Urgent Topics and the Power of Imagination – Films in Competition 2022


Out of 433 submitted films, this year 64 have been selected to compete for the awards in Nordisk Panorama Film Festival’s five competition categories. ​​The 33rd edition of the festival is taking off in Malmö, Sweden 22–27 September. The full programme of the festival will be released 1 September.

Documentaries tackling the most urgent topics of our time

“This year’s documentary programme tackles some of the most urgent topics of our time – climate crisis, corruption, war, violation of human rights and women’s rights. There are also films whose universal subject will forever be relevant: first friendship, coming-of-age, love and death.

The selection features promising newcomers as well as internationally acclaimed filmmakers, among which are Danish Simon Lereng Wilmont with A House Full of Splinters, Finnish Susanna Helke with Ruthless Times – Songs of Care and Swedish Magnus Gertten with Nelly & Nadine.

Among the newcomers are Icelandic Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir with her entertaining Band, Norwegian Emilie Beck with No Place Like Home, Swedish Maria Loohufvud and Love Martinsen with their international darling Calendar Girls and Danish Louise Leth with her heart-warming See Me As I Am.”

– Gitte Hansen & Hawa Sanneh, documentary programmers

Short films reaffirming the power of imagination

“These films reaffirm the power of imagination to open new doors and start new conversations and are hinting at contemporary issues such as the climate crisis, sexual prejudices and youth activism.

The 2022 short film selection sees the return of director Jerry Carlsson (winner of the Best Nordic Short Film Award in 2017 and 2021) and Hlynur Pálmason, director of the multi-awarded Winter Brothers and A White White Day presents his latest short Nest.

Next to these established names, exciting new talents are emerging: the coming-of-age film Fardosais a collaboration between first-time actors, writers and filmmakers Rukia Mahamed and Iqlaas Osman with director Anton Tammi.”

– Lucile Bourliaud & Sam Groves, short film programmers

Read more about this year’s programmers


Competition Programme

Extended film info here

Still from: Tsumu – Where Do You Go With Your Dreams? by Kasper Kiertzner.

Best Nordic Documentary

The Best Nordic Documentary Award is presented to one of the 15 films selected for the competition. The award goes to the director(s) of the winning film.

The cash award of 11.000€ is sponsored by the Nordic public broadcasters DR, NRK, RUV, SVT and YLE.

Selected films

A House Made of Splinters, (A House Made of Splinters), Simon Lereng Wilmont, 87 min, Denmark, Finland, Ukraine, Sweden, 2022.

Band, (Band), Álfrún Örnólfsdóttir, 88 min, Iceland, 2022.

Budding Humans, (Store små mennesker), Gunhild Westhagen Magnor, 70 min, Norway, Sweden, 2022.

Daughters, (Döttrar), Jenifer Malmqvist, 90 min, Sweden, Denmark, 2022.

Golden Land, (Kultainen maa), Inka Achté, 83 min, Finland, Norway, Sweden, 2022.

How to Save a Dead Friend, (How to Save a Dead Friend), Marusya Syroechkovskaya, 104 min, Sweden, Norway, France, 2022.

Invisible Demons, (Invisible Demons), Rahul Jain, 70 min, Finland, Germany, 2021.

King of the Butterflies, (King of the Butterflies), Olaf de Fleur, 70 min, Iceland, 2022.

Nelly & Nadine, (Nelly & Nadine), Magnus Gertten, 85 min, Sweden, Belgium, Norway 2022.

Ruthless Times – Songs of Care, (Armotonta menoa – Hoivatyön lauluja), Susanna Helke, 92 min, Finland, 2022.

Sabaya, (Sabaya), Hogir Hirori, 91 min, Sweden, 2021.

The Eclipse, (Formørkelsen), Nataša Urban, 109 min, Norway, 2022.

The Killing of a Journalist, (The Killing of a Journalist), Matt Sarnecki, 100 min, Denmark, Czech Republic, USA, 2022.

The Silence in Sápmi, (Tystnaden i Sápmi), Liselotte Wajstedt, 70 min, Norway, Sweden, 2022.

Tsumu – Where Do You Go With Your Dreams?, (Tsumu – Where Do You Go With Your Dreams?), Kasper Kiertzner, 85 min, Denmark, Sweden, 2022.

Still from Overtones by Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt.

Best Nordic Short Film 2022

The Best Nordic Short Film Award is presented to one of the 19 films in the competition. The Award goes to the director(s) of the winning film. The prize-winning film will qualify for consideration in the Short Film Category of the Annual Academy Awards.

The cash award of 5.000€ is sponsored by the Danish Film Directors and the Swedish Film Directors.

Selected Films

Overtones, (Øvertoner), Rasmus Nyholm Schmidt, 29 min, Denmark, 2022.

Nest, (Nest), Hlynur Pálmason, 22 min, Denmark, Iceland, 2022.

The Viewing Room, (Rum för avsked), Frida Eggum Michaelsen, 22 min, Sweden, UK, 2022.

The Diamond, (The Diamond), Vedran Rupic, 14 min, Sweden, 2021.

In the Soil, (Det er i jorden), Casper Rudolf Emil Kjeldsen, 14 min, Denmark, 2021

Fanitullen – The Devil’s Tune, (Fanitullen – The Devil’s Tune), Lars Hegdal & Ole Kristian Øye, 11 min, Norway, 2022.

Le Saboteur, (Le Saboteur), Anssi Kasitonni, 12 min, Finland, 2022.

Surprise, (Óvissuferð), Kolfinna Nikulásdóttir, 12 min, Iceland, 2022.

