The award winners of Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2018

On the night of the 25th of September the winners of the Nordisk Panorama Awards 2018 was announced. The Awards Gala took place at Malmö Old City Hall and marks the end of a fantastic Nordisk Panorama Film festival 2018!

For six days the Jury Members and the local audience have selected the best new Nordic Documentaries and Short Films, from 59 selected films, divided into four categories:

Best Nordic Documentary

 

Winner

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The Deminer by Hogir Hirori (SWE), 2017, 83 min, (Sweden)

Motivation

The Best Nordic Documentary Award goes to a film which displayed incredible risk taking in following a character who put his life on the line every day, also putting the filmmaker in great danger. This portrait of a military man who dedicated his life to protecting civilians is portrayed through a great combination of archive footage and daring front line filmmaking. Throughout the documentary, the viewer faces a fear for the character as he goes about his work, creating a level of suspense which is rarely reached, and made we the Jury feel we’re in the hands of a skilled filmmaker as well as a brave documentarian. It is our honour to award the prize to The Deminer by Hogir Hirori.

Honorary Mention

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Raghu Rai – An Unframed Portrait by Avani Rai (IND),  2017, 55 min, (Finland, India, Norway)

A special mention goes to a film whose character was among the most dynamic and memorable we’ve seen on screen this week, and who gave us an insight into India we had never known. In Raghu Rai – An Unframed Portrait, Rai’s daughter, emerging filmmaker Avani Rai, bravely turns the camera on one of India’s most accomplished photographers.

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Best Nordic Short Film

 

Winner

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Shadow Animals  by Jerry Carlsson (SWE)2017, 22 min, (Sweden)

Motivation

The award for Best Nordic Short Film goes to a film that the jury all considered to be a bold and startlingly original work. It makes effective and creative use of a child’s perspective to reveal the strangeness of adult social rituals, the subtle power dynamics in our interactions, and the pressures we may feel at any point in our lives to conform to behaviours and protocols we may not entirely understand. We were especially impressed by how the film creates many layers of meaning through its richness of detail, precise performances, inventive physical vocabulary and eerie atmosphere. The award for Best Nordic Short Film goes to Shadow Animals by Jerry Carlsson.

Honorary Mention

 

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The Green Valley by Ellen Ugelstad (NO), 2018, 24 min, (Norway)

 

The jury would like to give a special mention to one film in the competition that greatly impressed us with its sophistication, intelligence and elegance. We were struck by how this film presented complex themes and provocative ideas in a manner that is both unusually contemplative and beautifully composed. The jury gives a special mention to The Green Valley by Ellen Ugelstad.

 

 

Children’s Choice Award

 

Winner 

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Shadow Boxer (Skyggebokser) by Andreas Bøggild Monies,  2017, 22 min, (Denmark)

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The young audience of Nordisk Panorama Film festival 2018

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.

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Nordisk Panorama Audience Award

Winner 

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The Distant Barking of Dogs by Simon Lereng Wilmont (DK), 2017, 91 min (Denmark)

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The audience of Nordisk Panorama Film festival 2018

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.

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