This year was not short Film Festival held in the long-standing host city of Grimstad, but, like many other film festivals, was organized online due to the corona pandemic. The festival went off the digital stack 10-14. June and showed a generally strong selection of Norwegian short films – which hopefully were also seen by some who would not have had the opportunity to make the trip to the southern village.
Political winning films
The short film festival also offers international short films (including documentaries) as well as various side programs, professional panels and the like, but first and foremost it is the country's most important showcase for Norwegian short films.
Several of this year's short films dealt with political issues, and not least this marked the award winners. It is not inconceivable that the juries were influenced by the many Black Lives Matter protests that took place in parallel with the festival, but film festivals should also not be completely separate from the outside world. And although some highlights were always bypassed, most winners were certainly worthy of their awards.
The chair for the best Norwegian short films went to Liremu Barana (Soul of the Sea), directed by Caj Cojoc and produced by Elisa Fernanda Pirir (More Movies), which poetically addresses both the legacy of the colonial era and the migration problems of our time.
The award for best international card documentary went to the interesting and peculiar My Own Landscapes, directed by Antoine Chapon. This French-produced film is about how Virtual Reality is used as a combat preparation for soldiers – and, paradoxically, can help them with post-traumatic stress as a result of the war experiences.
Some years ago, a striking number of short films in Grimstad were obviously inspired by the Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson, while compatriot Ruben Östlund seems to have taken over this position. . .