Artistic Research Fellow in Filmmaking - 2 positions

  • Job Reference: 00000022-1
  • Date Posted: 11 February 2020
  • Recruiter: The Norwegian Film School
  • Location: Lillehammer, Oslo
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Broadcasting, Lecturing, Production, Scriptwriting, Film Industry
  • Job Type: Temporary

Job Description

About the position

Two positions as Artistic Research Fellows in Filmmaking (PhD-level) are available at the Centre for Excellence in Film and Interactive Media Arts (CEFIMA) at The Norwegian Film School (NFS)

The NFS approach to filmmaking is centred on narrative storytelling and developing the artistic potential of the individual filmmaker. Artistic Researchers are expected to work on audio-visual projects within film, immersive or interactive media that are both innovative artistic works as well as being relevant to the NFS core curriculum. We particularly encourage projects that push the boundaries of audio-visual narrative storytelling using new technologies and platforms.

The artistic work must adhere to the standards and guidelines set out by the Artistic Research Fellowship Programme (see our website for more details).

These two artistic research positions can either work on ‘Interactive and Immersive Storytelling for the Screen’ and ‘Storytelling in Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality’, but we also strongly encourage applications from candidates working in any of the disciplines offered in the NFS BFA programmes and wanting to explore and expand the artistic potential of their field.

Successful candidates will approach the work from the perspective of combining the strengths of traditional cinematic storytelling with the transformative potential of the new digital/interactive tools available to filmmakers today.

The output of an Artistic Research Fellowship / PhD in Artistic Research is expected to be a / a series of artistic works in the field of high international quality, combined with a critical reflection on intentions, process, and outcome. The target audience for the critical reflection should be the broader artistic community.

There is no requirement for academic publishing or a thesis, and traditional academic writing is discouraged at NFS.

The chosen candidate will be employed by the Norwegian Film School / Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences; this employment is contingent upon the candidate’s project being accepted by a review committee of international experts in the appropriate field. The position is for 3 years and the Candidate is expected to be based at the Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer and to contribute to the development of the school programmes. It may be posbbile to negotiate a 4-year position that includes a 25% teaching requirment.

In addition to the artistic work and associated critical reflection, there are mandatory workshops and gatherings organised through the Artistic Research Fellowship Programme. There is also a requirement to teach in relevant fields at NFS, and to participate in NFS pedagogical training programmes. There is a possibility of extending the contract to 4 years, with a 25% teaching requirement, upon mutual consent and depending on funding.

Note: NFS provides the candidates with a modest research budget, but cannot provide full production budgets. Artistic projects must be financed through external funding.

NFS is currently working to establish a formal PhD in Aritstic Research, and candidates in the Artistic Research Fellowship programme when this degree is established will be offered a pathway for transferring to the PhD degree.


The ideal candidate will be a practising filmmaker, screenwriter, or digital media storyteller with professional experience in film, television, games, and/or digital/interactive storytelling. Experience with narrative storytelling in film, television, or new media is an asset.

It will be important to the Norwegian Film School and to the experts whom the school consults to assess the applications that it is possible to obtain a good impression of the applicant's artistic qualifications for carrying out the project. It will therefore be decisive that emphasis is placed on good documentation of these qualifications through the presentation of previous artistic activity and other relevant material. 

Applications must either document recognised competence at assistant professor level in the artistic field in question through a confirmed transcript of an expert opinion, or alternatively, documentation material must be enclosed that can form the basis for carrying out such an assessment in connection with the assessment of other aspects of the application. Such documentation will have many similarities with that required in the section above. Completion of a Master of Fine Arts programme in a relevant field will also count as such documentation. 

Documentation can include letters of reference, acceptance letters from festivals, competitions and the like, IMDB-listings, features/reviews from mass media, and the like. It is important that all relevant experience and artistic works are properly documented.

Additional qualifications
The candidate will spend a great deal of time working independently, and must demonstrate excellent organisational abilities. In addition, the candidate must possess excellent oral and written presentation skills in either Norwegian (or a Scandinavian language) or English. In addition, the candidate must possess good collaborative and interpersonal skills. It is expected that the candidate is able to act as a creative inspirator to others.

How to apply

Please submit an extensive curriculum vitae including professional experience and listing of artistic output and education, accompanied by appropriate documentation, a statement of up to 500 words outlining why you consider NFS the appropriate place to carry out your artistic research (all in pdf format), plus samples of artistic work, all of which must be submitted electronically to the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences found via the right top corner of the job advertisement: "Apply for this job"/"Søk denne stillingen".

Prospective candidates must use the application procedures and form found on our website. Once completed, a pdf of the form can be uploaded via the “apply for this job” link. Please note: applications not using this form will not be considered.

Any material following the electronic application by ordinary mail must be clearly marked ”Artistic Research Fellow - 2020 - NFS” as well as the applicants name.

We offer

  • A stimulating work environment with engaged colleagues in an advanced fine arts education and a growing institution
  • An attractive place to live, with immediate access to nature, urban environments and a variety of offers within culture and sports.
  • A beautiful campus, situated in peaceful surroundings just outside of the centre of Lillehammer.
  • Good welfare benefits
  • Good pension benefits, under the Norwegian Public Service Pension Funds.
  • A pay grade as 1017 Research Fellow, according to the Basic Collective Agreement, NOK 479 600 p.a.

Appointment conditions
The government workforce must reflect the diversity of the population, as far as possible. Therefore, the university's personnel policy aims to achieve a balance in terms of age and gender and to recruit individuals with disabilities, and individuals of immigrant backgrounds. The person appointed must abide by the instructions applicable to the position, the internal administrative policies at the department, and the laws, regulations and contracts that otherwise apply to the position at all times.

About the Norwegian Film School

The Norwegian Film School is a faculty of Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Lillehammer Campus (INU), which offers a wide range of studies in film and television, health and social sciences, travel and tourism, economics and administration, and arts and cultural event management.

The Norwegian Film School was established as Norway's national film school through an Act of Parliament, and accepted the first cohort of students in 1997. Since then graduates from NFS have made their mark in all parts of Norwegian film and television production and have had an enourmous impact of the development of the national film industry and on the art form in Scandinavia.