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May 2013

Nordisk Panorama News

1 Week Left to Submit Your Project to Nordisk Forum
This year we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries and the deadline for submission of projects is coming up on 7 June.

Nordisk Forum is the main funding event for professionals involved in the Nordic documentary community. It takes place during Nordisk Panorama in Malmö, Sweden 22-24 September and welcomes documentary projects from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as well as from this year's Dutch delegation of specially invited producers.

Again this year, Nordisk Forum is also open for cross-media documentary projects with a film or television component and we're looking forward to receiving new and exciting cross-media projects.

To apply for Nordisk Forum, check out the guidelines and make sure you have everything ready and submitted by the deadline 7 June. The deadline for accreditation to Nordisk Forum is 1 August.

7 June 2013: Submission of projects
1 August 2013:

Twelve for the Future & Nordisk Forum Join Forces

This year Twelve for the Future, a project driven co-production workshop for young Nordic documentary producers and directors organized by EDN, has joined forces with Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries. The workshop aims at developing projects for international co-production, establishing a professional network for the participants as well as connecting Nordic talents and relevant financiers. The deadline for applying is coming up on 3 June.

Twelve for the Future is focusing on project development, networking, presentation techniques and financing opportunities. Guided by experienced tutors and working in small groups, the workshop creates an informal atmosphere of knowledge and mutual inspiration, leading to encouraging discussions and feedback.

The workshop programme is divided in 2 parts. The 1st part takes place 19-22 September in Sweden, right before this year's Nordisk Panorama. As Twelve for the Future has joined forces with Nordisk Forum an observer seat has been reserved for all workshop participants for the two pitching days on 23-24 September. Furthermore a discount on the observer seat will be available for all participants who are newcomers to the Forum.

Click here for more information on Twelve for the Future. Deadline for applying for Twelve for the Future is 3 June.

FkN News

Filmkontakt Nord in Hamburg

Market Manager Jing Haase is attending Hamburg International Short Film Festival 7-9 June. Jing is there to expand the international network, promote Nordisk Panorama and the new films available at Nordisk Panorama Market Online, our free streaming service for 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 Sheffield Doc/Fest

Managing director Katrine Kiilgaard and programme manager Lisa Nyed will be at Sheffield Doc/Fest with a Nordic delegation of film professionals. 10 Nordic projects have been selected for this year's MeetMarket and 7 Nordic films can be enjoyed in the official selection.

Thursday 13 June all delegates at Sheffield Doc/Fest are invited to mingle with the Nordics at an informal lunch 12:30-14:00 at the Adelphi Room in the Crucible and later the same day the Nordics can kick off their evening in good company at the Nordic dinner.

Once again we will be hosting the infamous Nordic Vodka Hour on Friday 14 June at 22:30 during the Documentary Campus Party at the East End Bar (Penelopes, 53-55 Arundel Gate Sheffield). All accredited guests are invited to meet the Nordic delegation over a shot (or two) of vodka! Be early to make sure you get in!

Katrine Kiilgaard and Lisa Nyed are in Sheffield 12-15 June. To set up a meeting with Katrine, send an email or call her on +45 2042 4529. To set up a meeting with Lisa, send an email or call her on +46 737 071 002.

Meet Filmkontakt Nord in Grimstad
12-15 June Market Manager Jing Haase will be in Grimstad for the Norwegian Short Film Festival. Besides watching Norwegian films, Jing will meet with the Norwegian industry and will be hosting our Nordic Vodka Hour on Wednesday 12 June at 23:00 at the festival centre.

