Pitching Competition for
Nordic graduation students:
Call for applications is open!

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

NT15 Mingling / PHOTO: NFTVF, Torleif Hauge

Pitching Competition for Nordic graduation students

Who can apply: Nordic film- or TV BA- or MA students (writers, directors, producers etc.) graduating between August 2018-June 2019. Graduation students can apply alone, or in teams of two as long as both are involved in the project. We accept maximum 2 applications pr. applicant/team.

Among the Nordic schools we accept applicants from are; 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, HiL (Documentary film production and Film & TV), Westerdals (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), ARCADA University of Applied Science (Film).
Nordic students graduating outside the Nordics are also welcome to apply.

Why should you apply: Don’t miss the opportunity to kick-start your career by pitching your project idea in front of a professional jury and Nordic key-decision makers at Nordic Talents. We select 15 projects to pitch and compete for our two development funding awards of NOK 250,000 and NOK 50,000!

Conditions to apply: The applicant must have completed their graduation film and have a copy (with English subs) ready for screening before the event. The applicant must be ready to commit to attending both a pitching training workshop (2-3 Sept.) and the event (4-5 Sept.).

What kind of projects are eligible: We are looking for projects in a phase of development, either a feature length film or a TV/web-series. Fiction, documentary and animation projects are eligible.

How and when to apply: The Call for applications and digital application form is open. Deadline to apply is 4 June (9 am CEST). All applicants will be notified by the end of June. 

Check-list: For the application we require the following information in English.

  • Applicant information: name, e-mail, mobile, school.
  • Who will pitch if selected: name, e-mail, mobile, graduation film title and preview link, function.
  • Short info on key crew and your motivation for making this project (max 150 words)
  • Project information: title (local and English), category, genre, length in mins, 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), initial marketing and audience engagement strategy (max 150 words), preliminary time schedule, estimated production budget amount.
  • Optional additional project information (to be uploaded): detailed synopsis (max 2 A4 pages), visual material (max 4 A4 pages or link/password to see visual material on FTP, Dropbox, Vimeo etc.)
  • Information about your graduation film: title (local and English), category, length (in mins), short synopsis (max 80 words), names of the crew, an image from the film (min. 300 dpi), link/password to screener

Note: parts of this information will be printed in our catalogue and used online if you are selected.

NT18 The Talents / PHOTO: NFTVF, Torleif Hauge

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
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.

Among the former jury members are several former NT-alumni as well as e.g. Lone Scherfig, Roy Andersson, Baltasar Kormakur, Tobias Lindholm, Hannu Toumainen, Thomas Robsham, Ruben Østlund, Kristina Trapp, Julie Bergeron and Juho Kousmanen.

What happens 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 also screen the graduation films of the students who pitch. We will let the established Nordic producers introduce themselves after the opening dinner (the Producers´ Pitch), and invite you to join an interesting Master Class or such before the Award Ceremony closes the event. The program lasts from Wednesday morning till Thursday evening. 

NT18 Screening and Pitch Session / PHOTO: NFTVF, Torleif Hauge
NT18 Lunch time / PHOTO: NFTVF, Torleif Hauge
NT18 Dinner and Producers' Pitch / PHOTO: NFTVF, Torleif Hauge

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 opens mid June and closes late 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.

Event News

Call for Applications Nordic Talents 2019


Call for Applications Nordic Talents 2019


The networking event for promising Nordic talents and stepping stone in their career will take place September 4-5, 2019 in Copenhagen.


Nordisk Film & TV Fond is inviting Nordic BA and MA students in film or television, recently graduated from selected film schools in the Nordics and elsewhere, to submit their applications.  Around fifteen selected projects will compete for the NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize and NOK 50,000 Special Mention Prize. To apply, graduation students must submit a pitch for a feature length film or TV/web series in development stage. Fiction, documentary and animation projects are eligible.

Prior to the pitching to an audience of 200+ industry people, candidates will attend a pitching training session with Valeria Richter and Paul Tyler.

A jury of five distinguished industry members will be announced soon as well as details of the programme.

Acclaimed Nordic directors who won Nordic Talents awards include May el Toukhy (Queen of Hearts), Hlynur Pálmason (Winter Brothers,) Gustav Möller (The Guilty) and Maria Bäck (I Remember When I Die).

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

For further information and to apply CLICK HERE.

Nordic talents to watch

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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

National Film School of Denmark

Caroline Reichhardt
+45 41718893