Nordisk Panorama Market 2019

Welcoming international film festivals, distributors and buyers from all over the world, Nordisk Panorama Market offers a comprehensive overview of the newest independently produced Nordic short and documentary films.

Below you can see the events, projects and films of NP Market 2019.

NPM Work-in-Progress 2019

Sun 22 Sept, 13.30-18.00 , Scandic Triangeln, 3rd fl. – Selected Market Guests Only

Giving nearly finished films the final push

Work-in-Progress presents 6 nearly finished documentary projects, almost ready to make it onto the world stage. The projects are presented to international and Nordic decision makers in a tailor made event, created to make sure that each project benefited the most from the presentation.

The presentations and consecutive one-to-one meetings take place at Nordisk Panorama Market on Sunday 22 September 2019 in the afternoon.

The Work-in-Progress presentations follows up on former Nordisk Panorama Forum pitches and pitches at fora around the world. All projects presented are looking for a last push to be finalized, a sales agent/distributor or festival premiere.

The Work-in-Progress projects are therefore not selected through an open call, but invited to submit.

For more information, contact Market Manager Maria Stoianova.


Selected Projects


Balloon Wars

Director Sissel Morell Dargis Producer Jesper Jack Production Company House of Real Country Denmark

In 1998, Brazil was the first country in the world to imprison people who release hot-air balloons. But far from ceasing to exist, the balloon culture simply went underground. Today thousands of balloon gangs represent alternatives to “real” gangs and their deadly crimes. Balloon Wars follows the two gang members Jabá and Ton, who belong to two of the most infamous balloon gangs in Brazil.


Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen Producer Monica Hellström Production Company Final Cut for Real Co-Production: Sun Creature Studio, Most Film AB, Mer Film AS
Country Denmark

An animated documentary that tells the story of people who are forced out of their homes and into the hands of human traffickers who drag them on a journey
through hostile environments and cynical bureaucracies. The film is about Amin who came to Denmark by himself at the age of 16 after being on the run for five years. Today, he is 35 years old, gay and finishing his PhD. He is planning to get married to his Danish partner, who would like to move to the country, but Amin is not ready. First he has to come to terms with his past and tell his real story.

For Somebody Else

Director Sven Blume Producer Margarete Jangård Production Company WG Film AB Country Sweden

We follow four women on an emotional and thought-provoking journey as they borrow their bodies and carry someone else’s children. They invite us in, sharing their expectations and experiences with us; before, during and after pregnancies as surrogate mothers.

Hockey Dreams

Director Janne Niskala, Oskari Pastila Producer Janne Niskala, Oskari Pastila Production Company Emerald Gate Industries LTD, Vaski Filmi LTD Country Finland

The joy of being selected to host the Winter Olympics quickly turns into fear in Korea. How can you create an ice hockey team that does not embarrass the whole nation when you have only four years time and 100 players to choose from to survive against hockey powerhouses such as Canada with a pool of 100.000 players?

Into the Bank

Director Eva Hillström, Oscar Hedin Producer Marina-Evelina Cracana Production Company Film and Tell AB Country Sweden

At the age of 19, Sasja Beslik flees the civil war in his home country, Bosnia, and arrives in Sweden with only two t-shirts in a plastic bag. Decades later, he becomes a banker, a man of power with a key role in one of the biggest European banks, Nordea, which in the past years was heavily involved in an international financial scandal. As Head of Sustainable investments at Nordea, Sasja begins an investigation against companies that are suspected of severe pollution and human rights violations. The start is effective and rewarding, but after his promotion, Sasja faces more and more compromises. Will he manage to change the bank or will the bank change him?

The Painter and the Thief

Director Benjamin Ree Producer Ingvil Giske Production Company Medieoperatørene Country Norway

When two paintings are stolen from Czech artist Barbora ‘Barbar’ Kysilkova the police catches the thiefs after a few days. But the paintings are never found. Barbora attends the court case hoping to find clues for where they can be, and because she does not speak Norwegian, she records everything for it to be translated at a later stage. In the sound files we can hear her walking over to one of the thiefs to present herself. Then she asks the frank question: – I wondered if I could paint you? Thief and drug addict Karl-Bertil Nordland answers without hesitation: – That’s possible.

Closed Market Screenings 2019

Introducing brand new films to people who can get them out into the world.

