In occasion of opening of the first permanent Film Workshop Nuuk, Tvibit and NUFF were present and met young talented filmmakers, the film industry representatives of the cultural institutions of the city of NUUK and of the municipality of Sermersooq.
From December 1st NUFF is opening the entry forms for the Nordic- and the International competition at NUFF 2019, as well as the submission form for workshop participation.
Film workshop with young filmmakers from Sweden, Greenland, Denmark, Norway & Palestine September 3rd - 17th in Ramallah, Palestine.
Out of nearly 700 submissions we selected 44 films for the international and the Nordic film competition.
New workshop mentor for NUFF 2018…
This years NUFF film selection has been as difficult as never before. We had to choose a limited program of 41 films for both competitions out of over 650 submissions.
The German casting director Kartin Vonderwühlbecke is known through her casting „real people“, demonstrated in one of her latest and most outstanding casting director works „Western“ by Valeska Grisebach, which premiered in Cannes Film Festival last year and won several international awards.
Interested in taking on the totality of the NUFF experience? And by that, we mean literally!
A special NUFF workshop group of 3 filmmakers living locally in Tromsø will be tasked with shooting a project entirely using the latest 360 camera technology and techniques. Come join us in fulfilling the future of film!
We're happy to welcome Torfinn Iversen for the first time to NUFF as mentor. Torfinn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Culture (film and television) from Lillehammer University College, including a semester at Hawaii Pacific University, and graduated from Nordland College of Art and Film in 2009. He participated at Berlinale Talent Campus in 2009, and his short film Levi’s Horse was selected to the Generation Programme of Berlinale 2012. His debut feature film Oskars Amerika was selected to Berlinale Generation in 2017.
This year we'll have a various range of interesting professionals from the film and music world as mentors at NUFF. There will be 4 mentors for the film workshops. The first two have now signed up.
9 NUFF films are going to Switzerland
“SEEk” is an insightful look into the world of new media platforms and its on-going search for narratives that are exploring its true potential. It consists of public screenings, seminars, masterclasses and workshop experiences in VR and AR - tailored for filmmakers, creatives and the culturally curious attending TIFF 2018.
NUFF is very happy to nominate young Swedish short-films for the Nordic Youth Film Competition year after year. This is now the 15th time and we hope to continue 15 more years.
This years nominations go to:
For the second time, the NUFF/TVIBIT in collaboration with the Nordic Film Days Lübeck are the organisers of the Young Nordic Filmmakers workshop in Lübeck, Germany.
Er du god til å skrive? Er du 18-25 år gammel? Drømmer du om å skrive et filmmanus? Northern Script gir deg muligheten tilå lære og konkurrere med andre som deg. Konkurransen er åpen for ikke-profesjonelle unge manusforfattere som bor i de Nordiske landene Finland, Sverige eller Norge. Finalistene blir valgt ut til å jobbe med profesjonelle veiledere. De 3 beste manusene vil blir premiert.
NUFF 2017 has 6 awards: the best international film, the best nordic film in age group <18, the best nordic film in age group 19-21, the best nordic film in age group 22-26, the best nordic film and the audience award. Every award is handmade glass statue manufactured by Glasshytta Blåst in Tromsø.
International Jury NUFF 2017
The award goes to a film that has a subject with a long history in fiction and fantasy. Whereas the film's writing and use of literary affectations presented through dialogue is reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe, the careful compositions and detailed scenography - and even it's interesting use of focus and close ups - reminds us of the early work of Jeunet & Caro. The frame of the film is clean with harmonious colors, which makes it really enjoyable to watch. Together with a camera language that is clearly and accurately stated, the story is reasonably plotted, the logic is clear, and the speed is well controlled. This film is short, but with many layers, including suspense, thrill, moral principals, humanity and thoughts.
