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TIFF presents an international cutting edge program with feature films from all around the world. These are primarily Scandinavian premieres of films that have not yet achieved distribution in Norway, and that have not previously been screened at Norwegian festivals and cinema.
The festival also have a regional program, "Films from the North", including shorts and documentaries from the Barents region or other circumpolar areas; Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Canada.
The films in the Competition Program compete for Norwegian Film Institute's prize, Aurora. The award of NOK 75 000 (ca. 10 000 Euro), goes to the Norwegian film distributor who can ensure the import of the film.
Founded in 1947 during the Cannes Film Festival, FICC is an international umbrella organisation for film societies and non-profit cinemas. The Italian director Gianni Amelio is the honorary president of the FICC. Tromsø is the only Norwegian festival with a FICC-jury.
FIPRESCI consists of national organisastions of film critics, and works to promote film culture and safeguard professional interests.The FIPRESCI jury awards "The International Critic's Award," which in some cases often is regarded as equally important as official jury prizes.
The Norwegian Peace Film Award
The Norwegian Peace Film Award is awarded a film spotlighting direct, structural or cultural violence, and which in a creative way contributes to the prevention or SNF), has established the prize because of the power in film and storytelling. We believe that films that focus on oppression and abuses of power can make a difference.
The Tromsø Palm Award
The Tromsø Palm is given to the best short or documetary in the Films from the North program.
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