20th edition of Nordic Talents
2-3 September 2020.
Save the dates!

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

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. Applicants must be free to attend both a two-day pitch training (31 Aug.-1 Sept.) and the event (2-3 Sept.). 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.

Application must contain: Info on applicant(s) and crew, motivation for making the project, detailed project info (e.g. development plan, initial marketing and audience engagement strategy) and info about the graduation film. All info must be submitted in English.

How and when to apply: The call for applications and the digital application form opens here on our website 5 May 2020. Deadline to apply is 3 June 13:00 CET. All applicants will be notified by the end of June.

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.

Note: Payment at the bar only by Danish cash or MobilePay. Credit cards are not accepted.

Nordic talents to watch

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

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