Nordic Talents announces 2021 Jury for Pitch Competition

Nordic Talents Jury 2021, left to right Elli Toivoniemi, Milad Alami, Karoline Leth, Steven Meyers, Cecilie Mosli / PHOTO: Misc
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Nordic Talents announces 2021 Jury for Pitch Competition

Nordic Talents Jury 2021, left to right Elli Toivoniemi, Milad Alami, Karoline Leth, Steven Meyers, Cecilie Mosli / PHOTO: Misc

Milad Alami, Karoline Leth, Cecilie Mosli, Steven Meyers and Elli Toivoniemi will sit on the jury of the 21st Nordic Talents (September 8-9).

Fifteen projects from Nordic film graduates will compete online for the NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize and NOK 50,000 Special Mention Prize for best feature length project or drama/web series, within fiction, documentary, animation or in a hybrid form.

Nordic Film graduates have until June 1st, 13.00 CEST to apply for the pitch competition.

TO APPLY: CLICK HERE .


This year’s prestigious jury who will hand out the coveted awards at the closing ceremony Thursday September 9, are the following:

Milad Alami (writer/director, Sweden)

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Milad Alami / PHOTO: Jason Alami

Milad Alami graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011. The same year he won a Nordic Talents award together with producer Stinna Lassen. Since then, he has made several short films, winning the Robert Prize and being selected to Directors Fortnight in Cannes. Alami’s first feature The Charmer, premiered at San Sebastian and won several prizes, among others the Fedeora Award in San Sebastian, Silver Hugo Prize in Chicago, NDR Film Prize in Lübec, and Best Film in Warsaw.

Alami was also the concept director for DR´s series When the Dust Settles which competed for Nordisk Film & TV Fond Prize 2019-Best Nordic Screenplay. He is currently in post-production with his new feature film The Opponent, set to premiere in 2022.


Karoline Leth (Producer, Zentropa, Denmark)

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Karoline Leth has produced more than 20 short and documentary films, and several feature films and drama series like Marie Krøyer (Bille August), Arn (based on author Jan Guillou’s tales about the Night Templar Arn) and Rita (TV2 Denmark). Rita has been a huge success at Netflix and remakes were ordered in France and Belgium. She co-created the crime series Norskov and produced the first season of the award-winning series The Legacy (DR Drama), as well as the mini-drama series Liberty. As producer with focus on drama series at Zentropa, Leth is working on various TV series, including one for NENT Group/Viaplay.


Steven Meyers (script consultant Icelandic Film Centre, film educator, Iceland)

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Steven Meyers is a Reykjavík-based script consultant and film educator, originally from Michigan, USA. He has studied screenwriting and film directing at both FAMU in Prague and at the Columbia University School of the Arts in New York, where he received his MFA. He is a fiction consultant for the Icelandic Film Centre and the founder of the Reykjavik Film Academy, which provides film training for emerging talent in Iceland and abroad. He took part in the campaign to bring university-level film education to Iceland for the first time.


Cecilie Mosli (actress/writer/director, Norway)

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Cecilie Mosli / PHOTO: Caroline Roka

Cecilie Mosli graduated from the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre. She has starred in several plays, films and TV series. Her performance in The Orheim Company landed her an Amanda Award and a Kanon Award. She also received praise at home as a director in varying formats within theatre and radio.

After co-writing the acclaimed series Hjerterått for NRK Super, she went on to direct the international success drama thriller Mammon for NRK Drama. In 2017 Mosli won an Emmy for Best International Series after directing Mammon season 2. She has also directed several episodes of the internationally acclaimed series Acquitted, Home Ground, Grey’s Anatomy and Thin Ice. Mosli is currently editing her feature debut Three Wishes for Cinderella.


Elli Toivoniemi (director/producer, Tuffi Films, Finland)

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Elli Toivoniemi / PHOTO: Mirkka Pihlajamaa

Elli Toivoniemi is co-founder of the high-profile company Tuffi Films. Her work as a producer includes internationally acclaimed films like the Nordic Council Film prize nominee The Good Son (2011), Academy Award nominated short fiction Do I Have to Take Care of Everything (2012), the Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner The Date (2013), and the Berlin Crystal Bear winning film Stupid Young Heart (2018). She is an EAVE & ACE producer graduate and was assigned Film Producer of the Year 2020 by Audiovisual Producers in Finland.

Toivoniemi is behind the Force of Habit anthology series comprising a feature, 11 short films and an impact campaign, exploring gender discrimination and existing power structures in public and private life. The feature won the Nordisk Film Culture Prize 2020 and Best International Feature at Raindance FF, 2020.


Nordic Talents will be held fully online September 8-9 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Highlights include:

  • the film graduates Pitch Competition
  • a Producers’ Pitch from 12 established Nordic producers
  • a vimeo showcase with graduation films from the selected pitchers
  • an inspiring case study
  • networking opportunities

Previous Nordic Talents winners include May el-Toukhy (Queen of Hearts), Marja Pyykkö (Paradise), Gustav Möller (The Guilty), Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano), and Maria Bäck (Psychosis in Stockholm) among others.

For Nordic film graduates’ full conditions to apply and more, check https://www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com/events/nordic-talents/2021

For further information contact:
Project Manager Ann-Sophie W. Birkenes:
ann-sophie@nftvfond.com

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