The films use of symbolism and well thought through placement of objects in the scenes, immediately makes the audience think about cannibalism, a feeling that quickly grows stronger as the film progresses, enhanced by the camerawork and imagery. The feeling that the main character is trapped makes us impatient for the film to show us what comes next, to just bring us the inevitable resolution, but the film dares to hold on a while longer, before flipping the story around on us; the hunter is revealed to be the hunted one. The sum of all this makes for a film that easily can be watched more than once.
For great writing, great art direction and excellent cinematography, the jury is happy to give the award to
Jack Ethan Perry
for the film
A Girl Goes For Dinner (UK).
NORDIC JURY NUFF 2017
Best film in category 18 and younger:
This film tells a story accessible to anyone who questions whether growing up means we need to stop playing. The jury was impressed by the cinematic combination of genres and production techniques there were used to create a film that was a pleasure to watch .
Kid Inside (Legebarn)
by Lasse Hvidt Freiesleben Laursen (DK)
Special mention in category 19-21 :
This mention goes to a short, precise documentary essay, about a personal, intimate issue, dealing with gender and body. A film that won in Gothenburg and then was invited here to NUFF.
I Think about it in the Shower (I duschen tanker jag på det som mest)
by Robin Nicolina Gustafsson (SE)
Best film in category 19-21 :
This film explores the longing, abandonment, and distress of the millions of children fleeing from war, some of whom are separated from their mothers and fathers by war. Connected only by a fragile online connection, the main character gives us insight into the intense contradictions and emotional turmoil facing a boy who must live with uncertainty and existential angst.
The jury was touched by the chance to empathies with kids whose stories remain largely untold. Shot confidently in long takes, the film featured good direction and convincing performances by the young lead actors.
The Conversation (Samtalen)
by Agnete Gradek (NO)
Special mention in category 22-26 :
This goes to a conceptual film, mixing music and images together in a daring and effective way, questioning political and commercial power. A film that also was the opening film of NUFF.
Skitzosatan – Lonely Wizard (Skizosatan – Ensom Trollmann)
by Andrea Conradsen (NO)
A timely film about the relationship between a young girl, her older sister, and her sister’s girlfiend.
Exceptionally convincing performances with carefully observed relationships between the characters, the film gives us a nuanced reflection of sexual orientation and growing up in increasingly diverse families. This is a Swedish/Norwegian production shot at Kvaløya just outside Tromsø.
My Gay Sister (Min homosyster)
by Lia Hietala ( SE/NO)
Best Nordic film
Awarded with 10000,- NOK by the Foreningen Norden, the Nordic Association that strongly supports Nordic collaboration, and work for a strong integration in the Nordic countries, based on the efforts of a lot of members around the countries. In Northern Norway, and here in Tromsø the understanding of common nordic issues is present, and we support NUFF with all our heart, and a Prize for the winner of the Nordic section.
The winning film is a mix of genres, and somehow it must have developed during the making of the film, just as the film develops for us as an audience. It has taken patience and conceptual focus, its personal, emotional, and manage to engage. It uses both animation and is a documentary.
Mum´s Hair (Mammas Hår)
by Maja Arnekleiv
NUFF 2017 audience award goes to
ASK NO QUESTIONS
by Hanna Suni & Iver Jensen from Norway
Scriptwriting competition for young writers (18-25) from Finland, Sweden and Norway.
The future of filmmaking is coming to NUFF! We interviewed Cristian Dominguez, the VR guru from spain, who is also a workshop leader for the group VR/360.
About the workshop:
They are going to learn how to shoot 360 videos. Myself as a mentor will not be involved in the creative development of the video, so I am just going to be giving them tips on how to technically make it happen. I will teach them how to script on VR, some shooting techniques for different results and how to use VR to help them create this empathy or whatever they want to create.
Tell us a bit about your working history.
I mainly shoot commercials. It is not the best job in the world, but it is the one that is giving us money for development on our techniques and developing our own cameras.
