BIFF 2020

Award Winners 2020!

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Cinema Extraordinaire: THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN

Director: Sandra Wollner. Read more about the film.

The winner film will be screened on Sunday 18 October at 21:30. Read more and buy tickets.

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN is also available on BIFF+ here.

Cinema Extraordinaire is our competition selection for extraordinary fiction films from all over the world. The winner receives the award of 30.000 NOK. JURY: Ingrid Åbergsjord, critic in Aftenposten | Jon Raundalen, ph.d. in film and principal at Bergen kulturskole | Lucie Braverman, Head of Marketing & Sales Manager at WestEnd Films

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Documentaire Extraordinaire: THE WALL OF SHADOWS

Director: Eliza Kubarska. Read more about the film.

The winner film will be screened on Sunday 18 October at 19:15. Read more and buy tickets.

THE WALL OF SHADOWS is also available on BIFF+ here.

Documentaire Extraordinaire is our competition selection for extraordinary documentaries from all over the world. The winner film receives a prize of 30 000 NOK given by VGTV. Jury: Grethe Melby, theatre critic in Bergens Tidende | Paulo Chavarría, documentary filmmaker and lecturer at Infomedia, UiB | Andreas Gjellebæk Sverdrup, VGTV


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Checkpoints: WELCOME TO CHECHNYA

Director: David France. Read more about the film.

In the Checkpoints competition, the focus is human rights issues around the world. The 25.000 NOK prize will go to the people and/or the issue the film is about.

The winner film will be screened on Sunday 18 October at 16:15. Read more and buy tickets.

WELCOME TO CHECHNYA is also available on BIFF+ here.

Jury: Catalina Vallejo, Member of the Rafto Prize Committee and Postdoctoral fellow, Faculty of Law at the University of Bergen | Alexander Petersen, Deputy chair of Norges Handikapforbunds Ungdom Sørvest | Linn A.C. Sandberg, Researcher at the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen


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Gulluglen (The Golden Owl Award): LOST IN FACE

Director: Valentin Riedl. Read more about the film here.

The Golden Owl (Gulluglen) is the University of Bergen’s competition programme for research and science documentaries. The award was established in 2014 and is a collaboration between BIFF and the University. The winner film is awarded 25.000 NOK.

The winner film will be screened on Sunday 18 October at 14:00. Read more and buy tickets.

Jury: Åshild Lunde Associate Professor at Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care | Haci Akman Professor, Cultural Studies at Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion | Randi Gressgård Professor at Centre for Women's and Gender Research


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Best Norwegian Documentary: ODELSGUT OG FANTEFØLGE (VILLAGERS AND VAGABONDS)

Director: Merethe Offerdal Tveit. Read more about the film.

Honorable mention: BLUE CODE OF SILENCE. Director: Magnus Skatvold, codirector Greg Mallozzi.

The winner film will be screened on Saturday 17 October at 20:15. Read more and buy tickets.

VILLAGERS AND VAGABONDS (ODELSGUT OG FANTEFØLGE) is also available on BIFF+ here.

The winner of the competition programme for Norwegian documentaries is awarded 25.000 NOK given by NRK. Jury: Fredrik Færden, NRK | Jette F. Christensen, Member of Parliament and Member of The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence | Anita Vedå, producer and photographer at Smau media


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Best Norwegian Short Film: PAPAPA

23 min | Director: Kerren Lumer-Klabbers | Producer: Jeppe Wowk. In the near future, a young girl meets her donor-father for the first time. Together they go through experimental therapy exercises, in the hope of making their relation more than just a biologic fact.

The Norwegian Short Films have a screening Saturday 17 October. Read more and buy tickets here.

PAPAPA is also available on BIFF+ here.

The winner receives a 10.000 NOK prize. Jury: Britt Sørensen, film critic | Janine Khawand, Arabisk filmfest | Hanne-Lovise Skartveit, producer


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Best Western Norwegian Short Film: HIJACK139

6 min | Director: Sondre Johre, Joachim Berg | Producer: Høgskulen i Volda. A young man decides to hijack a plane from Trondheim to Oslo. This animated documentary tells the story about the incident on a Braathens SAFE’s flight 139 on June 21 1985.

The Western Norwegian Short Films have a screening Saturday 17 October. Read more and buy tickets here.

HIJACK139 is also available on BIFF+ here.

BIFF presents a competition programme for short films from our region. The winner receives a 10.000 NOK prize. Jury: Britt Sørensen, film critic in BT | Vibeke Flesland Havre, actor and theatre director


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Best Norwegian Short Documentary: GREETINGS FROM MYANMAR

5 min | Directors: Sunniva Sundby, Andreas J. Riiser | Producer: Andreas J. Riiser, Bacon OSL. A little film about umbrella cocktails and genocide.

Honorable mention goes to NOT IN TANZANIA by director and producer Signe Rosenlund-Hauglid, Rosenlund Film.

The Norwegian Short Documentaries have a screening Saturday 17 October. Read more and buy tickets here.

GREETINGS FROM MYANMAR and NOT IN TANZANIA (IKKE HER IKKE NÅ) are both available on BIFF+

The winner receives a 10.000 NOK prize given by VGTV. Jury: Andreas Gjellebæk Sverdrup, VGTV | Birger Berge, Fri-Vestland | Kenneth Sjøvold, Bergen Filmklubb

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Youth Documentary Award: VINDEN SNUR (TURNING THE TIDE)

Director: Kieran Kolle | Producer: Elisabeth Kleppe. Read more about the film.

VINDEN SNUR (TURNING THE TIDE) has screenings Saturday 17 October. Read more and buy tickets.

VINDEN SNUR (TURNING THE TIDE) is also available on BIFF+ here.

Best documentary screened in this year’s school programme, chosen by the board of the youth film club HUFF.

Best Norwegian Music Video: THEY CAN'T STOP YOU

This year's winner was announced at the music video evening, receiving a prize of 10.000 NOK, given by BIFF and Vill Vill Vest. The winner is The Musical Slave with the song THEY CAN’T STOP YOU, directed by Kristin Vollset. Honorable mention: SASSY009's video for MAYBE IN THE SUMMER, directed by Kenneth Karlstad and Mugisho x Willy’s video for LEVE, directed by Kristoffer Nylund Grindheim. Watch the videos here.

Jury: Ingrid Haug Erstad, Bergen Assembly | Sondre Lerche, musician | Daniel Mariblanca, Carte Blanche

Read the jury statements here.