Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2017 Award Winners

The 28th annual Nordisk Panorama Film Festival Winners were announced during the spectacular Awards Gala at Malmö Town Hall. The winners are:

Best Nordic Documentary:

“Last Men in Aleppo” by Feras Fayyad (SY), 2017, 105 min, (Denmark, Syria, Germany)

Co-directed by Steen Johannessen, Larm Film, DK

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The Award for the Best Nordic Documentary goes to this example of outstanding filmmaking portraying one of the greatest tragedies of our time. Risking their lives, with great respect for their characters and an impressive sensitivity to the complexity of war, the filmmakers take us into a world made up of choices that very few of us would be capable of making: Last Men in Aleppo.

Honourable Mention

“Nowhere to Hide” by Zaradasht Ahmed (NO), 2016, 85 min, (Norway)


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We would like to give a special mention to a film that gives us a unique insight into the long-term consequences of war, from the perspective of an ordinary man whose life is turned upside-down: Nowhere to Hide.


Olivia Cooper-Hadjian, Cinema du Reél (France), Claire Aguilar, IDA (USA), Jerzy Sladkowski, Winner of the Best Nordic Documentary Award 2016 (Sweden).

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.


Best Nordic Short Film:

Arr. for a Scene” by Jonna Kina (FI), 2017, 6 min, (Finland, France)

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This Award goes to a 5-minute long film shot on 35 mm in one take, because it shows the potential of what short film is when at its best. Shot within a short time, and thanks to the precise simplicity in the execution, it opens up multiple layers: for observation, perception and thinking. We see two people at work, creating something that is invisible – Sound.

There is no distraction, no unnecessary information: all the attention is on the different aspects of sound and how it’s being created.

It is a joy to watch the two foley artists coordinate with one another to create one layer of sound. Even though they are not looking at each other they seem to dance together. Every movement is carefully choreographed, rehearsed and performed with intense concentration. We cannot see what they are looking at – in fact they seem to look at us, the audience, while we are looking at them. Their performance creates a soundtrack for a movie that is not on the screen, but in the head of the viewer. Each viewer sees their own film in front of their inner eye, depending on his or her own individual imagination.
Slowly you start to realize that this soundtrack is familiar to you: the running water of a shower, a shower curtain, a stabbing. The individual imagination shifts into a collective remembrance of an iconic scene from the history of cinema.

As a staged documentary this film blurs the lines between cinema, theatre and art.

It is a film about filmmaking. But it is also a film about the shared experience of cinema.
And it brings us together by tapping into the collective memory we all have – the memory created by iconic movies. All this arranged in one scene and a few minutes.


Anna Henckel Donnersmark, Berlinale (Germany), Derek Tan, Viddsee (Singapore), Peter Larsson, Winner of Best Nordic Short Film Award 2016 (Sweden).

About the Award

The Best Nordic Short Film Award is presented by the short film jury to one of the 28 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.

28 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

“I Will Always Love You, Conny” by Amanda Kernell (SE), 2017, 31 min, (Sweden, Denmark)

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Best New Nordic Voice – Documentary

“Loving Lorna” by Jessica Karlsson (SE) & Annika Karlsson (SE), 2017, 61 min, (Sweden)

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A sensible and heart-gripping coming-of-age film about finding your way of living in a changing world, whether it’s the importance of keeping up tradition or breaking loose. We instantly fell in love with the lead character, a strong and beautiful young woman. We want her to stay the way she is: Loving Lorna.

Best New Nordic Voice – Short Film

”Penelope” by Heta Jäälinoja (FI), 2016, 5 min, (Estonia)


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Speechless and with seemingly simple pencil lines, the film creates a timeless and limitless universe. The film is distinct and highly amusing, about a character coping with daily life. Home is not a prison, but life can be a mess.


Suvi Hanni, Tampere Film Agency (Finland), Jon Asp, Point of View (Sweden), Nicoline Skotte Jacobsen, Winner of the Best New Nordic Voices Award 2016 (Denmark).

About the Award

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

The Best New Nordic Voice Award is divided in a full length documentary prize and a short film prize presented by the New Nordic Voices jury to two of the 13 films. The award goes to the directors of the two winning films.

13 films competed for the New Nordic Voice Award.

Sponsored by

The prize sum for the competition is 3,500 €, split between the two winners, and sponsored by Film i Skåne.

Nordisk Panorama Audience Award:

“The Celestial Darkroom” by Nils Petter Löfstedt (SE), 2017, 79 min (Sweden, Belgium)

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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 programmes and the new Nordic films in the special programmes.

Sponsored by

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


Children’s Choice Award:

“Schoolyard Blues” by Maria Eriksson (SE),  2017, 17 min, (Sweden)

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About the Award

The films in the Young Nordics programme compete for the love of our most critical audience. We ask the youngest viewers to tell us which 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.