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

Support the Crowdfunding for the FkN-Manymade Projects
The three projects chosen for mentoring from the recent Crowdfunding Call for Projects have all launched their crowdfunding campaigns and are steadily climbing towards their goals. The selected projects are:

The Accidental Rock Star by Igor Devold, Producer: Ingvil Giske, Medieoperatørene, Norway

"Trapped in the universe he helped to create"

Escaping Sunshine by Allan van O.T. Andersen, Producer: Rasa Miskinyte, Era Film, Lithuania/Denmark

"Friendship is for sale"

The Fall by Andreas Thaulow, Producer: Håvard Gossé Bergseth, Gossé Media, Norway

"Agnes and Ragnar, a couple in their early 30s, are planning to climb a steep mountain in Norway. In this potentially deadly situation where trust is an absolute necessity, the relationship is put to the test as Agnes reveals Ragnar's disturbing secret."

The film The Accidental Rock Star about the Norwegian cult band Kaizers Orchestra has raised over 10,000 EURO and with 18 days to go they are more than halfway to reaching their goal! More than 100 people supported the project already. Join them to become an "Accidental Film Producer".

The projects have also been getting some nice press. Read more here.

Go check out their crowdfunding campaigns, spread the word and support them at to help them reach their goals and make some cool films!

New Nordic and International Initiatives

The Swedish Film Institute Celebrates 50 Years with Initiatives for Equality

At this year's Cannes Film Festival the Swedish Film Institute used the occasion of its 50th anniversary to turn the spotlight on gender equality in film.

Directives from the Swedish government and film industry now stipulate that funding provided by the SFI must be divided equally between women and men. Head of the SFI Anna Serner spoke of this and presented the five-point plan for change that the Swedish Film Institute has drawn up in response.

The institute's plan involves setting up a mentor and change programme for women about to make their second feature film, a research project to look at structures within the film industry, an increased focus on information and statistics, initiatives for young women wishing to enter the film industry and a Nordic website to showcase women - Nordic Women in Film.

In Filmkontakt Nord's online Film Catalogue we have lots of films by female filmmakers from the Nordic countries. You can check out a selection of cool films by Nordic women here and browse more in the catalogue. Buyers, festival programmers, sales agents and distributors can see full-length films at Nordisk Panorama Market Online, our professional streaming service for Nordic short and docs.

Two Top Positions Available in the Nordic Region

Nordisk Film & TV Fond is looking for a new Chief Executive Officer, following the departure of current CEO Hanne Palmquist who will leave the Fund on 1 October 2013 for a position as Commissioning Editor for Drama at the Swedish broadcasting corporation SVT.

The purpose of Nordisk Film & TV Fond is to promote, through financial support, the production and distribution of high-quality Nordic feature films, drama series and documentaries with distribution potential beyond the home country. The Fund also supports film-cultural initiatives, launches strategic development projects and administers the Nordic Council Film Prize. Read more about the position here.

The newly established Copenhagen Film Fund in Denmark is also looking for a CEO. The Fund has a budget of EURO 4.7 million over three years to support 10-15 projects a year - major co-productions, TV series and ambitious documentaries - and it was presented to the international film community in Cannes.

Board members under Chairman Jørgen Ramskov (CEO of Radio 24syv) include Katja K. Østergaard, CEO of Horesta, Henning Camre, former CEO of the Danish Film Institute and Svend Abrahamsen, responsible for the film programme at The National Film School of Denmark. The Copenhagen Film Fund won't be fully operating until the fall when the board has appointed a CEO. To read more about the position and apply for the job, click here (in Danish). The deadline is 31 May.

The Weight of Mountains - Filmmaker Residency Program in Iceland
The Weight of Mountains is now calling for filmmakers to apply to be a part of the program. Both funded and non-funded places are available.

A new residency program called The Weight of Mountains is set to challenge international filmmakers in some of the most remote and difficult locations around the globe. The inaugural program is set in Skagaströnd, northern Iceland at Nes Artist Residency. Selected filmmakers will participate in a 3 month film development residency over December 2013, January and February 2014. The program will include 3 professional symposiums and the opportunity for resident filmmakers to create a short film based around the curated theme of 'Humanity and Environment' while on location in Skagaströnd. Final resident films will be screened in The Weight of Mountains film festival in Iceland.

Please visit for more information and to apply. Applications close 31 May 2013.