Sámi Short Films
International Sámi Film Institute has in cooperation with Norwegian Film Institute compiled 17 Sámi shorts into one Bluray. The films have been made between 2011–2015, and among others are 7 Sámi Stories a part of the film compilation. In addition there is bonus material as well as slide shows.
Price: 250 NOK/SEK / 25 €

Bluray for sale here:

Várdobáiki – Evenes, Norway
Saemien sijte – Snåsa, Norway
Árran julevsámi giellaguovddáš – Drag, Norway
Álttá giellaguovddáš – Alta, Norway
Tunturi-Lappi luontokeskus – Enontekiö, Finland
Tunturi-Lappi luontokeskus –Kilpisjärvi, Finland
Uno-X – Övre Soppero, Sweden
Norsk folkemuseum – Oslo, Norway
Girjjálašvuođaguovddáža girjegápvi – Karasjok, Norway
Mix kiosk – Tana, Norway
Várjjat Sámi Musea – Varangerbotn, Norway
Manndalen husflidslag – Manndalen, Norway
Karesuando bensin – Karesuando, Sweden
Akademia bookshop, University of Tromsø – Tromsø, Norway
Duodji Shop, Sajos – Inari, Finland
Finnmark kontorservice – Kautokeino, Norway
Raavrevijke gïelearnie – Røyrvik, Norway
Ájtte – Jokkmokk, Sweden
Perleporten kulturhus – Honningsvåg, Norway

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7 Sámi Stories:
Compilation, 73 min, 2015

International distribution:
Vtape
e-mail: wandav@vtape.org
Phone: +1 416 351 1317
website: www.vtape.org
  • Sámi Bojá

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    Sámi Bojá
    Short film, 9 min, 2015

    Director: Elle Sofe Henriksen
    Producer: Kautokeino Film
    Actors: Ándte Gaup-Juuso, Juan Dante Murillo, Virggo

    Story:
    Mikkel is a reindeer herder who has the entire responsibility for the herd of his family. He has a tough shell like a sámi boy should have. But in his inside there is chaos.

    About the director:
    Elle Sofe Henriksen, born 1984, is from Kautokeino, Norway. Elle Sofe works with dance, choreography and film. SÁMI BOJÁ is her third short film. Her earlier films are THE YOIKING HAND (2011) and BIEGGA SAVKKALA (2006). Elle Sofe graduated with a master’s degree in choreography from Oslo National Academy of the Arts in 2010. Since she has been developing her unique style in film and dance. Themes in her work often relate to traditional Sámi culture, told in an experimental, authentic and original way.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Elle Márjá Eira
    E -mail: sahkkonsound@gmail.com
    Phone number: +47 970 45 180

    Photos: Torgrim Halvari, Kenneth Hætta, Niels Ovllá Dunfjell
  • O.M.G. (Oh Máigon Girl)

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    Hilbes Biigá
    Short film, 18 min, 2015

    Director: Marja Bål Nango
    Co-writer: Smávut Ingir Bål
    Producer: Marja Bål Nango and Marie Lagerkvist
    Actors: Elle Martine Eira, Ánne Kátjá Gaup, Ánte Siri, Ivan Aleksander Buljo

    Story:
    The midnight sun is shining; two teenage girls are bored of their small little village. They want some adventure, so they decide to hitch hike somewhere else – not without risks.

    About the director:
    Marja Bål Nango is the youngest edition of directors in Sámi Film Lab. She has studied film for four years in Lillehammer, Kabelvåg and Kautokeino. Her films have been screened at various film festivals and art exhibitions around the world. Her graduation film BEFORE SHE CAME AFTER HE LEFT won best film by young director at ImagineNative Media Arts Festival in Canada. HILBES BIIGÁ is her 10th short film she has directed since year 2011.

