Cinema of Norway

Norway has had a notable cinema industry for some time.

Cinema of Norway
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No. of screens422 (2011)[1]
 • Per capita9.6 per 100,000 (2011)[1]
Main distributorsSF Norge 23.0%
The Walt Disney Company Nordisk Film 21.0%
United International Pictures 17.0%[2]
Produced feature films (2011)[3]
Fictional31 (88.6%)
Documentary4 (11.4%)
Number of admissions (2013)[4]
 • Per capita2.3 (2013)[4]
National films2,690,110 (22.8%)
Gross box office (2013)[4]
TotalNOK 1.1 billion (~€113.8 million)
National filmsNOK 222 million (~€23.1 million) (20.3%)

The first film produced domestically in Norway was a short about fishermen, Fiskerlivets farer (The Dangers of Fishing Life), dating from 1907. The first feature was released in 1911, produced by Halfman Nobel Roede.[5] In 1931 Tancred Ibsen, grandson of the playwright, presented Norway's first feature-length sound film, Den store barnedåpen ("The Great Christening"). Through the 1930s Ibsen "dominated" the nation's film industry,[6] with Leif Sinding in second place. Ibsen produced conventional melodramas more or less on the model of Hollywood films.

In the early 21st century a few Norwegian film directors have had the opportunity to go to Hollywood to direct various independent films. As of 2011, nearly 900 films had been produced in Norway, with a third of these being made in the last 15 years.[7]

Notable filmsEdit











Notable short filmsEdit



Other notable persons in the Norwegian film industryEdit


The Norwegian equivalent of the Academy Awards is the Amanda award, which is presented during the annual Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund. The prize was created in 1985. The Amanda award is presented in following categories: Best Norwegian Film, Best Directing, Best Male Actor, Best Female Actress, Best Film for Children and Youth, Best Screenplay, Best Short Film, Best Documentary (however, a documentary can also win the Best Film award), Best Foreign Film and an honorary award.

The documentary Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature at the 24th Academy Awards in 1951. It is the only feature film in Norwegian history to win an Academy Award. In 2006 the Norwegian/Canadian animated short film The Danish Poet, directed by Norwegian Torill Kove and narrated by Norwegian screen legend Liv Ullmann, won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film, and became the second Norwegian production to receive an Academy Award.

As of 2013, five films from Norway have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: Nine Lives (1957), The Pathfinder (1987), The Other Side of Sunday (1996), Elling (2001) and Kon-Tiki (2012).

Film festivalsEdit

Film commissionsEdit

Film schoolsEdit

Film schools include:

Other alternatives for more theoretical higher education in film include:

There are also several more practical private film collages:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Table 8: Cinema Infrastructure - Capacity". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Table 6: Share of Top 3 distributors (Excel)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Archived from the original on 24 December 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Table 1: Feature Film Production - Genre/Method of Shooting". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Facts & Figures". Norsk filminstitutt. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  5. ^ Donald Dewey, "Edging Out of Darkness" Norway’s Long Struggle to Establish a Thriving Film Industry" Archived 2012-05-07 at the Wayback Machine, Scandinavian Review (The American-Scandinavian Foundation), Autumn 2010, pp. 18, 30.
  6. ^ Nordic National Cinemas, edited by Gunnar Iverson, Astrid Soderbergh Widding, Tytti Soila, page 105
  7. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 177. ISBN 978-1908215017.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2009-01-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)