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FkN in Hamburg, Annecy, Grimstad and La Rochelle
FkN will be out and about during June. In the beginning of the month, Jing Haase is attending the Hamburg International Short Film festival, expanding the FkN network and Heidi Elise Christensen will bring 5 producers to the animation market MIFA in Annecy, France, where FkN hosts the Nordic Producers' Stand and serves as a matchmaker and facilitator.

During the Norwegian Shortfilm Festival in Grimstad, taking place mid-June, Karin Johansson-Mex is offering individual consultancy to filmmakers with documentary projects in development regarding Nordic and International financing.

Last but not least, Katrine Kiilgaard is in place at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France, by the end of the month. She will be joined at the Nordic Producers' Stand by 27 representatives from 16 production companies, who will enjoy a wide array of professional and social events arranged by FkN besides the official programme offered by Sunny Side of the Doc. You can learn more about FkN's International Market Platform here.
Nordisk Forum Deadline Approaching
The deadline for submission of projects for Nordisk Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries is 16 June.

This years edition of Nordisk Forum takes place in Malmö, Sweden, 29-30 September and welcomes documentary projects from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. For more information, click here.

Focus: New Nordic and International Initiatives

New Distribution Scheme from Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Since mid-April, the Distribution Scheme from Nordisk Film & TV Fond has changed. The Fund's distribution support will now operate as a Direct Support scheme instead of a guarantee against losses, therefore freeing distributors form the obligation to reimburse the grant. Another major change in the distribution scheme is the payment of the support, now consisting of two installments: one at signature of the contract and one at submission of invoice of P&A spend. The Fund's distribution support will still be capped to the level of the distributor's own investment.

Nordisk Film & TV Fond has decided to change the distribution scheme to make it easier and more beneficial for Nordic distributors to apply and to encourage a larger array of Nordic distributors to apply. For further information, see Nordisk Film & TV Fond's guidelines.
Nordic Cultural Campaign
Nordic cooperation will now play a more active role in international competition on welfare, values and jobs. At least if it is up to the five Nordic ministers of culture. A new cultural campaign aims to improve the position of the Nordic Region in global competitiveness and to strengthen the creative industries and international dialogue, according to the Nordic ministers of culture, who have just agreed on a joint globalisation. As the first follow-up to the ministers' globalisation initiative, the ministers of culture will approach the Norddic ministers of trade directly with a proposal for joint ventures in the creative industries.
Movieurope Launched
The VOD portal Movieurope has been launched. On Movieurope, the whole world can watch and rent films from the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe. The portal is launched in Danish, but at the end of 2008, it will have an English and a German version as well and contain 500 films. In 2009, it will be versioned in 10 additional European languages.

Movieurope is run by Filmmakers' Independent Digital Distribution (FIDD), who also run the TV channel Skandinavia, and the ambition is to become the largest distributor of European films. By 2013, the aim is to present 50.000 European films in 27 languages. Check it out on
New European TV Database Launched
During MIP TV in Cannes, European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO) and the European Commission (DG Communication) launched a new European TV Database, called MAVISE. MAVISE will provide basic data on all TV channels available in the EU, Croatia and Turkey and is accessible to the general public free of charge.

For each country, MAVISE contains a general description of the TV landscape, TV operators and technical transmitters, the names of the bodies granting TV licenses, basic data on the population, number of TV households and digital TV penetration rate.

MAVISE already contains key information on more than 2500 companies, over 2700 TV channels and the line-up of more than a hundred distributors. The aim is to compile a list of the 6000 to 7000 channels in Europe by the end of 2008. For more information, click here.