It’s not often that animators receive recognition from governments for their artistry, but the country of Norway is honoring Torill Kove with one of the highest honors it can bestow upon an artist.
Kove, a native of Norway, is receiving the Anders Jahre Culture Prize at a ceremony in Oslo this evening. Although Kove, 58, has resided in Canada since 1982, the Prize is awarded to Norwegian or foreign individuals and institutions making outstanding contributions to Norway’s cultural life.
Kove’s contributions to Norway, Canada, and worldwide animation in general are becoming less of a secret with the passage of time. Her 2006 short, The Danish Poet, won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short, while her 1999 professional directorial debut, My Grandmother Ironed the King’s Shirts, and her most recent 2014 short, Me and My Moulton, hauled in Oscar nominations for their wistful autobiographical efforts.