Allocations for grants to applications for less than NOK 100 000 and Norwegian Journalism in September 2021

October 13 2021

The Fritt Ord Foundation’s list of allocations has been updated to include grants in response to applications for less than NOK 100 000, as well as for support for Norwegian journalism projects.

The" list of more than 76 projects":/en/grants granted support includes book projects, festivals, documentary films and several exciting podcasts.

The publisher No Comprendo Press has received support for the publication of Steffeen Kverneland’s autobiographical graphic novel “A bespectacled goat”, based on memories from childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. The book recounts episodes, memories and anecdotes from the author’s life, about moving to Oslo, trying to break into artistic circles and striving to make a name for himself as an artist with the major newspapers. The publication has been granted support of NOK 40 000.

The documentary film “Summer Children” by Linn Helene Løken is about German children who were sent to Norwegian host families for summer vacations in the 1960s as part of the European reconciliation process following World War II. The director interviews individuals who experienced being sent to Scandinavia from Germany in the post-war years, giving them a platform to tell their stories about growing up in a war-torn Europe. One of the people showcased is the director’s own mother, who has always considered this part of the story of her life to be taboo. “Summer Children” and the production company Bry Film received NOK 75 000 in funding.

Christian Kjelstrup and the Deichmann Library at Bjørvika were allocated NOK 50 000 to organise the Dostoevsky Festival, a commemoration of 200th anniversary of the birth of author Feodor Dostoevsky at the Main Library in Oslo. The festival will consist of lectures and a series of talks with contemporary Norwegian writers about different aspects of Dostoevsky’s work, focussing on his relevance to and influence on modern literature.
Benjamin Snyder has been awarded NOK 75 000 to develop the book project "German Ngoma. Works”. The project deals with the Norwegian-Zimbabwean artist and his activities on the Norwegian art scene ever since 1982, not least as the first black student at the National Academy of Fine Art (now the Oslo Academy of the Arts), and how his ethnicity has been brought into the debate on the body of his work.

The podcast “What you don’t see” by Mari Hagtvedt Vik is a series about people in Norway who suffer from chronic diseases. In addition to presenting a variety of stories, the goal of the podcast is to raise the discussions about chronic disease up to a new level, and to make the consequences of chronic disease easier to understand. The podcast project has been granted NOK 95 000 in support.

See the" full list here.":/en/grants

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