Brand new Nordic shorts and documentaries, yet to premiere internationally, will be screened in programmed slots Saturday through Tuesday during Nordisk Panorama. Curated in cooperation with the Nordic film institutes.

Titles are only available in the Market catalogue and access only for selected market guests.


Saturday 21 September

15:00 DOC
Industry Screening – Iceland

16:30 DOC
Industry Screening – Sweden


Sunday 22 September

Industry Screening

Industry Screening


Monday 23 September

Industry Screening

Industry Screening

15:00 DOC
Industry Screening – Finland

16:30 DOC
Industry Screening – Norway


Tuesday 24 September

13:30 DOC
Industry Screening – Denmark

NPM Nordic Short Film Meet-Up

Sat 21 Sept, 10:00 -15.00, Filmcentrum Syd – Monbijougatan 17, Malmö – Invited Market Guests Only

The aim of the Nordic Short Film Meet Up is to make short filmmakers from the Nordic countries meet, exchange experiences and find partners for potential future collaborations and co-productions. Simultaneously they meet international industry decision makers to expand their network.

The initiative is created in close co-operation with the short film commissioners at the Nordic film institutes and public service broadcasters and takes place during Nordisk Panorama Film Festival.


Selected Projects 2019


Bunny and Major Tom

Director Jani Illomäk Producer Julia Elomäki Screenwriter Reeta Ruotsalainen Production Company Tekele Productions OY Country Finland

Pupu and Major Tom is a short film about 15-year-old Tuukka and his 10-year-old sister Lili. The events take place over one night. The story is about the strong but delicate love between these siblings. Life hasn’t been fair to either one of them since they were separated after their mom couldn’t take care of them. Tuukka now lives in a children’s home and Lili with a foster family. Tuukka misses his sister so much that he decides to break into Lili’s new home. He wants to take her with him and move to their family cabin together. Lili has also had a birthday and Tuukka brings her a cake and a present. A stuffed animal bunny. Tuukka has stolen the bunny and Lili of course figures it out and feels sorry for her brother.

All of Earth’s Creatures

Director Thorey Mjallhvit Producer Heather Millard, Thordur Jonsson Production Company Compass Films, GS Studio Country Iceland, Poland

It is the year 2043. The glaciers of the world have melted, and all the cities are destroyed. From beneath the ice slithered creatures that had been thought mere folk tale fantasies roam. The human species has been knocked down from the top of the food chain.
Albert a dodgy old man and Ormhildur a young girl live in a dilapidated house by the sea, researching magical beasts and looking for ways to stop their advance. These unlikely heroes find themselves saving their neighbourhood from a raging troll, by simply singing a lullaby. After all, fanged, furred or fantastic, perhaps this troll was only looking for a nice place for a nap.


Director Simen Nyland Producer Silje Burgin Borch Production Company New Dawn Production Country Norway

“Filther” is a pre-apocalyptic love story. The story is taking place in a fictional world where the geopolitical situation has led to a world on the brim of nuclear war. A man with a head shaped like, and working as, a gas mask is a new step in the evolution. When we meet him in the film, he is searching for someone to share his life with, before the world ends. A girl in a newly arrived circus turns out to be his salvation. As one world goes under, another one begins. Filther is going to be a love story full of contrast, combining the macabre with the beautiful; a terrible event, with an unexpected outcome. A story where the balance between darkness and humor runs along a fine line.

Holy Chicken

Director Tanne Sommer Producer Katrine Dolmer Production Company Jumping Crocodile Country Denmark

An old, Christian couple live out in the middle of nowhere and the man, Gert, cannot live without his daily doses of delicious meat from a self-butchered animal. But God works in mysterious ways and Gert ends up in a wheelchair after an attempt to butcher a chicken.Slowly, his wife, Bodil, discovers that the chicken that caused Gert’s accident isn’t quite a normal chicken. She believes God is speaking through the chicken. Bodil tries to convince Gert about this, but it ends pretty violently, when Gert by mistake blasts his wife down with a rifle in an attempt to get rid of the mysterious chicken. God takes Bodil under his Wing and resurrects her, which makes Gert obey Gods message about not killing innocent animals (and wives).

