Deadline to apply 3 June 13:00 (CEST).

Nordic Talents 2020

A Nordic network is essential for the industry - 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: 2-3 September 2020
Where: The National Film School of Denmark, CPH

We are monitoring Nordic Covid-19 restrictions carefully. Any changes affecting the event will be announced on this site and in our other channels.

NT19 Mingling / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge
NT19 Cinema / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge
NT19 Dinner / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge

Pitching Competition for Nordic graduation students
Who can apply: Nordic film- or TV students (writers, directors, producers etc.) graduating with a BA- or MA degree during the period August 2019-June 2020.

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

Conditions to apply:
The applicant must be able to present a graduation film at the event. Applicants must be free to attend both a two-day pitch training prior to the event and the event itself. Apply alone, or in teams of two (both must have graduated during the eligible period and be involved in the project). Max 2 applications pr. applicant/team.

What kind of projects are eligible: Feature length films or TV/web-series. Fiction, documentary and animation project ideas are eligible. The project must be in development.

How and when to apply: The call for applications and the digital application form is open 5 May 9:00 - 3 June 13:00 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 (work in progress is accepted at the time of application)

Note: we reserve the right to print parts of the application in our catalogue and online if you are selected to pitch.

NT19 Katrín Björgvinsdóttir, Patricia Bbaale Bandak, Mie Skjoldemose / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge
NT19 The Pitchers / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge

Among the Nordic schools we accept applicants from are; The National Film School of Denmark, The Animation Workshop (Animation, Graphic Storytelling), ELO Helsinki Film School, Tampere University of Applied Science (Film production), Turku University of Applied Science (Film and Animation), ARCADA University of Applied Science (Film), The Norwegian Film School, Westerdals (Film & TV), INN University - TV Skolen (TV-regi), Volda University College (Animation and Documentary), Nordland kunst- og filmfagskole (BA moving images), Stockholm University of the Arts, HDK Valand.
Nordic students graduating outside the Nordics are also welcome to apply.

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. We screen the graduation films of the students who pitch. During the opening dinner 12 Nordic producers will introduce themselves and their companies at the Producer's Pitch. Thursday afternoon e.g. a Master Class will be held before the Award Ceremony closes the event. The program lasts from Wednesday morning till Thursday evening and will be announced during August.

Former winners
This is the 20th edition of Nordic Talents! Since the 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
A Jury of professionals will select the winners and hand 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.

NT19 Q & A with the jury / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge
NT19 Award Ceremony / PHOTO: Torleif Hauge

Who can attend the event

  • Newly graduated Nordic film/TV BA- or MA students.
  • In agreement with the schools, a limited number of next year’s graduation students can attend as observers.
  • Nordic industry professionals like producers, financiers, distributors etc. 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.

Practical information
The program 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. Beverages for sale at the venue.

Event News

Amanda Kernell among Nordic Talents Jury Members

Amanda Kernell / PHOTO: Carla Orrego Veliz

Amanda Kernell among Nordic Talents Jury Members

Amanda Kernell / PHOTO: Carla Orrego Veliz

Nordic film graduates have until tomorrow June 3rd 13:00 CET to submit their application.

The award-winning director will be back at Nordic Talents in Copenhagen (September 2-3) seven years after pitching the idea for Sami Blood.


 Swedish writer/director Amanda Kernell (Charter, Sami Blood) will be among five jury members set to hand out the coveted NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize and the NOK 50,000 Nordic Talents Special Mention Prize to the best two ideas for a first fiction, animation, documentary film or TV/web series.

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Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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