Bergen International Film Festival
|Bergen International Film Festival|
|Language||Norwegian & English|
The Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) is a film festival held annually in October in Bergen, Norway since 2000, and is the largest film festival in the nation in number of films. The 11th edition of the festival in 2010 featured 150 films in the program, a new record. The festival leader is Tor Fosse, and BIFF is owned by Bergen Cinema.
The festivals main venue is Bergen Cinema's Magnus Barefoot Cinema Centre, with additional screenings taking place at the local art film theatre at Georgernes Verft and at the student cinema at Kvarteret.
- 1 History
- 2 Programmes
- 3 BIFF and education
- 4 Awards at Bergen International Film Festival
- 5 The Festival by year
- 6 External links
In 2000, Bergen was a European Capital of Culture. Due to the occasion, Bergen Cinema arranged Bergen International Film Festival, with the most important films from the festival circuit of the year and many sneak previews of movies already picked up for Norwegian distribution. BIFF was one of the most successful events to take place during the celebration of the Cultural City with almost 20,000 visitors, and was arranged again the year after.
Over the years the festival has grown to be one of the biggest in Norway, with over 45,000 attending guests in 2010.
Bergen International Film Festival is organised in various sections:
- Cinema Extraordinare, a program for foreign fiction film. A special selection compete for the Cinema Extraordinare Award, which is awarded by a Norwegian jury.
- Documentary Program, with a special selection competing for the best documentary award.
- Checkpoints, a special program that BIFF host with the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights, with documentaries focusing on human rights. Since 2010, a jury has awarded a winner from a special selection.
- Musikalske takter, a program consisting of musical documentaries and concert films.
- Vestland, Vestland, a program showcasing the best of film production in the wester part of Norway.
- Norwegian Short Film Competition, a special program of short films, where filmmakers have to apply before being accepted.
BIFF and education
Bergen International Film Festival has an extensive program for high school and junior high school students in Bergen. BIFFs offers schools in the area to participate in two different programs:
BIFF for Schools
The festival offers free showing of documentaries that covers important subjects in history, democracy and human rights. BIFF also tries to bring filmmakers and even the characters the films portray to the screenings, making it possible for the students to converse with the talent afterwards. In 2010, former mayors of Bogotá, Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa held strong appeals to students of the power of local democracy after the showings of Bogota Change.
The School Film Festival
BIFF also offers a crash course film school for junior high schools, with professional filmmakers holding seminars. The festival then make camera and editing stations available for the students, and award one school each year for best student film.
Awards at Bergen International Film Festival
The main award at Bergen International Film Festival, chosen by a jury consisting of Norwegian filmmakers and critics. The prize has had its present name since 2007. 2000-2005 it was called The Jury's Award, and 2006-2007 the name changed to The Norwegian Film Institute's Import Award, with the prize being Norwegian distribution. Today the prize is 50,000 NOK.
- 2000: Luna Papa, directed by Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov Tajikistan
- 2001: Lagaan, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker India
- 2002: Dog Days, directed by Ulrich Seidl Austria
- 2003: Blind Shaft, directed by Li Yang China
- 2004: Mysterious Skin, directed by Gregg Araki United States
- 2005: Frozen Land, directed by Aku Louhimies Finland
- 2006: The Minder, directed by Rodrigo Moreno Argentina
- 2007: Silent Light, directed by Carlos Reygadas Mexico
- 2008: The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner, directed by Stefan Komandarev Bulgaria
- 2009: No One's Son, directed by Arsen Anton Ostojić Croatia
- 2010: Le Quattro Volte, directed by Michelangelo Frammatino Italy
The Audience Award
Together with Cinema Extraordinare one of the two original awards at BIFF, having existed since the birth of the festival. Until 2010 every film that was screened at the festival was eliagble, but now audiences only can vote for films in competition.
- 2000: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, directed by Ang Lee China
- 2001: Das Experiment, directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel Germany
- 2002: Bowling for Columbine, directed by Michael Moore United States
- 2003: Kill Bill Vol. 1, directed by Quentin Tarantino United States
- 2004: Oldboy, directed by Park Chan-wook South Korea
- 2005: Sirkel, directed by Aleksander Nordaas Norway
- 2006: The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears United Kingdom
- 2007: Fashion Victims, directed by Ingo Rasper Germany
- 2008: Young@Heart, directed by Stephen Walker United Kingdom
- 2009: Bring Children from Streets, directed by Espen Faugstad and Eivind Nilsen Norway
- 2010: World Peace and Other 4th Grade Achievements, directed by Chris Farina United States
Awarded since 2004, after BIFF started to shift its focus more over to documentaries. The prize is 50,000 NOK.
- 2004: The Master and His Pupil, directed by Sonia Herman Dolz Netherlands
- 2005: The Boys of Baraka, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady United States
- 2006: God Grew Tired of Us, directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn United States
- 2007: Forever, directed by Heddy Honigmann Netherlands
- 2008: War Child, directed by Christian Karim Chrobog United States
- 2009: Afghan Star, directed by Havana Marking United Kingdom
- 2010: The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu, directed by Andrei Ujică Romania
Youth Jury's Documentary Award
A prize awarded since 2004 by a jury consisting of high school students that choose from the films that is a part of the BIFF for Schools program.
- 2004: Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism, directed by Robert Greenwald United States
- 2005: Lost Children, directed by Oliver Stoltz Germany
- 2006: A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash, directed by Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack Switzerland
- 2007: Sharkwater, directed by Rob Stewart Canada
- 2008: Yodok Stories, directed by Andrzej Fidyk Norway
- 2009: The Cove, directed by Louie Psihoyos United States
- 2010: Bogota Change, directed by Andreas Møl Dalsgaard Denmark
The Checkpoints program have existed since 2007, and is a special program focusing on human rights. In 2010, for the first time, there was declared a winner of the program by a jury led by Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi. The prize money, 50,000 NOK, is awarded to the people the documentary portrays and their cause, not the filmmakers.
Best Norwegian Short Film
Awarded since 2004.
- 2003: Fear Less, directed by Therese Jacobsen
- 2004: The Bible, directed by Bjørn Amundlien
- 2005: Drømme kan du gjøre senere, directed by Thomas A. Østbye
- 2006: Drømmehuset, directed by Øystein Mamen
- 2007: Bo jo cie kochom (Fordi jeg elsker deg), directed by Gine Therese Grønner
- 2008: Ekornet, directed by Stian Einar Forgaard
- 2009: Skylappjenta, directed by Iram Haq
- 2010: Jenny, directed by Ingvild Søderlind
Awarded for the first time in 2010.
- 2010: Torgny - "The Only Game", directed by Emil Trier Norway
Young Talent Award
Awarded since 2005, with a prize of 20,000 NOK.
- 2005: Aleksander Nordaas
- 2006: Morvary Samaré and Astrid Schau-Larsen
- 2007: Tor Kristian Liseth
- 2008: Olav Øyehaug
- 2009: Espen Faugstad and Eivind Nilsen
- 2010: Kedy Hassani
The Critic's Award (discontinued)
Only awarded once, by the film journalists attending the festival in 2003.
The Festival by year
- 2003 Bergen International Film Festival
- 2009 Bergen International Film Festival
- 2010 Bergen International Film Festival