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The documentary film "All that I am" tells what it is like for a young adult to live with the trauma of sexual assault during childhood. The film will have its première at Vika Cinema at 6 p.m. on 6 March 2020. Prior to the screening, Solveig Ude, public health nurse with many years' experience from the Alna district in Oslo, and Citizen of the Year in Oslo in 2016.

The list has now been published of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for less than NOK 100 000 awarded in February 2020.

There are more than 100 projects on the list, including roughly 35 grants for manuscript development and the publication of books. Anders Nordmo Kvammen has received NOK 75 000 to work on the graphic novel "Job". Fritt Ord had previously allocated NOK 30 000 to No Comprendo Press in printing support for the book.

Det Norske Samlaget Publishing House has been granted NOK 20 000 for the publication of Ellen Kristvik's book "Memorandum at the abyss" about the loss of a daughter, while Hilde Kvalvaag received NOK 50 000 for manuscript development of the book "Mare Incognitum" on a similar topic.

The Fritt Ord Foundation has published the list of grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in February 2020.

Funding has been provided for 111 projects, of which about one-fourth involve manuscript development and the publication of books of non-fictional prose. For example, writer Yohan Shanmugaratnam and photographer Line Ørnes Søndergaard were granted NOK 125 000 for the publication and web story connected to the book project "Maelstrom. Free flow and free fall in Brexit-land"

Thomas Juhlin Raastad Marthinsen has received NOK 100 000 to work with "Ten questions about 22 July", a book of non-fictional prose for children, and Carline Tromp got NOK 125 000 for manuscript development of the book "The new far right".

Through the programme "Norwegian Journalism", Fritt Ord provided support for roughly 20 local newspaper projects this year. The merger of Norwegian municipalities, the environment and climate are among the topics that have appeared repeatedly among the applications. Many of the applications are for time- and resource-intensive investigative projects planned for publication in 2020 and 2021.


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

The list covers more than 100 grants. For example, Trond Bredesen has received NOK 100 000 for the development of the project "My mother", a photo and conversation book about his mother's last year in assisted living. Bredesen offers warm descriptions of tragi-comic and taboo situations that are typical for those with dementia and geriatric patients. The book will be published by No Comprendo Press.

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

There are nearly 120 grants on the list this time round, including several contributions to different projects in the arts. The Young Artists' Society has received NOK 125 000 for manuscript development of "UKS 100 - a book about the History of the Young Artists' Society 1921-2021". On the cover illustration, Kjartan Slettemark's picture is being hauled away after yet another episode of vandalism when it was on exhibit in the UKS’ display in front of the Norwegian Parliament in 1965.

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The nominees for this year's Brage Prizes have now been announced. Prizes are awarded in four categories: factual prose, fiction, books for children and young people, and open class, which is picture books for adults and children this year. All four of the prose projects nominated have received support from Fritt Ord.

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

One-fourth of about 80 allocations on the list are subsidies for manuscript development of non-fiction prose books. For example, Anna-Sabina Soggiu has received NOK 150 000 for her work with the book project "The Tenement" about Kolstadgata 7 in Oslo. The author describes the book as a portrayal of childhood in an municipal tenement building at Tøyen.

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

Among nearly 100 grants on the list, we find three for the publication of non-fiction books on feminism. The University Press has received NOK 25 000 in printing support for the book "Feminism in Islam" by Marianne Hafnor Bøe, while the publisher Brød og Roser has been granted NOK 40 000 for the translation and Norwegian version of the book "Feminism for the 99 per cent" by Nancy Fraser, Cinzia Arruzza and Tithi Bhattacharya.

Two major festivals with strong, socially relevance programmes will be organised in western Norway this month. The Bjørnson Festival in Molde opens on 4 September, and will run up to and including 8 September. In Stavanger, Kapittel 19 will run from 18 - 22 September, and this year's theme will be the body.


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

The list includes 19 grants for the development, production and launches of documentary films. For example, Differ Media, represented by Julia Dahr and Julie Lunde Lillesæter, received NOK 150 000 for the development of the film "Fight or Flight", in which we meet the citizenry of Tangier Island, Virginia, a group of people who were probably the USA's first climate refugees. The Media Operators received NOK 300 000 for to make the documentary "Breaking the Silence", being produced in collaboration with the British company Brook Lapping and Director Alexander Niakaris. The film is about the abuse in Tysfjord in Nordland County.