Featured Projects

Last night, the Israeli documentary film "Forever Pure" was awarded an Emmy in the category Outstanding Politics & Government Documentary. The film was directed by Maya Zinstein, produced by Geoff Arbourne and co-produced by Piraya Film's Torstein Grude. The Fritt Ord Foundation has provided NOK 100 000 in support for the project.

The film shadows the Israeli football club Beitar Jerusalem F.C., known for its racist supporter club La Familia and for having been the only club in Israeli elite football that has never had a player of Arabic or Muslim background on the team. The arrival of two Muslim footballers from Chechnya at the club for the 2013 season provoked a strong reaction on the part of the fans. The film gives a disquieting portrayal of the correlations between money, power and right-wing extremism in Israeli elite football.

Last night, Norwegian time, Norwegian Director Deeyah Khan was awarded an Emmy in the 'Current Affairs' category for the documentary film "White Right: Meeting the Enemy". The prize was awarded at the International Emmy Awards in New York. The Fritt Ord Foundation extends warm congratulations to the winners!

Fritt Ord has supported the development and production of "White Right: Meeting the Enemy" with a total of NOK 375 000. On 17 September 2018, the Foundation organised a screening of the film, followed by a discussion at Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo. Read more about the event and see a recording of a conversation between Director Deeyah Khan and two of the film's main characters here.

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The Fritt Ord Foundation has published the list of grants for less than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in June 2018.

There are well over 100 projects on the list, including roughly 15 grants for the publication of new Norwegian non-fiction literature. For example, Vega publishing house received NOK 25 000 to print Per Kristian Bjørkeng's book "Artificial Intelligence. The Invisible Revolution". Spartacus publishing house received NOK 20 000 for the publication of the book "Insanitarium" by Drea Karlsen, and Dreyer's publishing house got NOK 30 000 for "The History of the Jews in Modern Europe" by Einhart Lorenz.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has published the list of grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in June 2018.

Approximately 100 grants were distributed in this round, 16 of which fall under the 'Norwegian Journalism' scheme. For example, the newspaper Vårt Land was granted NOK 300 000 for a new, weekly literary supplement. The newspapers Nordlys and Dagsavisen each received NOK 80 000 for projects in collaboration with Utsyn, a forum for foreign and security policy. Nordlys was granted funding for a series of articles entitled "Security for whom? A societal discussion about security perspectives", while Dagsavisen's planned series of opinion pieces is entitled "Norway in the world:".

The newspapers Kvinnheringen and Hallingdølen received NOK 100 000 each in support for local investigative projects.

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.