Off Radar

Director/Producer Malin Levanon Producer Kjell Åhlund, Malin Levanon Production Company Tävenlös AB Country Sweden

The year is 2024. We are following Uma shopping necessities in a burqa. She is buying huge quantities of hygiene products with cash while the other customers is paying with a chip inside their hand. Later on, back home when Uma take off the burqa we discover that she looks Scandinavian. She is blond and pregnant. In the evening she receives a text message which makes her stiffen by fear. As a reaction and solution she gets rid of her cellphone and computer. Next morning a man shows up outside of her door. Uma manages to flee with the help of the burqa without getting caught. We are following Umas’s escape to her mother in the countryside, and realizing that her mother is in contact with the man.

Flower Show

Director Elli Vuorinen Producer Kimmo Sillanmikko, Jani Lehto Production Company Böhle Studios Country Finland

In the middle of a perfect formal garden a Countess is yearning for love and motherhood. She cuts off petals of a daisy one at a time and desires a young man. He is more focused on playing croquet. A young girl is just about to bloom under the watching eye of her overcaring grandfather. The croquet ball rolls to the woods where the young girl is retrieving water from the river. Also hunters and hounds enter the forest. She is not noticing the male gazes, yet. The sexual development of the girl is juxtaposed with the growth of the flower, the masculinity of the hunters with lasciviousness and reins of the horses with obedience.

The Forger

Director Ragnar Snorrason Producer Heiðar Mar Björnsson Production Company Muninn Films Country Iceland

The classical painter and self proclaimed master of the craft, Kjartan Valgeir, is part of the Icelandic art elite but has been out of the game for nearly 20 years. A big show is planned and Kjartan is invited to show his most famous painting but as it turns out, he is the only one of the artists that is still alive. On top of that, his painting has been damaged in storage! Kjartan, enraged, demands to repair his own work. When Kjartan damages his already damaged painting beyond repair he simply decides to forge a new one, after all, what could go wrong?

Kazarian’s Promise

Director/Producer David Metz  Country Denmark

The neuroscientist, Grigor Kazarian, invents a mechanism with which he can transfer the human consciousness to another medium. Grigor’s technological breakthrough follows his 20-year old daughter Sofia’s tragic death in a car crash a year earlier. Grigor has subsequently transferred Sofia’s consciousness to a non-descript black box reminiscent of a hard disk. Grigor’s wife, Ida, is having trouble with the thought of their daughter as an unbodied consciousness. One day she decides to finally meet her daughter in her new form and afterwards seems to come around to the idea. Grigor, on the other hand, begins to doubt the path he has gone down…

Awake Brain Surgery

Director/Producer Alex Danielson Director/Producer Maximilien van Aertryck Producer Stina Eriksson Production Company Plattform Produktion Country Sweden

To witness a surgeon operate inside a patient’s brain, through an open skull, whilst the patient is wide awake, is an experience that goes against everything our minds have learned is normal. This short film takes place with the operating room as a stage room. On one side of the surgery, the patient is undergoing a vigilant brain surgery, singing, talking or playing an instrument. On the other side, the surgeons stand, focused over an open skull while, through incredible precision and technology, they remove a tumor. When the patient stops talking / singing / playing – the surgeons know that they are touching an area they are supposed to back away from. This film is an homage to human strength and vulnerability.

Expert Roundtables

Scandic Triangeln, 21 – 24 September 2019. Accreditation Required

As a new market initiative, we will have expert roundtables where filmmakers can sit down with a decision maker from the industry in a group setting where a casual exchange of knowledge can take place.

Sign up on the following form to ensure a seat at the table. (At each table we will have place for up to 12 filmmakers on a first come, first served basis.)

Saturday 21 September

14:30 – 15:00 Martijn te Pas, Senior Programmer, IDFA

15:00 – 15:30 Gitte Hansen, Deputy Director, First Hand Films

Sunday 22 September

12:30 – 13:00 Danielle Turkov Wilson, Founder, Think-Film Impact Production

13:00 – 13:30 Svetla Turnin, Executive director, CinemaPolitica

Monday 23 September

12:30 – 13:00 Shoko Takegasa, Programming Manager, Short Shorts Film Festival

14:00 – 14:30 Melanie Iredale, Interim Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest

Tuesday 24 September

14:00 – 14:30 Creative Europe Media Desk Representatives from Denmark, Sweden and Iceland