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Nordisk Panorama Event 2008

The countdown has started for the 19th edition of Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival, which takes place in Malmö, Sweden, 26 September - 1 October. If you still haven't treated yourself to an accreditation, it's 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. Read all about it at and benefit from the hotel discounts.

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

Guest of Honour: Kim Longinotto
Kim Longinotto visits the festival, sharing her vast experience in a Masterclass and a retrospective. The British filmmaker has won numerous awards for her documentary films. The Day I Will Never Forget (2002) was awarded the Amnesty International Doen Award at IDFA and Best Doc UK Spotlight at Hot Docs. Sisters in Law (2005) won the Prix Art et Essai and Special Mention Europa Cinemas at the Cannes film festival in 2005.

Jens Jonsson: My Dinner With...

We have asked the highly acclaimed filmmaker Jens Jonsson to invite an estimated colleague for a live tête-à-tête. Jens Jonsson has recently received international attention for his first feature film The King of Ping Pong (2008) that won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Cinematography at Sundance Film Festival.

Jens Jonsson has invited Joachim Trier from Norway for a chat about their lives in film. Joachim Trier's short films Procter (2002), Pietà (2000) and Still (2000) have been shown at over 30 film festivals around the world winning several prizes such as Prix UIP and Best British and European Film at Edinburgh International Film Festival. Joachim Trier's first feature, Reprise (2006), has won more than 20 awards at festivals worldwide.

Punk Animation! - Phil Mulloy
With a sharp wit and insightful observations this British animator is challenging us with his pitch-black punk fables. This series is not for the easily revolted or the prudish.

More Crossover Than Ever
Nordisk Panorama is focusing on the cross media development and is hosting the PostTvMedia seminar presenting the crossover guru Frank Boyd from BBC Innovation Lab and Heather Croall, his partner at the internationally acclaimed Crossover Labs. You will also meet Sarita Christensen from Copenhagen Bombay, a pioneer of multi platform productions. Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen from Serious Games, the creators of the reality game Palestine, examines the crossroad between games and reality. The seminar is moderated by Karolina Lidin.

The Nordic Crossover Pitch
The crossover rally continues with the final pitch of Crossover Nordic Lab, where 20 innovative cross media projects are competing for the attention of Nordic financiers and a 100.000 SEK award. The mentors Frank Boyd and Heather Croall call the shots during the event.

Nordisk Short Film Circle - Go Mobile!

For the third time, Filmkontakt Nord is proud to present the Nordisk Short Film Circle, engaging the Nordic Short film community in discussions about the past, present and future of the Nordic short film in a global context. This time focusing on shorts for the two-inch giant - the mobile phone!

Nordisk Panorama Market and International Market Talks
This year, Nordisk Panorama Market goes digital guaranteeing the attending Nordic and international buyers, distributors, and festival programmers utmost efficiency. At the same time FkN introduces a new initiative directed at filmmakers with a series of international market talks and professional meetings that bring some of the key players and key issues of today's short and documentary film market into focus. Don't miss this opportunity to get to know who is who, who does what, and how to do it right yourself!

Nordisk Forum 2008
Featuring pitching sessions, pre-booked individual meetings, and social events Nordisk Forum is a valuable meeting place which offers financiers the opportunity to network among themselves as well as with the attending filmmakers and producers with new documentary projects. In turn the event offers the independent community insight into the programming/funding policies of the broadcasters and funding institutions. Finally, for observers and film school students Nordisk Forum is an educational experience, encountering the professional financing process first hand.

Nordisk Forum 2008 will take place in Malmö from 29-30 September. We expect some 200 professionals to attend the event and are very much looking forward to two productive days discussing the selected projects.

We have selected 22 new projects from 64 applications. Find the programme and pitching schedule here.

The pitching sessions will be moderated by Cecilia Lidin, Film Consultant at European Documentary Network (Denmark), Ulla Simonen, Producer (Finland), Jan Rofekamp, Distributor at Films Transit (Canada). Find their profiles here.

Nordisk Forum Online
We offer registered producers and observers to present a short clip or trailer of a project, together with a synopsis and other production information, giving attending financiers the opportunity to preview the Nordisk Forum projects online and see short trailer excerpts. In addition, financiers' profiles and online meeting booking will be available when the site opens 8 September.
The site will be restricted to producers selected to pitch, observers with projects and attending financiers.

NF Introduces Distributors
In addition to the individual meetings between producers and financiers, we are introducing a new service. 3 distributors: Sirkka Möller, Deckert Distribution (Germany), Susanne Guggenberger, Autlook Filmsales (Austria) and Esther van Messel, First Hand Films World Sales (Switzerland), will be available during Nordisk Forum, sharing their knowledge about the international television market and giving advice about a project's potential in terms of distribution.

Until we see each other live, you can make friends with the festival at MySpace or join the Nordisk Panorama Facebook Group.

Welcome to Malmö!