Nordic Talents 2019

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: 4 - 5 September 2019

Where: The National Film School of Denmark, CPH

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NT18 Dinner and Producers' Pitch / PHOTO: NFTVF, Torleif Hauge

What happens during Nordic Talents  
The main focus of the event is the Pitching Competition where 15 pre-selected projects compete for the pitch prizes. In addition we screen the graduation films of the students who pitch. During the opening dinner 12 Nordic producers get to introduce themselves and their company at the Producers´ Pitch. Thursday there will be a Master Class with two time-Nordic Council Film Prize winner, writer/director/actor Benedikt Erlingsson (Woman at War, Of Horses and Men) before the Award Ceremony closes the event. The program lasts from Wednesday morning till Thursday evening. Detailed program TBA in August.

The Producer's Pitch
If your company is interested in signing up for the Producer's Pitch to be moderated by Noemi Ferrer, Head of International at DFI, contact Project Manager of Nordic Talents Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes:
ann-sophie@nftvfond.com by 7 August and answer the following question:
"What can my company offer for a young Nordic Talent?"

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

Jury and Awards
This year's jury consists of director May el-Toukhy (DK), producer and director of AVEK Ulla Simonen (FI), producer and managing director of Netop Films Grímar Jonsson (IS), film and TV commissioner at NFI Ståle Stein Berg (NO) and a fifth person to be named later. The Jury selects the winners and 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.

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Ståle Stein Berg / PHOTO: Norsk Filminstitutt

Who can attend the event

  • Nordic Talents is open for newly graduated Nordic film- or TV BA- or MA students. You do not have to get selected for the pitching competition to attend the event.
  • After agreement with the schools, a limited number of next year’s graduation students can attend as observers. 
  • 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 till 30 August.

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.

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Nordic Talents 2019 Pitch Competition Unveiled

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Nordic Talents 2019 Pitch Competition Unveiled

NT19 News / PHOTO: NFTVF

Nordisk Film & TV Fond has selected 15 projects for its 19th Nordic Talents pitch competition, to be held September 4-5 at the National Film School of Denmark.

PRESS RELEASE: 24.06.19
The 15 projects to be pitched by 21 Nordic film graduates will compete for the NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize and the NOK 50,000 Special Mention Prize.

The National Film School of Denmark will be out in force with six projects. The other film schools represented are The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark with three projects, Valand Academy-University of Gothenburg and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts with two projects each, as well as ELO Helsinki Film School and Norway’s Westerdals with one project each.

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Promising talents set to pitch include Nitesh Anjaan, winner of the Audience Award-Best Mid-Length Documentary at Hot Docs 2018 for Dreaming of Murakami, Christian Bengtson, Robert nominated in 2016 for his short film Shiva. Shahab Mehrabi, winner Best Swedish Short Film in Göteborg 2018 for Götaplatsen #flerochfler, and Katarina Lundquist, BAFTA short-listed for her animated short film Forget-Me-Not.

Petri Kemppinen, CEO at Nordisk Film & TV Fond said: “This year`s selection is really diverse. We have graduation students across all the five Nordic countries that bring a huge amount of fresh consciousness in the varied themes they wish to develop. I am really looking forward to two enjoyable days with them in September.”

The 2019 jury consists of director May el-Toukhy (Denmark), producer and director of AVEK Ulla Simonen (Finland), producer and managing director of Netop Films Grímar Jonsson (Iceland), film and TV commissioner at the Norwegian Film Institute Ståle Stein Berg (Norway) with a fifth person to be confirmed.

Other highlights at Nordic Talents 2019 include: 

  • Masterclass with the multi-awarded Icelandic writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson on Thursday September 5, moderated by Silje Riise Næss, film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute. 
  • a Producers’ Pitch to be moderated by Noemi Ferrer, Head of International at the Danish Film Institute.   

This year a reduced number of Nordic producers (12 against 20 in 2018) will be invited to pitch during a dinner at the National Film School of Denmark on Wednesday September 4.

