Finland’s actress-turned-director Kaisa El Ramly has won the 16th Nordic Talents Pitch Prize, which is organised by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Danish National Film School.

The competition is for students and graduates from Nordic film schools, and the winning from from El Ramly was Scenes from a Dying Town. The film is set in a small community, observing moments in everyday life of people seemingly living in the past. A stranger enters the town and breaks their protective shell, and the film focuses on the quiet life of the town as seen from an outsider.

“We are giving the prize to a huge talent. The winner showed exceptional skills in her graduation film, and we are eager to see more of that in the future,” said the jury, which comprised of representatives from various Nordic film companies.

Second prize was split between Swedish director Mika Gustafson for the pitch of Sisters, a story of two sisters who are forced to move in with their grandmother as she is addicted to prescription medication, and Norwegian writers Harald Maele Jr and Kjersti Woien Håland for their TV project ChangelingChangeling follows Vilde, a typical teenager who just wants to fit in. When she turns 13 she grows a huge tail and when a mysterious girl shows up she is told that she is in fact a troll who was swapped at birth.

Photo: Finnish actress-director Kaisa El Ramly with her Nordic Talents Pitch Prize (© NFTF/Torleif Hauge)