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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.

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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.)

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

Approximately 90 grants are on the list. For example, Orkana Publishing House received support for two book publications that shed light on the history of the minorities in the north. NOK 30 000 was granted for the publication of the texts written by Lars Hætta and Anders Bær, the oldest original literature in the North Sámi language, and NOK 75 000 was earmarked for the translation to Norwegian and publication of the book "The Life of Kvens near the Arctic Ocean" by Samuli Paulaharjus.

Grete Andrea Kvaal received NOK 40 000 for the exhibition "I know all my reindeer", which focuses on the role of women in reindeer husbandry. Kvaal has followed Karen Anna Logje Gaup (picture) through three decades.

A total of 44 grants were awarded in response to applications for more than NOK 100 000 under the scheme 'Norwegian Journalism' in December 2018.


The multinational team of journalists Investigate Europe, represented by the Norwegian member Ingeborg Eliassen, received NOK 600 000 for their work in 2019. The network journalists in the High North, Barents Press, was awarded NOK 150 000 for reporting-related travel and courses for Norwegian and Russian journalists.

The Sámi newspaper Ságat received NOK 100 000 for an investigative project in Finnmark County, while Iyad el-Baghdadi got NOK 160 000 for the "Jamal Khashoggi, Tribute Article Series" in the Washington Post and Aftenposten, among other newspapers. Support was also allocated to investigative projects in the journal Tysnes and the journal Vest-Telemark (NOK 75 000 each).


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

Among the 115 allocations, we find 18 grants for the development and production of documentary films. For example, NOK 200 000 has been allocated to Aldeles AS for the production of Director Lena-Christin Kalle's documentary "Those without legal rights" about the girls reputed to have consorted with the Germans, and their children. Isme Film has received NOK 150 000 for the production of the artistic documentary film "Fallism" directed by Aslaug Aarsæther. The film depicts a student movement in South Africa that is fighting to decolonise the country.

NOK 150 000 was allocated to the Media Operators to develop the film "Breaking the Silence", a co-production with Brook Lapping of the UK and Director Alexander Niakaris. The documentary explores the abuse cases in Tysfjord.