    About the co-writer:
    Smávut Ingir Bål has graduated Author Studies for Children and Young Adults’ Literature at The Norwegian Institute of Children’s Books. She published in 2013 “Liane’s monologue” in the book “She said” with other writers.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Marja Bål Nango
    E-mail: marjabalnango@outlook.com
    Phone: +4799492545

    Photos: CM Proffen, Johan Mathis Gaup / Stills: Virginie Surdej
  • Long Live Sápmi

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    Ellos Sápmi
    Short film, 12 min, 2015

    Director: Per Josef Idivuoma
    Co-writer: Niillas A. Somby
    Producer: Julev Film
    Actors: Mikkel Gaup, Louise Ryme

    Story:
    ELLOS SÁPMI is the story of the charismatic womanizer Klemet, whose leadership is deprived and who is betrayed by his own people. Naked hippie ladies, sex and bombs adorn this rebellious comedy, revealing the truth about what really happened when the first, Sámi Parliament was formed. ELLOS SÁPMI is one revolutionary depiction of a historical event, based on a true story of no less than Niillas A. Somby, who also is the co-writer.

    About the director:
    Per Josef Idivuoma is born and raised in the village of Idivuoma in northern Sweden, he passed film school in New York and runs his own company. Idivuoma is a versatile artist, other than movies he also plays in a band, illustrates and works for radio and TV.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Per Josef Idivuoma
    e-mail: per-josef@idistudios.se
    phone: +46 70 212 09 29

    Photos: CM Proffen, Johan Mathis Gaup
  • Burning Sun

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    Iđitsilba
    Short film, 12 min, 2015

    Director: Elle Márjá Eira
    Producer: Davás Film
    Actors: Sarakka Gaup, Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, Åsmund Brede Eike, Kristoffer Gustavsen

    Story:
    Májjen carries a very special hat. All the women in her tribe wear this hat. Its shape resembles a horn. The hat is of great value for her. But the men representing the church mean the hat has a likeness to the horn of the devil itself. So the hats must be extinguished.

    About the director:
    Elle Márjá Eira (1983) a director, producer and artist from Kautokeino, Norway. She has grown up in a reindeer herder family. She is a skilled children’s TV producer and director for NRK Sápmi (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). Last TV series is SEARAT (2014) and MELKEVEIEN (2014). She has also directed the music video GUOĐUHIT/TO HERD THE REINDEER (2013).

    Rights and viewing information:
    Ken Are Bongo, Davás film
    Phone +47 95277743
    E-mail: kenare@gmail.com

    Photos: CM Proffen, Johan Mathis Gaup
  • Edith & Aljosja

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    Edith & Aljosja
    Short film, 8 min, 2015

    Director: Ann Holmgren
    Producer: Julev Film
    Co-producer: Bautafilm
    Actors: Jonathan Johansson, Inga Elisa Påve

    Story:
    A woman and a man, a river keeps them separated. They have to break the laws of nature to come close to each other. A simple story about love that defies cultural differences.

    About the director:
    Ann Holmgren grew up in Lapland in northern Sweden with a Sámi mother and Swedish father. She worked as a photographer and published two novels before she started directing films. She graduated from the Norwegian Film School in 2008 and her graduation film was awarded best short film at Brooklyn International Film Festival and St. Petersburg film Festival. Since then she has made a feature- length documentary, HOLD ON HALLELUJAH, art films, given birth to two children and is currently looking forward to directing her first feature fiction film.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Ann Holmgren
    e-mail: ann.holmgirl@gmail.com

    International distribution:
    Norwegian Film Institute
    e-mail: toril.simonsen@nfi.no
    Phone: +47 22 47 45 74
    Website: www.nfi.no

    Co-producer info:
    Oskar Östergren, Bautafilm
    E-mail: oskar@bautafilm.se
    Phone: +46 70 555 13 17
    Website: www.bautafilm.se

    Photos: Ann Holmgren
  • Áile and Grandmother

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    Áile ja Áhkku
    Short film, 12 min, 2015

    Director: Siljá Somby
    Producer: Julev Film
    Actors: Elle Rávdná Näkkäläjärvi, Anne Maria Blind, Sara Margrethe Oskal

    Story:
    Grandmother and Áile are close to one another and Grandmother teaches Áile the powers of Nature and healing, however Áile has a secret that puts their bond to the ultimate test, forcing Áile to open up, but can she save their relationship?

