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November 2011

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Nordisk Panorama 2011 in Numbers
This year's Nordisk Panorama took place in Aarhus, Denmark. The sun was shining on the around 700 accredited guests from more than 20 different countries who had come to Aarhus to enjoy 6 days of films, seminars, Outlook sessions, forum, meetings and socialising.

During the festival, some 140 films were screened in more than 50 programmes. In addition to the cinema screenings, films were screened on city walls and in loops at the art museum ARoS.

The 252 market films were screened more than 700 times by almost 50 Nordic and international market guests and more than 80 NPM one-to-one meetings were set up by FkN.

24 projects were pitched at Nordisk Forum in the presence of more than 200 forum delegates and over 40 Nordic and international decision-makers. Around 350 individual meetings were prearranged by FkN.

The docXchange forum, focusing on interactive documentary projects, attracted more than 100 participants. 11 projects were pitched and around 100 individual meetings were set up by FkN.

Next year's Nordisk Panorama will take place in Oulu, Finland, and we're looking forward to welcoming you to the northernmost Nordisk Panorama city. This close to the Arctic Circle, anything can happen!

Filmkontakt Nord in Malmö, Lübeck, Copenhagen and Amsterdam
FkN's Christina Jul Gregersen will be attending M:DOX (4-6 November), catching up with old and new colleagues in the Swedish documentary community.
Besides seminars, talks, screenings and social events, M:DOX features a Mini-Panorama, screening films from this year's Nordisk Panorama.

On 5 November Jing Haase will be in Lübeck for the Nordic Film Days. At the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig Holstein Breakfast, she will join Bernd-Günther Nahm and Arne Sommer in a talk about the work of Filmkontakt Nord.

At CPH:DOX (3-13 November), FkN's Managing Director Katrine Kiilgaard has curated a series of Nordic films for the digital DOX:MARKET. Attending professionals will get a taste of some of the latest and greatest Nordic docs that were in competition at this year's Nordisk Panorama. These films are also available at Nordisk Panorama Market Online for registered professionals to watch around the clock at their own convenience. Here they will find the remainder of this year's Nordisk Panorama competition programmes in addition to numerous other Nordic shorts and docs from past years. More than 1100 films are now available at the platform - just a click away.

On Thursday 10 November 17:00-18:00, Filmkontakt Nord invites all accredited guests to the Nordic Vodka Hour in Asta Bar (Filmhuset, Gothersgade 55). Drop by for a shot and a talk!

Finally, at IDFA in Amsterdam (16-27 November), Nordisk Panorama Market Online will once more be at the centre of FkN's promotional activities. Besides that, no less than 22 films from the Nordic countries can be enjoyed in the different sections of the festival and 12 Nordic projects have been selected for the forum.
On the third morning of the Forum (Wednesday 23 November), Katrine Kiilgaard will be moderating a panel on how to work with the Nordic film institutes to stimulate Nordic-international co-productions.
Katrine Kiilgaard and Christina Jul Gregersen will be in Amsterdam 18-23 November, attending both IDFA and the FORUM. To set up a meeting, send Katrine an email or call her at +45 2042 4529.

Encounters goes Nordic
This year's Encounters Bristol International Film Festival in the UK (16-20 November) presents a focus of Nordic shorts in the special programme Nordisk Panorama, presented in partnership with Filmkontakt Nord.

The films in this focus have all been screened in competition at Nordisk Panorama and represent some of the finest Nordic talent out there.

New Nordic and International Initiatives

Norwegian Government Ups Film Budget
The Norwegian government has decided to up its support for film, audiovisual and computer works by 47 million NOK to a total of 706 million NOK in 2012.

Of this, 423 million NOK will go to direct support to audiovisual production via the Norwegian Film Institute. Three sectors in particular will get a healthy boost: The regional film centres, computer games and TV drama will all be granted extra millions in 2012.

Since 2005, the Norwegian government has raised its support to the film and audiovisual industries by 261 million NOK.

Film i Väst - Successful Regional Film Fund
An independent report has shown, that the Swedish regional film fund Film i Väst is playing a crucial role in creating an attractive and functional environment for international film productions in its region (Vestra Götaland) and in putting Sweden on the world map.

During 2010 Film i Väst has invested around 70 million SEK in film projects, which has given 223 million SEK in return to the region, not counting the value of increased awareness and tourism.

Not only do the films generate money to the region, they also win awards all over the world. In 2010, 20 films supported by Film i Väst were selected 27 times to official sections of some of the 13 so-called A-festivals, winning 8 awards at these festivals plus an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.

SFI Introduces Lunch Bio
A new initiative has seen the light of day in Filmhuset in Stockholm. Every Wednesday this fall at lunch time SFI screens Swedish short films for free.

The repertoire will span from brand new films over award winners to short film classics. In October, films by Jonas Odell, Amanda Kernell, Johan Hagelbeck and Åsa Blanck & Johan Palmgren has been screened, and in November, the audience can ao look forward to the Oscar nominated Little Children, Big Words and award winning Incident by a Bank. You can read more and see the programme here.

SFI App Very Successful
Swedish Film Institute launched its English language app Swedish Film in September, and only ten days after its release at App Store, the app tops the free app list in Sweden.

The app is not only popular in Sweden. In Norway, USA, Denmark, Finland and the UK the app is also being downloaded, as well as in Russia, China, Brazil, Malaysia and Singapore.

The app includes news, trailers, interviews, company contacts and information on Swedish film on the international scene.
You can download the free app here.

Reelisor Launches Pitch Award
The European documentary networking platform reelisor has launched a pitch competition. The submitted projects will be reviewed by a committee of international experts, who will crown a bimonthly winner. After a year, one of the six bimonthly winners will be given the overall reelisor Project of the Year Award.

The competition is open to all reelisor members and the bimonthly winner receives personal mentoring, advice and connections for the project. The overall annual winner will receive a year's 'Road Map' mentoring including personal training and representation at markets from the reelisor team.

Read more about the reelisor pitch award here. Deadline for submission is 19 December.