Next Nordic Generation

Next Nordic Generation sheds light on upcoming talents of the North.

The Next Nordic Generation section of the Norwegian International Film Festival at Haugesund presents a carefully picked selection of freshly made student films from Nordic film students. Students from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland are represented by both animated and scripted short films.

This year our jury, consisting of previous Head of Programming for the Norwegian Int. Film Festival Håkon Skogrand, producer Khalid Maimouni and filmmaker and musician Elle Márjá Eira, have nominated the following  films for the Next Nordic Generation Award:

 

BURN!

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

Three friends spend their summer holidays together and playing war games in a WW2 bunker. This is their castle in which they protect with grand measures, to hold on to their beloved childhood. This bunker means more to some than others, but they will challenge each other on how much this bunker means to them.

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    Brenn!
  • DIRECTOR
    Syver Flem
  • PRODUCER
    Markus Langlo
  • WRITERS
    Syver Flem, Henrik Skoglund
  • PHOTO
    Mathias Lohne
  • ACTORS
    Anders Rangøy, Julian Slatlem, Andreas Heinonen
  • PLAYTIME
    11 min
  • YEAR
    2021
  • COUNTRY
    Norway
  • AGE LIMIT
    All ages admitted
  • PRODUCTION
    Westerdals/Høyskolen Kristiania
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    Westerdals/Høyskolen Kristiania

DEATH, DICTATES SILENCE

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

Two Afghan refugee siblings are separated in early childhood. Their mother passes away and the son of the family cannot attend the funeral due to the pandemic, leaving his sister to make funeral arrangements by herself. They are in two different parts of the world, living in different cultural contexts. The harsh conditions for Afghan refugee women in Iran are not comparable to the comfortable lifestyle the brother is living in Sweden. This leaves him feeling shameful and guilty because he knows of the xenophobia against Afghan refugees in Iran. Via video call, the brother gets the opportunity to do right by himself and talk to his sister about his feelings but long kept secrets unravel causing the sister to react differently than expected.

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    Döden dikterar tystnad
  • DIRECTOR
    Javid Sina
  • PRODUCER
    Javid Sina
  • WRITERS
    Javid Sina
  • PHOTO
    Fredrik Fridlund
  • ACTORS
    Hafiz Hossaini, Arezo Ariapoor
  • PLAYTIME
    15 min
  • YEAR
    2021
  • COUNTRY
    Sweden
  • AGE LIMIT
    12 years
  • PRODUCTION
    HDK-Valand
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    HDK-Valand

FAVORITE DAUGHTER

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

An ode to crazy dads. A poetic and humorous portrait of a father-daughter relationship. In snapshots, we follow Favorite Daughter through her childhood with a loving and funny father who is the most amazing but also struggling with a bipolar disorder.

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    Yndlingsdatter
  • DIRECTOR
    Susi Haaning
  • PRODUCER
    Sophie D’Souza
  • WRITERS
    Susi Haaning
  • ACTORS
    Carla Eleonora Feigenberg, Dar Salim
  • PLAYTIME
    7 min
  • YEAR
    2020
  • COUNTRY
    Denmark
  • AGE LIMIT
    12 years
  • PRODUCTION
    The National Film School of Denmark
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    The National Film School of Denmark

FITTEFAEN

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

Buoyant and impulsive Vilde (21) finds out she is pregnant after a one night stand with apprehensive real estate agent Pelle (32), who threatens to commit suicide if she doesn’t have an abortion. After failing to tell her unsupportive family about her pregnancy at a dinner party, she escapes into her own imagination to deal with her feelings

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    Fittefaen
  • DIRECTOR
    Ingrid Storrønningen
  • PRODUCER
    Amanda Malmbekk
  • WRITERS
    Ingrid Storrønningen
  • PHOTO
    Joachim Magnussen
  • ACTORS
    Sofie Asplin, Simen Bostad
  • PLAYTIME
    18 min
  • YEAR
    2021
  • COUNTRY
    Norway
  • AGE LIMIT
    12 years
  • PRODUCTION
    Westerdals ACT / Høyskolen Kristiania
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    Westerdals ACT / Høyskolen Kristiania

GOODBYE TORNIO

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

Goodbye Tornio is a beautiful short documentary about being young, leaving home and figuring it out on your own. The film follows the life of an 18-year-old Vilma on her last weekend in her hometown Tornio, a small place in Lapland. Situated between a river and the sea, in Northern Finland.

Vilma graduates from school, parties with her parents, siblings and friends and receives unwanted advice from emotional adults. All while she mentally prepares herself for the next step. Her dream, moving to the big city of Helsinki, a 10-hour drive away from her hometown. Goodbye Tornio is a vivid depiction of these rare moments in life when everything is just about to change for good.

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    Hei hei Tornio
  • DIRECTOR
    Emilia Hernesniemi
  • PRODUCER
    Eveliina Mauno
  • WRITERS
    Emilia Hernesniemi
  • PHOTO
    Iiris Heikka
  • ACTORS
    Vilma Tihinen
  • PLAYTIME
    15 min
  • YEAR
    2021
  • COUNTRY
    Finland
  • AGE LIMIT
    12 years
  • PRODUCTION
    Aalto ELO Film School
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    Aalto ELO Film School

I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

There’s a huge problem. The wristwatch that David’s company launches in a few days has a mistake. It doesn’t count seconds precisely.