About commercials, what the clients want is always to have the product very close to the camera, make it bright, make it pop up. They are not letting us do the whole storytelling-development, they are not letting us do the actual scripting on what is going on. For example, I shot this electronic music festival in Brazil called Tomorrowland, where there were many great story-telling potentials. People met from all over the world - it was a very international festival. There was a lot of possibilities, a lot of potential to develop a good storytelling video on that. But they only wanted someone dancing there, fist bumps with the DJ’s, selfies, beer and so on… I will say that on my side, on my career, on our company, we did not have the chance to explore the different storytelling options.
That is why I am now going to festivals, meeting creative people and giving them the tools so they can start doing it because the professional companies have to focus on making a little bit more money to be able to develop the techniques for years.
Still, we have done some jobs that included some storytelling. For example, the Fukushima documentary story in Japan, it is called Contaminated lives, it has a voice over, someone that gets you thru the video and it has some interviews with people that were affected by the nuclear disaster and the tsunami. It has an emotional drive in its story. And even though it was a commercial for Green Peace, it is still something that allows the storyteller to develop an idea from the start and to use something with conclusions and a real cinematic experience.
How did you discover the world of VR/360?
I was working with this company BBVA in Spain, and they had an innovative lab that I was the director of. So they just wanted to be the number one company of new technologies. We were playing with 3D-printing, interfacial intelligence and loads of other stuff. Then, 4 years ago I saw these camera rigs were about to come out, they were still in prototype and I thought “I can totally do this, myself!”, because I had all the tools for it. So I buildt the camera rigs with GoPros. The first video I shot was a commercial. It was a huge success! After doing that I buildt another camera rig, and I shot another commercial, and I earned more money on those two shootings than I was going to earn all year on working for BBVA. So I quit my job, took my cameras and flew to San Francisco and LA for three months. I stayed there developing my cameras, and expecting to find a VR company in the US. When I landed in Hollywood I was interviewed by people like Michael Bay, very high people in the directing world. Because they were really interested in this. I did some work for some movies, and I will say, that was not the moment for VR to come out. So I spent all my money and I was back to Spain, and I started shooting more VR videos for companies, I started earning more money, getting more jobs and I finally ended up finding some co-founders in Spain and we founded a company together. We have been working together for two years now. It came out as a success earlier in Spain than it did in USA, I do not know why, probably because it is a smaller country, and it was easier to sell the products. I am still expecting to go back to the states, and start a successful development of a company there. But it is more difficult now, with all the VISA things, and with Donald Trump. We can all go and make a big staff over there!
What do you think about Norway in the film and VR world?
I have been to Norway a couple times before, in Oslo, and in Tromsø. I was in Tromsø earlier this year presenting the Fukushima documentary at TIFF. I believe that Norway has a lot of possibilities for VR, because people here are not concerned about the same things as they are concerned about in the rest of the world. Like competitors, that is actually a good thing here, because there are less people here, so having more competitors to make the market grow faster and better. I think that there is a huge potential for a bigger VR market here in Norway.
Your thoughts about NUFF and TVIBIT?
First of all, I find it amazing that you guys in the city have an actual place like Tvibit for development. Also having the government involved in developing young people in the artistic world is amazing, and it is the right thing to do, and it is not happening anywhere else. I can tell you, I have been in 20 countries just this last year, it does not happen anywhere else! I also like the structure you have here in Tvibit. It is nonacademic, so everyone who is here is like an interpreter, someone who has the faith of developing their own products. Having the community help them get to that goal. This is the perfect place for their own self development. I wish I had the opportunity of having all this when I was launching my own products.
Dear VR/360 participants;
Be prepared to work very hard, to learn a lot of new things and to not get enough sleep. I can say if that you think you can bring something cool to the table, but it looks too difficult to do it, or you do not know how to do it – I’m an expert on shooting 360 videos, so there is nothing we can’t do.
Author: Aminda Sæverud