Nordisk Panorama Market 2020

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 2020.


NPM Work-in-Progress 2020

Friday 18 Sept, 13.00-17.00 , Online – 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 Friday 18 September 2020 – Online.

The Work-in-Progress presentations follow 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 finalised, a sales agent/distributor or festival premiere.

For more information, contact Market Manager Maria Stoianova.



Dark Blossom

Director Frigge Fri Producer Mathilde Hvid Lippmann Main Production Company Made in Copenhagen Country Denmark

A colorful tale about three young gothic friends who stage themselves with wild make up, extreme outfits, colorful wigs and towering mohawks in search of bringing their inner chaos under control and finding a place both in themselves and in the world where they feel at home.


Nelly & Nadine

Director Magnus Gertten Producer Ove Rishøj Jensen Main Production Company Auto Images AB Country Sweden

The unlikely love story between two women falling in love on Christmas Eve, 1944, in the Ravensbrück concentration camp. For many years Nelly and Nadine’s lifelong relationship was kept a secret, even to some of their closest family. Now Nelly’s grandchild, Sylvie Bianchi, has decided to open Nelly and Nadine’s unseen personal archives and uncover their remarkable story.


Love Bound

Director Vibe Mogensen Producer Vibeke Vogel Main Production Company Bullitt Film Country Denmark

Behind closed doors, inside the confidentiality of the therapy room, a group of parents to mentally ill children, come to realise they are all riding the same storm. Love Bound, is an intense and intimate film with at its core, the dilemma of how much you must let go of yourself in order to save your kin.



Director Engeli Broberg Producer Anna J Ljungmark Main Production Company House of Real Country Sweden

Gabi just wants to be Gabi, a simple wish one would think, but as it turns out, it is not. Showing the perspective of a child that refuses to be put in a box, we follow Gabi from age eight to thirteen, struggling to find a place in a society dictated by adult rules and gender categorization.


The Red Ring

Director Joonas Berghäll Producer Satu Majava Production Company Oktober Oy Country Finland

The director, Joonas Berghäll, who suffers from chronic Lyme disease and other tick- borne infections, seeks a cure to his illness and answers to why efforts aren’t made to stop the global Lyme disease epidemic before it’s too late.


A-ha the Movie

Director Thomas Robsahm, Aslaug Holm Producer Thomas Robsahm, Yngve Sæther Production Company Motlys AS Country Norway

The film follows the band over a period of four years telling the full story of how three young men followed their impossible dream of becoming international rock stars.With unique access to the band and never before seen archive footage, the film tells a story of great music, troubled friendship, big ambitions and the dark side of success. And maybe forgiveness.

NPM – The Nordic Short Film Pitch

Thurs 17 Sept, 10:00 -13.00, Online – Invited Market Guests Only

The aim of The Nordic Short Film Pitch 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 2020

Planet Robin (Globus)

Original title Globus Director Johan Kaos Producer Gary Cranner
Production Company Chezville Country Norway

Robin is an imaginative and resourceful 10 year old, but feels cornered by her parents crumbling marriage. Without any friends of her own, real nor imaginary, Robin flees into the woods and discovers a small Planet, which ends up following her home. To avoid her parents finding it, she hides it in the garage and ends up taking care of it there, providing all the things she thinks a planet needs. All of her “improvements” seem to be bad for the Planet though, and her actions have almost catastrophic results. Thankfully, she realizes before it’s too late and ends up taking the Planet back into the woods and setting it free. When the parents find Robin missing, a search and rescue mission ensues, and with that a sliver of hope for the small family.


Chasing Birds (Að Elta fugla)

Director Una Lorenzen Producer Heather Millard, Thordur Jonsson Production Company Compass Films Co-Production Country Iceland, Canada

A hand-drawn animated film about four groups of people who all live separate realities around a long table. Each group is unaware of the others and believes their side is the only reality. Until a few playing cards, a little bird, a rolling wine bottle and a girl’s curiosity lead to their worlds colliding. At that point the mysteries of this elusive world unravel, while the little girl playfully chases the bird. Chasing Birds is a farce with a poetic twist.


We the Lightnings (Eldingar Eins og Við)

Director Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir Producer Hlín Jóhannesdóttir Production Company Ursus Parvus Country Iceland

Núa burns through her last drops of gasoline to get to a peaceful pocket in nature at the end of the road, where a safe haven for powerhouses – musicians, artists, mystics and poets in various stages of meltdown, have gathered to recharge. She is a spontaneous filmmaker who’s life becomes a dizzying whirlwind of travels between Iceland where she is from and Berlin where she lives, when her first, surprisingly successful motion picture is released at the same time as her mother’s nervous system gives in.


