TIFF 2016 AWARDS
Six awards were presented in front of a packed theatre at KulturHuset Saturday night.
TIFF’s main prize, the AURORA, went to HEART OF A DOG by Laurie Anderson.
The jury said in its statement:
– This film is a masterpiece of light and music, and poses many questions while leaving you inspired to pursue freedom in your own way.
This year’s AURORA jury has been:
KAROLINE SOFIE TVEITNES TROLLVIK, Festival Director, Riddu Riđđu
LIA HIETALA, Filmmaker, Tromsø
VALENTIN MANZ, Artist, Tromsø
The FICC AWARD, also known as the DON QUIXOTE PRIZE went to José Luis Guerin’s THE ACADEMY OF MUSES. The jury described the film as:
– A perceptive, emotional and often very funny work that explores but also blurs the lines between fact and fiction, art and life, truth and hypothesis, this is a film that is thought-provoking, playful, seductive and in every way surprising.
This year’s FICC jury has been
MAJA BERGMAN, from Tromsø Film Society, Norway
MAEVE COOKE, from CINEMA, the Irish Federation of Film Societies, Dublin, Ireland.
VIMAL SHECKAR MEHTA, Citizen’s Film Forum, New Delhi, India
This year’s FIPRSCI, also known as The International Critic’s Award award went to the ANOMALISA by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.
– This film´s masterful use of animation both acutely represents the protagonist´s alienation, and forces us to view the everyday with fresh eyes.
The FIPRESCI jury at TIFF this year has been:
COVADONGA G. LAHERA, Film critic, Transit: Cine y otros desvios, Spain
PETER STUART ROBINSON, Film critic, Montages.no, Norway
DEMETRIOS MATHEOU, Film critic, Sight & Sound, England
THE NORWEGIAN PEACE FILM AWARD
The 2016 Norwegian Peace Film Award goes to the documentary film DEMOCRATS by Camilla Nielsson.
– The film shows in an encouraging way the challenging process of writing a new Zimbabwean constitution on the basis of a fundamental democratic approach. (...) With a unique trust and an impressive behind-the-scenes access, the filmmakers bring the audience side by side with representatives from the opposing parties in the constitutional writing process.
The jury has been
JONATHAN BORGE LIE, Producer of DRONE (NoPFA Winner 2015)
BARBARA STEIN, Student, Master’s Programme in Peace and Conflict.
THE TROMSØ PALM
Next up was the TROMSØ PALM AWARD which is presented to the best film in the festival’s Films from the North program. The award went to COLD SHIVERS by Marius Myrmel.
– This delicate subject matter could easily have been sensationalistic in the wrong hands, but this young director trusts the audience to pick up on the subtleties of the actors’ interactions.
BUREAUCRACY MONSTER by Thomas Balmbra: It’s a true short film that follows its idea to the very end. It’s funny, frustrating and increasingly more and more grotesque.
The jury this year has been
TRULS KRANE MEBY, North-Norwegian Filmmaker currently based in Berlin
SUVI PAAVOLA, International Coordinator for Short and Documentary.
ANITA SVINGEN, Festival Manager, The Norwegian Short Film Festival.
TROMSØ AUDIENCE AWARD
The Audience Award, which is voted on by all the movie lovers who have filled the cinemas around Tromsø this week, was presented to RAMS by Grímur Hákonarson