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September 2007


Nordisk Panorama Event 2007

Where Nordic silence ends - and Arctic madness begins! In just 2 weeks from now, it's time for the 18th edition of Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival. So if you still haven't treated yourself to an accreditation, now is the time to get moving!

As always, you can enjoy a wide array of side programmes, seminars and social events besides the abundance of high quality Nordic shorts and docs in competition. Check out the full screening schedule of the festival here. And read about it all at

Here are some samples of what you definitely don't want to miss:

NPIntr07: New Nordic Voices
A new competition programme for upcoming filmmakers. Expect the Unexpected!

Mika Kaurismäki: My Dinner with...
We have asked Mika Kaurismäki to invite an esteemed colleague for a live tête-à-tête. He has invited multiaward-winner, Fernando Trueba, for a chat about their lives in film.

Meet Dvoted
The new Nordic web-hub for young filmmakers of the future is present at Nordisk Panorama for the first time and invites the professional community to take a closer look.

Nordic YouTube Wonders
If you think YouTube is only about Mentos&Coke and Lonely Girls and that the big breaks only happen Over There, attend Nordisk Short Film Circle and check out a couple of Nordic YouTubees who have reached larger audiences than any of us would ever dream of! Check out the full programme of the Short Film Circle here.

The Ever-Evolving Documentary Marketplace
Jan Röfekamp of Films Transit Distribution in Montreal shares his vast experience in international documentary distribution, touching upon: the myths and realities of theatrical distribution, how to navigate the festival jungle and what new media means for filmmakers of today and tomorrow. For the full description, go here.

Nordisk Forum Online is open
Last year we introduced this unique platform, offering attending financiers the opportunity to preview the Nordisk Forum projects online and see short trailer excerpts. This year we developed the site further, now offering producers and observers a chance to see profiles of the attending commissioning editors and film consultants and in addition an opportunity to request meetings. The site is restricted to Nordisk Forum participants.

Until we see each other live, you can make friends with the festival at Myspace.

See you soon in Oulu!


Viasat Broadcasting signs deal with

Scandinavian film distributor and film-on-demand service and Viasat Broadcasting have made a new framework agreement. Through the new deal, a large number of short films will be broadcast on the TV1000 network through-out the Nordic countries. Read more about and the new deal here.

Short Films teach children languages
Norden i Bio is a project initiated by Föreningarna Nordens Förbund, using short films to teach children in the Nordic countries an understanding of the Nordic languages. This year's theme is 'Growing Up' and 25.000 children aged 10-12 are expected to make use of the material. The 5 short films in the material are: Houdini's Hound (Sara Johnsen, Norway 2003), Classmates (Björn Carlström/Stefan Thunberg, Sweden 2003), Little Man (Esben Tønnesen, Denmark 2006), Sirkka (P.V. Lehtinen, Finland 2001), and Dans - keppnin (Egill Edvardsson, Iceland 2005). Learn more here (Nordic languages only).

EDN launches online forum
European Documentary Network has launched an online forum for their members to create new opportunities to form closer networks, discuss current trends in the documentary business as well as share and use the huge amount of knowledge and experience about European documentary, accumulated by the members. Read more about EDN and become the next member here.

NRK boosts documentaries
NRK2 has sharpened its profile and gives more room for documentaries. The channel will screen a solid number of documentaries, both current political documentaries and the more timeless, personal films. NRK2 expects to screen between 50 and 75 hours of documentaries more per year. And these will not only be confined to the more common 30' and 60' slots. Every Saturday in prime time, there will be a 90' slot, showing mainly international award winning documentaries.


Call for submissions for the Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket

MeetMarket is a new pitching initiative at Sheffield Doc/Fest, designed to match documentary makers' most innovate project ideas with UK and international buyers. The online project submissions for The MeetMarket are open.

Selected projects will be scheduled into one-on-one meetings with buyers, commissioning editors, distributors and sales agents from the UK and the rest of the world. The MeetMarket provides high quality, creative and original ideas with the possibility to be fast-tracked from development to production, in a supportive, structured setting. At the same time, MeetMarket is an excellent opportunity for non-UK producers to get acquainted with the British factual industry and to build up a network. Part of the MeetMarket programme is a Who-Is-Who session - introducing the most important broadcasters, distributors and their programming briefs.

This year, Sheffield Doc/Fest focuses on Danish documentary films and on documentary filmmaking in Denmark. In that connection, Doc/Fest offers all Danish producers (and other roles) a discounted delegate pass rate of £130 - to get the discounted rate, please contact Suzana Jovanovska at

Submissions deadline: 14 September.
More information about Sheffield Doc/Fest and the MeetMarket here.

Kyle Balda Masterclass
Foreningen af Animert Film arranges a 3D Animation Masterclass. The Kyle Balda Masterclass will be held in Oslo, 12-14 October.

The Masterclass is a two day lecture and demonstration series designed to offer an approach to 3D character animation. The majority of the topics covered in the two days will have to do with the approach and completion of 3D character animation, the procedures used and tricks of the trade.

Kyle Balda has been working professionally in feature animation for the past 15 years, most notably with Pixar Animation Studios and Industrial Light & Magic.

Deadline for application: 1 October.
More information on the Masterclass here.


Since 1 August, Mette Hoffmann Meyer has been Commissioning Editor at DR TV. She is in charge of buying and co-producing international documentaries for DR1 and DR2.

Former film consultant to the Swedish Film Institute Bo-Erik Gyberg has been appointed Chairman of the Swedish lobbying group Filmallians (Film Alliance). Filmallians represents the interests of Swedish film and TV producers, directors, playwrights, theatres, and post-production facilities.

Host on children's TV through many years, Signe Lindkvist, is appointed Editor of B&U, DR's children & Youth department.

Ingrid Festøy Ottesen is new Project Coordinator at Norsk Filmfond. Her responsibility is short films and drama series for television.

Head of Production at Norsk Filmfond, Elin Erichsen, has been appointed acting Director, until the new restructured Film Institute becomes a reality in 2008. She succeeds Stein Slyngstad, who didn't wish to prolong his contract.

Elina Kivihalme has been appointed Production Consultant at The Finnish Film Foundation for the duration of Miia Haavisto's maternity leave. She is responsible for the support for documentaries and short films, as well as TV series.

Åsa Garnert is the new acting Head of Information at The Swedish Film Institute. Åsa Garnert has worked at SFI since 2003, a.o. as Head of Public Relations and film political coordinator.

Veslemøy Rysstad has been appointed Head of Information at Norsk Filmfond for the duration of Marit Sætre's maternity leave. Veslemøy Rysstad previously worked as Head of Information at Rikskonserterne (The National Concerts).

New Danish Screen has appointed Kim Leona Commissioning Editor and Nanna Mailand-Mercado Producer.

Søren Høy is the new Principal at the European Film College in Ebeltoft, Denmark. Søren Høy is a film journalist, author and businessman. He has a.o. spearheaded the weekly film show Filmland on DR.

Heads of DR2, Mette Davidsen-Nielsen and Gitte Rabøl, leave DR2. Having always demanded innovation on the screen and of the co-workers, they both think it's time for renewal in their positions as well.

Füsun Eriksen is the new Head of BUSTER - Copenhagen International Film Festival for Children and Youth. Füsun Eriksen has previously worked for Trust Film Sales/Zentropa. Since 1 July, BUSTER is administered by Copenhagen International Film Festival.