Out of Breath (Kvalt)

Director Amalie Maria Nielsen Producer Anna Dammegaard Søllested Production Company Snowglobe Country Denmark

Esther (28) knows what she wants and is constantly attempting to get that from her boyfriend Adam (29). Adam, who seems to withdraw as Esther moves closer, seems uninterested in having sex with her, although being loving and sweet. One morning, Esther discovers that Adam makes secret visits to a sex robot facility that specializes in elaborate sexual fantasies, designed after the customer’s desire, and with the slogan: “Artificial women never say no”. Esther goes to see the place for herself, but what she finds is far from settling; Adam has designed a robot that looks exactly like her. Desperate from the threat of being replaced Esther decides to be, what Adam seems to desire: compliant.


Spiral (Kierre)

Director Eva-Maria Koskinen & Salla Sorri Producer Paria Eskandari Production Company Aamu Film Company Country Finland

Agnes (33) and her former school bully, Jasmine (33), meet again when Jasmine’s daughter Wilhelmina (8) joins Agnes’ ballet class. Jasmine plays it as no bullying ever happened, but seems very uncomfortable leaving her child in the hands of her old schoolmate. Also Agnes is surprised about how powerful the encounter hits her and struggles with a desire for revenge. In the end it is Wilhelmina’s vulnerability and the absurdity of it all that make Agnes and Jasmine face each other.


Call it at Midnight (Kaldt på mig ved midnat)

Director Ana Sofia Godoy Poulsen Producer Ida Holmgren Production Company N/A Country Denmark

The film is based on a small family living in the countryside. Joseph (27) and his sister Isa (23) and Joseph’s 7-year-old daughter Maya. In one of their rooms lies their father, Alan, who is only kept alive with the help of a machine. As Joseph sends his daughter Maya down to throw her dying fish into the sea, his father suddenly wakes up from his otherwise seemingly endless coma. But Joseph and his sister, Isa, must now relate to a man who is not the father they knew. Unable to speak and with a strange demeanour, it is clear that it is no longer their father behind the familiar face, but possibly Maya’s deceased fish. Will this revelation allow them to let go of their father or will the decision to make the final choice prove too great?


Arne Meets Death (Arne möter döden)

Director Lars Vega Producer Claes Hedlund Production Company Salmonfox Country Sweden

Arne Nyman will die and will be visited by the coroner Death. Arne manages to get deferred by Death to make one last drive to collect his debts. A road movie between a peasant farmer and Death in a Volvo 244 with the scythe fastened to the roof rack in the midnight sun starts. Arne’s last wish in life is to become debt free, Death gladly insists on helping him with this. A misunderstanding arises between Death and Arne. Instead of paying off his debts, this is about Arne seeing this as his last chance to recover his money. Debts his friends have in the form of old cinema visits and herring dishes.


Grave (Monttu)

Director Emma-Lotta Kiuru  Producer Samu Soini Production Company Filmloop Country Finland

Sara, 15, is forced to stay with her father at his house in the countryside as Sara’s mother is fed up with her diabolic behavior. Sara is reluctant because she doesn’t have a close relationship with her father. Father, Ilkka, is not accustomed to spend time with Sara and treats her with the same patronizing attitude as Sara’s mother and Sara is annoyed. Sara is about to run away. Ilkka understands to change his approach and gives Sara some space. Sara feels Ilkka accepts her and they find a way to be together.


We Were Kids (Vi var barn då)

Director Alexander Abdallah Director Mustafa Al- Mashhadani Producer Adam Lunneborg Production Company Carbs Film Country Sweden

Alexander has gathered all the guys from his childhood to show them a short film he created. The film depicts the talk at the bench in the project where they grew up. A jargon that kills dreams. Words created by project and macho norms.At first they don’t know the theme of the film. But slowly the jargon changes and becomes more aggressive. When it gets the most intense, they react. One of the guys gets an outburst, screams and cries because he realises what he has been a part of. They start talking about how they were treating each other as kids. Finally, in a circle of embrace and crying, they dare to meet.


This is Katharine (Hvem er Katharina?)

Director/Producer Ida H. Eldøen Production Company Tagline Country Norway

A personal short animation about freeing yourself from the stereotypes of society. We follow Katharine, who at a young age pounder over the fact that she might be a lesbian. Through an all-knowing voice over we hear her story, her thoughts and feelings, and we take part in her journey to find and to free herself.

Closed Market Screenings 2020

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 market decision makers.


