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ABOUT THE AWARDS

2006
Norwegian Film Institute's Import award – Main Programme The Shadow Honorary mention :
The Island
Documentary Award God Grew Tired of Us  
Norwegian Short Film Award Drømmehuset (Dream House) Honorary mention :
Frokost (Breakfast)
Sparebanken Vest Audience Award The Queen  
Youth Documentary Award A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash  
Sparebanken Vest Award for Young Talent Ramz Productions (Morvary Samaré & Astrid Schau-Larsen)  
     
2005
Jury Award Frozen Land Honorary mention :
Off Beat
Jury Award Frozen Land Honorary mention :
Off Beat
Documentary Award The Boys of Baraka  
Documentary Award The Boys of Baraka  
The Youth Documentary Award Lost Children  
The Youth Documentary Award Lost Children  
Sparebanken Vest Audience Award Circle  
Sparebanken Vest Audience Award Circle  
Sparebanken Vest Award For Young Talent Aleksander Nordaas  
Sparebanken Vest Award For Young Talent Aleksander Nordaas  
The Norwegian Short Film Award In your Dreams  
The Norwegian Short Film Award In your Dreams  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best film, Audience Award Flåklypa Grand Prix (Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, directed by Ivo Caprino, 1975)  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best film, Audience Award Flåklypa Grand Prix (Pinchcliffe Grand Prix, directed by Ivo Caprino, 1975)  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best film, Jury Award Ni liv (Nine Lives, directed by Arne Skouen, 1957)  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best film, Jury Award Ni liv (Nine Lives, directed by Arne Skouen, 1957)  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best Filmaker Arne Skouen (1913–2003)  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best Filmaker Arne Skouen (1913–2003)  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best Actress, Jury and Audience Award Liv Ullmann  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best Actress, Jury and Audience Award Liv Ullmann  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best Actor, Audience Award Kristoffer Joner  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best Actor, Audience Award Kristoffer Joner  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best Actor, Jury Award Bjørn Sundquist  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best Actor, Jury Award Bjørn Sundquist  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Honorary Awards Veteran actors Wenche Foss and Henki Kolstad  
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Honorary Awards Veteran actors Wenche Foss and Henki Kolstad  
     
2004
Jury award Mysterious Skin  
Documentary award The Master and His Pupil Honorary mention:
The Yes Men
Audience award Old Boy  
Youth documentary award Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism  
Norwegian short film competition The Bible  
Bergen day film When I Buy You You Are Just As Happy  
  The Power To Stay Cool  
     
2003
Jury award Blind Shaft Honorary mention:
The Longing
Critic's award A good lawyer's wife Honorary mention:
Pornography
Audience award Kill Bill Volume I  
BIFF+ Norsk kortfilmkonkurranse Fear Less Honorary mention:
Love is the law
     
2002
Jury award Dog days Honorary mention:
Oasis, House of Fools
Audience award Bowling For Columbine  
     
2001
Jury award Lagaan: Once upon a time in India  
Audience award Eksperimentet  
     
2000
Jury award Luna Papa  
Audience award Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  



2006

Norwegian Film Institute's Import award – Main Programme
The Jury Award in The Main Programme (International Competition) went to THE SHADOW (EL CUSTODIO), directed by Rodrigo Moreno, Argentina. The prize of NOK 100.000, given by the Norwegian Film Institute, will go to the distributor who ensures Norwegian theatrical distribution.

Jury statement:
"The jury gives honourable mention to the Russian film THE ISLAND (OSTROV), directed by one of Russia’s great contemporary directors, Pavel Lounguine. The film has a strong imagery, and it dares confront the great moral issues of conscience and forgiveness. The film is created for the big screen, and touches us through a resilient narrative technique and characteristic actors.

The jury is nonetheless proud of giving the Norwegian Film Institute’s Import Award to a film which is a remarkable piece of debutant work. The film distinguishes itself with its stringent and consistent directorial grip, and its subjective narrative style. We take part in the protagonist’s gaze, being pointed inwards towards a life he himself is not taking part in. It becomes impossible to stay indifferent about the film. We identify with the humiliation the protagonist is confronted with, and which in the end has fatal consequences. The film is universal, with excellent acting performances and an impeccable film language. It deserves a long life in cinemas! We give the Norwegian Film Institute’s Import Award of NOK 100.000 to the Aregntinean film THE SHADOW (EL CUSTODIO) directed by the debutant Rodrigo Moreno."

