Nordisk Panorama Market 2021

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 2021.


NPM Work-in-Progress 2021

Sunday 19 Sept, 13.00-18.00, Scandic Triangeln, Malmö & 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 Sunday 19 September 2021.

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.


The Gullspång Miracle

Director Maria Fredriksson Producer Ina Holmqvist Main Production Company Ballad Film AB Sales MetFilm Sales Country Sweden

In this story about a possible long-lost twin; blood ties, religious beliefs, and a dose of skepticism all prove to be obstacles in the search for truth. As the drama unfolds it gets harder and harder to know who and what to believe. This film is a reminder of the strangeness of life and the magic in existence.

Behind The Swedish Model

Director Viktor Nordenskiöld Producer Viktor Nordenskiöld, Dylan Williams Main Production Company Freetownfilms AB Country Sweden

A unique behind the scenes documentary following Sweden’s suddenly world famous State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell and Health Minister Lena Hallengren during their controversial no-lockdown-fight vs Corona, examining how to stand firm against criticism and hate, and how to deal with worship, doubt and disappointments. Still not knowing the final verdict, the Health Minister turns into a patient.

Notes on Death

Director Anne Regitze Wivel Producer Vibeke Vogel Main Production Company Bullitt Film Country Denmark

This film is about the palliative unit at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen. Here, it’s is not about helping patients back to life, but relieve the pain on the path away from it. The film deals with the incomprehensible theme of death, with the nurses working hard and daily on this stage. It is a zone in which patients, their relatives and the nurses share an intense time, each in their own state.

Guardians of Creation

Director Iiris Härmä Producer Visa Koiso-Kanttila Main Production Company Guerilla Films Oy Country Finland

A group of researchers arrives to study the relationship between humans and nature to Turkana, Kenia. An area is called the cradle of humankind and inhabited by nomadic Daasanach tribe. People who once lived side by side with the wildlife, has gradually forgotten how to coexist with the nature. This is a story about us – Human Sapiens. Where do we come from? Where are we heading to?

White Lies

Director Emilie Beck Producer Karianne Berge Production Company Indie Film AS Country Norway

Adopted to Norway from Sri Lanka, Kine Priyangika has, as several thousand other adoptees, been looking for her biological mother since she was nine years old. She longs for her own, a place she feels accepted and people she can see herself in. Her dream becomes a complicated reality that leads her to an investigation revealing the many white lies and the complex of international adoption.


Production Company Sisyfos Film Production Country Sweden

Synopsis will be available only to select decision makers.

The Nordic Short Film Pitch

Saturday 18 Sept, 10:00 -15.00,  Scandic Triangeln & 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.

This year the Nordic Short Film Pitch welcomes a delegation from Poland with two projects selected to pitch along the Nordic projects.

Selected Projects 2021


Director SaraKlara Hellström Producer Lova Lilliemarck Production Company Verket Production Country Sweden

Räkan and Fabbe are bros for life! But when Räkan is forced to join a “girls party” with Fabbe, he suddenly feels alienated from the group. Fabbe disappears with his girlfriend and Räkan, who is left without his bro, for the first time gets to experience exclusion from a first-hand point of view. The girls at the party don’t seem to pay any attention to him and that makes him feel the urge to punish someone. Räkan grabs a beer and sprays it over a random girl’s top.

Fabbe finds out what happened, and throws Räkan out of the party. Meanwhile the girl tries to cover her exposed body. Räkan is now all by himself out in the cold, when he suddenly hears a noise. A group of guys are standing on a balcony shouting Räkans name. Räkan lifts his arms, as a sign of victory and a sign of his belonging with the group of men.

One Minute

Director & Producer Matilde Sköld & Marcus Svanberg  Production Company Bleck Film AB  Country Sweden

Amanda is helping Lauren move into a new apartment when they spot two girls waving to them from an apartment across the street. When they realize these girls are their doppelgangers, seemingly existing one minute ahead in time, the situation quickly goes from intriguing to terryfying.


Director Atli Brix Kamban & Søren Frederiksen Producer Pelle Folmer Production Company Asta Film Country Denmark

An animated short film that portrays the quiet, yet strangely beautiful life of Sofia; a woman whose mind was severely damaged during a troubled childbirth. The story is told by weaving different perspectives and metaphors together into a narrative flow that captures the life experience of Sofia and the people that surround her. The birth itself is told as an extended metaphor of a stork that is tragically caught in a tempest as it tries to bring the unborn Sofia to the right house.

The King and the Yellow Star

Director Thor Hampus Bank Producer Emil Johnsen Production Company GotFat Productions Country Denmark

All over the world, especially in America, the story of King Christian X’s heroic resistance to the Nazi persecution of Jews is well known; In October 1942, the Nazi grip on Denmark was tightened when the German occupying forces ordered all Danish Jews to wear a yellow Star of David. The following day, King Christian X rides on horseback into the streets of Copenhagen with a Star of David on his chest expressing sympathy with the Danish Jews, and thereby clearly protesting against the Germans’ persecution of the Jews. This act inspires the Danish people to follow the monarch’s example, and shortly after, the yellow stars spread in the streets of Copenhagen, forcing the Nazis to withdraw the order.

