Participant registration open
14 June - 30 August

Nordic Talents 2018

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: 5 - 6 September 2018
Where: The National Film School of Denmark, CPH

Pitching Competition for graduation students
15 projects have been selected to pitch at the event and compete for the Nordic Talents-awards (NOK 300,000). The selected students will attend a 2-day pitch training prior to the event. Scroll down to "Event News" for a complete overview of who is pitching or click HERE.

Program during Nordic Talents
The main focus of the event is the Pitching Competition where 15 pre-selected projects are being pitched and compete for the pitch prizes. We will screen the graduation films of the students who pitch. In addition, the established producers introduce themselves during the Producers´Pitch, a Master Class with the Border creators will take place and we round off with the Award Ceremony.

The event opens Wednesday morning and closes Thursday evening. Detailed program TBA in August. 

NT17 Pitching Session / PHOTO: NFTVF, Torleif Hauge
NT14 Award Ceremony / PHOTO: NFTVF, Torleif Hauge
NT16 Winners: Mika Gustafson, Kaisa El Ramly, Harald Mæle Jr., Kjersti Wøien Håland / PHOTO: NFTF Torleif Hauge

Previous 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), Hlynur Pálmasson (Winter Brothers), Gustav Møller and Lina Flint (The Guilty) and Fanni Metelius (The Heart).

Jury and Awards
The Nordic Talents-jury that selects the winners consists of five members from the professional film- and TV-industry. 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.

This year's jury consists of: Marja Pyykkö (FI) director (Black Widows), Izer Aliu (NO) writer/director (Hunting Flies), Jørgen Lerdam (DK) animator/director (The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear), Madeleine Ekman (SE) Film Commissioner from the Swedish Film Institute and Wendy Mitchell (UK) Nordic correspondent for Screendaily, Nordic film scout for the San Sebastian International Film Festival and programmer for the British Council.

Who can attend the event
Nordic Talents is open for all Nordic graduation students from the film schools mentioned above. Future graduation students may attend to observe (by special invitation only). 

We welcome Nordic 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 is open 14 June - 30 August. Register here

Practical information
Pitching, Master Classes etc. will be held in English. Films will be screened with English sub titles. 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.

Event News

Nordic Talents Pitch project competition announced

Nordic Talents 2018 News / PHOTO: Nftvf

Nordic Talents Pitch project competition announced

Nordic Talents 2018 News / PHOTO: Nftvf

Nordisk Film & TV Fond has selected 15 projects from a record 49 applications for its 18th Nordic Talents, unspooling September 5-6, 2018 in Copenhagen.


The projects to be pitched by 18 Nordic film graduates will compete for the NOK 250,000 Pitch Prize and the NOK 50,000 Special Mention Prize. The cash prizes from Nordisk Film & TV Fond will be earmarked towards the development of the projects.

The Norwegian Film School of Lillehammer and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts have the largest number of projects selected (five each). Other film schools represented with one project are The National Film School of Denmark, the Animation Workshop/VIA University College Viborg, Denmark, Valand Academy-University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Tampere University of Applied Science (Film Production) Finland, and Columbia University, USA.

Commenting on the 2018 selection, Petri Kemppinen, CEO at Nordisk Film & TV Fond said: “We are extremely pleased to have received an all-time record of 49 applications which did not make the selection committee´s task easy, but upcoming talents’ visions and their development plans were the defining points for the final 15 that passed. They represent all the five Nordic countries and Swedish projects are back in numbers, after a few years silence. The selection is very diverse, with formats ranging from fiction film, documentary, animation, TV and web series.”

This year’s jury consists of Finnish director Marja Pyykkö, Norwegian director Izer Aliu, Danish animator/director Jørgen Lerdam, the Swedish Film Institute Feature Film Commissioner and former Zentropa Sweden CEO Madeleine Ekman, and Screendaily Nordic correspondent and San Sebastian Film Festival Nordic delegate Wendy Mitchell.

Other highlights of Nordic Talents 2018 include:

  • a Masterclass with the creators of the film Border, winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes,
  • a Producers’ Pitch from 20 established Nordic producers, monitored by HBO Nordic Commissioning Editor Hanne Palmquist.

