Join Nordic Talents' Pitching Competition!

Application submission:
9 May - 6 June

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 - Thursday 7 September 2017
Where: The National Film School of Denmark, Theodor Christensens Plads 1, 1437 Copenhagen K

The Pitching Competition
We now invite Nordic graduation students (BA-or MA level) to send in pitch applications for the Pitching Competition that takes place during Nordic Talents. 

Applicants can submit one or more pitches for a new feature length fiction film or documentary, an animation feature or TV-series, a TV-drama or documentary series, or a cross-media project with a film or TV base platform.
From the applications, we pre-select up to 15 projects that during the event compete for NOK 300,000 (development support from the Fund). Prior to the event they attend a two-day pitch training. The awards are handed out by a professional jury.

Who can apply
Film and TV-students graduating Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 (BA or MA level) from the following Nordic schools are invited to apply:
The National Film School of Denmark, The Norwegian Film School, ELO Helsinki Film School, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Akademin Valand, INN University (Den Norske TV-Skolen), Westerdals Oslo ACT (Film & TV), HiVolda (Animation and Documentary), Tampere University of Applied Science (Film production), Turku University of Applied Science (Film and Animation), The Animation Workshop (Animation and Graphic Storytelling).
As of 2017 we also accept applications from Nordic graduation students from international film schools.

How to apply
Applicants must use our online application form currently available on our website. The application period is 9 May - 6 June. Graduation students can apply alone or in teams of two per project.

For the application we require the following information in English:

  • Applicant information: name, e-mail, school
  • Who will pitch: name, e-mail, mobile, graduation film, function
  • Short info on key crew and your motivation for making this project (max 150 words)
  • Project information: title, category, genre, length, target audience, tagline (max 15 words), short pitch (max 40 words), short synopsis (max 300 words), visual style of the project (max 100 words), development plan (max 300 words), preliminary time schedule, preliminary budget amount
  • Optional additional project information: detailed synopsis (max 2 A4 pages), visual material (max 4 A4 pages or link/password to visual material on FTP, Vimeo etc.)
  • Information about your graduation film: title, category, length, short synopsis (max 80 words), names of the crew, an image from the film (min. 300 dpi), preview link

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).

1/3 Nt16 Lunch Break / PHOTO: Nftf Torleif Hauge
Nt16 Lunch Break / PHOTO: Nftf Torleif Hauge
NT16 The Pitchers / PHOTO: NFTF Torleif Hauge
NT16 Mika Gustafson, Kaisa El Ramly, Harald Mæle Jr., Kjersti Wøien Håland / PHOTO: NFTF Torleif Hauge

What happens during Nordic Talents
The main focus of the event is the Pitching Sessions. Up to 15 projects are pitched during the event. The graduation films of the students who pitch are screened before they go on stage. The rest of the programme varies from year to year, but typically consists of panel discussions, Master Classes, Speed-dating or Producers Pitch. The Award Ceremony closes the event, and great food is served.

In 2017 the popular Producers Pitch will be back. This is where we turn the tables and let the established producers present them selves. We invite all participants and the jury for dinner and mingling on Wednesday evening. There will be a Master Class on Thursday afternoon. Detailed program TBA.

Jury and Awards

The jury will consist of five members from the professional film- and TV-industry. Lone Scherfig, Per Fly, Roy Anderson, Baltasar Kormakur, Kari Juusonen, Thomas Robsham, Tobias Lindholm and Ruben Östlund are all previous jury members. This years jury TBA. 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 opens 13 June.

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

Event News

​Nordic Talents welcomes all Nordic graduates from international film schools

Nt17 News / PHOTO: Nftf

​Nordic Talents welcomes all Nordic graduates from international film schools

Nt17 News / PHOTO: Nftf

Application entry for the Pitch competition opens May 9th

An all-embracing and upbeat 17th Nordic Talents with Peter Aalbæk Jensen among the guests, will unspool September 6-7, 2017

For the first time ever, all Nordic film graduates (BA or MA level) from film schools outside the Nordics are able to apply, alongside graduate students from selected Nordic film schools. 

Petri Kemppinen, CEO at Nordisk Film & TV Fond said: "We are excited about opening up, it feels only natural to give a chance regardless of where you have studied, if it's BA or MA level in production, directing or screenwriting."

Application entry for the Pitch competition will be from May 9-closes June 6. 

To apply, graduation students need to have completed a graduation film (or script for scriptwriters) and must submit a pitch for a feature length fiction, documentary or animation film, an animated TV series, a TV drama or doc series, or a cross media project with a film- or TV base platform.

Before their pitch, film candidates will attend a two-day pitch workshop (September 4-5) with the prominent Danish producer Karoline Leth (The Legacy) and Swedish producer Helene Granqvist (Granny’s Dancing on the Table).

Around 15 pitch projects will be selected and a prestigious jury including international industry professionals will hand out the NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize and NOK 50,000 Special Mention Prize sponsored by Nordisk Film & TV Fond. 

Besides the popular talents pitch competition, watch out for a buoyant Producers Pitch from 20 established Nordic producers to be monitored by Lars von Trier’s partner/producer and founder of Zentropa Entertainment, Peter Aalbæk Jensen. A masterclass with a prominent guest will be announced soon. 

Nordic Talents is co-organised by Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Copenhagen’s National Film School of Denmark that hosts the annual event. Around 200 Nordic film students and international professionals (directors, writers, producers, distributors, financiers) register each year. 

Previous Nordic Talents winners include Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano), Erik Richter Strand (Valkyrien), Michae Noer (Northwest), Lea Glob (Venus) and Karzan Kader (Bekas).

For further details about NORDIC TALENTS and how to apply, CLICK HERE.

Nordic talents to watch

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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