Featured Projects

The Fritt Ord Foundation congratulates Terje Abusdal on winning the prestigious photo competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. Abusdal won the competition's main category with his photo project "Slash & Burn" about the Norwegian Forest Finns in Hedmark County. The project documents a minority culture that is in the process of disappearing, exploring both the history of the Forest Finns and what it means to be a Forest Finn today.

Millioner har sett dokumentaren ”Ranias flukt”

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The Norwegian documentary film "Thank you for the Rain" by Julia Dahr and Kisilu Musya is available for screenings between 1 August and 11 September 2017. The goal of the initiative is to put climatic change and climate justice on the agenda before Norway's parliamentary election in 2017. Through collaboration with the Climate Election Alliance, anyone who so desires can organise a public screening in Norway, whether one is a private individual or represents an association or organisation. Read more about the guidelines for organising a screening here.

Priser til «Dødsårsak: Ukjent» og Nori Sharif i «Nowhere to Hide» på Traverse City Film Festival

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The Festival of St. Olaf in Trondheim will be held from 28 July to 5 August 2017. Fritt Ord has allocated support for the ‘Meeting on the Western Front’, which is actually a series of meetings to be held daily during the festival.

For example, on Opening Day (28 July 2017 at 3 p.m.), Erik Hillestad will talk about the theme of this year's festival, "Idol". On 30 July at 3 p.m., Sherin Khankan, Denmark's first female imam, will deliver a lecture entitled "The future of Islam is a woman". On Tuesday, 1 August at 1 p.m., Åsne Seierstad, Father Alexi and Jan Egeland will take part in an event entitled "Who can save Syria?". See the entire programme on The Festival of St. Olaf's website.

The list of grants for NOK 100 000 or less for June 2017 has now been published.

The 82 grants awarded in this round include seven grants for diverse types of dramatic art. For example, Scenekraft received NOK 100 000 for the theatre project "Traitor – the story of a nurse on the front lines". The production is a collaboration with Haugesund Theatre, and the premier is scheduled for 12 April 2018.

The recently written play draws attention to the fate of the Norwegian nurses who served in the front lines during World War II. These young women were both judged and condemned for their humanitarian service in a wartime situation when they travelled to the Eastern Front for the Red Cross to care for German soldiers. Many were punished as traitors and public opinion censured them, ensuring that they lived with shame and self-blame for the rest of their lives. In "Traitor", we follow individuals and families that were affected.

Nytt samarbeid om faktasjekking

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The Fritt Ord-supported documentary film "Dugma - the Button" won a Golden Nymph Award at the Festival de Télévision in Monte Carlo.

Pål Salahdin Refsdal's film follows several potential suicide candidates from al-Qaida, and gives the audience a unique understanding of their thoughts and feelings during the preparations for attacks against the government forces in Syria. "Dugma - the Button" paints a different, more close-up picture of the Islamic rebels. Through the eyes of the director, they are portrayed as people rather than fanatics.

Congratulations on the prize to Director Refsdal and Producer Ingvil Giske. Fritt Ord has provided a total of NOK 380 000 in support for the development, production and launch.

Støtte til dokumentarfilm

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Støtte til fotoprosjekter

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Will Emmanuel Macron manage to get the French people to rally round, or will the election of the new president reinforce anti-European tendencies and contempt for the political elite? Enja Sæthren has written about this on the Fritt Ord-supported platform 'FutureLab Europe'.

FutureLab Europe is a think tank for young people between the ages of 20 and 30 who are interested in European issues. Participants are urged to participate in the social debate through feature articles, blogs and on the social media.

Enja Sæthren has been a member of FutureLab Europe since 2012 and is an alumni of Sciences Po in Paris. Read more about the programme and the opportunities to participate in futurelabeurope.eu.

The Fritt Ord-supported documentary film "Dugma - the Button" won the prize for best TV-documentary at the Gullruten Award ceremony. The annual award ceremony for the Norwegian TV industry was held in the Grieg Hall in Bergen Friday on 12 May 2017.

Pål Salahdin Refsdal's film follows several potential suicide candidates from al-Qaida, and gives the audience a unique understanding of their thoughts and feelings during the preparations for attacks against the government forces in Syria. "Dugma - the Button" paints a different, more close-up picture of the Islamic rebels. Through the eyes of the director, they are portrayed as people rather than fanatics.

Congratulations on the prize to Director Refsdal and Producer Ingvil Giske. Fritt Ord has provided a total of NOK 380 000 in support for the development, production and launch.