The Jury:
Erik Richter Strand, director
Christin Berg, head of programming, Oslo Kinematografer
Erik Poppe, director

Documentary Award
In BIFF’s documentary section a total of 50 films are screened. 12 of these are in the International Documentary Competition. The Documentary Award of NOK 50.000 will ensure Norwegian DVD distribution through Film & Kino’s S-film scheme.

Jury statement:
“The jury has unanimously chosen a winner film which in many ways is a humanist manifest and strengthens our belief in humanity. It is the story of 3 out of 25.000 boys who fled a thousand miles through South Sudan to escape the North Sudanese militia. Despite the enormous strain, loss of family and drastic changes in lifestyle, they never loose faith in their culture and the solidarity in the thought that people are here to help one another.

The Documentary Award goes to GOD GREW TIRED OF US: THE LOST BOYS OF SUDAN, directed with a deep understanding in the language of film by Christopher Dillon Quinn.”

The Jury:
Gunnhild Asting, Director
Øyvind Sandberg, Director
Erik Zmuda, Video consultant, Film & Kino

Norwegian Short Film Award
13 films have been pre-selected to compete about the award for best Norwegian short film. The winning film is awarded a prize of NOK 25.000, which goes to the director. The winning film is also secured Norwegian DVD distribution through Film & Kino’s S-film scheme.

Jury statement:
“DRØMMEHUSET (DREAMHOUSE) manages, through its consistent form, to convey an exciting, nightmarish story. It is obvious that the director is mastering the cinematic means; in particular the film’s cinematography and thoroughly prepared scenography catches the audience’s attention from the first picture. Although the film has a complex narrative structure it manages to convey a concrete story, which at the same time is open to several interpretations. The result is a well-made and particularly successful mixture of eeriness and wonder.

The jury gives honourable mention to FROKOST (BREAKFAST), an elegant small formal experiment which, using only extreme closeups, effective editing and a mesmerizing, rhythmic soundtrack, manages to make something as ordinary and boring as waking up in the morning into something entertaining and fascinating.”

The jury:
Birgitte Rustad Wegener, Norwegian Film Institute
Ole Petter Bakken, Cinemateket USF
Henning Rosenlund, Tromsø International Film Festival

Sparebanken Vest Audience Award
The award is a prize with a value of NOK 25.000. After voting among the festival audience the award goes to the film THE QUEEN by Stephen Frears.

Youth Documentary Award
A jury of school pupils selects the best documentary, chosen from a selection of films presented at school screenings during the festival. The award consists of a cash prize of NOK 25.000, which goes to the director of the film. The Award is given by Sparebanken Vest/Visjon Vest.

Jury statement:
”Many of the films in this year’s festival programme are dealing with important issues and fundamental problems with our world order. A CRUDE AWAKENING – THE OIL CRASH is critisizing a consumption which is not sustainable, and shows us that extensive changes are needed in our social structure. To a larger extent than the other documentaries, this film is focusing on the big structures. The film is unbiased and presents weighty arguments which are supported by solid film technique.”

The jury
Johannes Oldervoll, Tanks videregående skole
Mario Urban Mannsåker, Tanks videregående skole
Elisabeth Schøyen, Tanks videregående skole
The Jury members are also board member of Hordaland Ung Filmforening

Sparebanken Vest Award for Young Talent
The award is a cash prize of NOK20.000 and goes to a young and promising talent or organization in the film sector in Western Norway.

The award goes to Ramz Productions, represented by Morvary Samaré & Astrid Schau-Larsen, directors/producers of the film THE VALLEY OF SHADOWS.







2005

Jury Award
The Jury Award in The International Competition Programme went to FROZEN LAND, directed by Aku Louhimies, Finland. The prize of NOK 75.000, given by the Norwegian Film Institute, will go to the distributor who ensures Norwegian theatrical distribution.

Jury statement:
“We have chosen a film that presents various characters on the edge of hopelessness, and a film that ideologically states that change is possible. With an existensial starting point, the film takes us back in time, tells of the workings of chance and its consequences, and ends with a new tone of hope. It is structurally interesting and has clear visions. A film that can be seen as uncomfortable, but also playful, but more than anything makes the audience think. The film grows in the minds of the viewers, and its meaning will eventually reach them. The film is one amongst several powerful depictions of contemporary society from recent years.”

Honorary mention was given to the German film OFF BEAT.

