NUFF 2016 had 301 film entries. At the end there was a film program with 45 films in 2 competition programs, a special program with 1 professional film (Ambulance), 1 extra short film program on the topic of refugees in Europe, 1 opening film, 1 closing film, and the screening of 6 workshop films. Altogether, there was shown 52 films in 11 programs with 445 spectators during this year's festival. Screening location was the Verdensteatret Kino in Tromsø.

Nordic Youth Film Competition

The Nordic competition was announced in January during Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) and aimed at young filmmakers under 26 from all the Nordic countries, which made a film during the last 2 years. The film should not last longer than 20 minutes. The announcement was promoted through NUFF's e-mail lists, Facebook, Twitter, websites, Tvibit, Film Port, various online film festival sites and the media.

124 films were submitted. All were seen by the selection jury which consisted of Marte B. Aasen and Hermann Greuel.
26 films were nominated for the screenings. 2 of them were already nominated as the NUFF-award winners at Novemberfestivalen in Trollhättan, Sweden. The 24 other films came from Norway, Finland, Faroe Islands, Denmark and Sweden.

The films were divided into three age groups: <18 (4 films), 19-21 (5 films) and 22-26 (17 films).

The jury for the Nordic Youth Film Competition was Arne Sommer (Germany) leader of the film workshop Kiel and head of the Filmförderung Schleswig-Holstein, Sarah Schipschack Norway / Germany), artist and experimental filmskaper and Dane Dodds (South Africa), an artist, designer and filmmaker. The jury got the films before the festival, and took the decision at a jury meeting under NUFF.

The main award - The Best Nordic youth - was worth with 10 000,- donated by Foreningen Norden. Other prizes were given for the best film in its age group.

Best nordic film in age group under 18


White Lies

by Tiril Celine Leggett, Norway 

Jury substantiation: “This short one-take film shines a light on a commonly practiced social paradigm, lying. The coping mechanism we so easily resort to. We applaud this film as it was able to achieve such a climax so quickly and not feel rushed. That is the truth.”


Best nordic film in age group 19 - 21


Driving To Thule

by Tommy Flavin & Hanna Sunni, Faroe Islands, Irland, Norway

Jury substantiation: “Driving is not always about where you are going. This slow paced film captures a unique, yet somehow relatable thought pattern and allows space for the mind to wonder and adapt the film to mean something to each one watching it.”


Best nordic film in age group 22 - 26


The One Who Remember More 

by Lauri Autere & Minna Valjanen, Finland

Jury substantiation: “’The one who remember more’ shows both the extreme beauty and brutality of the human existence. We see a wild and beautiful landscape with an brutal change for the land and the people. The narrator is an excellent storyteller who shares his history of the changing land for an industrial progress. The film is highly memorable and addresses important issues of life in our century.”


Best nordic film 2016 (main prize)


Bestevenner / Best Friends

by Alexander Armas Kereklidis Turpin, Norway

Jury substantiation: “One girl, one boy, one question: friends or lovers? ”Bestevenner” goes a long way with this simple set-up. Love to detail, superb acting, clever writing, breath taking photography and a bucket full ideas build this into something great and complex out of that simple proposal. Watch it – on the big screen!”


 Best Nordic film <special mention>


 Det kommer båter / There Will Be Boats

by Emilie K Beck, Norway

Jury substantiation: “Beautiful young people in a Mediterranean paradise. Cleaning up the hellish remains of war and world politics. ”Det kommer båter” leaves the comfort zone and goes to where Europe is hurting, where people are dying. It is hard to forget some of these scenes, and that is that how it should be. We need this!" 


International Youth Film Competition

The international competition was announced in January at TIFF and aimed at young filmmakers from all countries except the Nordic countries, which were under 26 years old and made their film during the last 2 years. The film should have a maximum length of 20 minutes. The announcement was promoted through NUFF's e-mail lists, Facebook, Twitter and the NUFF website, Tvibit and, Youth Cinema Network and various International Film Festival portals, etc.

177 films were submitted from 45 different countries from all continents. Marte B Aasen and Hermann Greuel so all films and nominated 19 films.

The final nominated films came from 16 countries: Germany, Egypt, Belarus, Syria, Mexico, India, Palestine, Latvia, Switzerland, Iran, Iraq, USA, Portugal, UK, Indonesia and Israel.

The films were shown together with the Nordic films in seven sections on Verdensteatret Cinema.

This year's international jury were: Ismet Bachtiar (Norway) filmmaker and game developer, Dan Thomas (Wales) film distributer and Isra Odeh (Palestine) filmmaker.

The jury got the films before the festival, and took the decision at a jury meeting under NUFF. They selected one award for the best international youth film 2016 and one special mention.

Best international film NUFF 2016


Alpajeevi / Short - Lived

by Naomi Shah, India

Jury substantiation: “Short-Lived has all the hallmarks of a great documentary film - uncovering a hidden story that would have otherwise been lost and combining its narrative with beautiful imagery and well-paced observations. Moreover, there is sense of deep empathy between the filmmaker and the subjects of the film, resulting in a story that is insightful and fascinating for audiences to watch. The filmmaker also embodies the spirit of what it is to be a young filmmaker - indomitable in overcoming the odds in pursuit of a good story and building an expectation for more good things to come from her craft.”


Best international film at NUFF 2016 <special mention>

In the Parking Lot

by Juliana Orea, Mexico


The audience award

After many years abstinence NUFF had this year left a public price.  

The winner of the audience award was

In the Parking Lot

 by Juliana Orea, Mexico