Norwegian Journal of Photography-seminar under DOK18

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Call for applications from libraries 2018-19: Ready, steady, debate!

Fritt Ord invites applications for grants of NOK 60 000 each for communications activities and discussions based on contemporary factual prose and fiction. For example, funding can be used for debates, seminars, talks with writers or discussion fora.

In recent years, libraries have taken on a whole new role as an arena for public discussions and debates by offering venues for events. Which new topics of debate can the libraries bring into the public space? Which relevant publications and authorships have the potential to capture the interest of a wide audience? Which topics of debate are of concern to young people today? Are there new forms of arrangements that inspire audiences to engage in dialogue and conflicts of opinion?

Simon Malkenes to be awarded the Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute

Oslo, 14 May 2018

The Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute is to be awarded to Simon Malkenes for his critical focus on the lack of freedom of expression culture in the Oslo school system.

"Through active participation in the public space in recent years, he stands out as one of the clearest, most incisive voices in debates about development trends in the Norwegian school system. On several occasions, Malkenes has drawn attention to the conditions for criticism and debate in the school system", remarks Grete Brochmann, chair of the Fritt Ord Board.


Norwegian Journal of Photography-seminar under DOK18

Viktig info til søkere på kritikerstipender og journalistikkstøtte fra Fritt Ord

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The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for 10 annual grants of NOK 200 000 each for critics who write for daily or weekly newspapers, or who write reviews for TV/radio.

The grants can be awarded to critics who work in any field related to 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 professionalisation of a number of Norwegian critics each year. The Fritt Ord Foundation would like to give more critics better opportunities to pursue their profession and to spend more time cultivating it.

Fritt Ords Pris 2018 tildelt journalistene i Tysfjord-saken

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Støtte til sakprosa

A list has been published of Fritt Ord's grants for less than NOK 100 000 awarded in May 2018.

Among the 75 or so allocations, we find 17 grants for manuscript development and the publication of non-fiction books. For example, two writers have received manuscript grants for books about intoxicants and dependence. Andreas Wahl Blomkvist received NOK 60 000 for the book project "Illegal medicine", while Eivind Riise Hauge received NOK 75 000 for work on the book "The History of Dependence".

Støtte til produksjon av dokumentarfilmer

The list of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 that were awarded in April 2018 has now been published.

Eight of the grants involve the production of new documentary films. For example, Motlys AS and Director Kristoffer Carlin received NOK 200 000 for the documentary "The Mystery of Emilie", which follows a 20-yeaar-old with Down's syndrome through a year at a college of further education. Integral Film received NOK 300 000 for the production of the film "Tension in Europe", directed by Nefise Özkal Lorentzen and Jørgen Lorentzen.

A grant of NOK 200 000 was awarded to Puffin Filem and Director Linn Helene Løken's documentary film "Summer Children" about German children who were sent on holidays in Western Europe by themselves in the post-WWII era. The director's mother Gabrielle was among these children and was subsequently adopted by her Norwegian host family.

Støtte til festivaler og seminarer

The list has now been published of the Fritt Ord Foundation's grants for more than NOK 100 000 awarded in March 2018.

Nearly half of the 72 grants in this round went to seminars and festivals all across the country. For example, NOK 30 000 were allocated to the Spring Frolic Festival in Lillehammer, to be held from 11 - 14 April 2018. The festival will open with a panel discussion about anxiety on Wednesday, 11 April at 1 p.m. in the Lillehammer House of Literature.

Tromsø International Film Festival/World Theatre Cinemateket received support for "Shanghai-Tromsø Express - Chinese Film Week", being organised in collaboration with the Beyond Frozen Point Film Festival from 13 to 17 April 2018. They also received a grant for the series "History on Film - Falsification and Enlightenment", which will run throughout the year.

Setter klimautfordringene på agendaen

The Norwegian-Kenyan documentary film Thank you for the Rain was recently awarded the prize for best international film at the Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, received the World Wildlife Fund's prize for best film in the Habitat category at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, in addition to winning two Social Impact Media Awards: the Ethos Jury Prize and the Prize for Best Cinematography. The film was directed by Julia Dahr and produced by Hugh Hartford. The work to spread the film's message has been documented in a comprehensive "impact and outreach" report that can downloaded here.

Thank you for the Rain tells the story of Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya, who began seven years ago to film his family and show how climate change was affecting their lives. When Kisilu's house was destroyed by a violent storm, he started a local movement of farmers. Their struggle brought him all the way to the major political drama that took place during the UN's climate negotiations in Paris.



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​For quite some time, the Fritt Ord Foundation has had media and journalism as one of its core target areas. In the demanding situation currently being experienced by the media and thereby by the public sphere as a whole, we aspire to do even more to support and promote high-quality journalism in several fields.

The programme 'Quality Journalism in a New Era' ran from 2015 to 2017, awarding 10 million NOK annually.

The programme 'Norwegian Journalism' will run from 2017 to 2020, and award 25 million NOK annually.


The Fritt Ord Foundation announces a call for applications for 10 annual grants of NOK 200 000 each for critics who write for daily or weekly newspapers, or who supply reviews to TV/radio. The grant scheme will provide aggregate funding of MNOK 6 over a three-year period.

Norwegian Journal of Photography

The Norwegian Journal of Photography was established in 2011 to serve as an arena where independent photographers who work in the interface between traditional press photography on the one hand and art photography on the other will be able to present the full scope of their projects. NJP brings together and supports selected Norwegian photographic documentary projects, and the first edition of the book was launched in February 2013.

Fritt Ord-konkurransen

The Fritt Ord Foundation Competition for upper secondary school is an annual competition that invites pupils to submit entries about freedom of expression and democracy. A special topic is highlighted each year, and participants' entries can be submitted either in the form of a text or a media production. The Fritt Ord Foundation organises seminars for teachers and offers school visits and supervision for participants.