The Jury:
Kalle Løchen (editor, Film & kino)
Therese Jacobsen (film director)
Håkon Skogrand (head of programming, the Norwegian International Film festival, Haugesund)

Jury Award
The Jury Award in The International Competition Programme went to FROZEN LAND, directed by Aku Louhimies, Finland. The prize of NOK 75.000, given by the Norwegian Film Institute, will go to the distributor who ensures Norwegian theatrical distribution.

Jury statement:
“We have chosen a film that presents various characters on the edge of hopelessness, and a film that ideologically states that change is possible. With an existensial starting point, the film takes us back in time, tells of the workings of chance and its consequences, and ends with a new tone of hope. It is structurally interesting and has clear visions. A film that can be seen as uncomfortable, but also playful, but more than anything makes the audience think. The film grows in the minds of the viewers, and its meaning will eventually reach them. The film is one amongst several powerful depictions of contemporary society from recent years.”

Honorary mention was given to the German film OFF BEAT.

The Jury:
Kalle Løchen (editor, Film & kino)
Therese Jacobsen (film director)
Håkon Skogrand (head of programming, the Norwegian International Film festival, Haugesund)

Documentary Award
The American documentary film THE BOYS OF BARAKA won the Documentary Award at BIFF. The award prize is NOK 25.000, given by distributor SF Norge, securing Norwegian DVD distribution.

Jury statement:
”After seeing BIFF’s documentaries in competition, Joseph Conrad’s words from ”The Heart of Darkness” seem fitting: “The horror, the horror…” For it is a horrible world we have gotten a glimpse of. A world where evil and the dark side of humanity seem to have taken over. Our impression is that several filmmakers are overwhelmed and blinded by this negativity in all its fotographic reality. So overwhelmed that the good in Man is overlooked. Therefore, it is a pleasure to present this year’s winner of BIFF’s documentary competition 2005, a film that inb spite of its bleak subject matter gives light, hope, humour, and teaches us how we can change the world through children. A film which is fully successful in its storytelling and musicality. A film that moves, inspires and engages.”

The Jury:
Gunnar Hall Jensen, film director
Kristina Thomsen, project manager, NRK broadcasting
Bjørn Eivind Aarskog, cinematographer, film director, producer

Documentary Award
The American documentary film THE BOYS OF BARAKA won the Documentary Award at BIFF. The award prize is NOK 25.000, given by distributor SF Norge, securing Norwegian DVD distribution.

Jury statement:
”After seeing BIFF’s documentaries in competition, Joseph Conrad’s words from ”The Heart of Darkness” seem fitting: “The horror, the horror…” For it is a horrible world we have gotten a glimpse of. A world where evil and the dark side of humanity seem to have taken over. Our impression is that several filmmakers are overwhelmed and blinded by this negativity in all its fotographic reality. So overwhelmed that the good in Man is overlooked. Therefore, it is a pleasure to present this year’s winner of BIFF’s documentary competition 2005, a film that inb spite of its bleak subject matter gives light, hope, humour, and teaches us how we can change the world through children. A film which is fully successful in its storytelling and musicality. A film that moves, inspires and engages.”

The Jury:
Gunnar Hall Jensen, film director
Kristina Thomsen, project manager, NRK broadcasting
Bjørn Eivind Aarskog, cinematographer, film director, producer

The Youth Documentary Award
The Youth Documentary Award, awarded by a jury of school pupils, went to the German film LOST CHILDREN. The award prize, NOK 25.000 given by Sparebanken Vest, goes to the filmmaker.

The Youth Documentary Award
The Youth Documentary Award, awarded by a jury of school pupils, went to the German film LOST CHILDREN. The award prize, NOK 25.000 given by Sparebanken Vest, goes to the filmmaker.

Sparebanken Vest Audience Award
The Audience Award was won by the film CIRCLE, produced in Bergen, directed by Aleksander Nordaas. The award is NOK 25.000, given by Sparebanken Vest.

Sparebanken Vest Audience Award
The Audience Award was won by the film CIRCLE, produced in Bergen, directed by Aleksander Nordaas. The award is NOK 25.000, given by Sparebanken Vest.

Sparebanken Vest Award For Young Talent
CIRCLE director Aleksander Nordaas also won the new Sparebanken Vest Award for Young Talent of NOK 20.000.

Sparebanken Vest Award For Young Talent
CIRCLE director Aleksander Nordaas also won the new Sparebanken Vest Award for Young Talent of NOK 20.000.

