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The second edition of the film festival Oslo Pix will be held from 4 to 10 June 2018. The organiser, Festivalkontoret, has received a grant of NOK 75 000 from Fritt Ord for the subprogram Pix Politics: Film and discussion. The film screenings will be accompanied by discussions on the meat industry, mental health care, the emergence of right-wing extremism and the consequences of the Franco regime.

7 June will mark the screening of Ellen Ugelstad's documentary film "Making Sense Together", which has received Fritt Ord's support for development, production and promotion. The festival venues will be the Nordic Film Cinema and the Artists' House Cinema.

A list has been published of Fritt Ord's grants for less than NOK 100 000 awarded in May 2018.

Among the 75 or so allocations, we find 17 grants for manuscript development and the publication of non-fiction books. For example, two writers have received manuscript grants for books about intoxicants and dependence. Andreas Wahl Blomkvist received NOK 60 000 for the book project "Illegal medicine", while Eivind Riise Hauge received NOK 75 000 for work on the book "The History of Dependence".

The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in April 2018 has now been published.

Eight of the grants involve the production of new documentary films. For example, Motlys AS and Director Kristoffer Carlin received NOK 200 000 for the documentary "The Mystery of Emilie", which follows a 20-yeaar-old with Down's syndrome through a year at a college of further education. Integral Film received NOK 300 000 for the production of the film "Tension in Europe", directed by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen and Jørgen Lorentzen.

A grant of NOK 200 000 was awarded to Puffin Filem and Director Linn Helene Løken's documentary film "Summer Children" about German children who were sent on holidays in Western Europe by themselves in the post-WWII era. The director's mother Gabrielle was among these children and was subsequently adopted by her Norwegian host family.

The list has now been published of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 awarded in March 2018.

Nearly half of the 72 grants in this round went to seminars and festivals all across the country. For example, NOK 30 000 were allocated to the Spring Frolic Festival in Lillehammer, to be held from 11 - 14 April 2018. The festival will open with a panel discussion about anxiety on Wednesday, 11 April at 1 p.m. in the Lillehammer House of Literature.

Tromsø International Film Festival/World Theatre Cinemateket received support for "Shanghai-Tromsø Express - Chinese Film Week", being organised in collaboration with the Beyond Frozen Point Film Festival from 13 to 17 April 2018. They also received a grant for the series "History on Film - Falsification and Enlightenment", which will run throughout the year.

The Norwegian-Kenyan documentary film Thank you for the Rain was recently awarded the prize for best international film at the Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, received the World Wildlife Fund's prize for best film in the Habitat category at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, in addition to winning two Social Impact Media Awards: the Ethos Jury Prize and the Prize for Best Cinematography. The film was directed by Julia Dahr and produced by Hugh Hartford. The work to spread the film's message has been documented in a comprehensive "impact and outreach" report that can downloaded here.

Thank you for the Rain tells the story of Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya, who began seven years ago to film his family and show how climate change was affecting their lives. When Kisilu's house was destroyed by a violent storm, he started a local movement of farmers. Their struggle brought him all the way to the major political drama that took place during the UN's climate negotiations in Paris.

The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in March 2018 has now been published.

On the list, we find a dozen grants for the development, production and promotion of documentary films. f(x) produksjoner AS received NOK 100 000 for the development of the documentary series "The invisible", which follows life at a centre for children and young people with serious, complex functional disabilities. Rosenlund Film received NOK 75 000 for the development of "The grey zone - a documentary about Norwegian assailants". Paragon Features received NOK 100 000 for a feasibility study for the documentary film "School to Prison Pipeline", which gives us insight into lower class African-American life in Bridgeport, Massachusetts in the US.

Truls Aagedals selvbiografiske dokumentar publisert på Aftenposten.no

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Årets litteraturkritiker 2018

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Lansering av «Oligarkenes vekst og fall» av Serhij Lesjtsjenko

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Kritikerpris til Anne Bitsch

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