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Here is a new festival for film lovers in Norway’s capital city. Get more details on both Oslo Pix and other Norwegian film festivals – and a few sneak peeks.

Norway has a number of large and small film festivals, from north to south, in the summer as well as during winter. When the Norwegian Film Institute earlier this year provided film festivals across the country with 17 million kroner in funds, the pile of applications was a source of joy because it represented such wide variety.

Below are some of the festivals you can look forward to attending this summer and autumn:

Oslo Pix

8 - 13 June 2017

This will be the first time that Oslo Pix is being held, and the organisers promise to screen quality films from North America and Europe, with a Nordic focus.

“We wish to introduce Oslo’s residents to a diverse range of films and film makers to which they otherwise would not have access,” is stated on their website.

The programme includes films in English, Norwegian, Spanish, French and German. The films are in their original language versions and subtitled in Norwegian or English.

The programme offers several films about Norway and Norwegians. One of them about a British film team that sets out to answer the big question: How did Norway foster all those great electronica and dance artists? “Northern Disco Lights” takes us back to the 90s, to when Tromsø and Bergen witnessed a creative outburst among young musicians, almost overnight.

The documentary will not only be shown inside Saga cinema, you can also watch it outside at SALT, an art project and concert arena inspired by stockfish, at Langkaia in Oslo.

The festival’s opening film, “From the Balcony” also features Norwegians, mainly the director, Ole Giæver. Following him through a year, we join Ole with his thoughts on the balcony, or strolling in the park with wife and kids, or visiting film festivals abroad. He shares ordinary observations and philosophical trains of thought, interspersed with old footage of him as a young and extremely confident man.

If you are looking for something international, perhaps Donkeyote will fascinate you. In this film, 78-year-old Manolo sets out on a long journey along the “Trail of Tears” in the USA, following the footsteps of the 20,000 indigenous Cherokee tribespeople who were forcibly removed from their lands in the 1830s. He faces a challenge in that his travel companion is a donkey with a fear of water. Additionally, his doctor considers this expedition to be a very bad idea.

 

Read more and check out the programme at: oslopix.no

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The Norwegian Short Film Festival

14 - 18 June 2017

Grimstad: Here, you get Norwegian and international short films and documentaries, in addition to music videos, seminars, workshops, concerts and, because we’re in the town of Grimstad, boat excursions. This is the place to meet young as well as established film makers, and awards will be given to the best productions during the festival in various categories.

Read more and check out the programme at: kortfilmfestivalen.no

The Norwegian International Film Festival

19 - 25 August 2017

Haugesund: This year’s festival will be the 45th in a row, including both Norwegian and international films on the programme. The organisers’ objective is to create a meeting place for the Norwegian and Nordic film industry. Winners of the Norwegian film and TV award, Amanda, will be announced at the annual award ceremony during the festival.

Read more at: filmfestivalen.no

Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF)

26 September - 4 October 2017

Bergen: This is Norway’s biggest film festival including 150 documentary and fictional films. Although the programme primarily consists of documentaries, it will also include numerous feature films.

Read more at: biff.no

Films from the South Festival

9 - 19 November 2017

Oslo’s biggest film festival included 82 films from 33 countries on its programme in 2016. The festival’s goal is to present films and film makers from Asia, Africa and Latin America, and contribute to providing a more nuanced picture of countries in the southern hemisphere and thereby promote enhanced understanding.

Read more at: filmfrasor.no

And in 2018 ...

And while we are on the subject: Here are a couple of film festivals you must check out in the first half of 2018:

Tromsø International Film Festival, 15 - 21 January 2018

Read more at: tiff.no

Kosmorama / Trondheim International Film Festival, 5 - 11 March 2018

Read more at: kosmorama.no

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