A Very Bad Night

Director Khadar Ayderus Ahmed Producer Danai Anagnostou Production Company Kenno Filmi Country Finland

ASAD, a 16 year-old Black boy with a speech disorder, is on his on his way home on a rainy night when his bicycle breaks down in the middle of a quiet highway. He stops and tries to fix it when a mysterious woman in a veil appears at the nearby stop. As she is waiting for the next bus, a drunk man appears and starts to harass her. Asad decides to help the woman and things take an unexpected turn.


Director Wille Hyvönen Producer Mika Ritalahti Production Company Silva Mysterium Country Finland

When her mother dies, Anna is forced to choose between finally revealing her deepest secret to the world or losing her true self forever.

Invasion of Nature (Innrás náttúrunnar)

Director Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter Producer Sara Nassim & Rúnar Ingi Einarsson Country Iceland

A bird hits a Café window and creates a disrupt among its ́customers. A woman faces a decision on wether to ignore nature or to euthanise the bird.


Director Anna Ólafsdóttir  Producer Heidar Mar & Valentin Leblanc & Lea Ævars  Production Company Muninn Film, NyArk Media Country Iceland, France

In the not too distant future, climate change has caused 30% of all land to disappear under water. As a result, drastic changes have occurred in the political landscape in Europe where millions of people now live in great underground cities – only the wealthiest manage to live on the surface. In a search for a solution to her incurable illness, River (36) is referred to an institution on the surface that specializes in the controversial process of human euthanasia for profit.


Director Erik Sjølander Producer Fredrik Fottland Production Company  Expanse Country Norway

The film is about a deep-water fish, Blinky, and the life that awaits her in the darkness. Blinky is unlike her siblings, curious and slow and unwilling to follow their path. With a realistic look, it is based on actual locations and creatures.

Pearl Fishers

Director Pjotr Sapegin Producer: Merete Korsberg Production Company Krystallplaneten Country Norway

An opera, where abstract creatures in a surrealistic universe are entangled in an absurd venture. They will sing in German and French, change form, color and gender and they will grow feathers. Their universe will lose its balance and collapse, but will find a new equilibrium. All together we will end up where we did not expect to end. It will be a film about change.


Director Róza Duda, Michał Soja Producer: Aneta Zagórska, Robert Sow Production Company Krakow Animaton Center Country Poland

The 1920s, Gonáve, a small Haitian island in the Caribbean Sea. A colonial invasion is underway, a road is being built over the jungle, its construction taking a harsh toll among the local workers.

I Am Not Here Anymore

Director/Producer Nawojka Wierzbowska Country Poland

A story about a Grandfather who tries to leave his house after his death. Unfortunately, his family doesn’t want to believe he’s gone, and each time he runs away, they bring him back. They are able to do it mainly thanks to his very stinky feet. Finally, the family is visited by a special guest – Lady Death – who makes them understand that they have to let Grandpa go.

Expert Roundtables 2021

18 – 21 September 2021. (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.

A market initiative, we have expert roundtables where filmmakers can sit down in a group setting with a decision maker from the industry where a casual exchange of knowledge can take place. Filmmakers and producers with accreditation may book a seat. Due to restrictions space is limited and it is on a first come first served basis. Please contact Market Assistant Maïwenn Blunat if you are interested in booking a meeting.

Sat l 18 Sept l 13.30 – 14.00 l Scandic Triangeln

Jing Haase / Josefina Mothander, Swedish Film Institute
Toril Simonsen, Norwegian Film Institute

Festival distribution

Sun l 19 Sept l 11.00 – 11.30 l Scandic Triangeln

Sydney Neter, SND Films
Sales & Distribution

Sun l 19 Sept l 11.30 – 12.00 l Scandic Triangeln

Ben Thompson, Tribeca Film Festival

Mon l 20 Sept l 13.00 – 13.30 l Scandic Triangeln

Enrico Vannucci, Locarno Film Festival / Torino Short Film Market
Festivals & Markets

Conference Programme 2021

Masterclasses, talks and seminars touching upon interesting work duos, gaming and sustainability will feature in this year’s edition of Nordisk Panorama.

Make sure to book a ticket and join us for some very interesting conversations.

Check out our Full Programme and booking system.


NPM one-to-one 2021

You can request meetings with the international market professionals and Nordic film institute representatives below. The list will be updated continuously. Availability is only for decision makers attending the on site festival.

To request a meeting, send an email to Market Assistant, Shay Salem, before Tuesday 7 September 2021.

Please specify your arrival/departure and the order of wishes, if there is more than one Market Professional you’d like to book a meeting with. In order to match you accordingly, make sure to include details on the project/topic you’d like to have a meeting about. If the available time for a Decision Maker is not suitable, let us know and we will try to accommodate you if possible.

Market Professionals 2021 meeting availability