    About the director:
    Silja Somby is graduated from Lillehammer College with a BA in directing. She has been directing three short fictions and short documentaries as well as fiction for children for the Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation. She has directed educational documentaries, as well as managing numerous film workshops for children and youth. She is currently working on her first feature film SÁRÁKKÁ as well as a fictionial TV series for children in a writing team. Presently she is working on numerous projects.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Silja Somby
    e-mail: ssomby@gmail.com
    Phone: +47 99 45 38 24

    Photos: Hans Olof Utsi
  • The Afflicted Animal

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    Giksašuvvan Ealli
    Short film, 15 min, 2015

    Director: Egil Pedersen
    Producer: Rein Film
    Actors: Egil Pedersen, Tina E. Mikalsen, Ingá Márjá Sarre

    Story:
    A young girl seeks help for her afflicted dog, but other members in her family need more help. The mother is lost in her own mind, the father wants to cure his loneliness and the girl is searching for truth. The film takes place in a small Sámi home in a remote area in Northern Norway and portrays a dysfunctional relationship between father and daughter.

    About the director:
    Sámi director Egil Pedersen grew up in a small village far up north in Norway. He made his first films, Lego and clay animation, as an early teen with his father’s Super 8 film camera. He graduated from the Norwegian film school in 2002. Since then he has been developing different unique ways of eye-catching storytelling using absurd humour, disturbing moods, visual effects, majestic images and is still looking for the next twisted idea.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Mathis Ståle Mathisen, Rein Film
    E-mail: mathis@reinfilm.no
    Phone:: +47 97 52 31 36
    Website: www.reinfilm.no

    Photos: Hans Olof Utsi
10 Sámi Short Films:
  • Eahpáraš

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    Eahpáraš
    Short film, 8 min, 2011

    Director: Anne Merete Gaup
    Producer: Kautokeino Film
    Actor: Siv Carita Holm

    Story:
    Eahpáraš is about a paranormal phenomenon in Sápmi, the land of the Sámi people. An eahpáraš is a dangerous spirit of a dead newborn child that haunts people.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Anne Merete Gaup
    e-mail: annemeretegaup@gmail.com
    Phone: +47 951 81 242
  • Juoigangiehta

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    Juoigangiehta
    Short film, 5 min, 2011

    Director: Elle Sofe Henriksen
    Producer: Kautokeino Film
    Yoikers: Anders M. Skum, Anders P. Bongo, Mattis S. Hætta

    Story:
    Juoigangiehta, the yoking hand, is a dance film featuring the unrehearsed and natural movements of three traditional Sámi yoikers (singers).

    Rights and viewing information:
    Elle Sofe Henriksen
    e-mail: ellesofe@gmail.com
    Phone: +47 481 26 817
  • Sámi Moments

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    Sámi Moments
    Short film, 5 min, 2011

    Director: Ken Are Bongo
    Producer: Kautokeino Film
    Actors: Svein Birger Olsen, Nils Henrik Buljo

    Story:
    A meeting between two reindeer herders on a small hill in the middle of the tundra. It’s a film about the need for company without necessarily saying much, friction between two units, and embarrassing silence.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Ken Are Bongo, Davás film
    Phone +47 95277743
    E-mail: kenare@gmail.com
  • Leaving the Herd

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    Ealli guođđá joavkkus
    Short film, 5 min, 2011

    Director: Egil Pedersen
    Producer: Snøfokk Film
    Actors: Arnt-Willy Kristiansen, Håkon Isak Vars, Dan Alexander Utsi, Tommy André Ellingsen, Nils Rune Utsi, Egil Pedersen, Mia-Charlotte Berg-Oskal, Linn-Therese Berg

    Story:
    A man breaks out of his group of friends to follow his own calling. His old friends will not accept this and bring him back home for punishment and subduing. The story takes place in a twisted Sámi universe in Northern Norway.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Egil Pedersen, Snøfokk film
    e-mail: post@egilpedersen.com
    Phone: +47 915 81 530
  • Before She Came After He Left

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    Before She Came After He Left
    Short film, 24 min, 2012

    Director: Marja Bål Nango
    Producer: Kabelvåg kunst-og filmfagskole
    Actors: Rune Løding, Johanna Mørck, Svein Birger Olsen, Yngvar Christensen, Sverre Iseli, Emre Kaspersen

    Story:
    Christian is visiting his home village with his fiancée allegedly to look at churches to get married in, after living in the south for many years. But what are the true reasons for the visit? This is the story about the time before she came, after he left and everything that is untold in between that.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Marja Bål Nango
    E-mail: marjabalnango@outlook.com
    Phone: +4799492545

    Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole
    e-mail: post.nkfs@nfk.no
    Phone: +47 76 06 63 60
  • Bonki

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    Bonki
    Short film, 19 min, 2014

    Director: Siljá Somby
    Producer: Julev Film
    Actors: Mathis M. Gaup, Elle Gaup, Nils Utsi, Maryon W. Eilertsen

    Story:
    The film is about Nils, who is a resident in a nursing home and has for years been declared as hopelessly demented by the staff. He does not respond to any form of communication and seems to be lost in his own world. By coincidence the new nurse Karen discovers Nils responds to the Sámi language, and she soon realizes the Nils has something urgently important to pass on. Eventually Karen is faced with a choice – is she to follow her heart or her mind?

