Best Norwegian Film - The Minimalen Trophy and 5.000 kroner given by Minimalen
• Sara’s Intimate Confessions (Saras intime betroelser) by Emilie Blichfeldt [NOR]
This film brings the idea of an empowering inner voice to a truly unexpected level! Blending fiction and animation, this is a daring, visually playful, extremely entertaining exploration of female sexuality and the refusal to be defined by undermining standards of beauty.
Best Nordic Film - The Minimalen Trophy and 1.000 euro given by NTNU - Department of Art and Media Studies
• How to Approach a Giant Hole (Hur man närmar sig ett stort hål) by Sawandi Groskind [FIN]
This is a deceptively simple film which, with a subtle and understated touch, conjures up universal themes of alienation, belonging and cultural displacement. With its quiet, nocturnal and meditative pace, this film manages to leave the audience the space to reflect about filling their own metaphorical hole.
Best Nordic Animation
• Egg by Martina Scarpelli [DNK, FRA]
For how it combines a minimalist style with a captivating voice-over to transport us into the mind and body of a woman trapped by an eating disorder.
Best Nordic Documentary
• Elektro by Thor Brenne [NOR]
An extremely personal, heartfelt and down-to-earth portrait of a filmmaker's journey to find his vocation which leads him to re-examine some key figures of his youth.
Honorable Mentions, Nordic Competition
• Quiet (Stille) by Marianne Bundgaard Nielsen [NOR]
For its mastery of cut-out animation to sensitively and imaginatively bring to life stories of troubled childhoods.
• The Bear by Johannes Stjärne Nilsson [SWE]
For its inventiveness and surreal tone in capturing a character longing to break away from the often inhumane quality of a workaholic society.
Jury: Gaia Meucci-Astley [ITA, GBR], Sébastien Simon [FRA, KOR], Mari Nilsen Neira, [NOR]
Best Norwegian Prerunner
To be screened before a feature film at Trondheim kino for one month, selected by Trondheim kino.
• Somewhere Soft by Satoe Yoshinari [NOR]
Den ultimate forfilmen skal være en appetittvekker på et stort format, men også en
fullstendig historie og et kunstverk i seg selv. Årets vinner av Forfilmprisen klarer på mesterlig vis å nå publikum med en skjør og fin tone og si noe om den umulige kjærligheten. Ved bruk av få farger, men tydelige overganger fra lyset til mørket gir den både håp og forklaring på hvorfor det kan være så vanskelig å nå inn til hverandres innerste rom.