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On & For

Oslo (NO) 2021

A collaboration between On & For Production and Distribution and Kunstnernes Hus Kino (Oslo)

Across videos released weekly on Kunstnernes Hus’ website, a series of invited Norwegian organisations and networks involved in creative audiovisual distribution share knowledge to illuminate the variety, particularities, audiences, contexts and needs they are immersed in and respond to.

The video series culminate in an online roundtable, Distributed Futures: Alternative Circuits for alternative films?, bringing together new Norwegian initiatives in a conversation chaired by Mike Sperlinger (Oslo National Academy of the Arts), available here.
Participanting organisations and panelists: Anne Lajla Utsi (The Sami Film Institute / Sápmifilm Arctic Moving Image Film Festival (AMIFF), Mariken Halle (Nordland Kunst- go Filmhøgskole) Nicolas Siepen, Silja Espolin Johnson (Kunstnernes Hus) and Lene Berg (Jack Film Agency), moderated by Mike Sperlinger (Oslo National Academy of the Arts).

The Arctic Moving Image Festival
Set in the spectacular Arctic scenery, next to the town of Harstad, this festival offers groundbreaking film and moving images made in the Arctic and internationally, and hosts talks, discussions and workshops. It also combines conventional film and ‘moving images’; video-art, experimental film, time-based installations and sculptures, and allows to explore the space where cinema and gallery meet. Its focus overarches film archives from past to the future and different media (TV, film, smartphones, internet…).
Their video is available here.

Jack Film Agency is a newly established agency for film distribution. Jack is developed from the environment at Nordland School of Art and Film and mirrors their occupation with the need for a rethink and rework of ways of distribution. Jack’s work is focused on spreading artist and independent film to new arenas throughout the country, expanding the conversation on and public relevance of film as well as strengthening the artist’s right of disposal of their own work and contact with both screening spaces and audiences. Initiators are Lene Berg, Knut Åsdam, Marin Håskjold, Mariken Halle, Katja Eyde Jacobsen, Magnus Mork, Guro Bruusgaard and curator Cato Fossum.
Their video is available here (Why Jack? by Cato Fossum), here (Home to the Audience by Mariken Halle) and here (Knut Åsdam and Louisa Olufsen Layne in conversation).

Nordland kunst- og filmhøgkole
Situated in the Arctic Circle in northern Norway, NKFS offers a BA in moving image. Rather than a traditional film school, NKFS is an art school educating artists specialising in moving image. This approach is characterised by a deep reflection on the language and methods used, and a critical and creative approach to film conventions. The school is also active nationally in the discourse on new methods of funding, production and distribution reflecting the growth and needs of this field of film practice. The school is intended to function as a meeting place, and to challenge the status quo through new thinking and practices.
Their video is available here.

The Sámi Film Institute / Sápmifilm
The International Sámi Film Institute is dedicated to providing Sámi people with the skills and economic opportunities in developing, producing, and distributing Sámi films in the Sámi language. In addition, the ISFI is an institute for promoting cooperation and encouraging productions with other Indigenous filmmakers and organisations internationally.
Sápmifilm is a streaming service established by ISFI in 2018 offering a unique collection of Sámi as well as other Indigenous films in various formats. The service is currently available in Norway, Sweden and Finland.
Their video is available here.

Case Studies: False Belief, Mobil Egress and What is a woman
Based on their respective film projects False Belief, Mobil Egress and What is a woman, Norwegian filmmakers Lene Berg, Knut Åsdam and Marin Håskjold reflect on the experiences they have made with distributing their own films.
Their video is available here (False Belief by Lene Berg), here (What is a woman? by Marin Håskjold) and here (Mobil Egress by Knut Åsdam).

On & For Production and Distribution is initiated by Auguste Orts (BE) in collaboration with Kaunas International Film Festival (LT), LUX/LUX Scotland (UK), and Nordland Kunst -og Filmskole (NO). With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.