Norddok II Seminar
Once again we collaborated with the Danish Film Institute on their Norddok II seminar taking place from 27 – 30 October in the Faroe Islands. On these days recipients of documentary support from Greenland, the Faroe Islands as well as representatives from the Danish Doc community had the chance to present their current projects, network and discuss storytelling and project development.
Read more about the Norddok II programme here.
Doc Forward – Record Numbers
The deadline to apply for the 2024 edition of the Doc Forward talent workshop has just passed and we have received a record amount of application. It is inspiring to see how many new talented filmmakers from the Nordic countries are out there. Stay tuned for the announcement of the selection soon.
Thank you to AVEK, Danish Film Institute, Norwegian Film Institute and The Swedish Film Institute for supporting both Doc Forward and The Nordic Rough Cut session.
Image from Life Is Beautiful by Mohamed Jabaly
Nordic Wins at IDFA
Two of the prestigious awards from the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) went this year to Nordic projects. The IDFA Award for Best Directing was awarded to Mohamed Jabaly and Life is Beautiful. The Norwegian/Palestinian documentary was produced by Stray Dogs Norway.
Furthermore the IDFA Award for Best First Feature went to the Syrian/Qatari/Swedish co-production Chasing the Dazzling Light by Stockholm-based Syrian-born filmmaker Yasser Kassab.
For more Nordic winners around the world, check out our Award winners’ section below.
The Nordics were represented with an impressive selection of films at this years IDFA. You can find a full overview here.
Names in the News
Axel Petersén has been appointed as the new Film Consultant at the Swedish Film Institute for Short Film and New Format. Petersén has worked as script writer as well as director for short-, documentary-, art- and feature film since 2003. Some of his films include Avalon (2012), Toppen av ingenting (2018) as well as Syndabocken (2023).
At AVEK Oskar Forstén has been announced as the new Commissioner focussing on documentaries and short films. Oskar Forstén graduated as a media producer form Turku UAS’ Arts Academy in 2009, before he also studied filmmaking in Sweden. Forstén has been producing documentaries at the Finnish film production company Polygraf for over a decade with his business partner Arthur Franck.
Nordic Award Winners