Juries and Awards

The Silver Mirror

The Silver Mirror Award is awarded to the best out of ten films in the Main Competition. The Award is given by the Oslo Festival Agency, and the prize goes to the Norwegian distributor who releases the film in Norwegian Cinemas.


Brwa Vahabpour

Brwa Vahabpour is a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker from Trondheim. He is a graduate of Nordland School of Arts and Film and the Norwegian Film School, and has directed award-winning short films such as Granateple, Gjeteren and Silence. He is currently working as an episode director on the upcoming NRK series Jordbrukerne.

Kalle Løchen

Kalle Løchen is a film communicator. He has previously worked as an editor for the film magazine Film & Kino, and as a film consultant at the Norwegian Film Institute, Midtnorsk film center and Viken film center.

Gunhild Enger

Gunhild Enger is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Gothenburg Film Academy (Akademin Valand). She was nominated for a BAFTA for her graduation film Bargain and has since shown her films at festivals around the world. Her last two short films The Committee and Play Schengen both premiered at the Locarno Film Festival. In 2020, she made her debut as a feature film director together with Rune Spaans on Knutsen & Ludviksen 2 – Det Store Dyret.

New Voices

New Voices is our competition for first- and second-time film directors, and the award goes to the best out of twelve films. The prize is given by the Oslo Festival Agency directly to the director of the winning film.


Britt Sørensen

Britt Sørensen is a former culture journalist and film critic in Bergens Tidende, and now works freelance as a film critic in the same newspaper.

Håkon Tveit

Håkon Tveit is a regular film critic in Dag og Tid and a senior lecturer in Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Bergen. He runs the school program, the research program The Golden Owl and programs the human rights section Checkpoints at the Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) and is the festival director of BIFF's daughter festival Cine Latino.


The Doc:South Award goes to the best out of nine films in our documentary competition. The prize is given by the Oslo Festival Agency directly to the director of the winning film.


Even Benestad

Even Benestad is a documentary filmmaker and made his directorial debut with the film Alt om min far (2001). Since then, he has directed acclaimed films such as Natural Born Star (2007), Pushwagner (2011) and Club 7 (2012). In 2013-17, he worked as a documentary film consultant at the Norwegian Film Institute, before finding his way back to the production company Indie Film in 2017.

Birgitte Sigmundstad

Birgitte Sigmundstad is a visual artist graduated from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design. Her films have been shown at festivals and galleries in Norway and abroad. In 2007, Sigmundstad received the Einar Granum Art Prize and the State Guarantee Income in 2011.

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen is a Turkish-Norwegian writer, filmmaker and associate professor at Innland University. Over the past two decades, she has directed documentaries, short films, TV-series and a controversial documentary trilogy about Islam: Gender Me (2008), A Balloon for Allah (2011), and ManIslam (2014). Her new documentary Seyran Ates:Sex, Revolution and Islam will be released in 2021. She’s received several awards and nominations, and her films have premiered in prestigious festivals such as IDFA, Rhode Island Film Festival and Gothenburg Film Festival. Currently she is leading an international film project with six directors from Iran, Turkey, China, Bangladesh, USA and Poland.

The Audience Award

Films from the South is first and foremost an audience festival, and we want to know which film you like the most. You can be a part of choosing this year’s winner of the Audience Award, by rating all the films in our three competition programs.

Yuu can rate as many films as you like, and give your ratings whenever you like until Friday December 4. The winner film will be annonced on Saturday, December 5.

By voting, you will be eligible to win a year-log membership at the Astrup Fearnley Museum, a year long subscription of Ny Tid, and a full festival ticket for Films from the South 2021. If you live outside of Oslo, we will cover two nights at our festival hotel during the festival!

The winning film will receive a marketing package from CINEMA.

Rate your films here.

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