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
Application submission for The Pitching Competition is now closed. Applicants will be notified by 25 June. 15 projects will be 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.

Nordic BA- or MA students in film or television, graduating fall 2017 or spring 2018 from the following Nordic schools could apply with project ideas for a feature length film or a TV/web-series (fiction, documentary or animation): The National Film School of Denmark, The Animation Workshop (Animation, Graphic Storytelling), The Norwegian Film School, ELO Helsinki Film School, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Akademin Valand, INN TV-skolen i Lillehammer, Westerdals Oslo ACT (Film & TV), HiVolda (Animation and Documentary), Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole (BA moving images), Tampere University of Applied Science (Film production), Turku University of Applied Science (Film and Animation). We also accepted applications from Nordic students graduating outside the Nordics.

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

Border creators to attend Nordic Talents 2018

Border, Nina Bisgaard, Ali Abbasi, Piodor Gustafsson / PHOTO: Marie Therese Karlberg

Border creators to attend Nordic Talents 2018

Border, Nina Bisgaard, Ali Abbasi, Piodor Gustafsson / PHOTO: Marie Therese Karlberg

Nordic film students and industry delegates have until AUGUST 30 to register.

Sign up now to be inspired by director Ali Abbasi and Nordic rising talents, set to pitch their projects to 200+ attendees from September 5-6 at the National Film School of Denmark.


In 2011 Ali Abbasi first caught the eye of Nordic professionals and film students attending Nordic Talents, with his graduation short film from the National Film School of Denmark M for Markus.

The director will be back this year with his supernatural drama Border one of the hottest films at the last Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Un Certain Regard Prize and Best Sound.

Following the film screening on Thursday September 6, Abbasi will discuss his work, alongside producers Piodor Gustafsson (Spark Film & TV, Sweden) and Nina Bisgaard (Meta Film, Denmark). The conversation will be moderated by Valeria Richter, Copenhagen-based creative producer and screenwriter.

The Border screening and discussion are among the highlights of the 18th Nordic Talents, organised by Nordisk Film & TV Fond in collaboration with the National Film School of Denmark, host of the networking event.

The Pitch competition whereby 15 selected projects will vie for the NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize and NOK 50,000 Special Mention will be judged this year by a panel of professionals comprising 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, as well as UK journalist and Nordic correspondent to Screendaily Wendy Mitchell.

The Producers’ Pitch from 20 established Nordic producers will be monitored by HBO Nordic Commissioning Editor Hanne Palmquist.

Nordic film producers who wish to participate can contact: Nordic Talents Project Manager Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes (

Deadline to apply to the Producers’ Pitch is June 25.

Nordic Talents is an essential stepping stone for Nordic film students who have the opportunity to connect with their Nordic peers and top industry people, and for financiers and producers who can discover the next Ali Abbasi, Gustav Möller, Hlynur Pálmason, Lea Glob or Maria Bäck.

For further information about Nordic Talents, CLICK HERE.

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