Kortfilmfestivalen / The Norwegian Short Film Festival is a short film festival with a competition programme for Norwegian and international short film, short documentaries and Norwegian music videos.
We are a leading platform for both emerging and established filmmakers, perhaps the most important showcase for free and independent films in Norway. The competition programme for international short films attracts industry people from all over the world to Grimstad, and the festival facilitates panels, discussions, and networking opportunities connecting Norwegian and international film professionals. .

International Short films are eligible for the two following awards:

- THE GOLDEN CHAIR for Best International Short Film is awarded 50 000 NOK.
- THE GOLDEN CHAIR for Best Documentary Short Film is awarded 50 000 NOK.


Norwegian Short Films are eligible for the following awards:

- THE GOLDEN CHAIR for Best Norwegian Short Film is awarded 50 000 NOK presented by Aust-Agder Municipality, as well as post production on a film worth 50.000 kroner given by Shortcut Oslo. The winner is qualified to be considered for an Academy Award.

- THE GOLDEN CHAIR for Best Documentary Short Film is awarded 50 000 NOK.

- THE GOLDEN CHAIR for Best Music Video is awarded 25 000 NOK presented by HQartist, a collaboration tool for the live music industry.

- THE TERJE VIGEN AWARD consists of a bronze statuette made by artist Harald Oredam and 10 000 NOK, and is presented by the Municipality of Grimstad to a Norwegian short film.

- THE SPARK AWARD-winning film is awarded 25 000 NOK presented by Altibox, in addition to marketing and distribution of the award-winning film on Altibox’ streaming service. 
The award is given to a Norwegian filmmaker in competition who exhibits a particular boldness and creative talent.

- THE NORWEGIAN FILM WORKERS ASSOCIATION'S TECHNICAL AWARD of 10 000 NOK is given to the individual demonstrating the best professional contribution to a Norwegian film in competition.

- THE HOURGLASS AWARD comprises of 15 000 NOK and is presented by the Writer’s Guild of Norway to the creators of the best short fiction script in the Norwegian short film competition.

- THE NORWEGIAN FILM CRITICS' AWARD is given to a Norwegian short film in competition.

- THE AGDER COUNTY'S YOUTH AWARD is presented by a student jury from the Dahlske Upper Secondary School in Grimstad, and the award of 5.000 NOK goes to a film in the International Short Film Programme.

- Deadline for International films: 15th February, 2021.
- Deadline for Norwegian films: 15th March, 2021.

For International submissions: Only completed films are eligible for consideration, works in progress or unfinished films will not be considered.

Short Fiction Films must be 35 min or less.
Short Documentary Films must be 40 min or less.

If you have a hybrid film and are unsure where it would fit in, please contact us at submission@kortfilmfestivalen.no.


A pre-selection committee for each category, appointed by the festival, will evaluate the films and make the final selection. We are not able to give feedback on films or reasons for the committee’s decisions.

Before you submit, please make sure you have all the information, credits and technical specifications on your film's page. If selected, this is the information and images we will use online and in the program.

If selected for competition we require a projection copy or file for the cinema in Grimstad, Norway. This must be delivered or transferred by April 21st. Standard format is DCP, but we accept other formats to convert. Selection notifications will be sent all filmmakers in the beginning of April 2021.
For content included on our digital platform, we will require a high res h264 file.

Submission fee for International Films is NOK 150
Submission fee for Norwegian Films is NOK 250.

Overall Rating
  • Anders Petterøe

    Because of covid-19, the festival was mostly digital, but the people behind it have really made the best out of the situation! :) I can't wait for next year's live event.

    July 2021
  • Filmes do Gajo

    It was with great pleasure that we were part of your festival and watched many films at your online edition. The program showcased many various styles of documentary film, as it presented a wide overview of short film productions. Moreover the online platform was easy to access and all necessary information was shared in a convenient matter. Thank you!

    February 2021
  • Marina Dodis

    I had a great experience being part of this film festival as well as watching many excellent and innovative films. Thank you to all the staff for everything.

    July 2020
  • Elizaveta Stishova

    Well it was one of the best program! We are happy to be the part of this festival

    June 2020
  • Arapuá Filmes

    Our short film "Stunned, I Remain Alert" was part of the competition at the 2020 edition, the Covid year. It was all online, but it was still amazing, with a wonderful selection of films, great communication and a perfect platform for films. Really worth it.

    June 2020