Nordic Talents 2015: Pitching competition open May 4th

Nordic talents 2015
Article from the Nordisk film and tv Fund
The unique networking and pitching competition for Nordic graduating film students Nordic Talents will be celebrating its 15th anniversary from September 2-4, 2015 at Copenhagen’s National Film School of Denmark.

Iceland’s top director and former Nordic Talents winner Runár Rúnarsson will be sitting on this year’s jury alongside four distinctive industry voices. Writer/director Rúnarsson won numerous awards for his short films including an Oscar-Nomination for The Last Farm (2004). In 2009 he won a Nordic Talents Special Mention for his pitch of Volcano, his feature debut that premiered at the 2011 Directors Fortnight in Cannes.



Other jury members comprise Nikolai Nikitin (Germany), programmer for several film festivals such as the Berlinale, Zürich, and director of the School of Film Agents (SOFA), Steen Bille (Denmark), experienced screenwriter and Film Commissioner at the Danish Film Institute, Leena Pasanen (Finland), Head of the Leipzig Documentary Film Festival and former YLE Commissioning Editor, as well as Helen Ahlsson (Sweden), Head of the Swedish Film Institute’s talent development programme Moving Sweden and 2002 winner of Nordic Talents for The Armwrestler from Solitude, co-directed with Lisa Munthe.

The five-member jury will choose between fifteen graduating students from Nordic film schools based on their pitch and graduation film. The young contenders will vie for the NOK 250.000 Nordic Talents Pitch Prize and the NOK 50.000 Nordic Talents Special Mention Prize.

To apply for the Pitching competition, film school candidates need to have completed a graduation film (or script for scriptwriters) and must submit a pitch for a fiction, TV series, documentary or animation project.
Past winners that have made their successful leap into the film and TV industry include May El-Toukhy (soon on Danish screens with her feature debut Long Story Short), Karzan Kader (Bekas) and Erik Richter Strand (Varg Veum, Occupied).

Nordic Talents is organised by Nordisk Film & TV Fond -celebrating this year its 25thanniversary- and the National Film School of Denmark, host of the event.

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.