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My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts

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Torill Kove's grandmother often told her stories. One in particular revolved around ironing shirts for the King of Norway. And what if that intriguing detail was just the tip of the iceberg? Perhaps she also worked covertly in the Norwegian resistance... Maybe she even spearheaded a campaign to create an unprecedented brand of guerrilla warfare! Treating history as a fabric woven from personal stories, animator Torill Kove follows a thread of family history, embroidering it with playful twists along the way. In My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts, she imaginatively renders her grandmother's life and work in Oslo, especially during World War II. Sharp and whimsical, her story combines her grandmother's tales with historical events and fantasy, and shows how a cherished anecdote can come to acquire a mythical status. My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts is about an ordinary woman with a revolutionary instinct. With sharp humour it explores storytelling, myth-making and the important contributions that are possible through the most humble means.

1999, 10 min 03 s

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Award for Best Short Film Program given by the Children's Jury
Festival Internacional de Cine Para Ninos - La Matatena
August 14 to 19 2001, Mexico City - Mexico

Parent's Choice Award
International Children's Film Festival
February 2 to 11 2001, New York - USA

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Prize - Category: Early Education - with a cash prize of $3,000US
International Educational Program Contest Japan Prize
November 17 to 24 2000, Tokyo - Japan

Second Prize - Best animated film given by the Children's Jury
International Children's Film Festival
October 12 to 22 2000, Chicago - USA

Special Prize
International Animation Festival
August 24 to 28 2000, Hiroshima - Japan

Special Diploma - for funny and inventive approach for telling personal and historical story.
World Festival of Animated Films
June 21 to 25 2000, Zagreb - Croatia

Second Prize - Category : longer than 5 shorter than 15 minutes
Los Angeles Animation Competition / World Animation Celebration (Wacfest)
May 29 to June 4 2000, Los Angeles - USA

Award for Best Animation - with a cash prize of $500US
San Diego International Film Festival
May 18 2000, La Jolla - USA

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Animation
Yorkton Film Festival
May 11 to 14 2000, Yorkton - Canada

Audience Award
Animerte dager - The Nordic and Baltic Animation Festival Fredrikstad
May 3 to 7 2000, Oslo - Norway

Honorable Mention
Animerte dager - The Nordic and Baltic Animation Festival Fredrikstad
May 3 to 7 2000, Oslo - Norway

Second Prize - Category: Animation (Tied with Ring of Fire by Andreas Hykade, Deutschland) with a cash prize of 5,000DM (2,500DM each film)
Filmfest - International Festival for Animation and Short Films
April 11 to 16 2000, Dresden - Germany

Award for Most Innovative Short Film or Video given by the Youth Jury (Ages 9+)
Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families
March 1 to 4 2000, Vancouver - Canada

Public Award - Category: Short Film (tied with Dobermann) - with a cash prize of 1250DM (625DM each film)
Week-end in Wurzburg
January 27 to 30 2000, Würzburg - Germany

Special Mention Award
International Film Festival
July 27 to August 5 1999, Reykjavik - Iceland

Honorable Jury Mention
Grimstad Norwegian Short Film Festival
June 10 to 15 1999, Oslo - Norway

Norwegian Playwrights Association Best Script Award - with a cash prize of 10,000 crowns (2,000$ Cdn)
Grimstad Norwegian Short Film Festival
June 10 to 15 1999, Oslo - Norway