Norwegian director Egil Haskjold Larsen has won the Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Hot Docs Canadian Film Festival.
He won for his debut feature-length documentary 69 Minutes of 86 Days, which focuses on the 3-year-old Syrian refugee Lean as she and her family travel from Syria to Sweden to join her grandfather.
Larsen won a $3,000 prize as part of the award.
This is the second major international recognition for the Norwegian documentary film after its Special Mention Award at CPH:DOX’s Nordic section. The film is sold by London-based Taskovski Films. 69 minutes of 86 Days will next compete for Sheffield’s Youth Jury award in June.