Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s 20th pitching and networking event for Nordic graduation film students will be held virtually October 21-22.

Due to tighter Covid-19 health and safety restrictions Nordic Talents - originally due to unspool physically at Copenhagen’s National Film School of Denmark - will now move online.

The dates are Wednesday October 21 and Thursday October 22 between 10.00-16.00 CET.

To have access to the full programme operated via Zoom, participants need to REGISTER HERE by October 15, 12.00 CET.

The event’s top three programmes - the Pitch Competition from Nordic film graduates, Producers’ Pitch and Keynote - will be held as scheduled, but with slight adjustments, while one-to-one online meetings, tailor-made for the virtual space, will replace the mingling between 200+ Nordic film graduates and industry professionals at the National Film School of Denmark.

Film graduates will benefit from personal pitch coaching from experts Paul Tyler and Valeria Richter, to prepare for their presentations.

Liselott Forsman, the Fund’s CEO said: “The Fund wants to make absolutely sure that we all can take part in Nordic Talents on equal terms, despite varying travel restrictions. Our industry has learned a lot since March about live communication in digitally cosy rooms and lobbies and we will make best use of these new ways. The pitch coaching for our film graduates focuses on virtual pitching, a skill of growing importance. I look very much forward to exiting presentations and discussions."

For this year’s exceptional online FILM GRADUATES PITCH COMPETITION, participants will be invited to watch 15 pre-registered pitches from 19 graduation film students, vying for the NOK 250,000 Nordic Talents Prize and NOK 50,000 Special Mention Prize.

Each pitch will be followed by live feedback from this year’s prestigious jury members comprising Swedish director Amanda Kernell, Icelandic writer/showrunner Sigurjón Kjartansson, Danish documentary filmmaker Eva Mulvad, Finnish producer Jussi Rantamäki of Aamu Film, and NRK executive producer/commissioning editor Tone Rønning. As always, the pitching will be moderated by Nordisk Film & TV Fond’s documentary senior advisor Karolina Lidin.

Nordic Talents’ other popular pitching session - the PRODUCERS PITCH from 10-12 selected producers will be held October 21. The platform is a unique opportunity for new and established producers to present their company and to attract tomorrow’s Nordic talents.

Noemi Ferrer Schwenk, executive-producer pre-sales & partnerships at DR will introduce each pitch and do live short interviews with the selected producers after their three-minute pre-recorded pitch.

Ferrer Schwenk said: “I would like to explore with the producers, what kind of changes and learnings Covid-19 has brought about, focusing on innovative and creative ways of dealing with the challenges. Looking forward, not back.”

Deadline to register for the Producers’ Pitch is September 22. Sign up by contacting Tina Í Dali Wagner:

Finally the online KEYNOTE WITH CHRISTOPH FEY - Berlin-based international entertainment lawyer and writer - will be held Thursday October 22, followed by a live Q&A.

Further details about Nordic Talents online - including the awards ceremony - will soon be announced.

Nordic Talents is a sought-after event which acts as a stepping stone to the film industry for Nordic film graduates, and an intimate venue where industry people can scout upcoming Nordic writers, directors and producers.

Previous Nordic Talents winners include May el-Toukhy, Milad Alami, Maria Bäck, Gustav Möller, Hlynur Pálmason and Marja Pyykkö among others.

To read more about Nordic Talents and the 15 projects selected for the 2020 Pitch Competition CLICK HERE

For updated information about Nordic Talents 2020 CLICK HERE.