Son of the Sun and Atlantic selected for Tromsø
Opening "films from the north"
Atlantic to Norway´s largest filmfest
Son of the Sun, directed by Gunilla Bresky, has been selected as opening film at the Films from the North section at Tromso International Filmfestival. This will be the world premiere of Bresky´s portrait of the sami multitalented artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää (1943-2001). But it is certainly not Breskys first appearance at this festival. Several of her previous films have had great success there. Her previous film I Stop Time won the Don Quixote Prize in 2014.
Title: Son of the Sun
Original title: Solens Son
Director: Gunilla Bresky
Starring: Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Åsa Simma, Synnöve Persen, Baron Paakkunainen
DoP: Dan Jåma
Editor: Rachel Andersen Gomez.
Composer: Seppo "Baron" Paakkunainen
Executive producer: Katja Härkönen
Coproducer: Knut Skoglund, Relation04 Media
Producer: Anna Björk, Giraff Film
Tromso International Filmfestival will be the 34th international festival appearance for Atlantic since February 2016. This is director Risteard O´Domhnaill´s second international film, following the multiaward winning The Pipe from 2010.
Atlantic tells the story of three local communities, connected as well as divided by the Atlantic Ocean. The film goes deep into the stories of how we are exploiting the resources of the ocean and how this affects the people living around it.
Nationalities: Ireland, Canada, Norge
Director: Risteard O´Domhnaill
Starring:: Bjørnar Nicolaysen, Jerry Earle, Charlie Kane
Narrator: Brendan Gleeson
Editor: Nigel Regan
Soundeditor: Rune Hansen, Aurora Filmlyd
Composer: Per Martinsen
Grading: Nicolas Horne
Producers: Risteard O´Domhnaill, Marie-Therese Garvey, Jill Knox-Gosse, Lynne Wilson, Karl Emil Rikardsen.
NFI supports The Arctic Camels
Norwegian Film Institute announced on May 4, an additional support to The Arctic Camels with 1,2MNOK (128 430 euros). The institute has now supported the film with a total of 1,5MNOK (160 537 euros). Kristine Ann Skaret (Documentary Film Consultant at NFI) writes:
"Two Arctic camels on the windswept northern Norwegian coast is a fascinating sight. This story is exotic and philosophical, close and character driven. In the film we will both get conveyed Norwegian culture and experience a completely alien world through two pairs of young eyes. (...) Visually, this has the potential to be grand. I think this is a movie that will have great attraction value as a film for the whole family both at home, and on the international market. Director Karl Emil Rikardsen has experience with films both about and for children and animals, and has a solid co-production team around him. "
Best irish documentary at ADIFF
"Atlantic" won 'Best Irish Documentary' at the Dublin International Film Festival 2016. "Atlantic", directed by Risteard O´ Domhnaill, is a coproduction between Ireland, Canada and Norway. It follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities - in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland – which are at turns united and divided by the Atlantic Ocean. In recent times, mounting challenges within their own industries, the fragile environment, and the lure of high wages for young fishermen on the oil rigs have seen these fishing communities struggle to maintain their traditional way of life. The Norwegian staff members are: Rune Hansen (Sound design), Inge Wegge (camera and aerials), Niclas Horne (grading) and Knut Erik Evensen (dcp).
CREATIVE EUROPE supports The arctic camels
Creative Europe supports the development of THE ARCTIC CAMELS. That means the development budget has been realized as The Norwegian Film Institute and The North Norwegian Film Centre already have given their support.
In their support letter, Creative Europe writes: The story is fascinating, with creative and dramatic potential. It highlights cultural differences and has universal values. The journey is a magnificent opportunity to perceive the strength of the landscape that are part of the story. The project is targeted for children and families and can generate the interest of international distributors and broadcasters with adventure, nature, animals and human relationships programs. The exposition of the idea is supported by extensive research. All the strategies are well thought over in detail, the financing strategy is realistic and the applicant has good chances to generate interest of European production partners and get the production off the ground. It is a high quality proposal
arctic camels AT cinekid
THE ARCTIC CAMELS were pitched at the Cinekid Junior Co-production Market in Amsterdam on October 22. Only two of the selected projects were documentaries. And the only documentary among the selected feature film projects were THE ARCTIC CAMELS.
The day after the pitch for a professional audience, we were invited to pitch before an expert audience of English speaking children age 6-10. Lots of very goo advices from the experts, and a promise from everyone of them, that they will watch the film when it will be screened at a cinema nearby.
Best Feature documentary at big sky, montana
Siblings Are Forever was awarded Best Feature Documentary at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Missoula, Montana USA.
3 AWARDS IN ITALY
SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER won three awards at Film Festival Della Lessinia in Italy on August 31. These where The Audience Award, The Prize from the jury of inmates at Verona Prison and The Best Film.
SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER nominated for Amanda
Siblings are Forever is one of five Norwegian films nominated for The Audience Award at Amanda, the Norwegian Academy Awards. This is the only documentary among the nominees. The winner will be annonced on Saturday August 16.
Support for Gàllok
North Norwegian Film Center, by commissioning editor Jesper Bergom Larson, supports "Gàllok", a documentary directed by Truls Andersen, with NOK 200.000,-. In addition, the SNN Cultural Foundation has supported the film with NOK 100.000,. The documentary tells the story about Tor Tourda who fights against the plans of mineral exploitation in northern Sweden. Director is Truls Andersen. Delegate producer is Tellemontage AB, Sweden. Relation04 Media AS is Norwegian coproducer.
NOMINATIONS FOR SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER
THE NORWEGIAN TV AWARD (GULLRUTEN): Siblings Are Forever, directed by Frode Fimland, has received a nomination as Best TV Documentary. The winner will be announced at the annual TV show on May 9.
THE INDUSTRY AWARD (KANONPRISEN): The editors Anders Teigen and Marius Smit has receievd nominations for their work on Siblings Are Forever.
Best rated on TV2
672.000 saw SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER (Søsken til evig tid) on TV2, the 26th of December 2013. That made it the best rated documentary in 2013 on TV2, and the third best rated documentary on the channel ever.
CINEMA: Best since 2007
SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER (SØSKEN TIL EVIG TID) is the most popular Norwegian documentary on cinema since 2007. More than 40.000 saw the film in cinemas all over the country.
BIFF: Audience Award
SIBLINGS ARE FOREVER (Søsken til evig tid) won the Audience Award at BERGEN INTERNAITONAL FILMFESTIVAL (BIFF) 2013. The pize of NOK 75.000 was donated by Filmweb. 26 international feature films of all genres were nominated to the prize.