FROM THE PROGRAMME 2008:

NEW INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS
The Norwegian Short Film Festival's international competition programme is this year taken from the film festivals at Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere and Oberhausen. This is also the first year that we have allowed an open registration of international short films through our website. More than five hundred films were transmitted to us via the net portal Reelport. One of the main goals of this year's programme was that we would select films of which the director was able to attend and represent his/her film. We have succeeded in this. We hope that the Norwegian film scene will warmly welcome their colleagues from south, north, east and west. .
The list of films can be viewd here.

NEW NORWEGIAN SHORT FILMS
The list of films can be viewed here.

NEW NORWEGIAN DOCUMENTARIES
The list of films can be viewed here.

ANDREI NEKRASOV
In co-operation with Oslo Dokumentarkino we have the pleasure of inviting you to one of the high points of the festival: a meeting with Andrei Nekrasov in conversation with Åsne Seierstad about his films Rebellion: The Litvinenko case (2007) and Disbelief (2004). This will be a unique opportunity to meet two experts on modern Russia.

FILMFORM A PRIORI 2008, Par I and II
The Film Form foundation was established in Stockholm in 1950 with the objective of screening and producing experimental cinema. Film Form developed into an archive with the intention of furthering and spreading Swedish film and video art in Sweden and abroad. The extensive archive is used for research and distribution, and the foundation also performs restoration of film and video. In the programme Film Form A Priori 2008, Part I and II, we meet, among others, filmmakers and artists like Peter Weiss, Kjartan Slettemark, Gunvor Nelson and Mårten Nilsson.
The list of films can be viwed here.

OBERHAUSEN GOES NORTH
In the course of more than five decades the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival has become one of the world's most respected film events - a place where filmmakers and artists like Martin Scorsese, István Szabó, Roman Polanski and Werner Herzog, and, in recent times, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Romuald Karmakar, Pipilotti Rist, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and François Ozon have presented their films.

The two programmes that Hilke Döring presents in Grimstad reflect the various tendencies at the Oberhausen festival. While the first one, Oberhausen Classics, will focus on films by well-known directors who launched their career at Oberhausen, Oberhausen Goes North will show works that reflect the festival profile of recent years.
The list of films can be viwed here.

RETROSPECTIVE ANIMATION MUSIC VIDEOS
Right from the start music has been a close companion to and an integrated part of the art of animation. The first music videos came at the same time as the Beatles' Yellow Submarine. Oddly enough, animation did not become important to music videos until the mid-1980s. Music video as a genre was defined in the UK in the late 1970s. The real pioneers of animation music videos were Annabelle Jankel and Rocky Morton. Their film, Accidents Will Happen (1979), for Elvis Costello is often cited as the first animation music video. The breakthrough for animated videos came in the mid-1980s, as a consequence of history-making videos for Dire Straits, a-ha and Peter Gabriel.

Gunnar Strøm has put together an exceptional programme for the Norwegian Short Film Festival.

A-Z OF STORYTELLING with Nik Powell
In the lecture A-Z of Storytelling Nik Powell will give us a broad introduction to the art of telling a good story on film. Seen from the point of view of a producer and with humour and an eye for good ideas, Powell is using the alphabet as a tool and lets every letter represent a link in the chain of the difficult process of bringing a story from paper to screen. Nik Powell is a key figure of the European film industry.

THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF Z, THE FILM PERIODICAL
In connection with Z's 25th anniversary a retrospective programme has been put together that reflects the Norwegian competition programme in Grimstad, as reviewed in the magazine's annual short film issue through 24 years. This programme will be presented in Grimstad and consists of films from most of the years during which the magazine has reviewed shorts. Many have been made by directors that later went on to a career in films and have made their mark on Norwegian film culture. Experimental video art has existed side by side with documentaries, animation films and medium length films. But have Norwegian shorts really developed noticeably during this well over twenty years? Technology has developed, the number of films has increased, but what about the films themselves? Watch films, read through 24 short film issues of Z and judge for yourself.
The list of films can be viwed here.

THE FILM INDUSTRY DISCUSSES TALENT DEVELOPMENT
The Norwegian Film Workers Association and the Norwegian Film and TV Producers' Association invite you to a debate about quality as regards the development of talent: many of our most prominent filmmakers broke through at the Norwegian Short Film Festival. How were these people absorbed by the industry and "the system"? What happened later? What circumstances are required to develop talent over time?

The panel consists of: Bent Hamer (with reservations) (screenwriter, director and producer), Pål Sletaune (director), Eskil Vogt (director and screenwriter), Hanne Myren (producer and director), Henning Camre (former director of the Danish Film Institute, board member of the Norwegian Film Institute), Kikki Engelbrektson (Project Manager at UPA, director)

The discussion is moderated by Elisabeth O. Sjaastad (director, Vice President of the Norwegian Film Workers Association).