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: 21-22 October 2020
Where: The National Film School of Denmark, CPH

Covid-19
Note: Due to the current Covid-19 situations Nordic Talents 2020 is postponed to 21-22 October. We are still monitoring Nordic Covid-19 restrictions carefully. Any further changes affecting the event will be announced on this site and in our other channels.

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What happens during Nordic Talents
The main focus of the event is the Pitch Competition where 15 pre-selected projects compete for the pitch prizes. The line-up was announced 26 June. You will get to see 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 Berlin-based keynote speaker Christoph Fey will hold a Master Class before the Award Ceremony closes the event. The program lasts from Wednesday morning till Thursday evening, details will be announced during August/September.

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. Celebrated Nordic filmmakers who won prizes at Nordic Talents include Milad Alami, Maria Bäck, Gustav Möller, Hlynur Pálmason, Marja Pyykkö, and May el-Toukhy among others.

Jury and Awards
This years Jury of acclaimed professionals consist of Swedish director Amanda Kernell, Icelandic writer and showrunner Sigurjón Kjartansson, Danish documentary filmmaker Eva Mulvad, Finnish producer, owner and CEO of Aamu Film Company, Jussi Rantamäki and NRK executive producer/commissioning editor, Tone Rønning from Norway. The Jury 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.

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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 deadline is 15 October at noon (CET).

Practical information
The program will be held in English. Films will be screened with English subtitles. Nordic Talents is free of charge. All meals served at the Film School are included. Beverages for sale at the venue.

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Event News

Nordic Talents announces 2020 Pitch Competition Lineup

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Nordic Talents announces 2020 Pitch Competition Lineup

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Nordisk Film & TV Fond has selected 15 projects for its 20th Nordic Talents Pitch Competition to be held October 21-22 at Copenhagen’s National Film School of Denmark.

This year’s 15 pitches from 19 graduation film students, consist of seven fiction film projects, five series (including one animated and one cross media project), and three documentary films. 

Registration for participants to attend is now open: CLICK HERE.

To download and read the full press release: CLICK HERE.

The Norwegian Film School, Lillehammer is out in force with six projects. ELO Film School Finland, Espoo and Stockholm University of the Arts have three projects each; HDK Valand, Gothenburg, the National Film School of Denmark, Copenhagen and VIA Film & Transmedia, Aarhus have one project each.

Commenting on the selection, Project Manager Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes says: “The number of graduation students from the different schools, and programmes they graduate from, vary from year to year. This is naturally reflected in the yearly selection. In 2020 we had a high number of applications from The Norwegian Film School. Fortunately, the Covid-19 health crisis did not have an impact on the number of applicants and we were able to select 15 promising projects from close to 50 submissions.”

Liselott Forsman, CEO at Nordisk Film & TV Fond says: “Nordic Talents is a great opportunity for experienced professionals to dive into the fresh thinking and unique universes of upcoming creators. Most of the graduation works received in 2020, are still short films, while the new projects in planning show a great variation in themes, formats and culture arenas. I look very much forward to the 20th edition of our popular event, which enables truly productive and exciting meetings to all delegates".

The 15 selected projects will compete for the NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize and NOK 50,000 Nordic Talents Special Mention, granted to the winners as development support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

This year’s Nordic Talents jury of prominent professionals comprises: 

  • Amanda Kernell, director (Sweden)  
  • Eva Mulvad, director/producer and co-owner of Danish Documentary (Denmark)  
  • Sigurjón Kjartansson, screenwriter, head of development at RVK Studios (Iceland) 
  • Jussi Rantamäki, producer, owner of Aamu Film Company (Finland) 
  • Tone Rønning, commissioning editor at NRK (Norway).

Other highlights at Nordic Talents 2020 include: 

  • a Masterclass with Christoph Fey, a Berlin-based entertainment lawyer, associated to premium dramas such as Unorthodox, Babylon Berlin, Deutschland 83/86/89 and the film The Grand Hotel Budapest
  • a Producers’ Pitch with 12 leading Nordic producers. The session will be moderated by Noemi Ferrer, Executive Producer, in charge of Partnerships and Pre-sales at DR Sales.

