Scrolling and gaming: Prejudices against screen culture

January 19 2024

Tvibit and Fritt Ord invite the public to a debate and talk at Tvibit in Tromsø (address: Parkgata 27) at 4.30 p.m. on Friday, 19 January, prior to the documentary film ‘Ibelin’ about the gamer Mats Steen, which will be screened that evening at 7.15 p.m. at the Tromsø Film Festival. The event is open to all.

Welcome to a panel discussion on attitudes to screen culture, scrolling and gaming, featuring:

Ismet Bachtiar, project manager for Kreativ Teknologi, Tvibit
Ane Dybdahl, gamer, streamer and teacher of Media Technology at Breivang Upper Secondary School
Bjørn Giswold, game manager at Tvibit

The event will be moderated by Kevin Berro, a young filmmaker and actor from Tromsø.

There will be a drawing for movie tickets to ‘Ibelin’ – come and sign up for the drawing! Refreshments.

Technology, scrolling, computer games. All our lives are impacted by technology. At the same time, our relationships with technology differ significantly. Some are early adapters and happily enter new landscapes, while others are anxious about what technologies do to us. Different experiences across gender, generation, group affiliation and interests mean that screens, technology and games are understood differently.

The discussion will address positive and problematic aspects of scrolling and gaming in an attempt to reach an understanding that spans across contradictions and prejudices.

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The event will be held prior to TIFF’s screening of the documentary film Ibelin.

The film is about the gamer Mats ‘Ibelin’ Steen, who passed away at age 25. Despite living with a demanding, very restrictive illness, he developed into an impressive gamer, playing World of Warcraft. The story of his relationship with gaming was revealed to his loved ones only after his death, and it has made an impression on many people.

NRK Dagsrevyen News referred to the documentary on 9 January. NRK’s story on Steen is the most read NRK digital story ever.


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Call for nominations: Free Media Awards 2024

April 10 2024

In collaboration with the ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS of Hamburg, the Fritt Ord Foundation has allocated the Free Media Awards annually since 2004 to Eastern European journalists and media that defy every obstacle to tirelessly ensure independent press coverage. Russia’s war against Ukraine and the subsequent wave of disinformation clearly demonstrates the need for independent reporting in the region. Journalists and media in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine Ukraine and Hungary that promote freedom of the press through their investigative and independent reporting are eligible to be nominated for the Free Media Awards.

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The Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for critics: Good Criticism 2024 - 2025

March 4 2024

The grants can be awarded to freelance critics who work in any field related to literature, art or culture. The grants are intended to result in the production of concrete, ongoing reviews throughout the year; the goal is to help improve the quality and professionalism of a number of Norwegian critics each year. The Fritt Ord Foundation would like to give more freelance critics better opportunities to pursue their profession and to spend more time cultivating it.


No Other Land

February 23 2024

The Fritt Ord Foundation is collaborating with the Human International Documentary Film Festival and Antipode Films to screen ‘No Other Land’ at Vega Scene in Oslo on Monday, 4 March 2024 at 6 p.m. and 6:45 p.m., and at Cinemateket in Oslo on Tuesday, 5 March at 4 p.m. Directors Basel Adra and Yuval Abraham, who are also the film’s protagonists, will appear live on a video link from Masafar Yatta on the West Bank both days.

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Queendom - film and talk with Agniia Galdanova and Igor Myakotin

February 23 2024

The Fritt Ord Foundation and the HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival invite the public to a screening of ‘Queendom’ and a talk with director Agniia Galdanova and producer Igor Myakotin following the screening at Vega Scene 1 in Oslo on Saturday, 9 March 2024 at 5:45 p.m. The director will introduce the film.