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The School by the Sea

Solveig Melkeraaen


During the breaks, Thorvin can hear the sea roaring. »The best thing about our school is that there are not so many of us«. That’s why the first graders like him and Tilde learn together with older children. Everyone knows and helps each other. To save money, the small school on the Norwegian coast is closed, Thorvin and Tilde have to change. The change frightens them. New ways, new rooms, new faces, but soon also many new friends – until the next closure. »Corona is no fun.«

Awards for ›The School by the Sea‹
TIFF Junior, Norway 2021 – Best Short | Cinema in Sneakers, Poland 2021 – Best Short | The Norwegian Documentary Film Festival, 2021 – Honorable mention Best Short | BIFF – Bergen International Film Festival – Best Documentary Short | Amanda – Norwegian Film Awards – Best short film nominee


Solveig Melkeraaen


Janne Lindgren


Christoffer Heie



Sound Design

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Portrait of director Solveig Melkeraaen

Solveig Melkeraaen

Solveig Melkeraaen holds a Bachelor’s degree in television directing from Lillehammer University College. Her best-known film is the award-winning The Fabulous Fiff and Fam (2009). She has also directed numerous documentaries, short feature films and commissioned films for various organisations. Her documentaries and short films have been presented at Norwegian and international festivals.

Films by Solveig Melkeraaen
The School by the Sea 2021 | Tongue Cutters 2017 | Flink pike (Good Girl) 2014 | Livslang kjærlighet (Lifelong Love) 2011 | Bankbussen (The Bankbus) 2010 | Fabelaktige Fiff og Fam (The Fabulous Fiff and Fam) 2009 | Statistikk (Statistics) 2008 | Bortreist for anledningen (Moving Time) 2008 | Nest siste stopp (Next to Last Stop) 2005