The awards ceremony for the 18th Nordic Talents was held last night at the National Film School of Denmark, co-host of the event with Nordisk Film & TV Fond. 

PRESS RELEASE: Oslo September 7, 2018

Winner of the NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize
Fanny Ovesen from the Norwegian Film School for her fiction project Laura.

Graduation film: She-pack.

Jury statement: “We award the top prize to a filmmaker who we think has demonstrated huge talent with a very strong graduation film. We’re confident she has a clear vision of the story she wants to tell, and we can’t wait to see how she explores the complex themes of victimization and blame, and truth and memory.”

Ex-æquo winners, each awarded NOK 50,000 for Nordic Talents Special Mention

  • Brwa Vahabpour from the Norwegian Film School, for his fiction project Silence. Graduation film The Shepherd.
    Jury statement: “The director’s short film showed us his can touch on big topics with a light touch. We look forward to seeing how he can take such a personal family history and tell a universal story."
  • Teresia Fant from the Norwegian Film School, for her documentary/cross-media project Stories from the Shower. Graduation documentary film Viva Løten.

    Jury statement: “This project has the power to impact people’s lives directly. We think the director has already demonstrated how well she can work with young people and get them to open up with their innermost thoughts. We were also impressed with the social media outreach that she plans with the project.” 

This year’s jury consisted of directors Marja Pyykkö (Finland), Izer Aliu (Norway), Jørgen Lerdam (Denmark), Swedish Film Institute Feature Film Commissioner Madeleine Ekman (Sweden), and Nordic correspondent for Screendaily, Nordic film scout for the San Sebastian Film Festival and programmer for the British Council Wendy Mitchell (UK).

Fifteen projects from Nordic film and TV graduation students were competing for this year’s Nordic Talents awards.

To read about all the projects: CLICK HERE.

Previous Nordic Talents wining projects that turned into award-winning first features include Hlynur Pálmason’s Winter Brothers, Gustav Möller’s The Guilty, Maria Bäck’s I Remember You and Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Volcano.

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