Odense International Film Festival

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Odense International Film Festival is a short film festival in Denmark that takes place every year in August. Odense International Film Festival made its debut in 1975, and is Denmark's oldest film festival. The municipality of Odense is responsible for the execution of the film festival.

History[edit]

Odense International Film Festival was in the beginning known as "The International Fairy Tale Festival", as a tribute to famous author of numerous fairy tales Hans Christian Andersen who was born in Odense. Initially, the festival focused solely on animation films but in 1983 the festival permitted all sorts of fiction films into the programme, and the name was subsequently changed to "Odense International Film Festival".[1][2][3]

The film festival started off as a bi-annual festival, but in 1997 a merger took place with The Danish Film Festival, which was also a bi-annual festival situated in Odense. The merger of the two festivals lead to both national and international films being a part of the festival programme. Additionally, Odense International Film Festival was from then on held every year instead of every second.[4]

Today, the programme consists of animation films, documentaries and short fiction films. The competition programme is divided into four categories:

  • National films
  • International films
  • Animation films
  • Children and youth films

Organisation[edit]

Odense International Film Festival is a part of Kulturmaskinen (the Culture Machine) in Odense. The festival has two directors: the administrative director who is responsible for the planning and execution of the entire festival, and the artistic director who is responsible for the film programme.

Prizes[edit]

Danish films

Best Danish Short Film: Goes to the best Danish film in the competition and can be awarded to documentary, fiction and animation.
The winner will receive a diploma and a cheque with a value of 3.500 Euros.

The Talent Award: This prize goes to the Danish film with the most powerful storyteller.
The winner will receive a diploma and a cheque with a value of 2.000 Euros.

Main Competition

HCA Award: Grand Prix goes to the best film in the competition and can be awarded to documentary, fiction and animation.
The winner will receive a statuette, a diploma and a cheque worth the amount of 13.000 Euros.

The Storyteller Award: This prize goes to the film with the most powerful storyteller.
The winner will receive a diploma and a cheque worth the amount of 2.000 Euros.

The Artist Award: This prize goes to the film with the strongest artistic expression.
The winner will receive a diploma and a cheque worth the amount of 2.000 Euros.

Animation

Børge Ring Award: This prize is given to the best animation short in the competition – both national and international.
The winner will receive a diploma and a cheque worth the amount of 2.000 Euros.

The Danish Animation Society’s Talent Award: The Danish Animation Society ANIS presents the Talent Award to the creator of an extraordinary animation short. The prize is reserved for national animators.
The winner is found amongst new as well as established talents and will receive a cheque for 1350 Euros.

Children and youth films

Children and Youth Award: The Youth Jury awards what they believe to be the best film.
The prize is a diploma and a cheque for 2.000 Euros.

Audience award

During the festival the audience will be given a chance to vote for their favourite film among all the competing films.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Odense International Film Festival". filmfestival.dk. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Odense International Film Festival". filmfestivallife.com. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Odense International Film Festival". visitdenmark.com. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "ODENSE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL". israelfilmcenter.org. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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