The lineup for the 26th Nordisk Panorama

The 26th Nordisk Panorama has announced their full lineup, and the best of the best in Nordic documentaries are set to be on display in Malmö, Sweden between the 18th and 23rd of September.

Organised by Filmkontakt Nord, the yearly festival for Nordic shorts and documentaries was designed as an event to travel between the Nordic countries, but has been based in the southern Swedish city since 2013.

Forty two films have been selected for the three competition programmes, and one of the top highlights is Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, which has already won dozens of local and international prizes. Other highlights include Amir Escandari’s PixadoresTonje Hessen Schei’s Drone and Frida Matilda Barkfors Pervert Park, which won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance.


The top prize is the Best Nordic Documentary, which will win the €11,000 award from Nordic broadcasters DR, YLE, RUV, NRK and SVT. The 14 films competing for this prize are:

  • Democrats dir. Camilla Nielsson (Denmark)
  • The Look of Silence dir. Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark)
  • The Man Who Saved the World dir. Peter Anthony (Denmark)
  • In Dependence dir. Henriikka Hemmi (Finland)
  • Leaving Africa dir. Iiris Härmä (Finland)
  • Pixadores dir. Amir Escandari (Finland)
  • I Want to be Weird dir. Brynja Dögg Friðriksdóttir (Iceland)
  • Kitchen Sink Revolution dir. Halla Kristín Einarsdóttir (Iceland)
  • Drone dir. Tonje Hessen Schei (Norway)
  • Inside Fur dir. Ola Waagen (Norway)
  • Maiko: Dancing Child dir. Åse Svenheim Drivenes (Norway)
  • Blood Sisters dir. Malin Andersson (Sweden)
  • Martha & Niki dir. Tora Mårtens (Sweden)
  • Pervert Park dir. Lasse Barkfors, Frida Matilda Barkfors (Sweden)

There are also 14 contenders for Best Nordic Short (and €7,000) – the winner will also qualify for consideration in the Oscar nominations. Furthermore, there are 14 entries in a new category, Best New Nordic Voice, where the filmmakers must not previously have been in a Nordisk Panorama competition.

Find more on their website: http://nordiskpanorama.com/sv/publik/


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.