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January 2014

Nordisk Panorama News

Submit Your Nordic Shorts & Docs to Nordisk Panorama 2014!

Now is the time to submit your Nordic shorts & docs to this year's Nordisk Panorama Festival & Market! Check out the deadlines & mark your calender for the 25th anniversary of Nordisk Panorama in Malmö, Sweden, 19-24 September 2014!

Submission for Festival Competitions:

Films completed in 2013: 15 February
Films completed in 2014: 1 May

Submission for Market:

Films completed in 2013: 1 May
Films completed in 2014: 1 August

Read the full call for Nordisk Panorama here. Click here for online submission and regulations.

NP Nomadic Office Offers Project Consultancy at Tempo 2014

At this year's Tempo Documentary Festival taking place 4-9 March 2014, Nordisk Panorama offers individual project consultancy regarding Nordic and international financing of documentaries.

Swedish filmmakers with new documentary projects will have the opportunity to get feedback on their project's Nordic/international potential as well as tips for further development and possible financiers. A maximum of 8 projects will get consultancy. The consultations will take place Thursday 6 March 11:00-15:00 and Friday 7 March 11:00-13:00 according to individual appointments.

Deadline for submission of projects: Monday 3 February 2014.

Read more on how to apply here.

Meet Us at GIFF
Director Katrine Kiilgaard & Market Manager Jing Haase will attend Göteborg International Film Festival, taking place 24 January-3 February 2014. Jing Haase will visit the festival 25-26 January to be present at the short film fair Sunday 26 January at Pustervik 11:00-13:00. To set up a meeting with Jing, send her an email or contact her at +45 3132 0212. To set up a meeting with Katrine, who is there 25-27 January, send her an email or call her at +45 2042 4529.

Filmkontakt Nord in Clermont-Ferrand
Nordisk Panorama Market Manager 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 to an ever expanding network of professionals, Jing is present in Clermont-Ferrand to promote the Nordic shorts at our streaming service Nordisk Panorama Market Online, available for free to buyers, sales agents and festivals on the look-out for high quality Nordic content.

Jing will be in Clermont-Ferrand 2-6 February. To set up a meeting with Jing, send her an email or contact her at +45 3132 0212.

All five Nordic countries are represented with a film in the international competition at Clermont-Ferrand. Finland is also represented with a co-production in the international competition and a film in the lab competition. See the list of films here.

Filmkontakt Nord in Berlin
Director Katrine Kiilgaard is visiting the Berlinale 7-10 February to develop new partnerships and networks for this year's Nordisk Panorama, taking place in Malmö, Sweden, 19-24 September 2014. To set up a meeting with Katrine, send her an email or call her at +45 2042 4529.

Join the Nordic Delegation to Hot Docs & Get a Solid Discount
Once again we are arranging the Nordic delegation to Hot Docs, North America's premier documentary festival, market and conference, taking place in Toronto, Canada, 24 April - 4 May 2014.

Join the Nordic delegation to get access at a discounted fee with 25% off the regular price and take advantage of the special benefits for delegation members. Sign up for the delegation no later than 14 March by sending an email to to get your All Access Pass at only CAD 600 excl. taxes, for delegation members only.

Online industry registration for the 2014 Hot Docs Festival opens 28 January. Read more about the special benefits for delegation members here.

New Nordic and International Initiatives

Three Oscar Nominations for Nordic Shorts & Docs

One Nordic documentary and two Nordic short films have been nominated for an Oscar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer, produced by Final Cut for Real (DK) is nominated for Best Documentary Feature. Among its many prizes, the The Act of Killing also won the award for Best Nordic Documentary at Nordisk Panorama 2013.

Among the nominees for Best Live Action Short Film are the two Nordic short films Do I Have to Take Care of Everything by Selma Vilhunen, Tuffi Films (FI) and Helium by Anders Walter, M&M Productions (DK). Anders Walter was shortlisted for an Oscar last year with the short film 9 Meter but in the end it didn't make the cut, so he is thrilled for this year's nomination. For M&M Productions it is the 7th time that one of their short films is nominated for an Oscar and three times they have brought home one of the prestigious statuettes.

The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will take place on 2 March 2014. We cross our fingers and congratulate the three Nordic Oscar nominees in the shorts & docs categories! See the list of Oscar nominations here.

EU Launches Film Competition on European Identity

The European Commission, in partnership with the United Nations, is launching a video competition called We are Europe. Every Day on the theme of the European project and the support of its citizens for this project.

To make the European identity tangible by telling stories about what makes us proud to be European, the European Commission calls for submissions of short videos, both documentary and fiction, of max 3 minutes, dealing with these questions:

"What does 'being European' mean to you?"
"What are the values behind the European flag that you appreciate the most and how do you live your life being a European citizen?"
"Which advantages do you enjoy the most?"

