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The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in March 2018 has now been published.

On the list, we find a dozen grants for the development, production and promotion of documentary films. f(x) produksjoner AS received NOK 100 000 for the development of the documentary series "The invisible", which follows life at a centre for children and young people with serious, complex functional disabilities. Rosenlund Film received NOK 75 000 for the development of "The grey zone - a documentary about Norwegian assailants". Paragon Features received NOK 100 000 for a feasibility study for the documentary film "School to Prison Pipeline", which gives us insight into lower class African-American life in Bridgeport, Massachusetts in the US.

Truls Aagedals selvbiografiske dokumentar publisert på Aftenposten.no

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Årets litteraturkritiker 2018

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Lansering av «Oligarkenes vekst og fall» av Serhij Lesjtsjenko

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Kritikerpris til Anne Bitsch

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A list of Fritt Ord's grants for applications for more than NOK 100 000 awarded in February 2018 has been published.


Among the 92 allocations on the list, we find 17 grants for manuscript development of non-fiction books. For example, Ingrid Brekke received NOK 150 000 to work on the book "Pride and prejudice. A status report from Poland".

Erika Fatland received NOK 150 000 for her book project "Himalaya" and Bjarne Riiser Gundersen was granted NOK 125 000 for manuscript development of the book "Swedish conditions".


A list of the 48 projects that received support in December 2017 under the Norwegian Journalism scheme has been posted.


For example, subsidies were given to three local newspapers to examine the consequences of Norway's imminent municipal and county mergers. Two of the newspapers are located in Nord-Trøndelag County. Trønder-Avisa received NOK 100 000 for the project "When county borders fall", while the Steinkjer-Avisa received NOK 120 000 for the "Local Democracy Project". In addition, Sunnmørsposten received NOK 100 000 for the municipal project "A heartfelt welcome!".

Support for the Fædrelandsvennen's project Innsyn.no, which gives the general public easy access to public documents, was continued by providing NOK 125 000. For the second consecutive year, Kjetil Østli was granted NOK 120 000 for series of articles on Norwegian research in Harvest and Morgenbladet, under the title "The Seafood Nation Norway".


The list of Fritt Ord's ordinary grants (applications for NOK 100 000 or less) in December 2017 has now been posted.


Among the 70 projects on the list, we find 8 grants for the development of new documentary films. For example, Scene Midt, represented by Marte Hallem, received NOK 100 000 for the development of the documentary "Finnkjerringa" (the Old Forest Finn Woman). The film is described as "an individual, documentary journey into the Forest Finns' culture and history".

Aldeles AS and film-maker Amir Ajdinovic received NOK 100 000 for the development of the documentary film "The Universe is My Selfie", while Koko Film, represented by director and producer Trude Berge Ottersen, received NOK 75 000 for the development of the documentary "The Warriors on the Swan".


The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 awarded in December 2017 has now been published.

Among the 74 recipients on the list, we find grants for two international freedom of expression organisations. The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN), based in Stavanger, received NOK 400 000 for its work in 2018. Seventy cities are now part of the ICORN network, which gives refuge to persecuted authors and artists.

The amount of NOK 400 000 was allocated to Freemuse for its work with the State of Artistic Freedom Report 2018. Freemuse (or Freedom of Musical Expression) is a Copenhagen-based organisation that works to promote and protect artistic freedom of expression the world over.

Which debates have shaped the Norwegian public sphere? What constitutes an open, informed conversation? Who has power in the public sphere in our time? On Tuesday, 5 December at 2 p.m., there will be a launch of the book "The Commons. The History of the Norwegian Public Sphere" in the Fritt Ord's premises.

For a long time, participation in the public sphere was reserved for a few select men who saw themselves as stewards of reason. Today, most Norwegians access the public sphere as part of their morning ritual when they turn on their mobile phones. The History of the Norwegian Public Sphere demonstrates how the conversation in "the Commons" has been formative for the development of democracy.


The lists of Fritt Ord's grants for applications of less than NOK 100 000 awarded in November 2017 have now been published. Click here to see the ordinary grants and here for the grants in the category Norwegian Journalism.

Among the grants, we find three for manuscript development of books. Helene Uri received NOK 80 000 to work on the book project "Language and gender", which currently has the subtitle "A woman can be the boss". Support was also allocated for the development of two comic strip books about young women's experiences. Ane Barstad Solvang received NOK 30 000 for her project "Fear & Sympathy" and Ida Larmo received the same amount for her project "Sparrow".

Illustration: Ida Larmo