Artistic Research Fellow in Filmmaking

  • Job Reference: 00000003-1
  • Date Posted: 7 February 2019
  • Recruiter: The Norwegian Film School
  • Location: Lillehammer
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Broadcasting, Training
  • Job Type: Temporary

Job Description

The Norwegian Film School is situated at 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, as well as being home to Norway’s national institution in filmmaking education, The Norwegian Film School.

Artistic Research Fellow in Filmmaking

A position as Artistic Research Fellow in Filmmaking (Ph.d.-level) is 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 “Guidelines for Applicants and Applications” for more information). Please note the Norwegian Film School has a different deadline for this position than the Fellowship Programme announces on its web site.


The successful candidate 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 series of artistic works in the field of high international quality, combined with a critical reflection on intentions, process, and outcome. 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 based at the Norwegian Film School location in Lillehammer, Norway, and the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the development of the school BFA and MFA programmes.


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. The position can be 4 years, with 75% artistic research and 25% teaching and other relevant duties, or for 3 years with 100% artistic research and a total of 40 days teaching requirement over the term of the contract. Applicants should indicate their preference in the application.

Qualifications and personal skills

The ideal candidate will be a practising filmmaker, screenwriter, or digital media storyteller with professional experience in film, television, VR/AR, games, and/or other forms of 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 both oral and written presentation skills, and good interpersonal skills. In addition, the candidate must possess excellent oral and written presentation skills in English and good collaborative and interpersonal skills.


How to apply

  • Submit an complete curriculum vitae including professional experience and listing of artistic output and education. We would like to know your artistic education and other education relevant to your research.
  • Submit 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). We also would like to know when you plan to start and end your project, the title and a description (up to 2500 words).
  • Submit samples of artistic work, minimum three, and no more than ten.

All documents 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". Electronic applications must be received no later than March 12th 2019.

Prospective candidates must use the application procedures and form found at Once completed, a pdf of the form can be uploaded via the “apply for this job” link. Please note the deadlines in this form are not applicable, but 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 - 2019 - NFS”.


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 of 51 (NOK 449.400 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.


Contact information

Questions about the position or qualifications should be addressed to Fredrik Graver, Head of CEFIMA,