About the festival

In 2021 the festival is split into two main parts: one festival for filmmakers under 20 in March, and one for film students and filmmakers aged 20-26 in September. See more information here.

The Amandus Festival is the biggest film festival and competition for young film makers and film students in the Nordic region.

The festival is held annually in Lillehammer, Norway, and hosts film makers and cinephiles from all over the region for screenings, seminars, workshops and inspiring meetings between the industry, the students and film loving youth.

Amandus is a festival where film enthusiasm is grown. We appreciate the artistic visions of our future film makers, as art, expressions and entertainment.

The Amandus Festival has long traditions for being the biggest film festival for young filmmakers under the age of 20 in Norway. In 2017 the festival merged with The Norwegian Student Film Festival, and has since organized a big festival for both youth and young adults.

As of 2021 the festival is again split into two different events, though still organized by the Amandus crew.

The Amandus Festival is under royal patronage by the Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit.

A very happy winner of best fiction film at the Amandus Awards Ceremony in 2017, Ole Sebastian Kass for the film Dilipidated. In the background is head of the student jury for that year, Eskil Vogt. Photo: Erik Børresen