Nordisk Panorama News

April 2016

Submit Your Nordic Shorts & Docs to Nordisk Panorama by 1 May!

Submit your short and documentary films for Nordisk Panorama – Nordic Short & Doc Film Festival 2016 by 1 May and be in the running for the Best Nordic Documentary Award (Euro 11.000), the Best Nordic Short Film Award (Euro 7.000) and the Best New Nordic Voice Award (Euro 3.500).

Besides presenting the biggest documentary award in the Nordic region, Nordisk Panorama is an Oscar qualifying festival in the short film category. On top of this, Nordisk Panorama Market serves international buyers, distributors and programmers during the event and all year round.

Don’t miss out. Submit your film today!

Submission for Festival Competitions:
Films completed in 2015: 15 February – closed
Films completed in 2016: 1 May

Submission for Market:
Films completed in 2015: 1 May
Films completed in 2016: 1 August

You’ll find the full call for Nordisk Panorama here. Read our regulations and submit your film here.

Call for Projects for the 23rd Edition of Nordisk Panorama Forum

The 23rd Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries is now open for submission of projects. Nordisk Panorama Forum is the main funding event for the Nordic documentary community, taking place 18-20 September during Nordisk Panorama in Malmö, Sweden.

Nordisk Panorama Forum welcomes independent documentary projects in all stages from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greenland, The Faroe Islands, Åland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The forum is also open to cross-media documentary projects with a film or television component.

To apply for Nordisk Panorama Forum, check out the guidelines and make sure you have everything ready and submitted online by the deadline 30 May. Read the full call for projects here. The deadline for accreditation to Nordisk Panorama Forum is 1 August.

30 May 2016: Submission of forum projects
1 August 2016: forum accreditation

Meet the Nordic Delegation at Hot Docs

Many great Nordic docs have been selected for the 2016 edition of Hot Docs, North America’s top doc event, taking place in Toronto, Canada, 28 April-8 May 2016 and lots of Nordics will be there.

Check out the Nordic films and projects in the Official Selection. Some of them are already available to buyers, programmers, sales agents and distributors through our professional streaming service Nordisk Panorama Market Online.

Iikka Vehkalahti, former commissioning editor of documentaries for Finnish public broadcaster Yle, will receive the 2016 Doc Mogul Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made an essential contribution to the creative vitality of the documentary industry both at home and abroad. Vehkalahti who is currently executive producer of IV Films Ltd, Rough Cut Service and Dare To Dream Asia will be presented with the Doc Mogul Award at a luncheon in his honour on Monday 2 May.

Nordisk Panorama has coordinated a Nordic delegation of documentary professionals who will be attending different parts of the event, so there should be a good chance of meeting us at either the screenings, the Hot Docs Forum or just around.

If you are Nordic, join us for Nordisk Panorama’s Nordic pay-your-own-way dinner Tuesday 3 May at 19:30. Sign up no later than Wednesday 27 April to

Director Søren Poulsen and Forum Manager Christina Jul Gregersen will be present at the festival 30 April-5 May. Reach Christina by email or contact her at +45 6131 8539. Get in touch with Søren by email or call him at +45 2636 4408.

DOK.Incubator Selection Announced with 3 Nordic Projects

At Nordisk Panorama we are excited about our new partnership with DOK.Incubator. From 2016 Nordisk Panorama will host the final presentation of the DOK.Incubator films. DOK.Incubator is a well-established rough-cut stage workshop, offering individual mentorship for eight selected documentary projects focusing on dramaturgy, distribution and audience building.

The DOK.Incubator project selection is now ready and we’re happy to see that as many as 3 Nordic projects made it:

Kisilu: Before the Flood /UK, NO/ by Norwegian director Julia Dahr is a powerful story of a smallholder, who uses his camera to capture the impacts of climate change on the life of his village. YLE supported The Mayor of Nowhere /FI/BG/DE/ is a beautifully shot film capturing a deserted Bulgarian village on the border between the East and the West, exploiting the “massive influx” оf refugees in the local elections.  A Danish team brings to the selection Tales of Female Desire, a rare humorous, yet cinematic authentic insight into female sexuality.

Check out the full project selection here.

The Nordic teams will work together with projects from all over Europe, to reach a truly international story, which will be able to meet audiences globally.

After 5 month of editing, targeting and distribution strategy designing, the nearly finished films from DOK.Incubator will be presented to the industry at Nordisk Panorama’s brand new international event DOK.Incubator Preview. Not only the event itself, but the whole collaboration, will be providing Nordic filmmakers, producers and broadcasters with new, exclusive stories and strategic partners for future projects, coming from around the world.

Nordic Delegation Discount to Sheffield Doc/Fest

Nordisk Panorama is arranging the Nordic delegation to Sheffield Doc/Fest again this year. Join the delegation to get a special rate on your access to UK’s premier documentary marketplace, festival and conference, taking place 10-15 June 2016!

Reduced rate delegate pass: GBP 209 + VAT against the standard price GBP 299 + VAT.

Read more about the delegation here. To sign up for the Nordic delegation, please send name, email and company for all participants to Forum Manager Christina Jul Gregersen by the delegation deadline 28 April at noon.

Nordic Discount at Sunny Side of the Doc

Partnering with EDN, we are coordinating the Nordic delegation to Sunny Side 20-23 June 2016 in France, securing Nordic film professionals value-for-money access. Get a unique opportunity to join Sunny Side of the Doc’s worldwide network and save up to €250 on your accreditation! Read more here.