The Norwegian Short Film Award
The Norwegian Short Film Award went to DRØMME KAN DU GJØRE SENERE (IN YOUR DREAMS), directed by Thomas A. Østbye.

The Jury:
Håvard Skullerud, film worker
Simen Grankel, designer
Alice Bratshaug, film director

The Norwegian Short Film Award
The Norwegian Short Film Award went to DRØMME KAN DU GJØRE SENERE (IN YOUR DREAMS), directed by Thomas A. Østbye.

The Jury:
Håvard Skullerud, film worker
Simen Grankel, designer
Alice Bratshaug, film director

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best film, Audience Award
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM
(NORSK FILM I 100)

Awards for best film, filmmaker and actors during one hundred years of Norwegian filmmaking, 1905–2005, were given out during BIFF.

Best Norwegian film during one hundred years, Audience Award: FLÅKLYPA GRAND PRIX (PINCHCLIFFE GRAND PRIX ), directed by Ivo Caprino in 1975.
Best Norwegian film during one hundred years, Jury Award: NI LIV (NINE LIVES), directed by Arne Skouen, 1957.
Best Filmaker; Arne Skouen (1913–2003).
Best actress, jury and audience award: Liv Ullmann.
Best actor, audience award: Kristoffer Joner.
Best actor, jury award: Bjørn Sundquist.
Honorary Awards vere given to veteran actors Wenche Foss and Henki Kolstad

The Jury:
film journalists Per Haddal (Aftenposten), Svanhild Sveinsdotter Grov (NRK), Borghild Maaland (VG), Ivar Winther (Natt&Dag), Nils Olav Sæveraas (Bergensavisen) plus Ingrid Dokka (Norwegian Film Institutet) og Gunnar Iversen (professor, film studies, NTNU).

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM: Best film, Audience Award
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF NORWEGIAN FILM
(NORSK FILM I 100)

Awards for best film, filmmaker and actors during one hundred years of Norwegian filmmaking, 1905–2005, were given out during BIFF.

Best Norwegian film during one hundred years, Audience Award: FLÅKLYPA GRAND PRIX (PINCHCLIFFE GRAND PRIX ), directed by Ivo Caprino in 1975.
Best Norwegian film during one hundred years, Jury Award: NI LIV (NINE LIVES), directed by Arne Skouen, 1957.
Best Filmaker; Arne Skouen (1913–2003).
Best actress, jury and audience award: Liv Ullmann.
Best actor, audience award: Kristoffer Joner.
Best actor, jury award: Bjørn Sundquist.
Honorary Awards vere given to veteran actors Wenche Foss and Henki Kolstad

The Jury:
film journalists Per Haddal (Aftenposten), Svanhild Sveinsdotter Grov (NRK), Borghild Maaland (VG), Ivar Winther (Natt&Dag), Nils Olav Sæveraas (Bergensavisen) plus Ingrid Dokka (Norwegian Film Institutet) og Gunnar Iversen (professor, film studies, NTNU).






2004

THE JURY AWARD
The American film MYSTERIOUS SKIN, directed by Gregg Araki, received the Jury Award. The prize of NOK 75.000, given by the Norwegian Film Institute, will go to the distributor who ensures Norwegian theatrical distribution.

Jury statement:
"The Jury Award goes to MYSTERIOUS SKIN by Gregg Araki (United States). It is a film with absolutely no regard for political convention, but a great deal of humour, inventiveness and beauty."

The Jury:
Nick Roddick, United Kingdom. Film journalist, editor, writer, publisher, consultant.
Claire Clouzot, France. Artistic director, The Critics' Week, Cannes.
Ellen Margrethe Sand, Norway, Journalist.

THE DOCUMENTARY AWARD
The Dutch film THE MASTER AND HIS PUPIL by Sonia Herman Dolz won the Documentary Award of NOK 25.000 given by SF Norway, ensuring Norwegian DVD release.

Honorary mention to:
THE YES MEN (USA, 2003 by Dan Ollman, Sarah Price and Chris Smith)

The Jury:
Camilla K. Boehlke. Dokumentary director, Oslo
Lars B. Løge, Producer Flimmer Film, Bergen
Vidar Trellevik. Producer/director, VPB Media, Bergen

THE AUDIENCE AWARD
The Audience Award went to the South-Korean film OLD BOY, directed by Park Chan-wook.

