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FkN Newsletter

January 2010

FkN News

Call for Nordisk Panorama Festival & Market 2010 
Don't forget that the deadline for films completed in 2009 is 15 February 2010!

Filmkontakt Nord will be present in Cannes for both MIPDoc and MIPTV to promote the recent Nordic short and documentary films available at Nordisk Panorama Market Online. Thus, if you want to make your film available to potential buyers and have the opportunity to let it be promoted by FkN at one of the world's most important business events, now is the time to act!

Register your film, using the FkN option in the registration form, before the deadline 15 February 2010!

To participate as a producer, read more here.

Filmkontakt Nord in Clermont-Ferrand 

In the beginning of February, FkN’s Jing Haase will attend the Short Film Market at the world's largest International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the most important meeting place of the year for short film professionals.

Besides promoting Nordisk Panorama – 5 Cities Film Festival to an ever expanding network of professionals, FkN is present in Clermont-Ferrand to promote the new films available at Nordisk Panorama Market Online to potential buyers and festivals.

To set up a meeting with Jing Haase in Clermont-Ferrand 1-3 February, contact her at +45 3311 5152 or

FkN in Göteborg and Berlin 
Filmkontakt Nord's Director Karin Johansson-Mex will be attending Göteborg International Film Festival 2-5 February as well as the Berlinale and the European Film Market 14-17 February. To schedule a meeting with her, send her an email at or call: +45 3132 0212.

New Nordic and International Initiatives

The EDN Financing Guide Expands 
EDN (European Documentary Network) has released the 2010 edition of The EDN Financing Guide, and this time EDN has expanded the must-have guide with a global perspective. The Guide, that formerly only included information on the European broadcasters, now provides detailed contact information and profiles of both European and international broadcasters, distributors, VoD platforms and funds. The guide is available both in a printed and an online version. Find more information here.

Danish Support for Animation Film 
The Danish government and the parties behind the recent film deal have decided to give special attention to Danish animation films. This means that in 2010, the Danish Film Institute establishes a 10 mill DKK animation pool with a special focus on development and production of short format animation films. The Animation pool will support high quality films with children as the target audience, films using innovative and inexpensive production methods, and films aimed at a broader audience, which thereby can attract financing from the broadcasters.

Festivals Launch Films Online 
More and more festivals now release the films screened during their festival online after the actual event, thereby making the films available for an audience all year round.

Doc Alliance, the partnership between five major European documentary film festivals, opened its common VoD portal already last year, offering permanent access to documentaries selected by the five partner festivals. Recently, two more festivals have announced, that they are creating platforms for online streaming.

Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden is cooperating with VoD platform Voddler on publishing films without theatrical distribution in Sweden on their platform after the event. This will give audiences online access to more than 85% of the films screened at the festival.

Likewise, Canadian international documentary film festival Hot Docs plans to launch an online library, providing free, public access to some 200 documentaries. The library will not screen docs currently in circulation but will be made up of older titles that are not available through conventional distribution channels, thereby giving the films a new life. The initial offering will be a 50/50 split of Hot Docs' shorts and features. The new website will be separate from its password-only sales tool Doc Shop.

Cross Media in Filmby Århus 
A new regional cross media initiative, based at Filmby Århus, Denmark, has seen the light of day. The initiative is funded by ao. the regions Central Denmark and North Denmark and EU and is created in a cooperation between Filmby Århus and central players in the cross media field.

The aim of the Cross Media initiative is to monitor the development of cross media trends, create new networks and cooperations in film, TV, animation, games, web, communication, IT, and telecommunication, thereby strengthening the local creative talent and generate a sustainable business climate.

The Cross Media secretariat administers a 28 mill DKK Cross Media pool, that will support initiatives on all levels of development with the aim to release the great potential of cross polination between creative talent in excisting and new media platforms.

New Short Film Journal 
A new English language short film journal is in the pipeline. The journal Short Film Studies is designed to stimulate ongoing research on individual short films as a basis for a better understanding of the art form as a whole. In each issue, two or three short films will be selected for comprehensive study, with articles illuminating each film from a variety of perspectives.

Editor Richard Raskin invites all students of the short film - including researchers, teachers and filmmakers - to contribute to the first issue. Click here to read more.