The Tromsø International Film Festival announces its award winners
by Kaleem Aftab
- Valentyn Vasyanovych’s drama Atlantis has won the Aurora Prize, while Parasite took home the Audience Award
Valentyn Vasyanovych’s drama Atlantis [+see also:
interview: Valentyn Vasyanovych
film profile], set in Ukraine in 2025, after Russian soldiers have left Ukraine, has won the Aurora Prize, the main award at the 30th Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF). The Aurora competition is made up of an exclusive selection of the best and most exciting films from the international arena, which had their Norwegian premiere at the gathering.
On the Aurora jury were freelance photographer, film director and artist Marte Vold, Juliette Durett, head of Cinema for the Centre of Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels, and Hanne Hammer Stien, vice-director of the Arctic Museum of Norway and Academy of Art.
The Tromsø Palm, awarded to the best film in Films From the North, Tromsø’s programme for movies from the Barents Region and other circumpolar areas, was won by Topp 3 by Sweden’s Sofie Edvardsson. The director of the winning film is awarded €5,000, offered by the resource centres for film in the Barents Region: Filmpool Nord, Luleå, Sweden; Film i Västerbotten, Umeå, Sweden; and Nordnorsk Filmsenter, Honningsvåg, Norway.
Choosing the winner of the Tromsø Palm were film editor Rachel Andersen, Jesper Bergom-Larsson, development and production executive at the West Norwegian Film Center, and Irina Obodova, film producer and founder of St Petersburg-based production platform Potential.
Collective [+see also:
film profile] by director Alexander Nanau (Romania/Luxembourg) won the FICC/IFFS Don Quixote Prize, award by FICC (Federation Internationale des Ciné-clubs). Founded in 1947 during the Cannes Film Festival, FICC/IFFS is an international umbrella organisation for film societies and non-profit cinemas. FICC awards the Don Quixote Prize at selected film festivals, such as Berlin, Cottbus, Karlovy Vary and Locarno.
Made in Bangladesh [+see also:
film profile] by Rubaiyat Hossain (France/Bangladesh/Denmark/Portugal) won the Norwegian Peace Film Award, given to a film spotlighting direct, structural or cultural violence, and which, in a creative way, contributes to a deeper understanding of conflicts and violence.
The Faith in Film Award was conferred upon Balloon by Pema Tseden (China). Finally, the Tromsø Audience Award was given to South Korea’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner Parasite by Bong Joon-ho.
The festival also hosts North Pitch, a forum allowing filmmakers to present their documentary projects about life above the Arctic Circle or below the Antarctic to European investors.
Here is the full list of award winners:
Topp 3 - Sofie Edvardsson (Sweden)
Faith in Film Award
Balloon - Pema Tseden (China)
Tromsø Audience Award
Parasite - Bong Joon-ho (South Korea)
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