Sign up NOW to the exclusive Nordic Producers’ Pitch by contacting Nordic Talents Project Manager Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes (ann-sophie@nordiskfilmogtvfond.com) with the name of the participant and an answer to the following question: What can my company offer for a young Nordic Talent?

Producers have until August 7 to register.

To register for Nordic Talents and for further information CLICK HERE.

Full list of 2019 Nordic Talents pitch projects: 

  • Ayda Queen of Höglunda Resort (fiction film)
    Valand Academy, Göteborg Pitched by Lisa Meyer, director and producer (graduation film Melanie) Six years old Kurdish Ayda moves in to a hostel in Sweden with her family.
  • Better I Go Suffer (documentary film)
    The National School of Denmark Pitched by Patricia Bbaale Bandak, director (graduation film Villa Villekulla) By confronting my worst nightmares I will get to my own history. 
  • Downs of the Dead (fiction film)
    Wesderdals Pitched by Even Husby Grødahl, director (graduation film Downs of the Dead) and Jesper Breen Frilseth, scriptwriter (graduation film Downs of the Dead). Their syndrome may be down, but their hopes are up.
  • Fast & Frightening – working title (documentary film)
    ELO Helsinki Film School Pitched by Marja Pihlaja, producer (graduation film Untitled/burned rubber on asphalt). Fast and Frightening is a creative documentary about mid-life crisis, motorcycles and menopause.
  • Freya (TV drama series) Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts Pitched by Nilas Lindgren, scriptwriter (graduation film Polaris) An edgy youth series with the potential to be hopelessly dark. It won’t be.
  • Hard Drive (fiction film)
    The National Film School of Denmark Pitched by Mads Mengel, director (graduation film For Juliane) and Christian Bengtson, scriptwriter (graduation film A treatise of the human animal n°38: Heartache) Would you relive your past to reshape your future?
     
  • Lucky (hybrid fiction) The National Film School of Denmark Pitched by Nitesh Anjaan, director (graduation film Night Bus) Lucky is a modern tragedy about human exile and our longing for a better tomorrow.
  • Project RIP (animated series)
    The Animation Workshop Viborg Pitched by director/cinematographer Katarina Lundquist (graduation film Forget-Me-Not) and cinematographer/art director Tobias Dahl Orderud (graduation film Rêverie). After dying, two women have to confront the truths and tragedies of their previous lives.
  • Queen Ingrid (TV drama series)
    The National Film School of Denmark Pitched by Katrín Björgvinsdóttir, director (graduation film Queen Ingrid) and Mie Skjoldemose, scriptwriter (graduation film Queen Ingrid) Your mom lied. You’re not special. 
  • Sofa Surfer (TV drama series)
    The National Film School of Denmark Pitched by Denise Kræmer, scriptwriter (graduation film Below the Waves, Above the Clouds) Skating for a brighter future, but the past catches up.
  • Soul for a Hot Dog – working title (animated series) The Animation Workshop, Viborg Pitched by Myra Hild, director (graduation film Of Aska) A mysterious hot dog vendor trades fast food for souls in the late city night. 
  • Tales of Zale (animated series)
    The Animation Workshop, Viborg Pitched by Sif Savery, director (graduation film Of Aska). Throughout all kinds of hardships, life always rises from the ashes.
  • The Beetle Hunters (documentary series)
    The National Film School of Denmark Pitched by Assa Rytter, director (graduation film Manifest). We’ve lost touch with nature, but fear not. The Beetle Hunters are on the case! 
  • The Trial of a Chameleon (documentary film)
    Valand Academy, Göteborg. Pitched by Shahab Mehrabi, director/editor (graduation film The Trip to Istanbul) and Edvina Koda Sander, producer (graduation film Grown-Up Men & Me) A chameleon in a dark room, crying and trying to find its own colours.
  • Woman Occupied (fiction film) Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts Pitched by Amanda Björk, producer (graduation film To Discharge) and Kajsa Haidl, producer (graduation film To Discharge) How can you be sane in a sick world?

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Nordic talents to watch

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Project Manager
Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes
ann-sophie@nftvfond.com
+47 64 00 60 80

National Film School of Denmark

Coordinator
Caroline Reichhardt
cre@filmskolen.dk
+45 41718893