This comes up hours before a planned couples vacation. Torn between a huge career opportunity and a vacation with his girlfriend, David forgoes common sense and tries to fix the watch so his co-worker won’t get the credit for it, whilst also enjoying drinks on the beach.

 

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    JEG HAR IKKE TID TIL DET HER
  • DIRECTOR
    Mathias Rodrigues Bjerre
  • PRODUCER
    Mads-August Grarup Hertz
  • WRITERS
    Mathias Rodrigues Bjerre, Sune Kofod Maglegaard
  • ACTORS
    Simon Stenspil, Marie Reuther, Troels Lyby, Henning Valin, Alexander, Tronbjerg Andersen
  • PLAYTIME
    18 min
  • YEAR
    2020
  • COUNTRY
    Danmark
  • AGE LIMIT
    12 years
  • PRODUCTION
    Den danske filmskolen
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    Den danske filmskolen

MAD FROM THE SUN

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

Miina, a middle-aged woman, wakes up early on a Saturday morning. She could continue sleeping, but something is keeping her awake. The rest of her family is still asleep, the house remains quiet.

Miina gets up to make coffee. Her morning routine is interrupted as she finds a small plastic bag taped to the window. Inside, she finds a bloody human ear.

The ear sends Miina back in time to relive her first teenage love affair with Lukas. The couple loves to play a game where they challenge each other to prove their love: “If you love me, you’ll eat that chunk of butter.” Miina gets hooked on Lukas and the game.

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    Auringonpistos
  • DIRECTOR
    Anna Äärelä
  • PRODUCER
    Pilvi Kuusrainen
  • WRITERS
    Anna Äärelä
  • PHOTO
    Max Smeds
  • ACTORS
    Julia Von Lerber, Amos Brotherus, Saara Kotkaniemi
  • PLAYTIME
    15 min
  • YEAR
    2020
  • COUNTRY
    Finland
  • AGE LIMIT
    12 years
  • PRODUCTION
    Aalto ELO Film School
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    Aalto ELO Film School

MOTHER’S WRATH

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

Tiina hides her anger to be an exemplary mother to her child Amanda. The atmosphere of their mother-daughter family vacation is getting tense, as pre-teenaged Amanda is growing out of the cramped caravan and childish games. In addition to her feelings, Tiina also has to suppress unexplainable fires in the campsite. 

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    Perintö
  • DIRECTOR
    Tuuli Sirkeinen
  • PRODUCER
    Janne Lähteenmäki
  • WRITERS
    Mikko Peltotupa
  • ACTORS
    Noora Dadu, Elea Susipolku, Miiko Toiviainen, Sonja Kuittinen
  • PLAYTIME
    17 min
  • YEAR
    2021
  • COUNTRY
    Finland
  • AGE LIMIT
    12 years
  • PRODUCTION
    Aalto ELO Film School
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    Aalto ELO Film School

PECKING ORDER

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

Miko and his big brother Dimas, two brothers from Ukraine, grow up in Norway in a rough environment. Their days are filled with MMA training and driving their car. Miko convinces his big brother to let him tag along to the techno club, but the reveal of Dimas’ sexual orientation may be too much for Miko to handle.

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    Hønekamp
  • DIRECTOR
    Johannes Veine Wiig
  • PRODUCER
    Kjetil Jore
  • WRITERS
    Johannes Veine Wiig
  • PHOTO
    Fredrik Fossum Hallerud
  • ACTORS
    Jakob Fort, Håkon Bøhmer Gomez
  • PLAYTIME
    15 min
  • YEAR
    2021
  • COUNTRY
    Norway
  • AGE LIMIT
    12 years
  • PRODUCTION
    Westerdals – Høyskolen Kristiania
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    Westerdals – Høyskolen Kristiania

WHEN THE MILL HILL TREES SPOKE TO ME

NEXT NORDIC GENERATION

The filmmaker returns to her childhood village. As she looks at her own past and the place’s history, an investigation into the relationship between human and nature takes form. The presence of history in sacrificial stones from pre-Christian times, as well as slowly degenerating modern village centers, and age-old yet modernized human interactions with nature portray the layers of time within the place, and the human-nature relationships it holds. Alongside the linearity of time in cultural history runs the cyclical time of nature.

  • PROGRAM
  • ORIGINAL TITLE
    When the Mill Hill Trees Spoke to Me
  • DIRECTOR
    Kirsikka Paakkinen
  • PRODUCER
    Kirsikka Paakkinen
  • WRITERS
    Kirsikka Paakkinen
  • PHOTO
    Mauri Lähdesmäki
  • PLAYTIME
    17 min
  • YEAR
    2021
  • COUNTRY
    Finland, Sweden
  • PRODUCTION
    HDK-Valand
  • DISTRIBUTOR
    HDK-Valand