Note Covid-19 Due to the current health crisis, Nordic Talents has been postponed from its usual early September date to October 21-22, 2020. The Fund is still monitoring the related health regulations, travel and social-distancing restrictions carefully.

For further information on Nordic Talents: CLICK HERE 
or contact
Project Manager
Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes
: ann-sophie@nftvfond.com



FULL LIST OF NORDIC TALENTS PITCH PROJECTS 2020: 

  • Black Dragon Express (Animated series)
    The National Film School of Denmark
    Pitcher: Mathias Rodrigues Bjerre (graduation film I don’t Have Time for This)
    Welcome aboard!
  • Escaping Bolivia (TV drama series)
    The Norwegian Film School
    Pitcher: Emilie Beck (graduation film Escaping Bolivia)
    How far are you willing to go to save yourself?
  • Kolbar (documentary film)
    The Norwegian Film School
    Pitchers: director Hazhir Ibrahimi, producer Ole Henrik Furberg Karlsen (graduation film Please wait…)
    A child tries to achieve his dream even if it costs his life.
  • Legendary (fiction film)
    The Norwegian Film School
    Pitcher: writer/director Mads Lind Knudsen (graduation film Before Long
    ‘I know you want it’.
  • Neverland (working title) (fiction film)
    The Norwegian Film School
    Pitcher: director Håvard Fandrem (graduation film A Quiet Sea)
    Where do you run when what you fear is inside you? 
  • Nothing Disappears, Everything Remains (documentary film)
    Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH)
    Pitcher: director/cinematographer Lamin Daniel Jadama (graduation film Nothing Disappears, Everything Remains) 
    Music documentary, social realism.
  • Racing Hearts (documentary film)
    Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH)
    Pitcher: director/editor Milla Bergh (graduation film Racing Hearts
    Ewy and Ursula, 1962. The only female team ever to drive in Gran Premio Argentina. 
  • Rook (TV drama series)
    The Norwegian Film School
    Pitchers: director Mohamed Chakiri (graduation film Norwegian Couscous), writer Emil Wahl (graduation film Papapa)
    You’ll never find your true self, searching among others.
  • The Beast Friend (fiction film)
    ELO Film School Finland
    Pitchers: producer Julia Elomäki, writer/director Lauri-Matti Parppei (graduation film The Last Day)
    A psycho-sexual fable of toxic relationships and co-dependency.
  • The Earwig (fiction film)
    HDK-Valand
    Pitcher: director/producer Sebastian Johansson Micci (graduation film The Drowning Goat
    My Father Toni Erdmann meets District 9 and The Celebration. 
  • The Ovulation Narrative (fiction film)
    ELO Film School Finland
    Pitcher: writer/director Anna Mellin (graduation film Filia
    A film about women who bend over Aristotle’s statue.
  • The Pacific Patch People (TV drama series)
    Stockholm University of the Arts (SKH)
    Pitcher: production designer Lisanne Fransen (graduation film The Pacific Patch People
    A hopeful story about an inspiring community in a future unhinged by climate change.
  • The Scavenger (fiction film)
    Multiplatform Storytelling and Production-VIA Film & Transmedia
    Pitchers: writer/director Kim Lütze Hjælm, cinematographer Alex Kristensen (graduation film Another Trailer)
    A liar is a man in fear. A thief is a man in need.
  • Whatever Life (web/cross-media series)
    ELO Film School Finland
    Pitcher: director/producer Severi Koivusalo (graduation film Whatever Life) Whatever Life transfers the peculiar mindset of Instagram artist Pieruperse into a comedy series format. 
  • Woman Walking (fiction film)
    The Norwegian Film School
    Pitchers: director Kerren Lumer-Klabbers, writer Emil Wahl (graduation film Papapa
    Story about a woman, a field and the meaning of life.

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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 (office)