The little brother of the Amanda Film Awards, the Amandus Festival was established as a platform where young filmmakers could not only showcase their work, but also be inspired to make film. “Our vision has always been to inspire young filmmakers and help them make their way into the film industry. We want to be a place where film enthusiasm is grown and nurtured,” says festival coordinator Eivind Nordengen. The festival, which is under patronage of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit, takes place on 21-24 March and will see close to 1,000 youths, film students and industry professionals from all over the Nordics come together for four days of screenings, workshops, inspirational talks and networking, which all accumulate in the grand finale: a spectacular award show where famous Norwegian film profiles hand out prizes to the best films in an array of categories.