The 2018 Nordic Talents Pitch competition are the following:

  • Almost Ready (FI) Fiction Film, Tampere University of Applied Science (Film production).  Writer Meri Teperi (graduation film Katko/Commercial Break). 
    Being humble is what it takes but never should one bow and scrape.
  • Apple Hills (DK) Animated series, The National Film School of Denmark.  Writer/Director Lowe Haak (graduation film The Messenger).  Boredom is the root to all fun.
  • Barbara and the Jumping Genes (SE) Documentary film, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Director Karl-Oskar Gustafsson (graduation film Star City). About genetics, corn, mysticism and gender.
  • Family (SE) Fiction Film, Akademi Valand, Göteborg. Director/Producer Tia Kouvo (graduation film Mummola/Family Time).  Christmas is made of a drunken grandfather, arguing sisters, a won-out grandmother and withdrawn teenagers.
  • Hygge (DK) Animated series, The Animation Workshop (Animation & Graphic Storytelling. Director Philip Piaget (graduation film Reverie), co-Director Rikke Planeta (graduation film Bacchus).  During the harshest winter, Bjørn helps her friends discover the light and warmth of hygge. 
  • Laura (working title) (NO) Fiction film, The Norwegian Film School.  Writer/Director Fanny Ovesen (graduation film She-Pack). 
    A Blackout makes the trip of their dreams painfully unforgettable.
  • Princess and Partisan (SE) TV drama series, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Director Yana Martsynkevych (graduation film Lost in Kylv).  Could you live your life through three wars and stay sane?
  • Seven Balconies (IS) Fiction film, Columbia University. US Writer/Director Erlendur Sveinsson (graduation film Kanarí).  Inhabitants of an apartment building with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories. 
  • Sick (SE) TV drama series, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Writer Lisa Ambjörn (graduation film Banana Pancake Trail).  It’s easy to die and hard to live. 
  • Silence (working title) (NO) Fiction Film, The Norwegian Film School.  Writer/Director Brwa Vahabpour (graduation film Gjeteren/The Shepherd).  Your voice is not the only means of expression.
  • Simple Things (NO) Fiction Film, The Norwegian Film School.  Writer/Director Ernst De Greer (graduation film Kulturen/The Culture); co-writer Mads Stegger (graduatIon film Det vi ikke snakker om/Things We Don’t Talk About).  It takes great courage to be vulnerable.
  • Stories from the Shower (NO) Documentary film/cross-media, The Norwegian Film School.  Director Teresia Fant (graduation film Leve Løten!/Viva Løten!).  Young people reveal their experiences from the changing rooms and sowers in schools.
  • The Diagnosis (SE) Cross-media, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Writer Ebba Stymme (graduation film Flockdjur/Domesticated); co-writer/producer Maja-Stina Åsberg (graduation film Flockdjur/Domesticated).  “For those who never finish anything”.
  • The Foster Family (SE) Documentary film, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.  Director Julia Dinome (graduation film Carina).  My happy childhood was a day-to-day learning experiment for damaged kids.
  • The Locker Room (NO) Fiction film, The Norwegian Film School. Director Dan Johan Filip Svensson (graduation film Det vi ikke snakker om/Things we Don’t Talk About). Are you manly enough to be vulnerable?

Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the National Film School of Denmark - hosting the event - are co-organisers of Nordic Talents, attended each year by more than 200 film students and industry delegates.

Past Nordic Talents winners whose pitches turned into award-winning directorial debuts include Maria Bäck (I Remember When I Die), Fanni Metelius (The Heart), Gustav Möller (The Guilty), Hlynur Pálmasson (Winter Brothers) and Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano).

To register or for additional information, CLICK HERE. 

Project Manager Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes

Petri Kemppinen, CEO Nordisk Film & TV Fond (

Nordic talents to watch

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Project Manager - Nordic Talents
Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes
T: +47 64 00 60 80

The National Film School of Denmark

Caroline Reichhardt
M: +45 41 71 88 93