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April 2010

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Call For Nordisk Panorama 
The final deadline for submission to this year's Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival, taking place in Bergen, Norway, is 15 May.
If you haven't already submitted your film, now's the time to do it!
Check out Nordisk Panorama's website and submit your film here.

Filmkontakt Nord in Oberhausen 
FkN's Jing Haase is attending International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 30 April - 3 May. The German festival is the world's oldest short film festival and this year's edition is the 56th.
FkN is present in Oberhausen to expand the international network, promote Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival and the new films available at Nordisk Panorama Market Online.
Nordisk Panorama Market Online is FkN's online streaming service aimed at international tv-buyers, sales agents, distributors and festival programmers. At NPM Online these professionals can easily keep abreast with the latest and greatest short films and documentaries from the Nordic countries and stream films in full length around the clock and at their own convenience - not to mention free of charge.

Nordic Delegation at Hot Docs 
It will be hard to miss the Nordics at Hot Docs, North America's premier documentary festival, market and conference, taking place in Toronto, Canada, in the beginning of May.

Filmkontakt Nord has coordinated a delegation of close to 50 documentary professionals from the five Nordic countries who will be there attending different parts of the event. Thus, there should be a good chance of meeting some of us at either the screenings, the International Co-Production Day, the Toronto Documentary Forum, and around.

However, you shouldn't miss having a drink with us on Monday 3 May 5.30 pm - 7 pm at Burwash Hall, Victoria College, offered by Filmkontakt Nord and the Nordic film institutes. We are looking forward to meet you in Toronto!
See the Nordic Delegation here and check out the Nordic films in the Official Selection here.

New Nordic and International Initiatives

Renewed Political Focus on Nordic TV-Channel 
The idea of establishing a joint Nordic cultural TV-channel like the French/German ARTE channel, is on the table again.
Nordic TV-viewers want cultural programmes, and the Nordic Council’s Cultural Committee is responding to the demand by taking up discussions on the establishment of a joint Nordic cultural TV-channel.
A Nordic channel offering cultural programmes to the Nordic audiences would be a long needed alternative to the American produced TV-programmes that dominate the Nordic channels. It will also work as a platform to stimulate the interest in Nordic and European culture and languages.
The idea of a joint Nordic TV-channel is far from new. Previous debates on the matter have failed, due to arguments saying that the group of Nordic TV-viewers is too heterogeneous to be considered as one audience. This time, however, the possibilities of setting up Internet-based TV-channels tailored to each country's audiences, might make the idea more realisable.
Read more here.

New Finland-Swedish Website to Showcase Shorts launched in March by the Swedish YLE, is a new cultural platform aimed at the Finland Swedish-speaking minority of Finland.
The new website is a window to information on all aspects of culture as well as an entrance to, the department of the Finnish Broadcasting company YLE that broadcasts in Swedish. offers radio programmes, Finland-Swedish short films, information and news on culture. Built as an online social network with features for sharing content, it is possible for the individual user to tailor the site according to his or hers interests.
Visit the website here.

Double Up for OFF 
This year Odense Film Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary, and with an extra DKK 1 Million this year from Fonden til Markedsføring af Danmark, (Fund for the Promotion of Denmark), the festival can celebrate with a double-sized budget.
The extra funding allows for an expanded festival programme with more events, more international guests and a stronger branding of the festival. The 2010 edition of the festival experiences a boom in applications, with 1500 short films received from directors all over the world, but the number of titles in the festival programme will remain the same.
The festival runs from 23-28 August.
Read more about the festival here.

Your Doc in Danish Cinemas? 
DOX:BIO, the new Danish cinema club for theatrical distribution of international documentaries, is on the lookout for films for the 2011 catalogue.
DOX:BIO is an independent initiative under the umbrella of the Copenhagen Film Festivals, that includes CPH:DOX, CPH:PIX and BUSTER, the Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth.
DOX:BIO works as a promotion platform for producers, cinemas and Danish companies that import documentaries. Each year, an exclusive selection of six documentaries gets a theatrical release in 34 cinemas all over Denmark. A tailor-made direct marketing of each film aims to secure large and loyal audiences. Each of the six documentaries is launched as a national event with simultaneous screenings in the network of theatres.
Screeners of finished films or rough cuts can be sent to: DOX:BIO before 1 September.
For more details, see DOX:BIOs website

Call for Innovative Cross-Media Ideas 
First Motion, the EU-Programme in the Baltic Sea Region, has announced a round of calls for cross media ideas from creative enterprises in the audiovisual sector in the Baltic Sea Region.
Applicants can apply with pilot projects to explore possibilities in the digital markets. The pilot production should target audiences and markets in the Baltic Sea Region itself. Grants are up to € 30.000 including two international workshops.
The Nordic partners of First Motion include Filmby Aarhus in Denmark, the municipality of Kristiansand/Universitetet i Agder in Norway and BoostHbg in Sweden.
For more information about calls and applications guidelines, please contact your national First Motion partner.

Danish Computer Game Companies Join Forces 
Copenhagen Entertainment Group and Computerspilzonen set up a joint secretariat to coordinate project applications and to further a streamlining of the development of computer games. The new secretariat will have address at the Danish Producers' Association.
Jan Neiiendam, director of projects at Computerspilzonen, will be head of unit and responsible for the coordination between the two companies. A steering committee has been appointed, headed by Klaus Hansen, director of Danish Producers' Association, and Steen Donner, CEO in Copenhagen Capacity that runs Øresund Film Commission
Alongside the joint initiative, the two companies continue to cover their fields of activities:
Computerspilzonen focuses on the development of computer games in all of Denmark, while the aim of Copenhagen Entertainment is to promote growth and employment within the film-, TV- and computer game industry in the Danish Region of Greater Copenhagen. Both projects aim to get a share of the industry’s expected 9% growth per year until 2018.