Artic Light AS
Artic Light AS is a film production company, founded and run by Asgeir Helgestad, and situated about 100 km west of Oslo. Artic Light produces wildlife documentaries, commercials and pictures to a wide range of customers - from the web to big screens and prints. Asgeir Helgestad usually does all camerawork editing and scripts, but when needed freelancers are hired in.
Arctic Light AS uses Ultra High Definition (UHD) cameras that provide 7xHD in resolution, which give the best possible result regardless of the platform used for screening.
Asgeir Helgestad has worked as a wildlife filmmaker and photographer since 1991. During this period, he has produced both stills and film for various clients. NRK, the Norwegian state broadcasting company, is one of his main customers for wildlife documentary. Asgeir has a broad background as a film photographer, but he is particularly experienced in filming birds and mammals, as well as people on outdoor activities. He is trained in working under cold and harsh conditions since many of his projects are from the Arctic and Antarctica. Most films are shot on Ultra High Definition (8K), using the large format RED Epic W camera. From 2007 until 2014, images of Norway’s mountains and fjords were screened daily on the public broadcaster TV2 for the Bergans sports brand in an advertising campaign inspiring people to get outside.
His still photography and films have won him several international awards including prizes at the biggest wildlife film and photo competitions such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Wildscreen Film Festival. The first book he authored and photographed, Dyr i skogen (Animals in the Forest), received the Norwegian Ministry of Culture debutante prize.
Winner of Best Feature Film, Elements Film Festival.
Winner of Prix Ushuaia TV, Les Écrans dela mer.
Winner of Best Film, Wildlife Film Festival, Rotterdam, WFFR.
Winner of Grand Prix, Festival International du Film Ornithologique de Ménigoute.
Winner of Best Nordica film, Wildelife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival.
Winner of Audience Award, Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival.
Winner of Best Cinematography (Man and Nature) Award, Matsalu Nature Film Festival.
Winner of Best Environmental Film, 2018 IWFF.
Nominated for Theatrical Award, Wildscreen Festival.
Winner of Nordic Nature Photo Contest, NNPC category Birds with hawk chasing jays.
Highly commended at Global Arctic Award with a shot of a polar bear.
Arctic Survivors receives Merit Awards for Animal Behaviour and Cinematography at International Wildlife Film Festival, IWFF, Montana USA.
The Boy who Adored the Wilderness receives Environmental Award at Japan Wildlife Film Festival.
The Boy who adored the Wildernes is winner at Telenatura, Spain, Special jury award to creativity and ability to sensililize. Selected at Festival International du Film Ornithologuique in France.
The Boy Who Adored the Wilderness is winner of Jurys spescial Award at The 3rd MatsaluInternational Nature Film Festival.
Winner of the category, Birds at a stills-competition arranged by Internasjonal Federation of Wildlife Photography, IFWP.
Wild Reindeer nominated nine times internationally, in Japan, USA, England, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Russia and Finland. It has also been screened at a festival in Washington DC.
Culture Award from the province Buskerud.
Winner of BBC Newcomer Award, at the worlds biggest wildlife filmfestival, Wildscreen with the film Wild Reindeer, broadcasted by public broadcaster, NRK.
Governments Debutance Award for childrens litterature with the book Animals in the Forest. (Both text and pictures).
Nomination at the worlds biggest wildlife filmfestival, Wildscreen with the film Buzzardsummer, broadcasted by public broadcaster, NRK.
Winner of Eric Hosking Award at Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. (BBC Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Museum London).
Runner Up at the worlds biggest wildlife photo-competition, Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition with portfolio of six pictures (BBC Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Museum London).