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FkN Newsletter

June 2009

FkN News

Nordisk Forum Update 
The deadline for submissions to Nordisk Forum has come and gone. We have received 74 applications for the 16th Nordisk Forum for Co-Financing of Documentaries - a record number in the history of Nordisk Forum! The projects have been submitted by producers from five Nordic and three Baltic countries: 6 from Denmark, 5 from Estonia, 8 from Finland, 8 from Iceland, 2 from Latvia, 1 from Lithuania, 27 from Norway, and 17 from Sweden.

The selection of the 22 projects to be pitched at Nordisk Forum will take place in the beginning of July. The selected projects will be presented in the next edition of the FkN Newsletter.

The 16th Nordisk Forum takes place in Reykjavik, Iceland 28-29 September in conjunction with Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival.

International Guests in the FkN Video Library 
During the summer, the following guests have visited Filmkontakt Nord's Video Library at the office in Copenhagen:

Festival Directors, Conrad Fields and André Babikian from Copenhagen Shortfilm, Denmark

Programmer, Grit Lemke from DOK Leipzig - International Festival for Documentary and Animated Films, Germany
Festival Director, Niclas Gillberg and programmer Andreas Gejke from Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden

Summertime at Filmkontakt Nord 

The summer is upon us, the sun is shining and we're all looking forward to getting away from the hot office and into the beautiful weather. However, the FkN office will be open all summer ... just for you!

Focus: New Nordic and International Initiatives

New Producers Association in Sweden 
The three Swedish trade bodies, Swedish Film Producers, Swedish TV Producers and Swedish Commercial Producers have joined forces and merged into one organisation: Swedish Film & TV Producers Association. Representing 105 member companies, the new association is headed by Björn Rosengren, former Swedish Minister of Industry, Employment and Communication. Read more about the new association here.

MiniTV Launched in Norway 
The three leading broadcasters in Norway, NRK, TV 2 and MTG/Viasat, have launched a new service called MiniTV. The service is on a trial basis

until July 2011 and will be free of charge upon the launch. Behind the MiniTV initiative is Norges Mobil-TV (Norway's Mobile-TV), which is co-owned by the three involved broadcasters.

With the help of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB), around a million people in the area of Oslo will be able to watch 6 TV channels and listen to 15 DAB radio channels through a mobile DMB device. The six channels are: NRK1, NRK2, NRK3, TV 2, TV 2 Nyhetskanalen (News channel) and TV3.

Norges Mobil-TV aims to expand the service to areas outside of Oslo and to look for ways of making the service cost effective until the trial period expires. Read more about MiniTV here.

Film Censorship to be Abolished in Sweden 
Sweden was the first country in the world to introduce film censorship in 1911, and now the country is about to be the last of the Nordic countries to abolish censorship for adult audiences. The proposal to abolish adult cesorship includes the creation of a new body to protect children and youth, that will oversee the film classification for children under 15. It will be presented to the Swedish Parliament for approval and is expected to be introduced in 2011.

Extra Millions for the Danish Public Service Fund 
The Danish Government has granted an extra DKK 20 million funding to the Danish Public Service Fund. The new cash line comes on top of the initial DKK 75 million grant that has been administered by the Danish Film Institute, since the Public Service Fund's inception a year and a half ago. The Public Service fund prioritises original and innovative TV production and emphasises quality, versitility and variety.

DOK Leipzig with Nordic Focus 
This year, DOK Leipzig looks to the north
. The 5th International DOK Leipzig Co-Production Meeting will a.o. focus on the Nordic countries and offer detailed insights into the documentary film markets of these countries. DOK Leipzig therefore urges producers from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden to come to Leipzig to network with their German collegues and kickstart co-production projects.
Projects can be submitted until 27 July. See the call here (pdf) and check out DOK Leipzig's website.