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

Among the 60 grants awarded in this round, we find 20 grants for the development of nonfictional prose. For example, Niels Christian Geelmuyden (picture) received NOK 100 000 for the book project "Spermageddon - the ability to procreate in free fall", and Hanne Storm got the same amount for the book "Heart signals pain". Kristine Hovda received NOK 100 000 to work on the book "The wall is falling" about a gay boy growing up in a sect. NOK 150 000 was granted to Per Kristian Aale for his book project "The Russians".

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.

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

There are nearly 80 grants on the list, including several for theatre projects. For example, Akkurat AS received NOK 30 000 to tour Norway with the stage play "No one is gay in the 2nd division". Helene Skogland received NOK 30 000 for the theatre production "I cannot live backwards", based on a script by Sofie Frost. In it, we meet three young people who live with traumas. Anna Ladegaard was awarded NOK 30 000 for the further development of the monologue performance "The Collision of Desires" about growing up in an alcoholic home.

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

In this round, support was provided for numerous festivals. For example, SILK - Skudeneshavn International Literary and Cultural Festival received NOK 90 000, while NOK 150 000 were granted to KÅKÅnomics - the Nordic Economics Festival, which is taking place in Stavanger. The literary symposium in Odda received NOK 100 000 and the new Bergen International Literary Festival got NOK 200 000.

On Saturday, 18 August, the documentary film "The Robber's Daughter" won the award for best documentary film at the Amanda Award Ceremony in Haugesund. The Fritt Ord Foundation congratulates the winners!

"The Robber's Daughter" was directed by Sofia Haugan and produced by Carsten Aanonsen for IndieFilm. It deals with what it is like to grow up with a father who is a criminal substance abuser. In the film, Haugan tries to help her father get clean, so that they can have a better relationship. It is a hard struggle to fight both substance abuse and the system. After growing up with little contact between Sofia and her father, not much is reminiscent of an ordinary father-daughter relationship. This is a tender, nice and humorous documentary that gives us an idea of what it is like to be a relative, given the welfare state's relief measures and its powerlessness.

"The Robber's Daughter" is Sofia Haugan's first film. Fritt Ord has provided support for the production and promotion of the film.

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.