And the Winners are…

30. August 2021

The 27th edition of the NEW NORDIC FILMS market at the Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund has come to an end.  The re-opening of the Norwegian society gave the festival an all-time-high number of industry accreditations. We have also had a record number of Nordic films in our program.


Best Project Award 

Acts of Love, directed by Jeppe Rønde and produced by Maria Møller Christoffersen and Julie Walenciak from Paloma Productions received The Best Project award at the Co-Production and Finance Market. The winner is granted participation at the Producers Network in Cannes. Votes cast by the audience after the Nordic Co-Production Projects pitch session, determined the winner. More here.


Next Nordic Generation Award:

«Mad From the Sun» directed by Anna Äärelä and produced by Pilvi Kuusrainen won the Next Nordic Generation Award, an award given to the best graduation film from the Nordic film schools. The jury consisted of Håkon Skogrand, former program director of The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund, producer Khalid Maimouni and musician and film maker Elle Márjá Eira. The award is NOK 10,000.


Five other awards were presented at the festival: 

Andreas Award

«The Man Who Sold His Skin» won the the ecumenical film prize, The Andreas Award. The award consists of a lithography by Eli Hovdenak and is given by The Norwegian Film Festival, Film&Kino and the newspaper Vårt Land. Jurors: Kristin Aalen, Rune Steensnæs Engedal, Hanne Jacobsen and Alf Kjetil Walgermo. The award c.


The Critics’ Award

«Swan Song» won the Critics’ Award, which consists of a woodcut by Annette Kierulf. The jury consists of members of the Norwegian Association of Critics: Aleksander Huser, Ida Cathrine Holme Nielsen and Alf Kjetil Walgermo.


The Audience Award

«Young and Afraid» won the Audience Award, given by the Norwegian International Film Festival. The jurors, Daniel Nes, Tina Børtung, Ragnhild Seven Håland, Mona Elin Aarø and Elin Brekke were appointed by the festival. The award consists of a lithography by Ivar Rudi.

The Ray of Sunshine Award

«CODA» won the Ray of Sunshine Award, which is given to the film that excites and spreads the most joy. This prize is given by the festival and a jury appointed by the Norwegian Cinema Managers Association. The jury consists of cinema director for Lillehammer Kino, Clarissa Bergh, film, marketing director at Aurora Kino Ida Kathrine Balto, and cinema director at Fosnavåg Kino Bjørn Holum. The award consists of a print by Camilla Thuy.

Closing film: “Wild Men” directed by Thomas Daneskov, distributed in Norway by Another World Entertainment. 

«Wild Men» is a Danish comedic thriller about manhood in the 21st Century.

Deep in the Norwegian wilderness we find the Dane Martin (Rasmus Bjerg) dressed as a Viking, wandering into a store to exchange fur for groceries. 

This Scandinavian, framed by a beautiful Norwegian mountain landscape, is an absurd film, wrapping modern masculinity in several layers, from fragile and modest to toxic and old-fashioned.


We thank all participants and collaborating partners for a wonderful time in Haugesund, and welcome you back next year!