WELCOME BACK TO THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF NORDISK PANORAMA IN MALMÖ 19-24 SEPTEMBER 2014!
CHECK OUT THE WINNERS 2013
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Nordisk Panorama Awards 2013
Best Nordic Documentary Award
The Act of Killing
by Joshua Oppenheimer
Co-directors: Christine Cynn and Anonymous
Motivation:The jury would like to thank Nordisk Panorama for inviting us to be part of your fantastic event this year, and to experience the quality and range of work on display from all the Nordic countries. The films consistently impressed us with their powerful messages and intimate access.
At one moment we were transported by the bittersweet memories of a failed romance in Paris, and the next found ourselves surprised by the unexpected humor and vitality in a women's prison in Afghanistan. Also we met the young boys from warzones around the world trying to get a bit of shelter in our western welfare. Congratulations to all the filmmakers on these great works, and thank you for sharing with us.
For the 2013 Best Nordic Documentary Award, the jury has chosen to recognize a unique achievement in the landscape of non-fiction filmmaking, a crucial work which shines a light where there had been only darkness and deceit, at the same time as it forges a new path in documentary for future filmmakers to explore. For its groundbreaking approach to the documentary form, and its unflinching confrontation with atrocity, mendacity, and the human face of evil, the jury awards the 2013 prize to Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing.
Christian Bonke (director), Cara Cusumano (Tribeca Film Festival), and Kate Townsend (BBC Storyville).
About the award:
The Best Nordic Documentary Award is presented by the documentary jury to one of the 15 films in the Nordic Documentary Competition. The award goes to the director(s) of the film. The prize sum is 11,000 € and is sponsored by the Nordic public broadcasters DR, YLE, RUV, NRK and SVT.
Best Nordic Short Film Award
by Jenifer Malmqvist
A great short film is supposed to be bigger than itself. In its short and minimalist dimension it has to combine all the elements composing cinematic language to create a universal portrait of the world, outside of any logic of time and place: a small frame that contains a multitude of meanings, opening a discussion on the human being, his feelings, fears and the contradictions of today's society. It has to be a moving experience, almost physical, where we feel the urge and need of the director to tell a story, reacting to the world with his or her instinct and honesty. A film struck us for containing all these elements and managing, without dialogue or music, to create a perfectly balanced film, in which nothing is missing or redundant. For all this reasons, and more, amongst the convincing selection of the 2013 Nordisk Panorama Short Film Competition, the Jury unanimously decided to award On Suffocation, by Jenifer Malmqvist, Sweden.
Alessandro Marcionni (Locarno International Film Festival), Catherine Colas (ZDF/ARTE) and Stian Kristiansen (director).
About the award:
The Best Nordic Short Film Award is presented by the short film jury to one of the 15 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. The prize sum of 7,000 € is sponsored by Malmö Stad.
Best New Nordic Voice Award
A World Not Ours
by Mahdi Fleifel
This year, Nordisk Panorama has with the category New Nordic Voices, offered a wide range of high quality films with a great diversity in the filmmaker's approaches of storytelling and subject matters. The jury has been taken on an enjoyable journey from realism to magical realism, from original concepts to documentaries based on unique access to previously undiscovered grounds.
We have seen intriguing and strong films made by promising directors that will be exciting to follow in the years to come. One film, however, stands out. The winning film is deeply personal, yet very universal. It's political, yet poetic. It's heart-rending and tragic, yet funny and inspiring. It takes on one of our time's most central and deplorable conflicts. The filmmaker is using unique footage and archive material to tell his extraordinary story in a confident way.
The director focuses on individuals, and widens the perspective by telling a story of their shared destiny. The film deals with an important question, that is, which effect it has on people not to have a country to belong to. The answer is disheartening, but the film is not. When the art of cinema is greatest, it makes us look at the world anew. And this renewed perspective is a prerequisite for real change. This year's winner does all that outstandingly. New Nordic Voices award 2013 goes to A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel.
Karen Winther (director), Ása Baldursdóttir (Bíó Paradís) and Claus Christensen (Ekko magazine).
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 15 films in the New Nordic Voices Competition. The award goes to the director(s) of the film. The prize sum is 3,500 € and is sponsored by the regional film centres Film i Skåne, Film i Väst, Filmpool Nord, Nordnorsk Filmsenter, Vestnorsk Filmsenter, Viken Filmsenter, Østnorsk Filmsenter, International Sámi Film Centre, Filmkraft Rogaland, Midtnorsk Filmsenter and the Icelandic Film Centre.