Amandus – Lillehammer International Student Film Festival

Lillehammer (Norway)

Amandus – Lillehammer International Student Film Festival is the biggest film festival in Norway and the Nordic countries focusing on youth and student film productions. It is held annually in Lillehammer, Norway, and hosts screenings, workshops, masterclasses, various social events and a prestigious awards ceremony each spring.

Amandus is a place where film enthusiasm grows, and where young filmmakers, film schools and the film industry can be inspired, challenge each other and make new connections across the borders. We appreciate the artistic visions of our future filmmakers both as art, expressions and entertainment.

The main competition consists of three age based categories:
    Amandus JUNIOR (films made by filmmakers aged 12-16 years)
    Amandus YOUTH (films made by filmmakers aged 16-20 years)
    Amandus STUDENT (student films made by film students from the Nordic countries)

Amandus emerged in 1987 as a “little brother” to the national Amanda film prize, and has since grown in size and reputation. The awards ceremony has for many years been broadcasted on national television, and has attracted many celebrities.

The Amandus Festival has over its 30-year lifespan been established as the most important film festival for youth below the age of 20 in Norway. In 2016 the festival merged with The Norwegian Student Film Festival, and thus the result became Amandus – Lillehammer International Student Film Festival: An international film festival focusing on film-making youth and film students, both from Norway and abroad.

Amandus has a royal protection from the Crown Princess of Norway, Mette-Marit, who has attended the festival twice, in 2010 and 2017.


12 to 30


youth films: national, student films: international

length of films:

youth: max 15 min, student: max 30 min



year of production:

not older than 2 years

festival takes place:

annually in March/April