Juries and Awards
Oslo Grand Pix Nordic Fiction
The Nordic Fiction Competition comprises six films, of which a staggering five out of six are made by debuting directors. The winner film receives NOK 20 000, and the prize is given by the Oslo Festival Agency.
Ingvild Holthe Bygdnes
Ingvild Holthe Bygdnes is an actor, educated at the Norwegian Academy of Theatre (KHiO) in Oslo in 2011. In 2017, she played the lead role as police investigator Hedda in the TV series Monster for NRK. In 2020, she won the Amanda Award for Best Supporting Actress as Andrea in the film The Tunnel. Bygdnes currently has the role of Unna in Utmark on HBO and plays Tora in NRK's Christmas calendar Kristianias Magiske Tivoli Teater. She has worked at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen, at Riksteatret, Nordland Teater, Det Norske Teatret and Oslo Nye teater where she holds a permanent position.
Khalid Maimouni made his entry in the film industry with the innovative cinema documentary 99% Honest (2008). He worked as Camera Rental Manager and post-producer at Storyline Studios from 2012 to 2017. In 2016, he debuted as a film producer with Izer Aliu's award-winning feature film Hunting Flies, which won Amanda for Best Director, became Norway's candidate for the Nordic Council Film Prize and shortlisted for Norway's Oscar nomination in 2017. He runs his own production company The End, and is currently completing Izer Aliu's second feature film 12 Bragder.
Vigdis Lian has a long career as a film communicator and bureaucrat, and held the position as director of the Norwegian Film Institute in the years 2002-2008. Lian has served on several national and international jurys, and has been a board member in a number of film and cultural organizations. She is an active writer and participant in public debate, focusing especially on film in a gender perspective.
Oslo Grand Pix Nordic Documentary
The Nordic Documentary Competition comprises seven forceful documentaries this year. The winner film receives NOK 20 000, and the prize is given by the Oslo Festival Agency.
Nataša Urban is a documentary film director and editor working professionally since 2005. Her films, such as Journey of a Red Fridge (IDFA First Appearance Competition 2007, IDFA Top 25 Audience Favorites 2007) and Big Sister Punam (UNICEF Award for Children Rights), have been screened at over 100 international film festivals and have received 40 awards. They have aired on major TV networks worldwide, including ARTE, RAI, ZDF, and PBS, and are part of educational programs in schools around the globe, from Ghana to Mongolia.
Director and cinematographer Håvard Fossum started out working in feature journalism and stills photography before he started making films. His documentaries and hybrid films have been at festivals such as CPH:DOX, Ji.hlava IDFF, and Sheffield Doc/Fest, and broadcasted around the world. Fossum holds an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London, a BA in Journalism from Volda University College, and has studied design at Braunschweig University of Art.
Helene Aalborg has previously worked as a catalogue editor for Oslo Pix, and is a freelance film journalist and film exhibitor. Since 2016, she has been a contributor to the Norwegian film industry magazine Rushprint. She has also founded the feminist film festival Femfilm Oslo and has strong ties to the national film society movement, having served as Chair of the Board for the Federation of Film Societies. She has worked as a moderator for the Norwegian Short Film Festival and Amandus Student Film Festival, along with various other film festival roles. Aalborg holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Criticism and a Master’s Degree in Film Curating.
Oslo Grand Pix International
The International Competition comprises selected high quality films from Europe and the US. The winner film receives NOK 20 000, and the prize is given by the Oslo Festival Agency.
Mona Johanne Hoel is an award-winning Norwegian film director, screenwriter and producer. Hoel has made the feature film Are you leaving already? (2020), and is behind Norway's first and only Dogme film Cabin Fever from 2000. In 2004, the feature film Chlorox, ammonia and coffee won the main prize at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival. Hoel has also distinguished herself with short films and music videos, including Come with me to the sacred mountain/ Vuollge mu melde Bassivarrai with Mari Boine in 1997. She is currently in post-production on the feature film Night and the short film Withstand the wind.
Ruben Thorkildsen is a Norwegian film producer and founder of Ape & Bjørn. He produced the Karlovy Vary Crystal Globe winner More or Less Man, and the Prix Jeunesse winner Kampen. He is educated at the Norwegian Film School and has, among other things. participated in EAVE producers workshop and Torino filmlab story editor workshop. Ruben has produced titles such as Rafiki (Cannes 2018), Wajib (Locarno / Toronto 2017), The Sunlit Night (Sundance 2019) and the recent Norwegian cinema success Psychobitch. He has also produced the TV series Game On and Match. In 2019, Ruben received the Kanon award for producer of the year.
Paul Tunge is a Norwegian independent director, writer and cinematographer. He has made four art house feature films that have been competing and screening on major festivals on all continents. Tunge’s film Dam won the Norwegian Natt&Dag award for best film in 2015 and best fiction film at Indie Lincs International Film Festival in 2016. His work has been selected for the prestigious Norwegian National Art Exhibition. Currently, he is in development with three feature films and three documentaries. His modernist architecture trilogy Mind of Modernism is premiering fall 2021.
Oslo Pix is first and foremost an audience festival, and we want to know which film you like the most. You can be a part of choosing this year’s winner of the Audience Award, by rating all the films in the program.
You can rate as many films as you like, and give your ratings whenever you like until Thursday, June 10.
By voting, you will be eligible to win 5 cinema gift certificates from Filmweb at a value of 500 NOK each!