Registrations and call for projects for Sunny Side of the Doc are now open! For the pitching sessions they are looking for projects on the following topics:

  • Global Issues
  • Natural History & Wildlife 
  • History
  • Arts & Culture 
  • Interactive docs
  • Please note that hybrid docs (linear with a transmedia approach) will be considered in every session.

Deadline to submit is 4 May 2016. You will find all details of the call for projects here.

Meet Nordisk Panorama at Good Pitch Europe

Director Søren Poulsen and Forum Manager Christina Jul Gregersen will be present at Good Pitch Europe in Stockholm, Sweden 24 May to explore the field of impact campaigning for documentaries further.

This edition of Good Pitch Europe is hosted by the Nordic countries for the second time. The lineup of projects include four Nordic teams who will pitch their feature documentary and its associated audience engagement campaign in front of a live audience of funders and changemakers:

Good Pitch connects social justice films with new allies and partners and brings together independent documentary films with organisations that have innovation and social change at their heart.

Reach Christina at Good Pitch Europe by email or at +45 6131 8539. Get in touch with Søren by email or call him at +45 2636 4408.

EDN Launches New Documentary Series Workshop

The EDN Documentary Series Workshop is open to Nordic directors, producers and editors with a documentary project that has a potential to be developed as a series. The workshop will take place from 8-9 June 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark and focuses on a case story analysis of the Danish documentary series Bugs, pitched at Nordisk Panorama Forum, as well as discussion and analysis of the participating projects.

Highlights of the programme:

  • in-depth analysis of development, financing and distribution aspects of Bugs by producer Sigrid Dyekjær
  • dramaturgical considerations from the director’s perspective with director Andreas Johnsen
  • analysis of participating projects by Sigrid Dyekjær, editor Jacob Thuesen and Bugs distributor Stefan Kloos (Germany)

The submission deadline for projects is 1 May 2016. Read more at the EDN website.

NFI Looking for Two New Doc Consultants

The Norwegian Film Institute is looking for new documentary consultants for the department of development and production. In the fall/winter of 2016 the terms of the documentary consultants KriStine Ann Skaret and Even G Benestad will come to an end and it is time to find their successors. Read more here in Norwegian.

Deadline: 9 May 2016

Two Nordic Docs in POV’s lineup for 2016

This year two Nordic documentaries made it into the POV’s 29th season. The Danish Oscar-nominated documentary, The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer as well as Pervert Park by Frida and Lasse Barkfors will be broadcasted on POV in the summer. POV is America’s longest-running television show for independent documentary series. Premiering in 1988, POV has presented more than 300 films to U.S. television audiences.

The Look of Silence will be screened on 27 June. The documentary has received critical acclaim and won 70 international awards, including the audience award at Nordisk Panorama 2015.

Pervert Park will be broadcasted on 11 July. The Swedish-Danish filmmaking couple Frida and Lasse Barkfors directed the documentary together and won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Impact at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. They presented their new project Death of a Child at last year’s Nordisk Panorama Forum.

In recent years, a good selection of Nordic documentaries made it into POV’s schedule. Previous Nordic titles screened on POV are: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case by Andreas Johnsen (DK), Dance for Me directed by Katrine Philp (DK), The Act of Killing directed by Joshua Oppenheimer (DK), A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel (DK), Armadillo by Janus Metz (DK), Steam of Life by Joonas Berghäll (FI) and Tintin and I by Anders Østergaard (DK).

Twelve for the Future & NP Forum Join Forces

Twelve for the Future, a project driven co-production workshop for young Nordic documentary producers and directors organized by EDN, has joined forces with Nordisk Panorama Forum for Co-financing of Documentaries. The workshop aims at developing projects for international co-production, establishing a professional network for the participants as well as connecting Nordic talents and relevant financiers.

Twelve for the Future is focusing on project development, networking, presentation techniques and financing opportunities. Guided by experienced tutors and working in small groups, the workshop creates an informal atmosphere of knowledge and mutual inspiration, leading to encouraging discussions, feedback and new contacts.

The workshop programme is divided in 2 parts. The 1st part takes place 15-18 September in Southern Sweden, right before this year’s Nordisk Panorama Forum. As Twelve for the Future has joined forces with NP Forum, an observer seat has been reserved for all interested workshop participants for the two pitching days on 19-20 September. Furthermore a discount on the observer seat will be available for all Twelve for the Future participants who are newcomers to the Forum.

Click here for more information on Twelve for the Future. Deadline for applying for Twelve for the Future is 18 May.

SFI Launches Site for Swedish Women in Film

The Swedish Film Institute has just launched the website Nordic Women in Film, aiming to make female filmmakers more visible. The ambition is to rewrite the history of moving images from a female point of view. The site currently features Swedish women but the hope is to attract the Nordic neighbors in the future and expand the database.

Tove Torbiörnsson who passed away in 2015 initiated the website as head of department at the institute. The initiative is part of The Swedish Film Institute’s focus on gender equality.


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Congratulations to the Nordic Award Winners of 2016

Nordic short films and documentaries take home awards all over the world. Check out the Nordic short and doc award winners of 2016. If your film receives an award this year, please let us know.

Dates & Deadlines Coming Up

Don’t be late! Find upcoming international deadlines for shorts & docs festivals, workshops, funding opportunities and much more here!