16th Tromso International Film Festival

Norway, January 17 - January 22 2006

The jury

Artsvi Bakhchinyan (Armenia), Joao Antunes (Portugal), Per Haddal (Norway)

Awarded films

This Norwegian International Film Festival takes place when the sun returns to the horizon, when it’s still possible to experience the Northern Lights in Tromso, the gateway to the Arctic. It was established in 1991, specializing in quality films without Norwegian distribution. It’s the world’s northernmost film event. It presents a cutting edge international program — contemporary art films, documentaries and feature-length films from all continents. The festival has gradually become the Norwegian festival with the largest audience, functioning as a showcase for non-commercial cinema. (Not to talk about some ‘accessories’ such as dog-sledging and northern lights). — A documentary won the Critics Prize: The Rich Country by Aslaug Holm. Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’s Prime Minister, meets a nine years old girl, in the northern city of Mehamn, and a man in a home for the elderly, in the factory city of Vikersund. “A reflection of Norway”, says the festival.