WINNERS 2020 & 2021

WINNERS 2020 & 2021

Discover the award-winning films of the 2nd and 3rd Oslo Short Film Festival’s 2 competition categories and learn more about all the inspiring filmmakers we featured this year.

Winners 2020

Best Short Documentary Winner

Broken Waves

When journalists and international aid leave, what remains of a humanitarian crisis? What are the traces left by the uprooting of millions of humans? What do we remember from the journey of anonymous crowds? In Broken waves, we follow the photographer Frédéric Séguin in a pilgrimage, during which he returns to the highlights of the Syrian refugee crisis, and tries to find the people he has photographed between 2015 and 2017. In the fields, once muddy and full of tents, nature is taking back its rights. On the banks of the Greek Islands, the waves have already forgotten the tragedies of yesterday. But yet, scars remain alive in those who have been uprooted.

Patrick Francke-Sirois, Thierry Sirois

Best Short Film Winner


The young Iranian woman had not been expecting this kind of examination. She only wanted to renew her driver’s license, but when the officials noticed a scar on her wrist and her tattoo, they began looking at her with suspicion. Suddenly she is trapped, forced to answer personal questions and exposed to insinuations. The camera captures the growing uneasiness with clinical precision.

Farhad Delaram

Special Mention Winner

Into the Dark

Battling subzero temperatures and forty-foot seas, a team of scientists embark on a perilous winter expedition into the darkest regions of the Arctic. Their mission: to understand how trace amounts of light may be radically altering the mysterious world of the polar night. What they discover has implications for the global climate and the future of the Arctic.

Michael O. Snyder

Special Mention Winner


It’s Dana’s bachelorette party, she’s getting married in two days. A pink swan floats across a turquoise pool, against a desert backdrop. The girls are pretty and drunk, the music loud. As the party continues, we witness a miasma of lies and concealments spread and poison the atmosphere. A chance encounter with Hamis, an African asylum seeker employed at the party, will bring the party-goers and Dana herself face to face with an uncomfortable truth

Orit Fouks Rotem

Winners 2021

Best Short Documentary Winner


An employee is paid to fake the life of his clients in a flat. What makes a life and can you create it by imitation?

Fabio Thieme

Best Short Film Winner


After an unsuccessful attempt to renew his car registration, Dejan falls in a bureaucratic trap that tests his determination to be a responsible father.

Georgi M. Unkovski

Special Mention Winner

Priest. Punk. Anarchist.

Documentary film Priest. Punk. Anarchist. opens up a new perspectives on religion and anarchism. The protagonist Nuusa is not only a young female pastor, she is also a punk and a devoted anarchist. She sings loud hard core punk. Nuusa wants to change the church. She wants that the church will return to its anarchist roots. Here is a music video by Nuusa's hc-punk band called Seurat:

Olli Laine

Special Mention Winner


David needs help. So does David. A severely depressed man reaches out for an emergency therapy session. He’s not the only one who needs help.

Zachary Woods