Norwegian actress Ane Dahl Torp received the first $16,300 (Euros 12,400) Liv Ullmann Honorary Prize at the Norwegian Film Ball, the gala event organised by the Norwegian Film Institute with the industry at the Oslo Plaza. Ullmann had cancelled her participation due to sickness.

Educated at the Norwegian National Drama School in 1999, Torp became a local household name after the television series, Black Money, White
, and she has since performed in such fearures as Torun Lian's The
Colour of Milk
, Hans Petter Moland's Comrade Pedersen and Stefan
Faldbakken's Uro.

Instigated by the institute, the Norwegian Film Union and the Norwegian
International Film Festival (where Ullmann is honorary president), the
prize is given to a Norwegian actress with a special talent for and
devotion to cinema and television drama.

At the Film Ball - a tradition started in 1953 - which gathered app the
700 who's-whos in Norwegian cinema, Norwegian author and scriptwriter
Axel Hellstenius was awarded the institute's Edith Carlmar Prize, named
after the legendary 1950s-1960s' actress-director.

Besides his books, Hellstenius has since 1990 penned 16 films and TV series, including Hans Petter Moland's The Second Lieutenant, Eva
Isaksen's Death At Oslo Central and Petter Næss' Elling. His most
recent, The 10 Lives of Titanic the Cat, is currently shooting under
the direction of Grethe Boe-Wall.