Prize winners from Northern Character. Best short report, Natalja Solovyeva (left) from TV21 Russia, winner of Grand Prix prize, Maija Kaipanen from YLE Finland, Best TV-program and best documentary Per Kristian Olsen from NRK, Norway and best Animated film Jacob Petersson from Arevarnfilm Sweden. Photo: Aleksei Plesjkov
Finnish director Maija Kaipainen from YLE won the Grand Prix prize under Northern Character film festival 2012, while Norwegian director Per Kristian Olsen won the documentary prize.
The Northern Character TV and Film festival has established itself as the most important arena for documentary and film productions in the Barents Region. In total there were 100 contributions to the festival program, with participants from all four Barents Countries. The festival is organized by TV21 in Murmansk, with several contributing partners from the Barents countries.
The main prize which is named the Grand Prix was this year awarded the Finnish documentary “Fathers War – Pyotr Mikheyev” which is made by Maija Kaipanen and YLE.
The singel category with most contributions was as always the one for documentaries with 39 contributions. The winner of this category was Per Kristian Olsen from Norwegian Broadcasting and the documentary “The Turning point”. It focuses on the Sami people and their struggle for their rights during the protest against the construction of the Alta dam in the early 1980ties.
Winners The Festival Grand Prix Finnish Broadcasting Company, Helsinki, Finland «Fathers War - Pyotr Mikheyev» Director, Scriptwriter - Maija Kaipainen Camera - Atte Kaartinen Sound - Pekka Pylkkö Host - Jukka Pitkänen
In the category “Documentary” Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) «The Turning Point» Scriptwriter - Per Kristian Olsen Director - Per Kristian Olsen and Kåre Johannes Inderberg Cameraman - Einar Andreassen Sound producer - Arne Schei
In the category “Television Program” Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Norway «Balto» Script - Per Kristian Olsen Directors - Per Kristian Olsen, Esben Holm Cameraman - Harald Albrigtsen Sound - Nils Petter Christensen Narrator - Nils Nordberg
In the category «Program about Culture» State TV Company Kray Ryazanskiy, Russia, Ryazan «Alaska: Notes from Another World» Scriptwriter - Natalia Gintare (Makagonova) Cameraman - Mikhail Malakhov Director - Olga Pogudina Sound producers - Danil Khudov, Gennadiy Filin
In the category “Youth Program” NRK Sapmi, Karasjok, Norway «Reindeer Princess» Scriptwriter - Mai-Lis Eira Directors - Jan Tore Trysnes, Mai-Lis Eira, Norleif Krokmo Cameraman - Jan Tore Trysnes, Jan Kenneth Bråten Sound producer - Jan Tore Trysnes
In the category “Short Report” Broadcasting company «TV-21» («North-West Broadcasting» LLC), Russia, Murmansk «Kolskaya»: Life After Life» Idea and reporter – Natalya Solovyeva Cameramen – Konstantin Kabanets, Alexander Sanitskiy Editor – Veronika Fomicheva
In the category “Short Fiction Film” Juriy Grubnik, Murmansk, Russia, On the Shore of the Universe Scriptwriter, director - Juriy Grubnik Sound producer, сomposer – Dmitriy Borodastov
Diploma for Best Cinematography OU Vesilind, Tallin, Estonia «Delta» Scriptwriter, Director - Vasili Sarana Cameramen - Vasili Sarana, Arvo Vilu Sound producer - Seppo Vanhatalo Narrator - Scot Diel
Diploma for Best Director Knutte Wester Produktion/ Pomorfilm, Sweden «Gzim rewind», 58 min Scriptwriter, Director Cameraman, Sound producer - Knutte Wester
Diploma for Best Animated Film Arevarnfilm, Sweden «The girl and the Siren» Scriptwriter, director, cameramen - Jacob Petersson, Cristoffer Ålund Sound producer - Patrik Öberg Narrator - Carl Englen
Special Diploma for the idea and the courage to challenge a taboo by showing real mature love in a drama Cinemacho, Sweden «Forever young» Scriptwriter - Aino Trosell Director - Annika Appelin Cameramenаn - Charlotte Bruus Christensen Sound producer - Stefan Mork
Special Diploma for Creativity Nordland College of Art and Film, Norway «Half of this, half of that» Scriptwriter, Director Cameraman, Sound producer -Marja Bål Nango
The Barents Region has some of the last largest areas of intact natural woodlands in Europe. Scientists, bureaucrats and environmentalists from all four Barents countries cooperate on preserving the forest, but an international initiative is needed.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.