The School by the Sea

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24th TDF: Greek Premiere

Thorvin and Vilde are the only second graders at their small coastal school. Their days are idyllic, and everyone knows each other, plays together, and helps one another – until the school shuts down. There is a rainbow of sadness and excitement, loss and growth as children adapt to change.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Solveig Melkeraaen
Cinematography: Janne Lindgren
Editing: Christoffer Heie
Sound: Frank Arnesen, Nathanael Gustin, Andreas Lindberg Svensson
Music: Ginge Anvik
Production: Medieoperatørene AS
Producers: Ingvil Giske
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Norway
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 29΄
Contact: Norwegian Film Institute
Awards/Distinctions: The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival - Honorable Mention (2021), Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival for Children and Youth - Best Short Film (2021), TIFF Junior - Tromsø International Children's Film Festival - Best Short Film (2021), BIFF - Bergen International Film Festival - Best Short Documentary Film (2021)


Solveig Melkeraaen


2002 Radio Bingo (short)
2009 Statistics (short)
2010 The Bankbus (short)
2014 Good Girl
2017 Tongue Cutters
2021 The School by the Sea (short)