The task is to connect all of this back to a related and consistent event of the history of the European Union.

The video clip should be composed at +/-25% of archive material provided by the European Commission or the United Nations. For this you will be granted full access to the database of extracts from the online Audio-visual Library of the European Commission and of the United Nations, giving free access to more than 1.100 video stock shots, around 28.000 news extracts classified by themes and more archive material.

Participants are free to use personal footage as long as it fosters the European values (human rights, democracy and the rule of law). The clip must be in line with the European values and communicate positive emotions that the European identity can trigger.

Three finalists will be determined by the European Commission and the United Nations through a jury which can also take the online voting, sharing and "likes" into consideration. The winners will receive cash prices of #1 € 6,500; #2 € 2,500; #3 € 1,500.

The competition We are Europe. Every Day is open for submissions until 10 March 2014. Read more here.

Sheffield Announces Interactive Doc Fund

Five projects in the Sheffield Doc/Fest's 2014 Crossover Market will be invited to pitch on stage in a public event, and the winning project will be awarded € 3000 from the new Ramillas Sheffield Interactive Fund.

Launched last year, the Crossover Market runs parallel to the MeetMarket and offers twenty five digital media led projects one-to-one meetings with funders, mentors, advisors and digital experts from across the world as well as with digital agencies, brands, third sector representatives, and other potential supporters from outside of the traditional film and TV industries.

This year the Crossover Market will be open to applications from anywhere in the world for the first time.

All projects selected for the Crossover Market will be in consideration for the first Ramillas Sheffield Interactive Fund. Ramillas is an angel investor seeking to co-finance and co-produce original interactive documentaries.

Submission for the Crossover Market is open until Friday 21 February 2014 at 17:00 GMT. For more information, please see Sheffield Doc/Fest's website.

Sundance Institute Launches Short Film Challenge

Sundance Institute, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, invites storytellers from around the globe to be a part of their first-ever Short Film Challenge with the chance of winning $ 10,000.

The challenge is open to fiction or documentary shorts of 3-8 minutes, touching on economic inequalities in the world, in an empowering and optimistic way. The task is to create a unique, compelling and personal short film that explores an empowering person or shares an optimistic story of individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combatting disease, or improving health.

The five winning short films will premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and the five winning filmmakers will each receive a $ 10,000 prize and an an all-expenses paid trip to attend the festival as the special guest of Sundance Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The submission deadline is 1 July 2014. For more information on the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge, click here.

Vimeo Launches $ 500K Program Supporting Crowdfunded Films

Vimeo is looking to support crowdfunded films with the launch of a $ 500,000 program at Sundance. Creators of distribution-ready films will be granted free one-year Vimeo PRO accounts and access to a $ 500,000 Audience Development Fund to help select filmmakers market their projects.

Vimeo's curation team will review qualifying films on leading crowdfunding platforms, like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, and select projects to receive PRO accounts and an advance for marketing support. Vimeo will partner with these filmmakers to create campaigns on and off to broaden film exposure and grow audiences in exchange for an exclusive digital premiere window for distribution on Vimeo On Demand.

"Vimeo is committed to empowering filmmakers with the world's best platform for direct distribution," said Vimeo General Manager of Audience Networks, Greg Clayman. "While crowdfunding has changed the game in getting films made, Vimeo is taking the next step supporting filmmakers to get their work seen and purchased on Vimeo and across the web."

Vimeo On Demand is a direct distribution solution that enables all Vimeo PRO subscribers to sell work on their own terms through Vimeo, their own sites or embedded across the web. Creators are able to choose their own price, viewing format (stream or download), and geographical availability while retaining full ownership of their work.

Vimeo has over 22M registered members and reaches a global monthly audience of more than 149M.

Qualifying filmmakers interested in having their work considered for the Audience Development Fund can email for more information.

Viewster Launches Online Film Festival with $ 100K in Prize Money

The online streaming service Viewster have just launched the new Viewster Online Film Festival (#VOFF), a competition for up-and-coming producers with series, short films, features, web series and teasers!

Producers from around the world are invited to submit works fitting the theme "When Life Gives You Lemons...". The Viewster online community can then get into direct contact with the filmmakers, vote for their favourites and create a shortlist for a Jury of Experts, headed by independent producer Ted Hope, to choose the final winners who will receive $ 70,000 for 1st place, $ 20,000 for 2nd & $ 10,000 for 3rd.

Check out Viewster's website to learn more. Application deadline is 20 February 2014, with winners announced 1 April 2014.