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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.

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

The allocations include several grants for dramatic art projects. For example, Simone Thiis has received NOK 50 000 for the development of theatrical texts for her performance project "When 'New Age' came to the Village". Thiis will examine issues involving freedom/choice and individualism/collectivism, based on the emergence of the New Age movement. NOK 50 000 has also been granted to Theatre Grimsborken's development of the stage play "Tampa - the vessel that changed everything". The same amount was awarded to Kompani Krapp for "Who will love me now?", a dramatic art project about dementia.

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.