    Rights and viewing information:
    Silja Somby
    e-mail: ssomby@gmail.com
    Phone: +47 99 45 38 24
    International distribution:
    Norwegian Film Institute
    e-mail: toril.simonsen@nfi.no
    Phone: +47 22 47 45 74
    Website: www.nfi.no

    Photos: Fredrik Mortensen
  • Áigin

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    Áigin
    Short film, 10 min, 2014

    Director: Jouni West
    Producer: Jukka Vidgren, Mutant Koala Pictures
    Actors: Mikkel Gaup, Sara Marit A. Gaup, Sverre Porsanger, Nils Utsi, Ánne Mággá Wigelius

    Story:
    A thousand years ago Sámis land was a target for repeated plundering. Being a peace-loving people, the Sámi fled when they realised that they were on the loosing side. Then comes a day when one of the Sámi begin to fight back. In order to protect his family and his home village the young Áigin has to defeat a group of bandits. The Sámi boy Áigin finds himself in a situation where he is faced with a merciless group of bandits, but still his toughest opponent might be his 8-year-old little sister.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Mutant Koala Pictures
    e-mail: info@mutantkoala.com
    Phone: +358 44 333 0181
    Website: www.mutantkoala.com
  • Stoerre Vaerie – The Big Mountain

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    Stoerre Vaerie
    Short film, 15 min, 2015

    Director: Amanda Kernell
    Producer: Oskar Östergren, Bautafilm
    Co-producer: SVT
    Actors: Maj Doris Rimpi, Olle Sarri, Anne Biret Somby

    Story:
    Elle is 80 years old. She does not like the Sámi people, in fact, she hates them. Once she was a Sámi herself. Her son persuades her to return to Sámi land, to attend her sisters funeral. Elle has cut all her connections to her family when she chose to become a non-Sámi woman. Now she will have to decide if she should continue to live with all her lies, or give up and reconcile with her past.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Oskar Östergren, Bautafilm
    E-mail: oskar@bautafilm.se
    Phone: +46 70 555 13 17
    Website: www.bautafilm.se

    Photos: Petrus Sjövik, Sam Hedman
  • Aurora Keeps an Eye On You

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    Guovssahas oaidná du
    Short film, 12 min, 2015

    Director: Sara Margrethe Oskal
    Producer: Mona Hoel, Freedom From Fear
    Actors: Ole Herman Hætta, Inger Márjá Eira, Sara Margrethe Oskal

    Story:
    This brutal and beautiful children’s drama, mixed with arctic magic, succeeds to take us into the world of the tangled up and hurt mind of a big sister. Moreover, to show what consequences parental ignorance in a hectic everyday life can have for little brothers.

    About the director:
    A former reindeer herder who became a storyteller within films, literature and theatre. She holds a doctoral degree in performing arts at Oslo National Academy of Arts.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Mona Hoel, Freedom From Fear
    e-mail: freedomfromfearno@gmail.com
    Phone: +47 922 85 256
    Website: www.freedomfromfear.no

    Photos: Mona Hoel
  • Bihttoš

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    Bihttoš
    Short film, 14 min, 2014

    Director: Elle Máijá Tailfeathers
    Producer: Violator Films
    Actors: Duncan Ollrenshaw, Mariel Belanger, Laura Wilson, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Máret Áile Gaup Beaska (voice), Ánde Somby (voice)

    Story:
    Mixing archival footage, re-enactments and animation, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers’ extraordinarily beautiful and poignant documentary Bihttoš explores how past injustices impacted the marriage of her mother, who is of Blackfoot descent, and her Sámi father.

    Rights and viewing information:
    Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
    e-mail: maija.tailfeathers@gmail.com