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March 2012

FkN News

Filmkontakt Nord in Oberhausen

FkN's Jing Haase is attending International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 27-30 April. The German festival is the world's oldest short film festival and this year's edition is the 58th.

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, FkN's online streaming service aimed at international tv-buyers, sales agents, distributors and festival programmers.

To set up a meeting with Jing, send her an email or contact her at +45 3132 0212.

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, 26 April-6 May 2012.

Filmkontakt Nord has coordinated a delegation of documentary professionals from the five Nordic countries who will be 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 Hot Docs Forum and around.

Managing Director Katrine Kiilgaard and Nordisk Forum Manager Christina Jul Gregersen will be present at the festival 29 April-4 May. To set up a meeting with Katrine, send her an email or call her at +45 2042 4529. To set up a meeting with Christina, send her an email or contact her at +45 6131 8539.

Check out the Nordic films and projects in the Official Selection here.

Nordic Delegation to Sheffield Doc/Fest
Again this year Filmkontakt Nord is arranging the Nordic delegation to Sheffield Doc/Fest. Join the Nordic delegation to get access at a discount and take advantage of the special benefits for delegation members. Delegation registration deadline: 2 April. If you want to join us, read more here.

Filmkontakt Nord Board 2012
On the annual March meeting in Copenhagen, the board of Filmkontakt Nord was constituted. The Board consists of five national Board Members, all currently active in the short film and/or documentary sector in their respective countries. The national Board Members are elected for a term of four years by the national Advisory Groups representing the national associations of independent filmmakers and producers.

The FkN Board 2012 consists of:
Vibeke Vogel,
Bullitt Film, Denmark (Chairman)
Tore Buvarp, Fenris Film AS, Norway (Vice Chairman)
Ewa Cederstam,
Helion Film, Sweden
Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir, Krumma Films, Iceland
Sami Jahnukainen, Mouka Filmi Oy, Finland

Every year, FkN publishes an activity report, summarising last year's activities. Read the English summary here.

New Nordic and International Initiatives

New Corporate Identity for YLE

This month the Finnish public broadcaster YLE launched its new corporate identity and also changed the name of its Swedish-speaking channel FST5 to YLE Fem.

With its new look YLE aims to "get closer to the Finns", using a logo in a fresh turquoise tinge, an amalgamation of the company's two previous colours: blue and green.

The name change from FST5 to YLE Fem was decided by the Swedish YLE management and the Finnish broadcaster's Director General Lauri Kivinen as the result of an audience survey and internal discussions within the broadcaster.

"YLE Fem feels fresh. The way ‘Fem' is written clearly shows that the channel is Swedish-speaking. Viewers also immediately understand that it is a YLE channel, and that it is available on the broadcaster's number 5," said YLE Fem Head of Programmes Nicolina Zilliacus-Korsström.

Online Database for Icelandic Film

A database with extensive information about Icelandic films has seen the light of day and was formally opened at the end of February by Minister of Education, Culture and Science Katrín Jakobsdóttir. The database, which is both in English and Icelandic, will be managed by the Icelandic Film Centre. It includes around 8.000 names of individuals, 700 companies and more than 1.200 film titles.

Films can be searched by title, year of release and genre. The film factsheets contain relevant information such as cast and crew, involved companies, festival selections and in many cases a poster and a trailer.

Cast and crew can be searched by first name or by category. The most detailed profiles contain filmography, contact info, photo and bio. The listing of companies contains names of Icelandic companies as well as foreign companies connected to Iceland such as foreign distributors and co-producers.

The database will be an essential tool for anyone interested in Icelandic films.