Tortoise in Time, (Tortoise in Time), Nicklas Dahlström, 14 min, Sweden, 2022.

Night of the Living Dread, (Night of the Living Dread), Ida Melum, 11 min, UK, 2021.

Successful Thawing of Mr. Moro, (Lyckad upptining av Herr Moro), Jerry Carlsson, 15 min, Sweden, 2021.

True Bug, (True Bug), Tuisku Lehto, 17 min, Finland, 2022.

Penthouse, (Penthouse), Line Klungseth Johansen & Vegard Dahle, 19 min, Norway, 2022.

From.Beyond, (From.Beyond), Fredrik Sundsteigen Hana, 13 min, Norway, 2021.

Burden of Proof, (Bevisbyrden), Ivar Aase, 9 min, Norway, 2021.

Lizard Brain, (Reptilhjärnan), Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall, 28 min, Sweden, Finland, 2022.

I’ll Be Your Kettle, (I’ll Be Your Kettle), Tobias Rud, 10 min, Denmark, 2021.

I’m Here, (Jeg er her), Zahra Waldeck, 20 min, Norway, 2022.

Inferno, (Inferno), Joakim Behrman & Simon Pontén, 12 min, Sweden, 2021.

Still from Calendar Girls by Maria Loohufvud & Love Martinsen.

New Nordic Voice

The New Nordic Voice competition introduces promising Nordic filmmakers. Their work has not previously been screened in the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival competition programme, and the selected films are among the first releases by the filmmaker.

The cash award of 5.000€ is sponsored by AVEK and Film i Skåne.

Selected Films


Calendar Girls, (Calendar Girls), Maria Loohufvud & Love Martinsen, 83 min, Sweden, USA, 2022.

Memory of Life, (Elämän muisti), Juhani Haukka, 46 min, Finland, 2022.

Moosa Lane, (Moosa Lane), Anita M. Hopland, 87 min, Denmark, Norway, 2022.

No Place Like Home, (Veien hjem), Emilie Beck, 70 min, Norway, 2022.

See Me As I Am, (Se mig som jeg er), Louise Leth, 71 min, Denmark, 2022.

The Scars of Ali Boulala, (The Scars of Ali Boulala), Max Eriksson, 107 min, Sweden, Norway, 2021.

Short Films

A Swedish Defence, (Försvar), Simon Elvås , 20 min, Sweden, 2021.

One Minute, (One Minute), Marcus Svanberg & Matilde Sköld, 9 min, Sweden, 2022.

Fardosa, (Fardosa), Iqlaas Osman & Anton Tammi & Rukia Mahamed, 11 min, Finland, UK, 2021.

Service, (Palvelus), Mikko Mäkelä, 15 min, Finland, 2022.

Hex, (Hex), Katrín Helga Andrésdóttir, 15 min, Iceland, 2022.

Deloping, (Deloping), Jon Olav Stokke , 7 min, Norway, UK, 2021.

Habib & The Thief, (Habib & The Thief), Naures Sager, 15 min, Sweden, 2021.

Blue Note, (Blue Note), Pavel Andonov, 22 min, Finland, UK, 2022.

Amateur, (Amatør), Amalie Maria Nielsen, 12 min, Denmark, 2021.

Abyss, (Abyss), Jeppe Lange, 13 min, Denmark, 2022.

Still from Bromance by SaraKlara Hellström.

Young Nordic

The 15 films in the Young Nordic programme compete for the love of our most critical audience. We ask the youngest viewers to tell us which film they like the best, and award the winner with the Young Nordic Award.

The cash award of 1.500€ is sponsored by Nordisk Panorama Film Festival.

Selected Films

Marble, (Marble), Sofie Rødtnes Markussen, 24 min, Denmark, 2022.

I’m Not Afraid!, (Ich habe keine Angst!), Marita Mayer, 7 min, Germany, Norway, 2021.

Alfred Dances Ballet (Ep. 4), (Alfred danser ballet (Ep. 4)), Christian Sønderby Jepsen, 10 min, Denmark, 2022.

Nest, (Nest), Hlynur Pálmason, 22 min, Denmark, Iceland, 2022.

Operation Siblings, (Operasjon søsken), Aurora Nossen, 8 min, Norway, 2022.

Inside the Aquarium, (Inifrån akvariet), Lina Berger, 19 min, Sweden, 2022.

The Spyglass, (Kikaren), Malin Erixon, 9 min, Sweden, 2022.

A Dream of Hawaii, (Drømmen om Hawaii), Thomas Smoor Isaksen, 10 min, Norway, 2022.

Pebbles, (Gråstein), Emilie Sofie Johannesen, 5 min, Norway, 2022.

The Landing, (Maihinnousu), Kaisa Penttilä, 10 min, Finland, 2021.

On the Surface, (On the Surface), Fan Sissoko, 5 min, Iceland, USA, 2021.

My Favourite Criminal, (My Favourite Criminal), Torgeir Kalvehagen, 10 min, Norway, 2022.

Bromance, (Bromance), SaraKlara Hellström, 12 min, Sweden, 2022.

Bulldozer, (Tonser), Mads Koudal, 14 min, Denmark, 2022.

The Longest Wait, (Den längsta väntan), Lisa Meyer, 15 min, Sweden, 2022.

City of Malmö’s Audience Award

All selected films are also competing for the City of Malmö’s Audience Award. To recieve the City of Malmö’s Audience Award at Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, is among the finest appreciations a filmmaker can get. The audience can vote for any of the Nordic short films and documentaries competing in the main competition programmes.

Prize: 2.500€ (Sponsored by the City of Malmö)


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