Participant registration
13 June - 30 August

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

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.

The Program
This year we welcome you on Wednesday morning, and continue with screenings and pitching sessions. 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 more screenings and pitching sessions on Thursday, there will be a Master Class in the afternoon, followed by the Award Ceremony. Detailed program TBA in August. 

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 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

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).

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

The Pitching Competition
Submission to the Pitching competition is now closed. All applicants will hear from us by 26 June.

We invited 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

Event News

Competition line-up for Nordic Talents 2017 disclosed


Competition line-up for Nordic Talents 2017 disclosed

Nt17 News / PHOTO: Nftf

Fifteen projects by Nordic graduating film students have been selected for Copenhagen’s Nordic Talents unspooling September 6-7.

The 2017 talent pool selected by Nordisk Film & TV Fond consists of an exceptional number of writers, directors and producers with some proven track record.

Those include Kirsikka Saari (Finland), 2014 Oscar nominated as scriptwriter of the short film Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?, Thora Lorentzen (Denmark), 2015 European Film Awards nominated for This Place We Call Our Home, Elsa Maria Jakobsdóttir (Iceland), selected for Nordisk Panorama short film competition with Megaphone (2013), and Niclas Caroc Warner (Denmark), production assistant on the award-winning The Hunt and A Royal Affair.

The National Film School of Denmark has the largest slate of Nordic Talents prize contenders with 7 projects out of 15, followed by ELO Helsinki Film School with 3 projects.

Commenting on the selection of the pitch projects for the 17th Nordic Talent edition, Petri Kemppinen, CEO of Nordisk Film & TV Fond said: “The 2017 projects are a bit more ripe and mature than before, and some come with hybrid twists including web and serialised formats. Certainly the students have put more effort on the development strategies. Feature length fiction has a slight dominance, documentaries and animation are represented - and all five Nordic countries are in.”

A prestigious jury of film and television professionals will hand out the NOK 250,000 Pitch Prize and NOK 50,000 Special Mention. Jury members are directors Juho Kuosmanen and Maria Bäck, NRK Head of Drama Ivar Køhn, producer Lina Flint (Nordisk Film Spring), and Julie Bergeron, Head of Industry Programmes at Cannes Marché du Film.

Full list of projects to be pitched:

  • Birth (fiction film). Pitched by director Elsa María Jakobsdóttir of the National Film School of Denmark
  • Birthright (TV series). Pitched by producer Wilde Siem and scriptwriter/director Mauritz Brekke Solberg of Westerdals Oslo ACT
  • Defenders of the Snow (documentary film). Pitched by director Lin Alluna of the National Film School of Denmark
  • Denmark (fiction film). Pitched by producer Daniel Mühlendorph and director Ulaa Salim of the National Film School of Denmark
  • Drifting Season (fiction film). Pitched by scriptwriter Anna Brotkin of ELO Helsinki Film School
  • Efterskolen (documentary series). Pitched by director Thora Lorentzen of the National Film School of Denmark
  • I Believe I Can Fly (documentary film). Pitched by director Anita Beikpour of the National Film School of Denmark
  • Kim Cannon Arm (documentary film). Pitched by director Mads Hedegaard of the National Film School of Denmark
  • Pension (fiction film). Pitched by director Bård Røssevold of the Norwegian Film School
  • Tero Wants a Girlfriend (web series). Pitched by scriptwriter/director Janne Vanhanen and scriptwriter/producer Veera Lamminpää of Tampere University of Applied Science
  • The Danish West-Indies (animation/doc series). Pitched by director/editor Julie H. Baltzer of The Animation Workshop
  • The Exes (fiction film). Pitched by scriptwriter/director Kirsikka Saari of ELO Helsinki Film School
  • The Night Train is Coming (fiction film). Pitched by scriptwriter/director Heidi Lindén of ELO Helsinki Film School
  • Savannah Camping (animated series). Pitched by producer Niclas Caroc Warner of the National Film School of Denmark
  • Visitors (fiction film). Pitched by director Otto Banovits and scriptwriter Tomas Stark of Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts

Nordic Talents is co-organised by Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the National Film School of Denmark. 

Deadline to register for the event is AUGUST 30, 2017. To register CLICK HERE.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE: Nt 17 Press Release Selected Projects

Nordic talents to watch

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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

The National Film School of Denmark

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