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The 29th Minimalen Short Film Festival
January 25 - 29, 2017

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Awards 2017


International Competition

Best International Film - The Minimalen Trophy and 1000 euro given by Minimalen
LIMBO by Konstantina Kotzamani [FRA, GRE]

The jury were impressed by the pure cinematic power of this film. From its opening shot the assuredness of the director was clear as she conveyed her transcendent narrative, one dealing intensely with matters of death and of life. With Limbo the director opens up the possibility of a new cinematic language.

Honorable Mentions
DEAR LORDE by Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby [MEX, ZAF, CAN, USA]

This is a warm, humorous, and important portrait of a teenage girl asking, with optimism, questions about life and love and family. The film’s rich visual, musical, and textual inventiveness give us access to the character’s lively mind, her honesty and her humanity.

MORIOM by Mark Olexa and Francesca Scalisi [CHE]

In Moriom we are confronted, in close-up, with a young woman and her family and the trauma which has affected them so deeply. We greatly admired the concise visual style of this short documentary in revealing Moriom and her otherworldly response to her situation.

TUESDAY (SALI) by Ziya Demirel [TUR]

The film, with great economy, produces sensitive drama from the everyday. Tuesday depicts, without insistence, the daily life of a young woman, her small and greater struggles, and her youthful spirit and admirable resilience.

Jury: Marte Vold (NOR), Dieter Wieczorek (DEU,FRA), Mick Hannigan (IRL).

Audience Award - 500 euro given by Kristiania University College Trondheim
TIMECODE by Juanjo Giménez [ESP]

 


Nordic & Norwegian Competition

Best Norwegian Film - The Minimalen Trophy and 5.000 kroner given by NTNU Dept. of Art and Media Studies
RETRACT (RETRETT) by Itonje Søimer Guttormsen [NOR]

A minimalist character study where form perfectly matches the content. Fragmented scenes and the disruptive camera movements along with the lead actress’ brilliant performance allow the audience to follow the protagonists psycological state trying to find her place in the world. Poignant and unconventional, with well balanced humor, this film tells a timeless story of the quest for affirmation and the inability to connect with society.

Best Nordic Film - The Minimalen Trophy and 1.000 euro given by Minimalen
RETRACT (RETRETT) by Itonje Søimer Guttormsen [NOR]

A minimalist character study where form perfectly matches the content. Fragmented scenes and the disruptive camera movements along with the lead actress’ brilliant performance allow the audience to follow the protagonists psycological state trying to find her place in the world. Poignant and unconventional, with well balanced humor, this film tells a timeless story of the quest for affirmation and the inability to connect with society.

Best Nordic Fiction
6A by Peter Modestij [SWE]

This film depicts social behavior on the small scale while at the same time addressing the inherent problems of democracy. The naturalistic style and up close camerawork put the audience out of their comfort zone and in the middle of a difficult and awkward situation. The adults leave their kids to solve their problems on their own, much the same as the audience are left to their own devices in figuring out how to end this film. This short fiction feels almost like a documentary.

Best Nordic Animation
I WAS A WINNER (JAG VAR EN VINNARE) by Jonas Odell [SWE]

This film is a great analysis of the emerging Internet Gaming Disorder. The film uses animation to bring the audience into the world of the gamers and allows us to meet them through their avatars. The juxtaposition of the «IRL world» and the gaming world points to the blurring borders of reality and personal identity.

Best Nordic Documentary
THE BODY IS A LONELY PLACE (KROPPEN ÄR EN ENSAM PLATS) by Ida Lindgren [SWE]

This film is not easy to watch. The filmmaker has an important story to tell, and found a simple, yet precise approach that is both elegant and gross at the same time. The film speaks to the viewer in several layers. A voice-over gives us factual information as well as a very subjective story about living with an eating disorder. The visual style is poetic yet concrete as we are presented with food in much the same way as we imagine it presents itself to the protagonist: as something dirty that will taint the clean and pristine original image.

Honorable Mentions, Norwegian Competition
THE COMMITTEE by Gunhild Enger and Jenni Toivoniemi  [NOR, FIN, SWE]

Fortunately art doesn’t always imitate life. This nordic cooperation resulted in a funny and true depiction of cultural bureaucracy among the well meaning, political correct nordic nations. Well written, well played, an absurd comedy with depth and universal appeal.

Honorable Mentions, Nordic Competition
HOW THEY DANCE 2 (HVORDAN DE DANSER 2) by Jesper Ravn Nielsen [DNK]

Simple, funny and humane, following in the tradition of Danish filmmaking, studying the phenomenon of the Perfect Man.

Jury: Vibeke Heide (NOR), Mikhail Zheleznikov (RUS), Daniel Vadocky (CZE).

Best Norwegian Prerunner - To be screened before a feature film at Trondheim kino for one month, selected by Trondheim kino.
CRYING MAN by Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

The award goes to a sober production, where everything takes place within one take with a fixed camera position. Within 5 minutes the film invites to wonder and chuckling, but also to sympathize with a man who is obviously not enjoying his life. The character gestalted by Anders Christiansen Baasmo literally fights with his feelings – in a landscape that is perceived both as familiar and alien. He awakes our curiousity, and we sincerely hope that he will prevail.

 

One-minute-film Competitions 

Best One-minute-film YOUNG - Audience Award, 3.000 kroner given by Midtnorsk Filmsenter
UHELLET by Marit Selbæk, Lasse Amundsen, Therese Aarmo Jensen and Kasper Kam

Best One-minute-film - Audience Award, the trophy Den Gyldne Saks 2.0
REFLEKSJON by Valerijs Goloveckis, Mari Broch Furunes, Ulrik Anker-Nilssen and Aleksander Aahjem Pedersen

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Award Winners at Minimalen 2016
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Award Winners at Minimalen 2015
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Award Winners at the 26th Minimalen Short Film Festival
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