The winners of the New Nordic Films at Haugesund

The New Nordic Films Market took place last week, and all the winners of the event have now been announced.

New Nordic Films is an industry event that showcases all the Nordic films in development or production, with the potential of picking up distributors, sales agents, more funding, etc. It’s practically a sneak peek at all the goods still to come! In total, there were 450 participants at New Nordic Films, with 23 films and 4 television series, as well as 52 films in production.

The big winner of the New Nordic Films was the Swedish film Jimmie, which is directed by Jesper Ganslandt and still currently in production. The film won the Eurimages Lab Project Award, which not only came with the title but also a handy €50,000, which no doubt would help the film. The film stars Ganslandt alongside his son Hunter as four-year-old Jimmie, who is forced to leave Sweden with his father to a safer land. They travel across black waters, wander along railway tracks and rely on the kindness of strangers. Jimmie is a wandering road movie between Sweden and the Mediterranean, seen from Jimmie’s perspective. Jimmie was supported by the Swedish Film Institute’s Moving Sweden scheme, which encourages new filmmakers to work on more experimental projects.

The winner of the Best Project Award went to Ole Giæver’s My Wife, My Replica and I, which is about a married couple in a spaceship, making their way back to earth after an expedition. Before of a virus, the man, Ole, is unable to return. Instead, obviously, he clones himself. However, it seems Clone Ole turns out to have his own needs and desires.

The winner of the Nordic Script Pitch Award was Danish director Puk Grasten with War, What If, whose debut 37 was based on a murder in the US in 1964.

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.