegian artist Maria Pasenau, "My Dark Dome". The student enterprise Witness China Event received NOK 125 000 for the project "Golden Pig", an exhibition and book cooperation project between photo students from Norway (OsloMet), China, Bangladesh and Nepal.

The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for less than NOK 100 000 awarded in February 2019 has now been published.

On the list, among other things, we find about 30 grants for seminars, conferences and festivals. For example, the International Creativity Workshop received NOK 50 000 for Polish Film Week in Oslo and Fredrikstad, while Furuset Library and Activity Centre has been granted NOK 40 000 for the series of events entitled "Global and local at Furuset" in spring 2019.

Dáiddadállu/Kautokeino artists' collective received NOK 80 000 for the event "SápmiToo", which deals with gender roles, violence and sexual assaults in Sápmi and how art can shed light on this issue. "SápmiToo" will be held in Kautokeino and Masi from 14 - 17 March 2019, and is based on cooperation between the Sámi Parliament, Dáiddadállu and OCA.

The winners of the Human International Documentary Film Festival's Norwegian and international competitions were celebrated during the awards ceremony on Vega Scene on Saturday, 2 March.

This year's Norwegian programme included eleven new documentaries that competed for the highest distinction. The HUMAN Prize for 2019 went to "War of Art", directed by Tommy Gulliksen and produced by Norwegian Television. The prize was accompanied by NOK 50 000 and an Amanda nomination for best documentary film.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has published the list of grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in February 2019.

Among the nearly 100 allocations on the list, we find a dozen subsidies for documentary film projects. For example, Indie Film received NOK 150 000 for the development of the documentary series "Enemies of the people" under the direction of Øyvind Stålen and Ove Raymond Gyldenås, on the topic of whistleblowing. UpNorth Film received NOK 150 000 for an impact campaign for the documentary "iHuman", a film about artificial intelligence. It is being directed by Tonje Hessen Schei.

The Media Operators received NOK 150 000 to co-produce the documentary film "Fat Front", which follows a group of Scandinavian body activists. (Danish Hansen & Pedersen Film and Television are the main producers, and Louise Unmack Kjeldsen and Louise Detlefsen are the directors.)