Paperboy by Ninna Pálmadóttir is the Shortfish winner this year
Nearly 40 shortfilms competed in the Shortfish this year and where 6 of them chosen to compete for the final prize, 1.000.000 ISK voucher from Kukl. It was however a unanimous decision by the jury that Paperboy would be the winner this year.
This is what the Jury had to say about their decision:
“Sometimes, help comes from the least expected direction, from little people we don’t take much notice of, but who are a constituent part of our daily lives. Sometimes, the little people can literally be that – children. The hero of the Shortfish competition is tucked in silence and burdened by big sorrows, and yet capable of putting that aside to offer comfort to a perfect stranger.
We, the jury have made a unison decision. For its cinematic quality given in subtle images that speak even without a dialogue, for its warmth and well nuanced script that focuses on human connection, and for its good eye for detail, we award the prize to Blaðberinn (Paperboy) by Ninna Pálmadóttir.”
Ninna was expectedly touched by the jury’s words but the award was given to her yesterday in a very small ceremony at Bíó Paradís with only the presence of Ninna her self, the organisers of the festival and a photographer due to these strange circumstances in the times of COVID-19.
Ninna: “I’m so grateful and touched at the same time. This prize is truly encouraging and an honour. I was really touched by the Jury’s words and also grateful how the organisers of this amazing festival have held their head high and done the best they could in this difficult times.”
The 1.000.000 from Kukl will come in handy when Ninna makes her next picture but at the moment she’s working on a feature script. But who knows maybe we’ll see another short film from this talented director in Shortfish next year. In addition to the voucher Ninna received this beautiful award piece designed and made by Marsibil G. Kristjánsdóttir and her brother Róbert Daníel Kristjánsson.