Minimalen is an annual, independent short film event, covering new productions from all over the world, as well as focus programmes and retrospectives.

Based in the attractive old town of Trondheim, Norway, Minimalen came to life in 1988. Trondheim is the main city in Trøndelag, the central part of Norway by latitude, and the country's first capital back in the good old Viking days.

Over the years Minimalen has refined its main objective into finding new ways to use the film as a medium. This often means independent productions with a free spirit attitude to filmmaking and an emphasis on images and film language more than words. The ideal filmmaker should be on a constant quest to find the right form for each story. Not that they necessarily need to tell a story, but basically, each film should have its own fingerprint, a uniqueness which goes far beyond the constant re-telling of the same storyline as in the contemporary film industry. The small gems of short fiction, documentary or animation told by experimental means. Not always artistically ground breaking or technically perfect, but with a consistency of form and contents. These are the films that Minimalen are looking for, and this is what sets us a apart from many festivals.

International Competition:
* Best Film: EUR 1000 + Trophy + Diploma
* Audience Award: EUR 500 + Diploma

Nordic Competition:
* Best Nordic Film: EUR 1000 + Trophy + Diploma
* Best Norwegian Film: NOK 5000 + Trophy + Diploma
* Best Nordic Fiction, Documentary, Art or Animation: Diplomas (one or more films chosen complementary to the category of the film chosen as 'Best Film')

International & Nordic Competition combined:
* The Raskin Spirit Festival Award: Established to celebrate the unique qualities of a compact, poetic short film that make use of the visual and auditive possibilities in an imaginative way, and do not follow the traditional feature film dramaturgy. Selected by the festival team.

Dance Film competitions - info & submission here:

* Production year: 2020 or 2021.
* Running time: Max 30 minutes.
* Types: All categories of film can participate, except commercials.
* Origin (i.e. main country of production OR Director citizenship):
a) International Competition:
For short films from all over the world, except the Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, refer to the Nordic Competition).
b) Nordic Competition:
For short films from the Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden).

Overall Rating
  • The communication with this festival is top notch! Prompt, friendly and professional. The website and the program was easy to access. I'm sorry that I couldn't attend, hope I´ll see you next year instead!

    January 2021
  • Thanks a lot for this years selection and the honoreable mention that our film got. Very good communication and correspondance.
    Unfortunately everything happened online and there was no organisation of alternative way of connecting/meeting between filmmakers. But apart from that: See you next year!

    January 2021
  • Mick Hannigan

    Very good long-running festival. Honoured to have won the audience award for "The Invisible Boy"

    January 2021
  • Great festival, friendly and knowledgable people! LONG RUNNING!

    February 2020
  • Vibeke Christensen

    Small festival, good program, good service and good networking. Their could be more audience at the screenings.

    February 2018