Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2016 Award Winners

Best Nordic Documentary | Best Nordic Short Film | Best New Nordic Voice |
Nordisk Panorama Audience Award | Children’s Choice Award


The 27th annual Nordisk Panorama Film Festival Winners were announced during the spectacular Awards Gala at Malmö Town Hall. The winners are:

Best Nordic Documentary:

Don Juan


Director: Jerzy Sladkowski


For its dedication to “pure cinema”, for its honesty and visual beauty a unanimous jury give this award to “Don Juan”. This deeply moving love story was placed on our doorsteps with such a sensitive gaze and care with characters who were compelling and authentic although with rough edges. We all should hope to meet and/or have a Tania in our life. We loved it!


Grit Lemke, DOK Leipzig [Germany], Chris Hastings, World Channel [USA], Camilla Nielsson, Winner of Best Nordic Documentary Award 2015 [Denmark].

About the Award

The Best Nordic Documentary Award is presented by the documentary jury to one of the 14 films in the Nordic Documentary Competition. The award goes to the director(s) of the film.

14 documentaries competed for the Nordic Documentary Award.

Sponsored by

The prize sum is 11,000 € and is sponsored by the Nordic public broadcasters DR, YLE, RUV, NRK and SVT.

Honourable Mention

Brothers [Norway]

Director:Aslaug Holm


For this insightful and beautiful look of a modern family and of brothers that is coming of age, we offer an honorable mention to “Brothers”.

Best Nordic Short Film:

Forgotten Reason [Sweden]


Director: Peter Larsson


A hypnotic journey into the darkest of forests. Within an atmosphere of ambiguity, the phantasmagoric suggestion of figures, faces and ominous sound, in interaction with the landscape, invokes a space for immersive personal interpretation. An unforgettable nightmare.


Lydia Beilby, Edinburgh International Film Festival [UK], Eva Schweizer, SRF [Switzerland], Einar Baldvin, Winner of the Best Nordic Short Film Award 2015 [Iceland].

About the Award

The Best Nordic Short Film Award is presented by the short film jury to one of the 26 films in the Nordic Short Film Competition. The prize-winning film will qualify for consideration in the Short Film Category of the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided that the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules. The award goes to the director(s) of the film.

26 short films competed for the Nordic Short Film Award.

Sponsored by

The prize sum of 7,000 € is sponsored by the Nordic directors’ associations Danish Film Directors, Directors Guild of Finland, Guild of Icelandic Film Directors, Norwegian Film Makers Association and Swedish Film Directors.

Honourable Mention

Dilapidated [Norway]

Director:Ole Sebastian Kåss


A skilfully crafted and expertly acted drama, “Dilapidated“ boasts iconic images and distinct characters. The jury was particularly impressed with the visceral and nuanced representation of the tangled web of troubled family relationships.

Best New Nordic Voice:

Front View of my Father [Denmark]


Director: Nicoline Skotte Jacobsen


The award for Best New Nordic Voice goes to a distinct artistic voice which, interestingly, creates a very intimate and tender atmosphere through a staged setting. This methodology adds an honesty to the project, which maybe feels more real than a conventional realistic approach. With a subtle playful seriousity the director approaches a subject of lost and longing for intimacy in a brave and innovative manner. The jury is happy to see a father-daughter relationship in focus, something we seldom see in film. We award a film that draws on performance tradition and process based film, but moves it forward. The winner leaves the jury with tears in our eyes and makes us want to call our fathers – the winner of Best New Nordic Voice is “Front View of My Father”.


Birgitte Weinberger, Odense Film Festival [Denmark], Oscar Eriksson, Folkets Bio [Sweden], Ane Hjort Guttu, New Nordic Voice Special Mention 2015 [Norway].

About the Award

The New Nordic Voices Competition introduces promising Nordic filmmakers. The filmmakers’ works have not previously been screened in the Nordisk Panorama competition programme, and selected films are among the first releases by the filmmaker.

The Best New Nordic Voice Award is presented by the New Nordic Voices jury to one of the 10 films in the New Nordic Voices Competition. The award goes to the director(s) of the film.

10 films competed for the New Nordic Voices Award.

Sponsored by

The prize sum is 3,500 € and is sponsored by regional film centres.

Nordisk Panorama Audience Award:

Yarn [Iceland/Poland]


Directors: Thordur JonssonHeather Millard & Una Lorenzen

About the Award

To win the prize of the audience of Nordisk Panorama Film Festival is among the finest appreciation a filmmaker can get.

The audience can vote for any of the Nordic short films and documentaries competing in the main competition programme and the new Nordic films in the special programmes using the voting cards handed out after the screenings.

Sponsored by

The NP Audience Award prize sum is 2,500 € and is sponsored by the City of Malmö.

Children’s Choice Award:

Ruth [Sweden]


Director: Hanna Heilborn

The price is awarded to the most popular among the six films in the Young Nordics 2016 programme.
The price is awarded to the director Hanna Heilborn. Besides the honour of being the favourite of our most discerning festival audience, Heilborn will be invited to attend Nordisk Panorama 2017.

About the Award

The films in the Young Nordics programme compete for the love of our most critical audience.
We’ve asked the youngest viewers to tell us what film they liked the best and we’ll award the winner with a Children’s Choice Award, as well as an invitation to attend next year’s festival.

Sponsored by

The Children´s Choice Award prize is sponsored by Nordisk Panorama.