Nordic Talents Opens Up To New Nordic Film School Graduates


In a decisive move, the board of Nordisk Film & TV Fond has decided to open up the annual Nordic Talents event in Copenhagen to six other Nordic film schools.

For the 14th edition of Nordic Talents (September 10-12, 2014), film graduates are welcome to apply to the popular pitching and networking platform organised by the Fund in conjunction with the National Film School of Denmark.

Graduating students can apply on line here on our website, starting Monday May 5. Applications close June 2.



The older pool of national film schools comprising the National Film School of Denmark, the Norwegian Film School, ELO Helsinki Film School, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and Valand Academy from Gothenburg University will therefore be joined by four new film schools from Norway – Lillehammer University College (HiL), Oslo’s Westerdals School of Communication, NISS (Nordic Institute of Stage and Studio)  and Volder University College as well as two from Finland – Tampere University of Applied Science and Turku University of Applied Science.

Icelandic graduating students from international film schools will still be able to qualify.

Commenting on the opening up of Nordic Talents to new Nordic film training grounds, Petri Kemppinen, Nordisk Film & TV Fond CEO said: “The technical skills at film schools have stayed at an outstanding level for many years. I am hoping to see this opening to more schools result in a broader variety of content than what we have been used to”.

To apply for Nordic Talents, 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.

Fifteen pitches (instead of 18 in 2013) will be selected by Nordisk Film & TV Fond and only the graduation films from those happy few will be screened to an audience of 200+ representatives from the film and television industry and wannabe professionals. The 15 up and coming talents will also be invited to face to face meetings with film producers, financiers and key decision makers.

This year’s jury that will hand out Nordic Talents’ NOK250,000 Pitch Prize and NOK50,000 Special Mention (granted as development support from Nordisk Film & TV Fond) on September 12 includes Roberto Olla, Executive Director of the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Co-production Fund, Finnish animation director Kari Juusonen (Niko 1 and 2) and Åsa Sjöberg (Director of Programmes, TV4 Sweden). The remaining two outstanding professionals that will round up Nordic Talents 2014 jury will be announced soon.

Past winners of Nordic Talents that have made the successful leap into the film and television industry include Rúnar Rúnarsson (Volcano), Karzan Kader (Bekas), and Jan Rahbek (Marco Macaco) among others. Registrations for participants will open mid-June.

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.