Pitch Prize 2017
Winner Nordic Talents
Pitch Prize

Anita Beikpour wins Nordic Talents 2017!

Anita pitched her new documentary project “I Believe I Can Fly” a film about Rikke who dreams about becoming the next big rapper in Denmark. 

The Jury said: The Nordic Talents Pitch Price goes to a very ambitious, touching and promising director with a strong vision and a project with an exciting character and a very interesting mix between elements.  We hope the price will give this film wings to fly very high. The Nordic Talent Pitch Price goes to I BELIEVE I CAN FLY by the director Anita Beikpour.

Special Mention Prize 2017
Winner Nordic Talents
Special Mention Prize

Special Mention to Thora Lorentzen!

Thora pitched her project "Absolute Beginners" - a coming-of-age documentary series follows the emotional relationships between a group of teenage students throughout a year at the music residential school “Ollerup Efterskole”. Mara falls in love with Salik, whom, on the other hand, starts growing confusingly strong feelings for his best friend Lau.

The Jury said: "The Nordic Talent Special Mention goes to a director who showed great courage and unforgettable scenes in her graduation film and we are sure she will bring that strong personal voice and sensitivity to the kids in her next project. The Special Mention goes to ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS and the brave director Thora Lorentzen."

Nordic talents to watch

WRITTEN BY: Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes

Nordic Talents 2017

A Nordic network is essential for the industry - and Nordic Talents is the place to meet!

It is our goal to create an informal and including atmosphere where the new talents and the established film and TV-industry are introduced to each other. We aim to be an important platform for talent scouting and networking across the Nordics.

When: Wednesday 6 September 09:30-23:00 - Thursday 7 September 09:00- appx. 18:15
Where: The National Film School of Denmark, Theodor Christensens Plads 1, 1437 Copenhagen K

What happens during Nordic Talents 
The main focus of the event is the Pitching. Prior to the event we have selected 15 projects that are being pitched, by newly graduated film-and TV students, during the event. The graduation films of these students are screened before their pitch. The rest of the programme varies from year to year, but typically consists of panel discussions, Master Classes, Speed-dating or Producer's Pitch. The Award Ceremony closes the event, and great food is served.

The Program
This year we welcome you on Wednesday morning from 9:30 am. The day continues with two screening sessions and a pitching session. The Producer's Pitch is back. This is where we turn the tables and let the established producers present them selves. It takes place on Wednesday evening, after dinner, and will be moderated by Peter Aalbæk Jensen. The dinner is open for all participants and the jury will be present. After one screening session and two pitching sessions on Thursday, there will be a Master Class with Nobel co-writers Mette M. Bølstad and Stephen Uhlander. The Master Class starts 15:30 pm, and is followed by the Award Ceremony that closes the event. For full details download this years' catalogue.  

Jury and Awards
The 2017-jury consists of five members from the professional film- and TV-industry: Head of Drama at the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK Ivar Køhn (NO), director Maria Bäck (DK/SE), producer at Nordisk Film Spring Lina Flint (DK), director Juho Kuosmanen (FI) and Julie Bergeron Head of Industry Programs at the Marché du Film in Cannes (FR). The Jury hands out two prizes - The Nordic Talents Pitch prize (NOK 250,000) and The Nordic Talents Special Mention (NOK 50,000). Both prizes are development funding given by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

Who can attend the event
Nordic Talents is open for all graduation students from the Nordic film schools, we also reserve some observer seats for future graduation students. We welcome industry professionals like producers, financiers, distributors and others who are looking for new talent and networking opportunities. There is a limited number of seats. To attend you must register. Registration deadline is 30 August 09:00 am (CET). 

Practical information
Nordic Talents is free of charge. 
All meals served at the Film School are included. 
Note: Payment at the bar only by Danish cash or MobilePay. Credit cards are not accepted. 
Pitches, Master Classes etc. will be held in English. Films will be screened with English sub titles

Former winners
Since Nordic Talents' start in 2001 many gifted graduation students have presented their projects on stage. Of these, several have made their way to the big screen, others are in development. Among the former Nordic Talents’ award winners (and projects) are: Erik Richter Strand (Sons), Lisa Munthe and Helen Ahlsson (The Armwrestler from Solitude), Marja Pyykkö (Run Sister Run), Runar Runarsson (Volcano), Jan Rahbek (Marco Macaco), Karzan Kader (Bekas), Antti Heikki Pesonen (Headfirst), Maria Bäck (I Remember When I Die).

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Project Manager
Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes
+47 64 00 60 80

The National Film School of Denmark

Participant registration, co-host
Camilla Hyldal Burrow
+45 4171 8893