Thursday 17 September

16:00 DOC
Industry Screening – Iceland

17:30 DOC
Industry Screening – Norway


Friday 18 September

10:00 DOC
Industry Screening – Denmark

Industry Screening

16:00 SHORT PACKAGE 1 (second screening)
Industry Screening


Monday 21 September

Industry Screening

16:30 DOC
Industry Screening – Sweden

Industry Screening

19:00 DOC
Industry Screening – Norway


Tuesday 22 September

Industry Screening

16:30 DOC
Industry Screening – Finland

Industry Screening

19:00 DOC
Industry Screening – Denmark


Wednesday 23 September

15:00 DOC
Industry Screening – Finland

16:30 DOC
Industry Screening – Sweden

18:00 DOC
Industry Screening – Finland

Industry seminars 2020

(for accredited guests only)


VOD deals – Beyond the Big Five with Wendy Bernfeld

Thursday 17 September, 15:00 – 16:00

Short- and documentary films can sell to a wide range of VOD platforms. Many non-exclusive deals across various windows (tvod, svod, avod) and regions,  to midsized and selected smaller platforms can be lucrative . Some of those lesser known platforms also fund or co-fund Originals, including short form storytelling

In this webinar VOD expert and former lawyer  Wendy Bernfeld of Rights Stuff will give an overview of the various  platforms to possibly sell to and how to reach them. This also includes the different sorts of streamers (TVOD/ SVOD/AVOD/OTT and other hybrid variations).

In a conversation with Producer Ove Rishøj Jensen of Auto Images,  she will dialogue on  how to make the deals in the different windows and what to look for. Ove will ask questions from the producers perspective and it will also be possible for the audience to ask questions.

The webinar is organized as a collaboration between Nordisk Panorama and The Nordic Creative Europe Desks.

Moderator: Ene Katrine Rasmussen, Creative Europe Media Desk – Denmark

Speaker: Wendy Bernfeld, Ove Rishøj Jensen


You Made a Short Film. What’s Next?

Monday 21 September, 14:00 – 15:00

Nowadays it’s quite easy to find festivals, but it’s just as easy to lose track of what to do as there are so many festivals and new ones are popping up every day. When and where do you start when you are working on your next film, what festivals to play at in the beginning and what choices should you make after having your premiere? How can you get the most out of your festival run? And what are the possibilities that online offers?

In this presentation Wouter Jansen from Square Eyes (Netherlands) will explain how you can get your short film out into the world in the best way possible.

Speaker: Wouter Jansen


The Possibilities of Short Film Co-production in the Nordics – A Conversation

Tuesday 22 September, 16:00 – 17:00

Ever wondered what it takes to co-produce your short? Hear industry professionals talk about each of the five Nordic countries, what’s offered, what does it take and how do you approach the subject? They will talk facts as well as answer your questions.


Sigurrós Hilmarsdóttir, The Icelandic Film Centre

Mikko Peltonen, AVEK

Pekka Uotila, The Finnish Film Foundation

Eero Tammi, The Finnish Film Foundation

Sari Volanen, YLE

Helena Ingelsten, SVT

Ami Ekström, The Swedish Film Institute

Lars Daniel Krutzkoff Jacobsen, The Norwegian Film Institute

Expert Roundtables

21 – 22 September 2020. (Accreditation Required)

We will have expert roundtables where filmmakers can “sit down” with selected decision makers from the industry in a group setting where a casual exchange of knowledge will take place.

This year the round tables will be followed by pre-booked one to one meetings. Filmmakers with accreditation may book a short meeting to follow the presentation. As space is limited it is on a first come first served basis. Please contact Market Assistant Clara Iribarne  if you are interested in booking a meeting.

Monday 21 September

11:00 – 12:30 Short Film Festivals Round Table and one-to-one meetings

Lotte Kircher, International Short Film Festival Winterthur
Enrico Vannuci, Venice International Film Festival & Torino Short Film Market
Niels Ketelaars, GoShort
Laurence Boyce, Black Nights Film Festival
Tim Redford, Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand

Tuesday 22 September

14:30 – 16:00 Doc Film Festivals & Markets Round Table and one-to-one meetings

Mads Mikkelsen, CPH:DOX
Tomáš Poštulka, One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival
Diego Mas Trelles, DocsBarcelona
Emmanuel Chicon, Visions du Réel
Jean-Jacques Peretti, Sunny Side of the Doc

Wednesday 23 September

15:00 – 16:30 Short Film Sales Agencies Round Table and one-to-one meetings

Stine Wangler, Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg e.V.
Inga Diev, Ouat Media
Sydney Neter, SND Films
Martina Fiorellino, Premium Films
Andrew Norton, Raina