During the festival, a number of prizes are awarded to films in the official program each year.
Awards to films in the main programme of the Norwegian International Film Festival:
The Norwegian Critics Prize
Chosen by a jury appointed by the Norwegian Film Critics’ Association.
This prize goes to the best Nordic film, from a jury appointed by the international film critic’s association FIPRESCI.
The Ray of Sunshine (statuette by Fritz Røed)
Given by DnB and a jury appointed by the Norwegian Cinema Managers Association.
The Audience Award (lithography by Ivar Rudi)
Given by the Norwegian International Film Festival, selected by an audience jury appointed by TV Haugaland.
The Norwegian International Film Festival and Liv Ullmann’s Honorary Award (Statuette by Nina Sundbye)
The Honorary Award goes to an actor or director who with an outstanding ability to move his/her audience has made a substantial contribution to the art of cinema.
Next Nordic Generation Award
Given by the Norwegian International Film Festival. It consists of NOK 10,000 and goes to the production team behind the best film from the Nordic film schools.
Eurimages Lab Project Award
The award goes to the most promising cutting edge film among the eight nominated presented as work in progress. The award encourage a film that is experimental in form or content, made on the side of traditional filmmaking framework and showing international collaboration.
Scandinavian Debut Award
The award goes to a new director and/or producer talent from Norway, Sweden or Denmark. The winner receives a development or production grant of NOK 50 000.
Best Project Award
The award goes to the best project in the Nordic Co-production Market. The winner is granted participation at the Producers Network in Cannes.
The Andreas Award 2014/2015 (lithography by Eli Hovdenak)
Ecumenical award given by Vårt Land and a jury appointed by Vårt Land, the Norwegian International Film Festival and Film & Kino. It goes to a film that was released in the period from the end of last year’s festival and up to and including this year’s festival.
The City of Haugesund’s Faun (statuette by Fritz Røed)
Given by the mayor of Haugesund to a person who has visited the festival numerous times, who has made a contribution to further the Norwegian film and cinema scene, and last but not least, the winner shall have a special fondness for Haugesund.