The lucky winner of a season pass at the Bergen Cinema: Ludvig Nyman. (6 months)

THE YOUTH DOCUMENTARY AWARD
The Youth Documentary Award went to Robert Greenwald's OUTFOXED: RUPERT MURDOCH'S WAR ON JOURNALISM (USA, 2004)

BIFF+ NORWEGIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITITION
Winner: THE BIBLE, directed by Bjørn Amundlien. The prize consists of NOK 25.000 given Norway, ensuring Norwegian DVD release.

The Jury:
Håkon Skogrand. Program director, The Norwegian International Film Festival, Haugesund.
David Moen. Program consultant, Tromsø International Film Festival.
Anne-Merethe Sewitsky. Student of film direction, The Norwegian Film School, Lillehammer.

BERGEN DAY FILM
Bergen Dagsfilm, sponsored by Sparebanken Vest, Vestnorsk Filmsenter and Galleriet where 15 contestants conceived and completed a film in the course of a weekend. It was a close race and the two winners were Jacquline Forzelius' WHEN I BUY YOU YOU ARE JUST AS HAPPY and Leo Preston's THE POWER TO STAY COOL. The first prize of NOK 20,000 given by the sponsors, was split 15000 and 5000 respectively. All films had the concept of power as their basis and the finished films were not to exceed 5 minutes.

The Jury:
Hans Dragesund Vestnorsk Filmsenter,
Silje Heggren from the BIFF-exhibition at Galleriet
Tina Louise Ådland, BIFF



2003

THE JURY AWARD
The Chinese film BLIND SHAFT, directed by Li Yang, received the Jury Award. The prize of NOK 75.000, given by the Norwegian Film Institute, will go to the distributor who gives the film Norwegian theatrical distribution.

Jury statement:
A tight, clean, merciless and warm film from a harsh environment in a Chinese mining community. BLIND SHAFT is a classical suspense story with surprising and honest character development. The encounter between two cynical killers and a young naive student changes between being brutal and life enhancing.

Honorary mention: THE LONGING by Iain Dilthey, Germany.

The main jury: Borghild Maaland (journalist), Pål Sletaune and Marius Holst (film directors, all Norwegian).

THE CRITICS' AWARD
The Critics’ Award: A GOOD LAWYER'S WIFE, directed by Sangsoo Im, South-Korea.

Using a discreet yet distinct visual language, writer-director Sangsoo Im’s many-layered family drama weaves social comment and universal themes into an engaging story about ordinary people, trying to survive the life that has been dictated by their cultural background.

Honorary mention: PORNOGRAFIA, directed by Jan Jakub Kolski, Poland.

The Critics’ Award jury: Nenad Dukic, Dubravka Lakic (both Yugoslavia) and Jacob Neiiendam (Denmark).

THE AUDIENCE AWARD
The Audience Award went to KILL BILL VOLUME 1, directed by Quentin Tarantino, USA.

BIFF+ NORWEGIAN SHORT FILM COMPETITITION
Winner: FEAR LESS, directed by Therese Jacobsen. The prize consists of NOK 25.000 given by Canal+.

Honorary mention to: LOVE IS THE LAW (directed by Eivind Tolås & Ole Mads Vevle)

Jury: Christin Berg (Oslo Kinematografer), Guro Lien Krossen (Canal+) og Silje Utkilen (Tromsø Kino)



2002
Awards: DOG DAYS and BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE
The Austrian film DOG DAYS, directed by Ulrich Seidl (picture), was the winner of the competition programme at Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) 2002. The jury's decision was announced at the closing ceremony in the evening Tuesday October 22.

The film competed against 15 other films. The NOK 75.000 prize goes to the marketing of the winner film in Norwegian theatrical distribution.

The jury:
Jan H. Landro: Culture journalist in Bergens Tidende.
Ingebjørg Torgersen: Director and screenplay writer.
Jan Eggum: Artist and composer.

HONORARY MENTION:
Honorary Mention went to the films OASIS (directed by Lee Chang-dong, South korea) and HOUSE OF FOOLS (directed by Andrey Konchalovsky, Russia/France).

AUDIENCE AWARD:
The audience award went to BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE (directed by Michael Moore, USA).




2001

The jury:
Pål Bang-Hansen: Director / film journalist
Vigdis Lian: Norwegian Film Institute
Gunnar Staalesen: Author

Jury award:LAGAAN: ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA

Audience award: THE EXPERIMENT


2000
The jury:
Torun Lian: Film Director
Jan Erik Holst: Norwegian Film Institute
Gunnar Vikene: Film Director

Jury award: LUNA PAPA

Audience award: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON







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